grantee-guitar3The Foundation applies a rigorous review process to insure that your donations are used wisely to support high quality, innovative music education programs, where help is most needed. This is evidenced by the strength of the hundreds of organizations we have supported, and by the robust and comprehensive nature of our review process.

NOTE: We recently shifted our funding cycle by six months.

Key Deadlines

  • Inquiries open around June 15th via an online form that closes January 15th.
  • Full proposals from a select few are invited in March for submission in April.
  • Final funding decisions will typically be announced in mid-June.

Full Schedule

These details are provided to elucidate our thoroughness, and so that applicants know they aren’t being ignored. However, as an all-volunteer organization with no staff, salaries, or office, frequently engaged in refinements and structural developments, these dates are subject to change. Meanwhile, we are unable to provide any update on the status of any inquiry or proposal, other than as detailed here and announced at the end.

  • June 15 – Inquiries open via an online form that closes Jan 15, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.  After a brief administrative vetting, each inquiry is randomly assigned to multiple reviewers.
  • Jan 17 – First-Stage Review starts, with volunteers each receiving a docket of between 20 and 200 submissions. Each reviewer select three inquiries from their docket, typically due around Feb 21.
  • c. Feb 22 – Second-Stage Review starts, as a subset of reviewers collaboratively considers all selections made. A final slate of ~15 applicants is due to the executive director by Mar 13.
  • c. Mar 15 – Invitations are sent to submit full proposals, through a second online form, due c. April 15.
  • c. April 16 – Proposal Review starts, with final dockets integrating the full proposals with elements from the initial inquiries.
  • Mid-June – Final funding decisions (formerly between Christmas and New Year’s) will now be early Summer.