The D’Addario Foundation, a 503(c) nonprofit that is a leader in finding, funding and partnering with transformative music-education organizations, has announced the results of its first two grant-application cycles.
“One-hundred and seven passionate not-for-profit organizations spread out over 30 states have been awarded grants for the first half of this year,” Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Foundation Director, confirmed. “We’re thrilled, because a great majority of these states have the lowest high school graduate rates in the U.S. and face significant challenges in their education systems…challenges that compromises the ability for students to receive a well-rounded education.”
In total the D’Addario Foundation has awarded $210,000 in monetary donations and $57,000 in D’Addario and Co. product. Of the 107 organizations, 45 are new to the D’Addario Foundation.
“We prides ourselves on funding programs in the early stages of development, when support is most critical and difficult to come by,” Brouder added. “Many of these new organizations are boosted by the support from the D’Addario Foundation, and they’re able to leverage the credibility and track record to secure other forms of support.”
In addition, the D’Addario Foundation partners with a diverse array of programs, believing that musical inclusion does not come in a one-size-fits-all package.
With the grants, the foundation has committed support to programs that include the following: inner-city free orchestral instruction, rock band instruction at schools and at Boys and Girls Clubs, guitars for teenagers incarcerated in juvenile detention centers, jazz instruction for at-risk and incarcerated teens, and others.