Funding & Support

The Ensemble seeks to connect and inform all people who are committed to ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

Microgrants for Arts Workers of Color


ARTNOIR’s Jar of Love Microgrants provide relief for artists, curators, and cultural workers of color, launched to ensure that the next generation of Black and Brown arts workers are supported. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and open to all arts workers living in the fifty states, territories, and Tribal Nations. Check out the application process on ARTNOIR’s website, and learn more about ARTNOIR—a female-majority and minority owned global collective based in NYC—here.

Funding for Early Childhood Programs


The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is looking to support programs that enhance and bring quality of life to children from birth to seven years old. They are especially seeking “innovative curricula” and “the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments”—something our field understands better than most. What better way to encourage imaginative play than with inclusive, collaborative music learning? Grants are designed to act as seed money, so if you know of a new program still looking to get off the ground, consider sharing this with them. Visit to learn more and apply.

NYC-Based Funding Centers Women’s Perspectives in the Arts


Here’s a bonus item for those based in New York City: The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, provided by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and NYC’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The grant will distribute $2.5 million to NYC-based projects that center women’s voices and perspectives in media, music, and theatre. Anyone who identifies as a woman or places women in central leadership positions is eligible to apply. Applications are due November 1. Read more about the grant and watch recorded information sessions here via NYFA.

Funding for Youth-Led Community Service Projects


The pandemic has led many to confront longstanding inequities in their communities—none more so than our young people, who have made their voices heard in unprecedented ways. The Karma for Cara Foundation’s Microgrant Program seeks to support these young people as they work to improve their communities around the world. Available to youth ages 18 or younger, grants range from $250 to $1,000 and are given to young people working on community service projects, from rebuilding school playgrounds to helping senior citizens prepare for winter. Many of our students have creative community service projects in mind—let’s share this opportunity with them. Application deadlines are quarterly throughout the year, and this year’s final deadline is October 1. Visit Karma for Cara Foundation’s website to apply online.

Funding for Community-Minded Musicians


The Sparkplug Foundation provides grants to start-up nonprofit organizations, or new projects of established nonprofits, that are addressing the fields of music, education, and community organizing in the U.S. or Palestine/Israel. In the Music category, Sparkplug supports emerging professional musicians in developing new work, sharing existing work with a wider community, bringing together musicians to collaborate, or facilitating new workshops that bring music to oppressed communities. The grant application process can be initiated on their website any time before October 11.

Google Ad Grants Available to Nonprofits in Selected Countries


Google Ad Grants help nonprofits share their causes with the world. The program provides up to $10,000 per month of in-kind Google search advertising for nonprofits. These ads allow organizations to raise awareness, attract new donors, and recruit new volunteers. Applications are accepted from any organization registered as a charitable organization in an eligible country. There is no deadline to apply; visit the Google Ad Grants website to review the FAQs, which include a video detailing how to launch a successful ad grants campaign.

Grants Aid Marginalized Populations in the U.S., East Africa, and Central America


Jewish Helping Hands’ Tikkun Olam Grant Program helps vulnerable populations across the world by supporting projects focused on economic development and social empowerment, with a particular emphasis on those demographics that have been overlooked or marginalized. Projects in the United States, East Africa, and Central America, as well as regions worldwide with impoverished Jewish populations, are given priority. Grants range up to $10,000 for projects in the U.S. and up to $5,000 for projects in other countries. Initial inquiry forms must be submitted by September 14, 2021; invited full applications will be due December 14, 2021. Visit the Jewish Helping Hands website to learn more.

Wallace Foundation Seeks Arts Organizations of Color to Join New Research Initiative


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MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett Give High-Impact Arts Organizations Transformational Funding Gifts


MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett are gifting $2.739 billion to 268 organizations that work to support and center new voices and “build power from within communities.” In a short post on her blog titled “Seeding by Ceding,” Scott explains her perspective, describing how wealth has established and maintained systems of inequity, and advocating for donors to be decentralized from processes of change.

Sphinx Offering Opportunities for Arts Organizations, Leaders, and Students


The Sphinx Organization is offering several upcoming opportunities for funding support and professional development.


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