Atlanta, GA: Drew Charter School: This school serves a large and innovative urban renewal initiative in Atlanta, where thousands of mixed-income families live together in a revitalized neighborhood. The student population is ethnically mixed (predominantly African-American). They have a strong and growing string program, and needed both new instruments and replacements for damaged inventory. CFKF offered $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.
Bayfield, CO: Be Heard Music Conservatory: This program serves elementary schools in the mostly rural area of Bayfield and Durango for kids grades 1-5. The student population is predominantly Caucasian with a small Native American presence. The program continues to grow, and there’s a strong need for more inventory to meet that growth. We offered $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth in a rural area of Colorado.
Bellefontaine, OH City Schools: This rural public school program (45 miles from Columbus, pop. 15,000) serving grades 3-12 is growing rapidly, and there is a dearth of cellos and basses available. CFKF offered a grant of $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth in a rural area.
Conyers, GA: Bread of Life Development Ministries: This is a new program hoping to bring the musical experience to children grades K-5 in a small Georgia community. They requested support for several new instruments, and CFKF has offered $2,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth in a rural area in the Georgia where we have little presence.
Indianapolis, IN: Pride Academy: This is our second grant from this program serving kids grades K-6; they are continuing to grow and need more violins. There is not an orchestral program, but the students learn the violin and reading music through group lessons. We’ve offered a grant of $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s further growth.
Inglewood, CA: Children of the Pro: This charter school serving kids grades 4-8 is building classroom instruction of strings as part of their curriculum. They need support for more instruments to support their growth; CFKF has offered them $2,000 in matching funds.
New York City, NY: Opportunity Music Project: This organization delivers a strings experience to students from all around NYC; they have a strong need to strengthen their inventory of basses to a growing class. We’ve offered matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.
Oklahoma City, OK: El Sistema Oklahoma: This large program serves kids grades 3-10 at 11 schools in the northern part of Oklahoma City. They have a strong need for more new inventory for their growing student population. CFKF’s offered $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth; this will be our second Oklahoma grant.
Palmer, AK: Birchtree Charter School: This is our second grant for this growing string program serving grades 4-8 in the general vicinity of Anchorage. Strings are a core curriculum class; they wish to expand their inventory particularly of lower instruments (viola, cello, bass) so that students unable to rent or buy have access. CFKF has offered a grant of $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.
Plattsburgh, NY: Plattsburgh City SD: This public school music program serves kids grades 5-12; they offer all mediums of instruction but have a strong string program. Budget constraints have contributed to a declining inventory of playable instruments; many are in such poor condition as to be unplayable. We are supporting this active program with $2,500 in matching funds to encourage their growth in a rural area of New York state.
Portland, ME: Portland Symphony: The Explorers program created by PSO uses music to help students grades K-3 reach appropriate reading and social skills, and to help prepare them for 4th grade strings instruction in 2 Portland public schools. We’ve offered $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth in a state we have little presence.
Seattle, WA: Keys to Change: This organization runs 2 studios in the area south of Seattle for kids ages 12-18. They provide lessons and additional support to public school string programs in the area, and wish to have a larger inventory of violins to offer to their students most in need. CFKF is offering $2,280 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.
Tacoma, WA: Tacoma Public Schools: This system is offering a new course in violin instruction for 4th graders as part of their standard curriculum at Franklin Elementary School. We’ve offered $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth with more beautiful new violins.
Waltham, MA: Whittemore Elementary: This school is offering string instruction for kids grades 3-5; the grant is meant to serve students whose families can’t afford to rent or buy instruments. CFKF has offered matching funds to further encourage this program’s growth.
Worcester, MA: Support Our Fine Arts (SOFA): This is a Magnet program designed to serve the Worcester Public Schools; they have a strong need for more and better instruments to serve their students grades 7-12 unable to rent or buy instruments. We’re offering $1,473 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.