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Ukes!

Students are very eager to learn the ukulele.

Kearney Public Schools

The funding received from [CFKF] has impacted students attending 10 elementary schools. Each school has received a set of ukuleles that are used in music instruction and performances. The ukuleles help us teach our curriculum and build necessary skills students will utilize as they develop their musician skills. We have implemented ukuleles into our fourth and fifth grade curriculum–which has introduced students to the string family. Our students are learning about half and whole steps, major and minor, intervals, chord progressions, harmonies, and strum patterns. Strum patterns will in turn help reinforce steady beat and rhythm patterns. Students are discovering how string instruments produce sound through vibrations and being able to improvise simple chord progressions. Eventually, students will even learn to accompany themselves while singing. 

We will also use the ukuleles during our music programs. We want parents to see students actively making music to encourage them to support their children’s musical journey. The ukuleles will be a key part of our students’ development of a life-long love of making music. 

2022 2nd Quarter Grants

Alburquerque, NM Youth Symphony Program: This program serves around 400 students grades 4-12 from around the Albuquerque area; they wish to build sufficient inventory to support students whose families are unable to buy or rent instruments. We’re offering support for several instruments to support this worthwhile program in the Southwest where we are building presence.

Birmingham, AL Spring Valley School: This is a new program for this school; they serve kids grades 1-4 in their music program, which introduces instruments to their youngest students. They need an influx of new instruments to begin the program. We’ve offered matching support for 16 instruments from the Hilger reserve to encourage the growth of their program and access to instruments for those in need.

Des Moines, IA DMPS: This large school district serves kids grades 5-12 from throughout the Des Moines metro area; their wish is to build sufficient inventory so that students don’t need to share instruments (they are typically shared with one or two other students). We’re offering a matching grant of $1,500 to support this large school district in an area of the Midwest that we are building presence in.

Durham, NC Kidznotes: This program is growing (as well as the kids in it; hence the need for more larger sized instruments); they have a variety of ensembles including orchestra, a string quartet and chamber ensemble. CFKF is offering a matching grant of $1,500 to support this worthwhile program in North Carolina.

Homewood, AL Magic City Acceptance Academy City School: This charter school serves kids grades 6-12 from around the Homewood-Birmingham area. They need an influx of instruments (mainly ukuleles) to introduce kids to the stringed instrument family, with the hope that they can continue into the violin family. We’re offering a grant of $1,780 to support this growing program in an area of the Southeast where we have little presence.

Kissimmee, FL Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts: This school serves kids grades 4-5; they have a strong commitment to music education, and need support for a larger inventory of instruments to support kids whose families wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate. We’re offering a matching grant of $1,500 in matching funds from the Hilger reserve to encourage this worthy and expanding program.

New Orleans, LA Living School: This school offers music instruction to students grades 9-12; they have an existing band program but wish to add strings to the mix to provide greater variety and interest.  The area they serve includes all zip codes in New Orleans; we’re offering a matching grant of $1,500 from the Hilger reserve to support this worthwhile program in New Orleans.

Oakland, CA Harmony Project Bay Area: This Harmony Project (we’ve supported several of them around America) serves kids grades 3-12 around Oakland; this grant request is specific to Daly City. They wish support for their expansion of their after-school program’s need for more high-quality instruments (there is presently no public school instrumental instruction at the school they’re supporting with after-school instruction. CFKF is offering a matching grant of $1,500 from the Hilger reserve to support another worthwhile Harmony Project.

Peoria, IL Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow Inc.: ReEnvisioning Tomorrow is the only program in the community offering instruction to all wishing to participate. They serve kids K-12; they offer a broad variety of instruction that includes strings. Their after-school program is designed to engage kids during a vulnerable time in their day.  We’re offering a matching grant of $1,500 from the Hilger reserve to support this worthwhile program in an area of the upper Midwest where we are building presence.

San Diego, CA BGC of San Diego: This Boys and Girls Club serving kids K-12 from around San Diego is starting a new string program with ukuleles to provide beginner strings instruction to augment their existing after-school jazz and rock program. We’re offering a matching grant of $1,500 from the Hilger reserve to support another Boys and Girls Club.

Savannah, GA Savannah Music Festival: SMF provides after-school music program for kids grades 5-12 including free instruments, ensembles, and private instruction. They need support for double basses for their jazz band. We’re offering a matching grant of $1,659 to support this worthwhile program in a state we’re building presence in.

Thornton, CO A Child’s Song: A Child’s Song provides the music experience to at-risk, recent immigrant, and foster children grades K-12 to numerous communities in Adams County, CO (the greater Denver metro area). The goal is to provide the healing and family involvement that music experience and instruction can provide to kids who’ve experienced trauma and displacement. They need an infusion of new instruments to help with that goal. CFKF is offering a matching grant of $1,500 from the Hilger reserve to support this worthwhile and growing program in the Intermountain West.

Tyler, MN Public Schools: This rural public school system in southwest Minnesota wishes to start a new program with ukulele and guitar instruction for students grades 3-12 to provide the music experience to their system with the myriad benefits that it provides. We’ve offered a matching grant of $1,500 to support this worthwhile and growing program in a very rural area of the upper Midwest.

Our 2022 1st Quarter Grants

Barren County, KY SD: This is a well-established district with a strong orchestral program; they have a strong need for more instruments in their inventory for schools teaching kids grades 4-6. Many of the students served live in low-income households, necessitating the need for more access to instruments. CFKF has offered grant of $1,500 to encourage the growth of their program and access to instruments for those in need.

Bowie, MD FAME: This is FAME’s second request; we gave a grant here in 2016. They serve kids grades 4-8 in Prince George County. They need more instruments that kids can take home to practice and develop greater proficiency. 77% of the students in this program classify as economically disadvantaged. They asked for support for 2 double basses and 10 ukeleles; we’ve offered them a grant of $1,500 to continue supporting the great work they do there.

Chicago, IL The People’s Music School: This is our second  grant to this organization; they do great work providing music instruction and training (5 orchestras and 15 chamber ensembles!) for at-risk youth from around Chicago. We’ve offered agrant of $1,500 in matching funds to continue encouraging this worthy and expansive program.

Eckert, CO Valley Youth Orchestra: This program serves a rural area of Colorado; students come from a variety of age groups, socioeconomics and ethnicities. They need more instruments of quality to support their growing program. This is the only orchestral program within 60 miles. CFKF is offering them a grant of $1,500 to support this worthwhile program in an area of the Intermountain West we are building presence in.

Houghton, MI Copper Country Suzuki Assoc.: Located in a very rural area of upper Michigan, this association serves a group of children from elementary through high school. They need support for a few cellos for younger students in their developmental years. CFKF is offering a matching grant of $500 to support this worthwhile and growing program in a very rural area.

Louisville, KY Marion Moore School: We gave our first grant to this school in 2020; they serve kids grades 6-12, and they need more inventory so that students can practice at home (particularly young cellists who can’t take them on the bus), and to replace aging instruments beyond repair. CFKF has offered a matchinggrant of $1,500 to continue our support for this worthwhile school program.

San Fernando, CA Kadima Conservatory: This Conservatory has a partnership with the Vaughn Charter School that they are starting again as the pandemic settles down. They’ll be offering free after-school string classes starting fall 2022, and they need more inventory of violins, violas and cellos in order to build the program. We are offering a matching grant of $1,500 to support this growing program and partnership.

Sidney, ME Snow Pond Center for the Arts: This is our second grant offer to Sidney; they have expanded their reach to include new programs that will be served at the Kennebec Valley YMCA. The new school being served teaches kids grades 2-6, and they need an infusion of new violins for their incoming 5th and 6th graders. This scenic area is economically challenged; SPCA offers the only string program in the area. CFKF is offering amatchinggrant of $1,479 in matching funds to continue our support for this growing program in rural Maine.

2021 4th Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 4th Quarter recipients!

Boston MA Community Music Center of Boston: This venerable Boston organization (formed in 1910) offers instruments and training to kids K-12 from around Boston. Located in Boston’s South End, they offer instruction there, but 85% of their activity takes place in schools and community centers around the city. They need support for a larger inventory of instruments so that students in need can participate. The student population is diverse, and 71% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. We gave a grant there early in CFKF’s development, and CFKF’s offering them a grant of $2,500 to continue supporting the great work they do there.

Chicago IL Chicago West Community Music Center: This is our 3rd grant to this organization, which serves people K-adult in an economically challenged area in west Chicago. Current students have grown out of the smaller instruments we’ve supported, and Covid restrictions accentuate the need for more instruments that students can have at home. 100% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. CFKF has given them a grant of $1,000 to continue supporting the great work they do there.

Chicago IL ChiArts Music Conservatory: This community-based conservatory serving kids grades 9-12 has a strong need for more and better inventory for their string program. They strive to serve all 50 wards in Chicago, and make a great effort to create a broad-based, ethnically diverse and equitable student community. CFKF is offering a grant of $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this worthy and innovative program.

Denver CO Denver Young Artists Orchestra: This youth orchestra serves kids grades 2-12 in the Denver metro area;  the focus of this grant is support for kids grades 3-5, with the goal of getting that segment of the program back to full strength during Covid. Their focus is on supporting kids with mixed ethnicity and lower socioeconomic status. 93% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. CFKF is offeringgrant of $1,500 to support this worthwhile program in an area of the Intermountain West.

Fancy Farm KY Elementary Fine Arts Dept.: This school serving kids grades 4-6 in their music program needs an infusion of ukuleles in order to better build participation in music. 100% of the students qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. CFKF is offering agrant of $1,425 to support this worthwhile and growing program in a rural area.

Ft. Defiance AZ Rez Refuge: This program, located on the Navaho Reservation in the northeastern corner of Arizona, is offering free instruction and instruments to kids grades K-10, along with take-home videos and indigenous musician showcasing. They specifically needed guitars for this program, as most of their existing inventory is beyond repair. The student population is mostly Native American (many of the Navaho tribe, and 85% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. CFKF has offered matching support for their purchase of 6 guitars.

Homestead FL Arts in Action: This summer music program is building an opportunity to experience and play culturally relevant music for disadvantaged kids grades 1-8. Students receive 1-1 guitar instruction, with songs celebrating Hispanic culture for the students in the program. 98% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. CFKF has offered matching support for this program’s purchase of 12 guitars.

Lakeland FL Ukelele Kids Club Inc.: This remarkable and substantial organization supports critically ill and medically fragile children in and out of hospitals with the gift of music through ukuleles and instruction by music therapists. Recipients age from pre-K through high school. They operate in partnership with over 250 hospitals around the US and in several foreign countries; We’ve offered a matching grant of $2,000 in matching funds to initiate a relationship with this innovative organization.

Los Angeles CA Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood: This BGC serving kids K-12 has a strong need for more guitars that students can have at home, especially during Covid, as well as more inventory to be able to serve more kids. They serve an area of LA with high unemployment and crime; the student population is multiethnic (mainly Latinx), and 100% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. CFKF has offered a matchinggrant of $1010 to support this valuable program’s acquisition of new guitars.

Manteca CA Manteca USD: This district’s high school has a very active music program; they have a strong need for more instruments to allow greater participation in the program, and many instruments in their inventory have outlived their useful life. The student population is ethnically mixed (predominantly Hispanic); nearly 90% of the students involved rely on school instruments. CFKF has offered a grant of $1600 in matching funds to support this program serving kids across a broad area in central California.

Miami FL Greater Miami Youth Symphony: This youth orchestra serving kids K-12 in southern Dade County seeks support for an infusion of new instruments for students in their scholarship and free public school programs. CFKF has offered a matching grant of $1,500 in matching funds to support kids most in need in this youth orchestra.

NYC NY Third Street Settlement School: This is our second grant to Third Street; they provide instruments and instructional support for public schools around NYC; the school being considered ((PS 130) serving kids grades 3-5 has a strong need for instruments that students can take home to practice in addition to instruments at school). PS 130 is located in Chinatown; the students are ethnically mainly Asian (86%); CFKF has offered a matching grant of $1,500 to support this worthy NYC program’s efforts.

Roseburg OR Umpqua Symphony Association: This organization offers instruments and teaching to kids K-12 from a large, mainly rural area of southern Oregon; they are the only organization in the area that offers strings to kids before junior high. They need an infusion of instruments to be able to offer training regardless of need. CFKF has offered a matching grant of $1300 to support the work they do there in a rural area of the Northwest.

San Rafael CA Enriching Lives Through Music: ELM  serves the Canal area of San Rafael, providing instruction and instruments to kids ages 7-18 in an economically and socially challenged area. They have a well-organized and incremental learning program, starting with strings and developing into full wind and chamber ensembles. They need more instruments to be able to best serve the variety of needs of kids’ age levels and sizes. CFKF has offered them a grant of $2,000 to support the great work they do there for a student population in need.

Shaker Heights OH Shaker School Foundation: This public school string program serving kids grades 5-6 needs an infusion of new instruments to help provide access to students most in need. CFKF has offered a matching grant of $1,000 in matching funds to support kids most in need at this school system.

St. Charles MN St. Charles Public Schools: This new program serving kids K-12 is offering after-school music instruction in a rural farming area of Minnesota. They need an infusion of new instruments in order to build the program. They have a band program (marching band), and this would be their first foray into the string area. Primary employment is through farming and the nearby Mayo Clinic. We’ve offered a matching grant of $810 in matching funds to support this worthy school system in an area of the upper Midwest.

Stockton CA Able Charter Schools: This charter school is beginning guitar instruction for 4th and 5th grades. They presently have no orchestral program, but hope to build one with the expansion of their performing arts center. They do have an existing violin program that the guitar offering would build upon. CFKF is offering a matchinggrant of $2,010 in matching funds from the Hilger fund to support this worthy and building program for disadvantaged kids.

Vista CA Boys and Girls Club: This BGC serves kids ages 5-18 in the Vista area; music is a core part of their activities there, and they wish to provide greater access to that through a larger and better inventory of instruments. The families involved are ethnically mixed (40% English Language learners), and 84% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. CFKF has offered a matching grant of $475 in matching funds to support this program serving kids in this BGC.

Walla Walla WA  Assumption Catholic School: This private school serving kids K-6 wishes to build a new music program, starting with ukulele instruction, music theory classes and vocal accompaniment. We’ve offered a matching grant of $885 in matching funds to support this program serving kids in a rural area of eastern Washington.

Williamsburg VA Providence Charter School: This is our second grant offer to Williambsburg. Last year’s grant helped to initiate a new violin program which they hope to build on with this grant to support the students in the 4th grade. CFKF has offered a matching grant of $1,000 in matching funds to continue supporting the growth of this new program.

Wilmington DE Tennis Rocks: This afterschool youth support program wishes to build on their existing activities through offering instruction in guitar and ukulele. The hope is to create more opportunities for positive social and cultural interaction through the experience of music. This program serves an impoverished and diverse area of the community and 100% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. We’ve offered a matching grant of $1,375 to support this worthy and innovative program in a state we’re still building presence in.

The Chance to Finally Perform Together

Macedonia ES Uke Ensemble, 2021

It’s been a difficult year for music at Macedonia Elementary
dealing with temporary shut-downs, COVID-19 restrictions, and having
no chances to make music outside of school. These instruments saved
us and gave us the chance to finally perform together.
The hole left
behind by the lack of recorders was filled and over 200 4th and 5th
graders got to play a ukulele.

Our two ensembles, nearly SO strong, were very successful and
gave our students a much-needed outlet for ensemble performance.
Additionally, greater interest in music has been created at home for
many students. About ten parents bought their students their own
ukuleles after seeing their increased interest in music. At least two of
them are pursuing private lessons for their students now, as well.

Macedonia ES Uke Ensemble, 2021

Many younger students have seen and heard the instruments
now, too, and can’t wait until they get older and get to play them with
their own hands. Our 5th grade graduation wouldn’t have been the
same without music, and I’m glad our ensembles’ recorded
performances got to liven up the atmosphere. I’ve received several
grateful messages from parents who were thrilled to hear that we
finally made an ensemble this year. Thank you so much.

2021 1st Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 1st Quarter grant recipients!

Anaheim, CA: Anaheim, CA ESD: This elementary school district in urban Anaheim has an innovative program whereby students grades 4-6 rotate through different kinds of instruments. During this time, ukuleles are ideal instruments to work with during Covid; they also have violins and guitars. We’ve offered a matchinggrant of $1,500 to support this worthy program.

Batavia, OH: Clemont NE Community Schools:  These K-5 schools serve a rural area of Ohio; the area is large, with endemic pockets of rural poverty. Most of the students have never touched a stringed instrument. We have offered agrant of $850 in matching funds to support this rural and growing program’s need for ukuleles.

Bay Harbor, MI: Dorothy Gerber String Program: This string program serves kids K-12 in rural northern Michigan (some on Beaver Island are only reachable by air in the winter). They have a need for more instruments so that students unable to afford rentals or purchase can participate. We’ve offered $1,500 in matching funds to support this program serving kids in a rural area of the Midwest.

Boston, MA: Boston Music Project: This large program serves kids pre-K through high school from around Boston; their Morning Music program serves kids pre-K through middle school, which is the focus of this grant. 6 years ago we gave a grant to Josiah Quincy Elementary; BMP now hosts programming at 4 elementary schools, and they are planning on programming at two more schools. They also provide a host of other skill-building activities, including composition and recording skills. CFKF has offered $2,000 in matching funds to support this very thorough and broad-based program.

Chicago, IL: Peoples’ Music School:  We gave a grant here last year; they serve low-income families from around Chicago from nearly 50 zip codes. Their goal is to provide quality instruments to as many kids as possible in order to maximize their musical experience and keep them involved.  We’ve offered $1,500 in matching funds to again support this well-run and expansive program serving kids most at risk.

Dover, DE: Code Purple Kent County: This is a new program serving kids K-12 that is purposed to support the areas of Dover and Kent County. They presently only have small ensembles, and are planning their first orchestra in 2021. This is presently the only string program in the area. CFKF has offered $1,500 in matching funds to support this new program serving kids most at risk in Deleware.

Greenfield, IN: Central School Foundation: This program serves kids grades 7-12 around Hancock County; they need an influx of more instruments to provide them to students whose families can’t afford to own or rent them. CFKF is offering $1,000 in matching funds to support this program in a rural area of Indiana.

Henderson, KY: East Heights and Jefferson EMP:  Henderson is a rural community a fairly short drive from Evansville, Indiana. This program plans to offer ukulele instruction to kids grades K-5 to give them a hands-on experience of learning, music-reading and performing. This would be their first string program; they’ve mainly provided choral instruction. We’ve offered $760 in matching funds to support this rural program in an area we don’t have a lot of presence.

Henderson, NV: Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation: This program serves children from birth through age 22; last year they worked with 96 young people. They provide audible and tactile experience of various instruments through individual and group lessons. CFKF is offering $2,000 in matching funds to support this program to serve this worthy program in a state we don’t have a large presence in.

Kansas City, MO: Heartland Chamber Music: This is our second grant offering to Heartland; they serve economically challenged kids in KC, and need support for more instruments for their first-year violin and cello students. The program serves kids grades K-5 from almost all Title I schools. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to support this vibrant program’s needs for more and better instruments.

Knoxville, TN: Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley: This Club works with kids grades K-12 through its Youth Arts initiative to provide them with access to the arts in four of its community settings, including low-income housing. We’re offering $1,850 in matching funds to support this worthy program serving kids most at risk in an area of Tennessee we have little presence in so far.

Miami, FL: Youth Enlightenment System Corp: This organization is building a full orchestra program and needs to expand its inventory of instruments to reach that goal.  They work with students ages 3-20, and have existing band and chorus programs. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to encourage the growth of this program.

NYC, NY: WHIN Community Music School:  This public charter school serves kids grades K-5 in the Washington Heights and Inwood areas of New York. They have a strong need for more instruments to both build inventory and to replace damaged instruments (their need has increased during the pandemic for instruments the kids can have at home). CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this school and the at-risk kids they serve.

Odessa, TX: Ector County ISD Education Foundation: This middle school string program needs an infusion of more new instruments to better allow access to the program from those unable to afford rental or purchase of instruments. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to support this established program serving kids most at risk in an area of Texas we haven’t had a presence in yet.

Paducah, KY: Concord Elementary School: This elementary Title I school wishes to begin a new program to provide ukulele instruction in the curriculum; the area has a strong string program in the middle and high schools that the students could participate in afterward. We’re offering $1,000 in matching funds to support this new program in Paducah.

Plattsburgh, NY: Plattsburgh City SD: This string program serving kids grades 5-9 has an active orchestra program, but needs an infusion of new (and better) instruments in order to better serve the students and have age-appropriate sizes available. CFKF is offering $1,000 in matching funds to support this solid program in upstate New York.

Port Arthur, TX: Bob Hope String Program: This program serves a large area of southeast Texas; this request is for their charter middle school program. They have a strong need for more inventory to support the influx of students into middle school from the area. These schools are Title I. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to support this program and build our presence this area of Texas.

Salinas, CA: El Sistema USA/Salinas Inc.:  This program in a largely agricultural area serves kids grades 1-12 in Salinas; they have a need for more new instruments to inspire continued participation, and to have sufficient inventory for new students this coming summer. We are offering $2,000 in matching funds to support this Sistema program in a new community in California.

Veazie, ME: Veazie Community School:  This school serves kids pre-K through 8th grade; they wish to expand the number of students who can play ukulele or guitar. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to support this program in rural Maine.

West Valley City, UT: Monticello Academy:  This charter middle school has a comprehensive required music program including music appreciation; students in that class will play ukulele to learn to play and read music, perhaps enabling them to participate in other performance programs. CFKF is offering $1,425 in matching funds to support this program and its great model.

2020 4th Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 4th Quarter grant recipients!

Albuquerque, NM: Tierra Adentro of New Mexico: This charter school serves kids grades 6-12 from around the Albuquerque area, including students from the Navaho and Pueblo reservations nearby. They have an active music program and need more guitars to provide needed instruments for their music program, which teaches flamenco and some popular Spanish music. We’ve offered matching support for 6 guitars.

Bronx, NY: Heilbrunn School of Music: This inner-city music school provides lessons and instruments to underserved kids grades K-12 in the South Bronx. They need more inventory in order to provide instruments for more kids, and to have instruments they can take home to practice. We’ve offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support their instrumental needs.

Brooklyn, NY: Noel Pointer Foundation: We’ve given one grant to NPF; they offer music instruction in 22 schools across Brooklyn, and they have a great need for more instruments that students can practice at home with, particularly during Covid. CFKF’s offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this worthy and venerable program serving kids most at risk.

Brookville, IN: An Orchestrated Journey 4H: This is the first 4H program we’re supporting; they serve kids grades K-12 at their center in a rural area of eastern Indiana. They’ve adapted well to the pandemic with a combination of online and distanced in-person learning, and need more instruments for students to be able to learn in this hybrid environment. We’ve offered $533 in matching funds to support this program in a rural area of the Midwest.

Canton, GA: Madedonia Elementary School: This is a new program that aims to offer the musical experience to kids grades K-5 while avoiding issues around singing during Covid. They’re building a ukulele program, and we’ve offered $1,000 in matching funds to support them.

Cascade, ID: SD PTO: This small rural Title I school in western Idaho wishes to build a new string program for 3rd and 4th grade; this will continue later through 6th grade, with the goal of students being able to participate in an extracurricular area orchestra.  CFKF’s offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this program’s inventory needs in a rural area of Idaho.

Cleveland, OH: Cleveland School of the Arts: This School serves kids grades 9-12; they have a strong need for more instruments for kids whose families cannot afford to rent them. Their student population comes mainly from around Cleveland; we’ve offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to encourage the growth of this program and its need for more instruments.

Columbus, OH: Columbus MS Orchestra: This middle-school program in Columbus has insufficient inventory for their large program; students have to share instruments, and are unable to take them home to practice. We’ve offered $2,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

Lenoir City, TN: Lenoir City Intermediate School: This middle school has a need for more ukuleles to supplement their inventory; 50 students have to share 12 instruments. We’ve offered $950  in matching support for 20 ukeleles tosupport this program in rural Tennessee.

Los Angeles, CA: A Place Called Home: This was our second request from APCH; we gave them a grant last year. They serve kids grades 2-12 from around LA; they need more instruments to loan to students, particularly now when there’s no in-person teaching. CFKF has offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this program serving kids most at risk in LA.

Los Angeles: Friends of Gardner: This school offers ukulele instruction to kids grades 4-5; they need more inventory so that students can take instruments home to practice, and so they can build a ukulele ensemble. We’ve offered a matching grant of $1900 to support this worthy program and their building program.

Medford, MA: Tufts University: Tufts has created an outreach program for kids grades K-12, along with the goal of providing instruments to each student involved. CFKF has offered $2,000 in matching funds to encourage this program and the venerable institution that runs it.

Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Public Schools: This is our second grant to MPS; they’re working on expanding equitable music instruction across the district, and this grant will support their effort to provide first-time access to music to three more schools serving kids grades K-8. We’ve offered  grant of $2,000 in matching funds to continue support for this exciting large initiative.

Philadelphia, PA: West Park Cultural Center: This small program in an underserved area of Philadelphia is starting a guitar program (first online during Covid, then in-person after) to provide musical experience and community connection.  Kids in this program and the area are drawn to the arts, and this would be their first playing opportunity. CFKF has offered $750 in matching funds to support this new direction.

Placerville, CA: El Dorado HS Music.: This Title I high school is working on providing more access to music for their ethnically diverse student population. Placerville is a small former mining town in a very rural agricultural area. CFKF’s offered $450 in matching funds to help them build a ukulele class.

Portland, ME: Palaver Strings: This is our second grant offer to Palaver; they serve kids pre-K and 1st grade in the Portland area. The program is growing; this grant will help provide new instruments for beginners, and larger instruments for their advancing grade. CFKF has offered $1,000 in matching funds to support this building program.

Raleigh, NC: Community Music School: This school serves kids grades 3-12 from around Raleigh; they only work with students from economically disadvantages families. They’re building a sequential music program designed to bring music to kids as early in their development as possible. CFKF has offered a grant of $950 in matching funds to support their purchase of 20 ukeleles.

San Antonio, TX: Classical Music Institute: This program serves kids grades 2-12 from around the Bexar County area of San Antonio; their goal with this grant is to provide greater access to instruments so that students can take them home to practice. We’ve offered matching support of $2,063 for 7 instruments.

Sidney, ME: Snow Pond Center for the Arts: This longstanding organization in rural central Maine provides music instruction and instruments to kids from around the area; they’re starting a new program for students in Grade 3, with the eventual goal of building a full string orchestra program. CFKF has offered matching support of $1,479 for 6 violins to encourage this rural program.

St. Louis, MO: St. Frances Cabrini Academy: This school serves kids grades K-8; they have a general music class, but are starting a new string program to give the students a chance to learn an instrument and to create opportunities to bridge cultural divides and bring students together. They serve students from around South St. Louis; we’ve offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this interesting new program.

Stamford, CT: Intempo:  Intempo serves kids K-12 from around the Stamford area; they need access to more and better instruments to cover increasing demand for their services. They need 6 instruments, and we’ve offered a grant of $1,559 in matching funds to support this program serving kids and families in need.

Tucson, AZ: Arts for All Inc.:  This program serves kids K-12 from all around the Tucson area; for many, this is the only musical opportunity they have.  Arts for All wishes to expand its instrument instruction to include ukuleles; we’ve offered $450 in matching funds to support this program’ growth.

Williamsburg, VA: Providence Classical School: This school started a new string program last year for kids in 2nd grade; they’re building on this so that 3rd graders will have access to violins as well, with the hope to add viola soon. CFKF’s offering agrant of $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this growing program.

2020 3rd Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 3rd Quarter grant recipients!

Bloomfield, KY Elementary School Music Program: This is a Title 1 school serving kids grades K-5 in a rural area of Kentucky. They are building a school-wide music program to supplement their academic program; they started the program with bucket drums. The kids responded enthusiastically and want more musical experiences. CFKF gave support for 20 ukeleles to support this worthy program.

Boston, MA: Boston Arts Academy: BAA is Boston’s only public arts high school; they have a growing program and need more inventory for both home use (during Covid) and to replace rental instruments. We’ve offered support for 6 instruments to support this important program serving the arts in Boston.

Clearwater, FL: Sandy Lane Elementary:  This is a new program to build a robust musical experience for students grades K-5 in Clearwater. They are offering traditional string family instruments as well as guitar and ukulele; CFKF offered support for 30 ukeleles to help this exciting new initiative.

Cleveland, OH: Play It Forward Cleveland: This organization offers free instruction and instruments to kids around the area who have no access to either at their schools; they work in partnership with the Cleveland Orchestra and the City of Cleveland, among other orgs. They serve kids grades 6-12.  The student population comes from areas with high poverty and greatest need in Cleveland; they are getting CFKF support for 20 instruments.

Honolulu, HI: Saint Louis School:  This boys’ school serving students grades K-12 has one of the oldest music programs in the Islands; they integrate music and academics for their ethnically diverse student (primarily Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Island ethnicity). They are expanding their musical offerings and need considerably more inventory; there is a strong focus on connecting students with Hawaiian culture. CFKF has offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this program, with a focus on their need for ukuleles and violins.

Kahului, HI: Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra: This organization is starting a new program designed to be the first string program ever on the island of Maui. Their focus is on preschool-5th grade. They are starting a pilot program in the town of Waihe’e; the school there supports an ethnically diverse population. CFKF is supporting their request for 7 instruments with a matching grant of $3,110 in matching funds to help this new program.

Kingston, TN: Harpeth MS Band Program:  Harpeth MS is starting a new string program to complement their existing band program; this would be the first string program in the County. Kingston’s a rural community, and this program will serve kids grades 5-8.  CFKF has offered grant of $1,500 in matching funds to support them.

Miami, FL: Area Stage Co.: This musical theater company in Miami is creating a new program to teach ukulele and guitar for kids involved grades K-12, with the goal of having them perform musically as well as theatrically. We’re offering matching support for 25 ukeleles and guitars to encourage this innovative program.

NYC, NY: Third Street Music School Partners Program:  Third Street is the oldest community music school in America (125 years old); they offer music instruction and instruments to an ethnically diverse student population from PS 42 in NYC (they offer all of this and dance in 20+ high needs schools in this area). Covid has necessitated the need for many more instruments; CFKF has offered matching support to help build more inventory for worthy and venerable program.

Paducah, KY: Lone Oak Elementary:  Lone Oak is starting an ambitious new program to give the musical experience to all kids grades K-1st grade at the school, starting with small guitars. These lessons will take place before and after school. This is a Title I school; we’ve offered matching support for guitars for this this innovative and inspiring new program.

Paducah, KY: Reidland Elementary:  Reidland is starting a new string program for kids grades 2-3 in this Title I school; this would be the first time for them to engage in strings instruction. They’ve been offered matching support to help them build an inventory of new violins.

Sandpoint, ID: Music Conservatory of Sandpoint:  This is our second grant to Sandpoint; they are building a lending Library of instruments for the kids in their Conservatory serving grades K-12. Students would take out instruments on loan, like a book from the library. This is the only organization in the area that offers music, working with the schools in an after-school setting. We have offered matching support for 6 instruments to support this interesting model for MCS.

San Diego, CA: San Diego Youth Symphony:  CFKF worked with this excellent organization when we shared a benefit there around 10 years ago. They wish to expand their inventory to enable students on scholarship to have access to instruments (they loaned 363 instruments out last year). The student population (grades 4-12) they serve is ethnically diverse. CFKF has offered matching support for 6 instruments at a cost of $4,244 to support this very worthy program.

Tucson, AZ: Quest for Education and Arts: This private program offers string ensemble and orchestra training to students K-12 in southern Arizona. They wish to expand their ability to offer instruments for use by low-income students involved in the program. We’ve offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this program.

Wausau, WI: Wausau Conservatory of Music:  This private conservatory wishes to build a new program for younger kids (they have an existing program for older students; students K-12 are able to attend). This grant supporting their acquisition of 10 ukeleles will help them to expand their offering to young students otherwise unable to be involved. They also have a small youth orchestra.

Woodside, NY :New York Edge: NY Edge provides music programming to IS 318, a middle school in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. They’re wishing to expand their after-school and online instruction to include more kids, especially those in high financial need families. CFKF has offered support for 16 ukeleles and guitars at a cost of $2,850 to help this worthy program and the low-income families they support.

2020 2nd Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 2nd quarter grant recipients!

Alameda, CA: Bay Area Music Project:  This program serves kids K-8 in the Alameda area near Oakland with after-school music, academics and other activities.  They work with both an elementary school and a Title 1 feeder school; the student population is ethnically diverse. CFKF offered a grant of $1,000 in matching funds to support this inspiring model.

Billings, MT: Billings Christian School:  This eastern Montana faith-based school serving kids grads 5-12 is growing; they wish to provide greater access to this program for families unable to afford rentals. The slump in energy prices has particularly affected those families in this area.  Classics has offered $1238 in matching funds to support this worthy program.

Chapel Hill, NC: Carrboro Public School Foundation:  This public school program serving kids grades 6-8 with string orchestra needs to develop its inventory in order to better serve students unable to afford rentals. All of the instruments in this grant would be offered to students of color, and 100% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. We’ve offered $2000 in matching funds to support this public school program serving at-risk kids.

Detroit, MI: Detroit Suzuki Academy of Music:  This program serves children pre-K through grade 12 with private and group lessons; emphasis is on family involvement.  They need more inventory for families unable to afford instrument rentals. We’ve offered support for 4 violins.

Filer, ID: SD 413: This school district is starting a new program featuring ukulele instruction in the 5th grade; the goal is to provide a musical experience for nearly 800 students. CFKF has offered matching support for 35 ukeleles to support this district and their kids in a rural area of Idaho.

Hazelwood, MO: Blossom Wood Day School:  This school, located in a high-risk northern county of St. Louis, offers after-school and summer programming to kids ages 4-12. The student population is almost entirely African-American, the majority are single-parent families; they need more inventory to support families that can’t afford rentals. We’ve offered $2000 in matching funds to support this program in a socio-economically challenged area.

Honolulu, HI: PAI Foundation:  This Foundation’s goal with this grant is to support traditional Hawaiian music experience for kids grades 6-12 through a new music program, focusing on music performed on ukulele, guitar and double bass. They hope to reach Native Hawaiian kids, along with students of a variety of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds; CFKF has offered $2000 in matching funds to support this Foundation’s work.

Hyattsville, MD: DeMatha Catholic HS:  This faith-based school serving students grades 9-12 wishes to expand their inventory of excellent quality new instruments to provide inclusion for families otherwise unable to participate along with providing incentive for recruitment. The school serves an ethnically diverse population of boys, and over 60% of the students in this program qualify for financial support. CFKF is providing $1496 in matching support for 6 beautiful new instruments.

Marysville, KS Elementary School Music Dept.:  This public school program located in a rural part of Kansas aims to build on an existing program offering recorder and band instruments for kids grades K-6; the goal is to offer strings through ukulele to fill out their musical experience. We’ve offered $1800 in matching support for 40 ukeleles in this rural area of Kansas.

Miami, FL: Guitars over Guns Organization:  This innovative organization offers after-school music programs to at-risk kids in Chicago and Miami; they’re currently looking at expansion to another major metropolitan area. A goal is to offer the musical experience to youth during a period of the day when most violence and crime happen in their neighborhoods. The population served is almost 100% African-American and Hispanic; 99% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. We’ve offered matching support for 16 guitars and ukuleles to this innovative and inspiring model for support of kids at risk.

Miami, FL: Hive Prep:  This Title I Charter school serves kids grades K-8; they have an active violin program and wish to both expand that program and include other instruments. The school’s demographic is almost completely African-American and Hispanic; most students live in poverty. CFKF is offering $2000 in matching funds to support this school’s work.

NYC, NY: Bloomingdale SOM:  This private music school serves kids grades 1-12 from Manhattan and other boroughs with strings education; they wish to expand their offerings to include more violas, cellos, and ukuleles for beginners. They offer beginning instruction, an intermediate orchestra, and chamber orchestra for more advanced students. We’ve offered a grant of $1500 in matching funds to support this private program’s growth.

Oakland, CA: Oakland Youth Chorus:  This organization offers choral music and culturally relevant instrumental performance programming to several schools in a high-risk and economically challenged area around Oakland. We’ve offered $2000 in matching funds to support this innovative program’s new direction to help them purchase ukuleles to augment their kids’ musical experience.

Paducah, KY: Lone Oak Intermediate School:  This Title I elementary school serving primarily low-income students in a rural area near Paducah wishes to add ukulele to their music program in order to provide an additional hands-on music experience for their kids in 4th and 5th grade. CFKF has offered matching support for 30 ukeleles.

Roselle, NJ: Roselle Board of Education:  This public school string orchestra program wishes to expand its offering to 7th and 8th grade kids, and to build more quality inventory so that more kids can participate. The program is in a highly urban area of Union County with high rates of gang membership and poverty. We’ve offered $2000 in matching funds to support this program’s ability to offer the musical experience.

Valley Center, CA: Valley Center High School:  This school serving kids grades 9-12 has a choral program that wishes to expand its offering to include ukulele. This creates an outlet for expression during the pandemic where students may not be allowed to sing, or need to do their work in a hybrid online and in-person environment. We’ve offered matching support for 30 ukeleles to support this innovative new program in a rural area of California.

Wadsworth, OH: Access the Arts: This new initiative to create a musical experience in the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center aims to provide a positive artistic experience for detained kids grades 6-12. Many of these youths are depressed and have little family support; the hope is to provide hope and joy through music. We’ve offered matching support of $2275 for 22 guitars and ukeleles to support this unique program and the challenged kids they serve.