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2017 4th Quarter Grants

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2017 4th quarter grants!

Boston, MA: Boston String Academy: This program serves a broad community of minority and immigrant families around Boston; their goal with this grant is to establish a solid string program in Allston, MA at their partner Gardner Pilot Academy. CFKF has offered matching support for 12 violins to encourage this program’s growth from our Boston String Project fund.

Buffalo, NY: Olmsted School Foundation: This program supports a thriving and quickly growing string program serving kids K—12. The city of Buffalo has a poverty rate of nearly 50% for children, and 64% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program, CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

Chicago, IL: Chicago West Community Music Center: This is our second grant request from this organization; they serve children grades K-12 and beyond. They are building a program for younger students to grow into their teen program. CFKF has offered $1,248 in matching funds to further encourage this program’s growth.

Harrisburg, PA: Harrisburg Academy: This program serves kids grades 4-12; they have an active and growing orchestral program and requested support for 1 double bass. We have offered matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program in a state we have a growing presence in.

Kansas City, MO: Heartland Chamber Music: This program serves kids pre-K through 6th grade with violin instruction. Many of the students go to schools without a string program; They requested support for 14 violins and have received $1,044 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program.

Madera, CA: Millview Elementary School: This is the 3rd grant request from Madera; interest in their string program continues to grow, and this grant will support the creation of another string program in another elementary school there. 100% of the students qualify for the Federal free lunch program; the kids are 90% English language learners. They requested support for 20 instruments and CFKF has offered $3000 in matching funds to further encourage this program’s growth.

Mobile, AL: St. Paul’s Episcopal School: This private school serves an ethnically mixed population of students grades 5-12. They have an active string program called Chamber Strings that travels and performs around the area, and they wish to allow access to instruments for those families unable to purchase or rent them. They requested support for 5 instruments, and CFKF has offered $1,937 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth in a new state for CFKF.

NYC, NY: Washington Heights Inwood Project: An organization called Orchestrating Dreams is developing a project in Washington Heights to provide cultural access to Washington Heights residents ages 2-24 with orchestra, chamber ensemble and other activities. This grant will provide instruments for students grades 7-10 for this ethnically diverse group. They requested support for 16 instruments, and CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s expansion.

Rushville, IN: Franklin County 4H: This 4H group serving kids grades 3-12 fills a void where there is no string program in the schools in this rural area. They requested support for 1 cello and 1 bass, and CFKF has offered matching support for this program’s request

San Marcos, CA: Kids’ College: This is our third grant request from this quickly growing and innovative program (they are projecting growth from 75-125 kids this year) serving kids grades 4-6. This organization is the only source of string education there, and 85% of the children qualify for the Federal free lunch program. They requested support for 14 instruments, and we continue our support for this great program’s growth with a $2,500 match.

Savannah, GA: Savannah Classical Academy: This school serving students K-12 has a goal of providing a classical education including the arts; the students for this school are chosen by city-wide lottery. They have an active string program and need more stringed instruments to serve the kids there. The student population is predominantly African-American. They requested support for 20 instruments, and we’ve offered support for this program’s growth with a $3,000 match in a state we haven’t had a presence in yet.

St. Cloud, MN: Talahi Community School: This elementary school is requesting support for growth of their string program. The school (recognized for its STEM program), serves many different ethnicities, including a large East African immigrant community. Most students can’t afford to own or rent instruments; 96% of the children qualify for the Federal free lunch program. They requested support for 4 instruments, and CFKF has offered $994 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program in a state we have a growing presence in.

Increased interest!

News from the Busbee Creative Arts Academy in Cayce, SC:

The Academy is pleased to report that the orchestra currently services 12 students.  To facilitate learning, Mr. Rogers is using the Essential Elements for Strings method book series.  To supplement, appropriate quartet literature is being acquired.

The Orchestra recently completed its very first performance of “Jingle Bells” at the end of quarter showcase on December 15. The performance had no printed program so credit was given verbally to CFKF by Mr. Rogers for the instruments.

Students will participate in more such informal performances.  A notable increase in student interest following the performance has led to the planning of a seventh grade beginning course as well as a continuing seventh grade course.

2017 3rd Quarter Grants

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2017 3rd quarter grants!

Boston, MA: Boston Bridge Academy: This charter school serving kids pre-K through 6th grade has a program where every child starts on a string instrument in 1st grade; the program’s growing and they needed an infusion of larger instruments. CFKF offered a matching grant from our Boston String Project fund to encourage this program’s growth.

Conway, SC: Academy of Hope Charter School: This is a public charter school serving kids grades 3-8 in an area of high poverty. Their goal is to provide a free instrument to each child involved in music, and this grant will go toward that goal. We’ve offered $2,500 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program for underserved kids.

Flint, MI: Carman-Ainsworth Middle School: This is our third request from Flint; they have a quickly growing program in a very hard-hit area economically. They are adding a 5th grade program to an existing program for grades 6-8. CFKF has given $4,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

Jacksonville, FL: Cathedral Arts Project: This is an after-school program for underserved kids in the Jacksonville area grades 3-5. There’s a strong need to replace its aging inventory of violins and to enhance their quality. The student population is mainly Hispanic and African-American; CFKF has offered a matching grant to further encourage the growth of this after-school program.

Little Rock, AR: Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts: This summer program serves students grades K-12 serving 6 counties near Little Rock, but has attendees from as far away as Iowa and Texas. The student population is diverse; they had no instruments and had been borrowing them from other school districts. We’ve offered $3,000 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this interesting and quickly growing program, our first in Arkansas.

Manassas, VA: Parkside Middle School: This suburban middle school west of DC wants to ensure access to instruments for students otherwise unable to participate. The student population is diverse, and CFKF offered matching support for 20 violins to support their need.

Newark, NJ: Gray Charter School: This multi-ethnic charter school’s plan is to have all students grades 1-8 playing the violin, with one goal being their performing alongside members of the New Jersey Symphony. The school operates in a high poverty area of Newark; CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s considerable expansion.

Phoenix, AZ: Sounds Academy: This program offers chamber music instruction for kids K-12 from throughout the metro Phoenix area. They serve Title 1 schools and economically challenged neighborhoods; we’ve offered a matching grant to encourage this innovative program offering the chamber music experience in Arizona.

Seattle, WA: Friends of Garfield Orchestra: This is the 3rd grant request we’ve had from this program; it’s grown steadily in the meantime, and they have a strong need for cellos and violins. Most of the students involved that they are working to support can’t afford instruments; CFKF has offered a matching grant to allow this important access to quality instruments.

St. Louis, MO: Classical Guitar Society: This is our second grant request from this organization serving kids grades 4-6 with guitar instruction; the number of schools participating since our last grant has grown from 7 to 12 schools. They work in the economically and socially challenged community of Fergusen. We’ve given this innovative organization matching funds from our Deon Hilger reserve fund to encourage the growth of this well-run program.

Tucson, AZ:  Hollinger K-8 Music Program: This program has an active string program for kids grades 6-8, and they wish to extend this program to grades 3-5. CFKF has supported this expansion with a matching grant for new instruments.

A Beautiful Bass

The Shenandoah Valley Academy Orchestra performed its first concert of the year this last weekend including the first public appearance of the beautiful bass that SVA received from a grant from the Classics for Kids Foundation.  The kids did a great job and the bass sounded fantastic!

A beautiful bass received from a grant from the Classics for Kids Foundation.

Masterclasses and performances

Students from Russell Elementary School in Dorchester, MA perform at Community Music Center of Boston’s annual StringFest on June 3. StringFest invites students from 3 inner city schools with whom the Music Center has partnerships with, to come together for masterclasses and performances at the Music Center. The violin students are playing Classics for Kids instruments. 

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2017 2nd Quarter Grants

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2017 2nd Quarter Grants!

Baltimore, MD Mt. Washington School: This large public school system is starting a new string program to build on other existing music offerings there for kids grades 5-7. The student population is ethnically diverse, and we have offered $3,500 in matching funds to encourage the creation and growth of this exciting new program.

Baton Rouge, LA Kids’ Orchestra: This is our 3rd request for support from this well-run string program for at-risk kids grades K-5 in Baton Rouge.  Each new instrument they receive allows one more child to participate in the program; their growth is limited by their inventory of instruments. CFKF has offered  $3,000 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program.

Boston, MA Josiah Quincy Orchestra: this program provides string instruction to several schools in the Boston area (Dorchester, South End, Chinatown etc.) for kids pre-K through 7th grade that would otherwise have no string program to attend. These students have had to rent instruments, and this grant will provide instruments to students otherwise unable to afford them. We have offered $5,000 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program from our Boston String Project restricted account.

Lammersville, CA Mountain House High School: This ethnically diverse high school serving students grades 10-12 in California’s rural Central Valley seeks to increase accessibility to their program through a larger inventory of new instruments. CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching support to encourage this growing program, and allow disadvantaged students there the opportunity to participate.

Lancaster, OH Fairfield County Strings: This program, which was created due to the lack of any string program in the public schools in this largely rural area, serves kids K-12. They come from 7-10 different schools in the area to learn strings. CFKF has offered matching funds for this growing program as part of our support for rural initiatives.

Lexington, MI Camp Cavell Conservatory: This new program seeks to give at-risk children from the Detroit and Pontiac area a musical experience in a summer camp setting. We have offered support for 10 ukeleles for this innovative new program.

Louisville, KY West End School: This school serves kids grades pre-K through 8th grade in the economically challenged west side of Louisville. This grant will allow the string program to grow from violins only to a full string program. CFKF has offered matching support for 14 instruments from our Hilger reserve fund to encourage this growing program.

Madera, CA USD: This is our second grant request from this district; the program is growing rapidly, and they wish to start new string programs in 3 elementary schools serving kids grade 4 there. We have offered $4,000 in matching support to encourage this growing and very committed program for at-risk kids there.

Manassas, VA MAPS: This is our second grant to MAPS; they are a faith-based school serving a diverse population of kids ages 5-14.  CFKF has offered a second-round grant to encourage this well-run program.

New Haven, CT Music Haven:  This excellent program serves students most in need around New Haven. This is our second grant to Music Haven; we have offered a matching grant of $1370 for new instruments to encourage this innovative and growing program.

Oak Park Il Chicago West Side Community Center: This organization is building upon an existing orchestra for a very diverse population, and needs instruments to be able to start including younger students. CFKF has offered support for 5 new instruments to support this program in a challenging economic environment.

Portland, OR Metropolitan Youth Symphony: This organization’s Project Prelude is building new programs in 3 elementary schools serving grades 4-5 in the Beaverton area. They bring in experienced young volunteers to teach beginning strings in these schools, which have no strings offerings through the public schools. CFKF has offered matching support for 20 new violins to encourage this well-run and innovative program in a state we are growing our presence in.

Tulsa, OK Harmony Project: This organization fills a crucial gap in string education in Tulsa; they provide string instruction to several schools serving kids elementary through high school that would otherwise have no string program. They are one of several Harmony Projects nationally (we’ve served LA and NYC so far). CFKF has offered a matching grant for many new instruments from our Hilger restricted account to encourage this well-run and innovative program in Oklahoma.

Wethersfield, CT PS: This public school serving kids grades 4-6 is growing very rapidly, and they have a strong need for more new instruments; they have scholarships for rental instruments, but need instruments to be available to those particularly in need who can’t afford rentals. CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching support for 18 new instruments.

New Instruments presented to SVA

Special presentation to #SVAMusic of 2 violins, a viola, and a string bass from Classics for Kids Foundation and another generous donor at Spring Concert 2017. In the bottom photo, strings director Kelly Wiedemann is explaining that the school name is on the label inside the instruments. (Shenandoah Valley Academy)

Expanding Our Reach: Please Help!

Expanding Our Reach

Classics for Kids Foundation (CFKF) has embarked on an initiative aimed toward expanding its matching stringed instrument grant program to string programs in all 50 states during 2017. CFKF has to date given grants to string programs in 43 states around America; CFKF Also wishes to expand its presence in states where it has few only a modest presence.

CFKF’s’ matching grant program has been developed to support string programs in their efforts to acquire high quality new stringed instruments for their students. CFKF offers up to a 50% match for grant projects approved by its Board.  CFKF’s primary mission focus is supporting at-risk or disadvantaged youth, and rural programs in smaller communities. Applicant organizations must have nonprofit status or a nonprofit umbrella organization. CFKF considers grant requests quarterly.

Interested string programs are welcome to learn more about CFKF, and to submit a grant request through CFKF’s  website: www.classicsforkids.org. Applicants may also contact CFKF’s Executive Director Michael Reynolds at info@classicsforkids.org with questions about CFKF’s matching stringed instrument grant program.

 

States not yet served

  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • West Virginia

States with only one grant site

  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Iowa
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont