2015 Third Quarter Grants

More grants awarded!

Bowie, MD: Youth Jazz Orchestra: This community is building a jazz orchestra to engage a predominantly at-risk and ethnically diverse population. CFKF is providing support for several new instruments for this innovative program.

Charlestown, SC: Allegro Charter School: This new school is creating a music program to serve an ethnically mixed group of middle-school students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds; their goal is to create a full orchestra soon. CFKF has offered support for new instruments for this exciting new program.

El Monte, CA: El Monte, CAHSD: This program serving a diverse group of high school students aims to provide musical opportunity to disadvantaged youth. The program is growing quickly, and the school offers a variety of musical experiences for the kids there. CFKF is providing matching support for 4 beautiful new instruments.

Elmira, NY: Elmira, NY HSD: This district, located in the southern tier of New York, has an active instrumental program, but limited school aid to support the purchase of new instruments (most are 40 years old or older). Our grant will both revitalize inventory for their high school strings program and provide free access to instruments to students unable to rent or buy them.

Greenville, SC: Legacy Charter School: This rapidly expanding program serves an ethnically diverse population grades K-4; his program is funded exclusively through a local Foundation. Their goal is to build strings participation and begin a middle school program soon, and CFKF is supporting this initiative with a matching grant.

Houston, TX: Reece Academy: Reece Academy offers strings instruction for pre-K and Kindergarten students, and wishes to modestly expand their inventory so that students can take already damaged instruments home to practice. They’ve received a grant from CFKF to support this goal.

Mankato, MN: Buela Youth Orchestra: This High School Seminary organization wishes to build an after-school youth orchestra and build an instrument inventory to provide access to instruments for young people regardless of their economic circumstances. We’ve offered them a matching grant to meet this challenge.

Mayer, AZ: Mayer Elementary PTO: This group wishes to begin a grade 4-8 string program in this very rural area school district; the PTO was formed to help support the creation or continuity of arts programs where there was little school support. The area is depressed economically; 34% of the students qualify as homeless. CFKF has offered this program support for their purchase of 7 new instruments.

Middlebury, VT: Community Music Center: This new program, serving a largely rural area around Middlebury, aims to allow participation in strings regardless of financial circumstances. There is little strings instruction in the area, and this program fills that gap. We’ve offered matching support for 6 new violins and violas.

Missoula, MT: Loyola Sacred Heart Foundation: This school serves students from a broad area of northwestern Montana; they have an active string program serving high school kids, and wished to provide a double bass to complete their inventory. We’ve supported their request, and continue our history of supporting the arts in Montana, the birthplace of CFKF.

Moreland, CA: Music in Moreland: This quickly growing middle school program serving an ethnically diverse population supports 6 schools in the Moreland CA area with strings instruction. Our support for several new instruments will allow more students to participate regardless of need.

Phoenix, AZ: Western School of Science and Tech. This new string program serving middle school kids serves a low-income population; they hope to build a substantial program to offer musical opportunity to the students there. We have offered support for several instruments for this exciting new program.

Pueblo, CO: Bessemer Academy: This middle school is starting a new string program this year, and wishes to build an inventory for their ethnically mixed student population. CFKF has offered support for 3 new instruments for this new initiative.

St. Louis, MO: Lutheran HS: This string program, located in an economically challenged area of St. Louis very close to Ferguson, wishes to build a quality string program for kids in a difficult environment. They have a very small inventory, and our grant will strengthen their ability to offer strings.

St. Louis, MO: Classical Guitar Society: This private program, serving kids from the Ferguson area of St. Louis, provides classical guitar instruction to kids from low-income families in a particularly strife-ridden area. We have offered support for many new guitars to support this important program.

San Marcos, CA: Fortissimo Program: CFKF supported the creation of this new program for 3rd and 4th graders last year; it is expanding rapidly and needs an infusion of more instruments (they can only expand the program when they have instruments available for the kids). We have offered a second grant to support this quickly growing program.

Scranton, PA: Marywood University: This afterschool program serves serves kids K-12 run by Marywood U. They wish to expand to offer more opportunity to families who would not otherwise be able to participate due to rental fees. We have offered them a second-round matching grant to encourage this growing and well-run program.

Zachary, LA: Zachary CSD String Orchestra: This middle school string program, serving an ethnically diverse population, wishes to build its inventory of double basses (they have 9 bass players but only 5 instruments so the kids have to share). CFKF has offered this growing program a matching grant for more new double basses.

Evaluations from New West Symphony Harmony Project

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Due to funding from Classics for Kids Foundation, we have been able to create a new viola class. This has not only enabled more children to join the program (7 students in the viola class), but has also added greater depth to our orchestra and chamber ensembles (previously there were only violins, cellos, and jaranas in the string section). Our sound is fuller and richer, which is exciting for the students. We have also been able to add one more chamber group since we now have more string students. Lastly, our violin teacher was able to teach more hours with the addition of a viola class.

I love music. When I play, I don’t worry about anything. I forget the rest of the world and get lost in the music. It’s just so interesting and it keeps me focused and entertained.

There are now more options for string instruments, which has added an element of enthusiasm and curiosity. Most students had not previously known what a viola was. There is also a wonderful bond among our violists as being the “first ever Harmony viola class” and also for being the “unique” ones. Parents have been learning about the instruments alongside their children. We currently have 40 string player students, compared to the 30 we had last year.

Kroc Center Partnership

Partnership between Classics for Kids Foundation and Salvation Army Kroc Centers

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Classics for Kids Foundation (CFKF) has been given the unique opportunity to
explore a formative partnership with the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc
Community Centers. In 1998, Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to the Salvation Army (TSA) to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, CA. When Mrs. Kroc passed away in 2003, she left $1.8 billion to TSA, the largest single gift given to any single charity at one time. The money was designated to build a series of state-of-the-art community centers in the four Army Territories. No other US charity has ever undertaken such a sweeping fundraising or construction effort with the potential to impact millions of people.

Shared Missions

This partnership realizes an alignment of visions between CFKF’s mission of supporting string education programs through matching string instrument grants and support for program creation, and realization of the Kroc family’s vision of music being central to the experience of children involved at all Kroc Centers nationally.

Individual Programs

  • Boston String Project
  • Coachella Valley String Program

2015 Second Quarter Grants

Many grants awarded in the second quarter!

Aurora, CO: Vanguard Classical School: This new charter school for grades 6-11 serves mainly low-income and minority families; we are giving support for several new instruments to students otherwise unable to participate in a small ensemble

Bloomington, IN: Habitat4Kids: This new program aims to support underserved kids with strings instruction for kindergartners. It was created by renowned violinist and conductor Joseph Swenson and will be taught by graduate students at Indiana University. CFKF is giving support for many new instruments for this innovative new program.

Brooklyn, NY: Noel Pointer Foundation: This organization provides music instruction and support to music programs around NYC; their program is building an inventory of high-quality instruments for their more advanced students in the Saturday Strings program. The great majority of students are African-American and Hispanic. We are giving them support for 10 new violins.

Burlington, NC: Williams HSO: This school has an active string program serving a diverse population in a Title I school; CFKF is supporting their need for several new instruments.

Charlotte, NC: Piedmont Middle School: This middle school program serves an ethnically diverse population; they receive very little support for instrument acquisition, and students typically have to share instruments. CFKF has offered grant support for 2 violas and 1 bass for this program.

Chicago, IL: Chicago West Community Music Center: This program is one of the few in this geographic area that supports music in a very challenging environment. They wish to begin a community orchestra with strings, and our support for 6 cellos will allow access to strings for those otherwise unable to participate.

East St. Louis, IL: Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School: This program serves children ages 5-14 in one of the most impoverished areas in the U.S. Students there are involved in a curriculum aimed at helping them break the cycle of poverty; 98% of the families involved are eligible for the Federal Free Lunch program. CFKF has offered support for their purchase of 15 violins.

Hawthorne, CA: Arts Alive: This program, in one of the most economically challenged areas of Los Angeles, CA, is growing quickly and wishes to expand accessibility to an after-schools string program. They are beginning a new string ensemble this coming fall, while providing access to violins otherwise inaccessible to the families there. We supported their request for 14 violins.

Larkspur, CA: Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM): This quickly growing string program, serving Title I schools located in the Canal area of San Rafael, needed an influx of new instruments to keep pace with demand and allow access to families there to strings programs. CFKF has offered support for a varied package of new instruments.

Madera, CA: This Title I school, Monroe Elementary, in the most impoverished area of Madera, has a goal of starting a string program with our support for instruments. 100% of the 4th and 5th grade students there qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. We are supporting this exciting new program’s need for many new instruments.

New York City, NY: Harmony Program: This large program provides strings instruction to kids grades 3-6 in the Washington Heights and Flatbush areas of NYC. 87% of the students qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. The goal of this grant is to expand offerings in an area that has very little strings instruction opportunity otherwise. CFKF is supporting this organization with a matching grant for many new instruments.

Robertsdale, AL: Robertsdale Elementary: This new program, serving an ethnically mixed population of students grades 4-6, is creating a new string program in this economically impoverished area. 70% of the students there qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. CFKF has offered support for their purchase of 20 violins.

Rochester, NY: Rochester City School District: This large urban district is embarking on a very large initiative to greatly expand access to strings instruction across the entire district over the next five years. The city of Rochester has the 7th highest child poverty rate in the U.S.; 87% of the students qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. CFKF has given an initial matching grant to support their development of this important new initiative.

Santa Barbara, CA: Harding University Partnership Elementary School: This program offers strings instruction to students grades 4-6 in an economically challenged area of Santa Barbara; 63% qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. CFKF supported their need for a new cello for their program.

Santa Rosa, CA: Symphony Simply Strings: This afterschool program, run by the Santa Rosa Symphony, is introducing El Sistema-based strings to kids grades 2-4 in the Roseland area, which has a very high poverty rate This program integrates music with other mentorship and healthy snacks. They are receiving support for 21 new violins.