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No strings program to thriving strings program

Twenty years ago, the public schools in Redding, California had no strings program. It had been eliminated along with many other strings programs around America as a common solution to budget problems. Mike McLaughlin, the school superintendent, had read about the benefits of young students playing an instrument and decided to try an experiment. He […]

We’ve given matching grants in all 50 states!

As of July 2019, CFKF has Grant Partners in all 50 States nationwide. It has been a long-sought goal for CFKF to support string programs serving at-risk and rural kids throughout America though our matching grant program; many states have multiple CFKF grant initiatives completed or in progress. For more information, please visit

2019 2nd Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 2nd quarter grant recipients: Charleston, WV: Boulevard Adventist Academy: This new string program has been created to support kids grades K-8 in an underserved area in Charleston with string education. This is the first private school in the area to offer this kind of program. We have offered $1,360 in matching funds […]

2019 First Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 1st quarter grant recipients: Bismarck, ND: Bismarck Public Schools: This school serving kids grades 4-12 is building a program called Share the Music to support underserved kids with quality instruments. A significant number of these students are Native American.  CFKF has offered $3000 in matching funds from our Hilger restricted fund to […]

2018 4th Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 4th quarter grant recipients: Albany NY High School Strings Program: This public school program serving kids grades 9-12 is growing, and needs more quality inventory to support that growth. Much of their inventory is of lower quality and condition. We’ve offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this growing program and help […]

2018 3rd Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 3rd quarter grant recipients: Charleston, SC: Allegro Charter School: This is the second grant we’ve offered Allegro; this program serves students grades 6-12 with an immersive musical experience (students learn several different kinds of instruments as part of their study). We gave our first grant there in 2015 when this was a […]