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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Bands & Ensembles, Education, Music

Mission: Our mission is to nurture, grow, and strengthen music education opportunities – every student, every school, every community. Our strategic focus areas include: 1) Developing partnerships and relationships with business leaders and decision makers that can help influence support for music education. 2) Providing leadership and resources that make it possible for every child to participate in a school music program. 3) Encouraging investments and philanthropic gifts to support and strengthen school music programs.

Results: Give a Note Foundation has provided more than $1.2 million in grants to schools in 100 communities in the U.S. At the same time, we have conducted five national awareness campaigns that highlight the importance of music education for all students.

Target demographics: Music educators and their students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5000 students

Geographic areas served: To date, Give a Note has reached more than 35 states in all regions of the United States

Programs: Music In Our Schools Tour, Give a Note grants, awareness campaigns. Many underserved schools around the country do not receive the support they need to sustain their music programs. This need inspired the creation of Give a Note Foundation, which was established in 2011 by NAfME with a vision of giving every child the opportunity to participate in school music programs. Give a Note shines a spotlight on those areas of need, and the value of music education in the lives of all students, and the great work of the music teachers who reach those students. Most recently, we partnered with the CMA Foundation to gather information on access to music education. The product of this study will ultimately be used in grant making by Give a Note and like-minded philanthropic organizations who are want to invest in music education. We have also had the opportunity to work with organizations such as Disney Performing Arts, Radio Disney, and 21st Century Fox to join us in the efforts of providing music education for all students.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

rfleischaker

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My students and I received a Give-A-Note Grant in 2015 and were treated to a visit from guest artist, RaeLynn. The biggest benefit for our music program was the attention. We were in the national spotlight! The local newspaper and radio station had coverage for the event and we were highlighted in a video post that included schools from around the country. We performed for an audience of over 1,000 people and shared the stage with a national celebrity. Our school district is high-poverty. We hear so many negatives about being an urban district and having 'inner-city' problems. The Give-A-Note Foundation challenged all of those notions. It gave my students the chance to be seen in a positive light. We could show everyone the power of music. Yes, the money was nice and it helped to sustain our program during the next school year, but it was the confidence boost that really excited our students, parents, and administrators!

Brian160

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Give a Note is an amazing organization that helps thousands of students recieve the gift of music. In a day and age where arts often get cut from schools Give a Note Foundation helps provide instruments for students to excel and experience all that music has to offer them. Thank you for all you do for music students k-12 across the United States!

Angela163

Client Served

Rating: 5

My orchestra program was grateful and thrilled to receive a grant through the Give A Note Foundation as part of the 2016 MIOS Tour. The entire process of receiving the grant was rewarding and the foundation was very professional. They even succeeded in pulling off a secret mission with my principal for a surprise assembly to announce the news to me and the school. Along with the grant, we received a visit from Radio Disney, a concert with Forever in Your Mind, and an Ardy award. The experience really helped my students become extra motivated in their music education journey. The money went to purchase needed instruments for our growing program. Currently, we have 2 to 3 students sharing every cello, so the grant was very helpful as we work to meet the demand for instruments.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got this grant out of the blue. I have been giving to the Give A Note Foundation as a part of my dues payment for the NAfME. Anyway, I didn't apply for the grant I was just selected because of the demographics of our student population. My budget for our music department is not very high, about $500 per year so I do a lot of my own repairs and maintain my instruments as well as I can but my favorite instrument is drums and although I have a couple drum sets I really love a marching drum line. This grant allowed me to purchase some economical marching drums and start a marching band program in the school. The students were reluctant at first but after our first little parade they can not wait to do it again.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I thought this would be a long shot for our tiny class D2 school in the North Central Division, but I'm very happy that we had the opportunity to be part of the 2016 Music in Our Schools - Give a Note Tour!! As a first year teacher, this was probably really ambitious, but I did it for the students and the community! We are very grateful that Megan Nicole and Nate from Radio Disney could take time out of their busy schedules and come see what a small town school is like. The Give a Note Foundation and Radio Disney have brought the students hope and excitement with the ARDY Award as well as the generous donation of $2,500 to our music program at Stapleton Public Schools. We are looking to upgrade some instruments in our music room! I cannot thank all of the wonderful people that made this experience possible! Our only suggestion would be to play with the timing of the event. The students wished that there was time for more than three songs by the visiting artist instead of the presentation with a few songs mixed into it. I think they said they would have liked to have the presentation first followed by a concert and meet and greet. Cheers, Give a Note Foundation! You are doing a great thing for schools around the country! We look forward to submitting another video for next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Give a Note Foundation does some wonderful things for music education and music programs through-out the country! As a 2016 Southern Division winner of a $2500 grant, an ARDY award from Radio Disney, and a free Radio Disney concert by Carson Lueders and Candice on Air, Shady Hill Elementary is so very grateful for all that the Give a Note Foundation has done for us! Our sincerest thanks and deepest gratitude go out to the Give a Note Foundation and Radio Disney, not only for the grant, award, and concert, but also for the continued effort to raise awareness about the importance of music education for all our students in this country!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My elementary choir students and I participated in the Music In Our Schools Month National Bus Tour in 2015. The staff of Give A Note was EXCELLENT. I can't say enough about how professional they were and how smoothly they ran the event. All possible details were accounted for and they made my job (the teacher) so much easier by allowing me to focus on my students. They even took the time to meet with me in a conference call to patiently plan all the details, something that I'm sure was unnecessary for their team but certainly assuaged the fears of my administrators regarding the planning associated with the event on our end. I received grant money for my classroom as part of my participation in the tour. I was extremely pleased by every step of dealing with the staff of Give-A-Note.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Thomas J. Fleming, music director at Churchill County High School in Fallon, NV. We were awarded $10,000 in 2012. (I might be a year off.) One of the best things about the experience was that it was worth all the effort even if we hadn't been one of the winners. The students really came together. We had a blast arranging and filming. It was at the beginning of the school year, thus a good time to come together and gel as group. The money went a long way; instruments, uniforms, software, all that are still in use today. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been a great year musically here at UPCA! The students have all enjoyed all the ‘goodies’ that have arrived into the music room – we have been able to use all these great teaching tools – books, posters, games – it is so nice to have these extra additions to the curriculum!!

The most exciting part for me was to be able to provide students in grades 3 and 4 a recorder in the Spring semester this year! Most students were able to learn the proper technique, and play different rhythms and the notes B-A-G! Quite an accomplishment in a short period of time!

Once again, I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be awarded this grant and share all these wonderful tools with my students here! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Give a Note Foundation Award Report
Carter Academy for the Performing Arts

Funds awarded are for the purpose of supporting the school based, curricular and co-curricular music education program.

Program Description

The Give a Note Foundation Award of $3000 was used to secure transportation for the children of Carter Academy for the Performing Arts to attend two (2) performances by professional performing arts ensembles at theater venues in downtown Houston, TX.

874 students attended two (2) performances by professional performing arts ensembles at theater venues in downtown Houston. The students saw a variety of performances including musical theater, dance ensemble, and instrumental and vocal music.