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Give A Note Foundation

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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 access for students in communities across the country. Give A Note funds innovative music education programs that allow every student, regardless of school district, the ability to learn, grow, and harness their full potential. We know those who have music education experiences thrive in all career fields, not just those in the arts. We aim to invest in that potential.

Results: Give a Note Foundation has provided more than $1.3 million in grants, impacting more than 50,000+ student in schools in over 150 communities across the U.S.

Target demographics: Music educators and their students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7500+ students

Geographic areas served: K-12 public schools nationwide

Programs: Give A Note Foundation (GAN) annually recognizes school music programs led by creative music educators utilizing innovative and sustainable strategies in non-traditional or traditional K-12 music classes with the Music Education Innovator Award (MEIA). These outstanding innovators increase access to music education and student participation through diversity in curriculum and approach. The MEIA is awarded to schools with programs that have significant potential for utilizing $4,000 grants to build upon programmatic success to date, focusing efforts on driving lasting change in a school or district. Recognized music educators serve as Innovative Ambassadors in the field and complete follow up impact reports conducted by GAN to allow other schools and districts to learn from their model programs. In addition to receiving grant funds, the award recipients are given ongoing professional development opportunities and training through key partner relationships, networking and mentorship.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the creative, thoughtful, and generous ideas that are coming from Give a Note!
They strive to build the performing arts and their educational breadth, by reaching all, especially students and teachers with few resources yet much undiscovered talent.

The stories of these students and teachers, but also the opportunities GAN provides for donation across all ranges are visual, well-crafted, and yet not intrusive. I get just enough reminders that I learn what they are doing, feel good about donating, & know what's on the horizon for the future. I also greatly appreciate that I'm not constantly bombarded with emails, texts, or repetitive information, but know how to find their website.

Recently GAN collaboratively linked up 3 other organizations to coordinate ways to help students enjoy playing music during this pandemic. Clearly they were aware of the science and the real need for musicians & those socially distancing with them to be safe, whether outdoors or in proper indoor settings

Another strength of GAN is that all of their programs connect teachers, students and donors to music education initiatives, nationally and beyond where apropos. The mechanisms by which donors can be a part of it, or connect with their diverse board members are broad; GAN can reach multigenerational donors from social-media driven youth & millennials to those who use more traditional media and other venues for learning about and sharing opportunities.

Hat's off the a great non-profit and imaginative organization and leadership!
I expect them to bring insightful ideas and programs accessible especially



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giveanote 08/26/2020

Thank you srkGANdonor! We appreciate your continued support and kind comments. Our goal is always to support the music educator and the work they do to provide meaningful music education to students.

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Rating: 5

The Give A Note Foundation awarded me with the Music Educator Innovator Award in 2018. Receiving this award was an incredible honor for me as a music teacher. It brought a lot of positive attention to my program, my school and generated interest from many teachers throughout the region. Most importantly, the award came with a $4000 grant for me to spend to improve my program.

As a result of the GAN funding, I was able to purchase two AKG C-414 condenser microphones, one Electro Voice RE-20 microphone, one Avantone CV-95 condenser microphone, a vocal shield, and a microphone stand. The acquisition of these microphones had an immediate and immense impact on the quality of all the student recordings. The new gear improved student recordings for Music Production curricular projects and recordings for the York Album Project and LP Project. These microphones have increased the quality of recordings of vocals, drums, acoustic instruments, and amplified instruments. The versatility of these microphones has improved the music production and recording experience for all students involved in the program. We have been able to create a more professional sounding album without having to rely on hardly any outside studio resources. These new tools have improved the recording quality, allowed students a more professional studio experience, and has given them exposure to studio standard microphones.

In addition to improving the quality of the recording experience for the Music Production students and musicians involved in the York Album Project, I launched a new component to the program during the 2018-19 school year called the LP Project. I invited student groups and solo artists to write, record, and release a full length LP. I invited 7 groups to participate in this recording project. They began writing and recording material in the fall and 6 of the 7 groups released an album at the end of the school year. There was a live event in April to celebrate the work these artists completed. This live event was recorded by a professional sound engineer and filmed by a professional videographer. Each group will get a copy of the video of their live set and a subscription to DistroKid to release their LP and any other music they’d like to release for a year. The LP project was a huge success and allowed me to gain more perspective on how to improve it for the future. I was able to see what a group of students were able to accomplish during the course of a school year, inside and outside of the classroom. The recordings sound amazing and each artist also contributed a song to the York Album Project. Younger musicians witnessed the standard being raised for all future recording projects and were already talking about wanting to be part of the LP next year.

The CMA Music teachers of excellence dinner was an incredible honor. The whole Nashville trip was one of my favorite parts of the entire year. I was inspired by the recognition and couldn’t wait to utilize the grant to improve my program. I really felt special the whole time I was in Nashville -- it was a great recognition of what music teachers are doing in their classrooms to inspire kids.

As a result of the publicity I received for the award, I was invited to facilitate a recording workshop at the ILMEA Music Educator’s Conference. I had the opportunity to work with students all over Illinois and teach them a variety of recording and mixing techniques. We started with a vocal track and built around it in a collaborative, non-traditional way. I wanted to show them that a recording session can be set up in any space with minimal equipment (and I used the microphones that I purchased with the grant from last year!). It was a lot of fun and I think the students got a lot out of it. I’ve been asked to come back again for the 2019 workshop.

I’ve also been asked to do a presentation on the York Album Project at ILMEA’s MusEd conference. There is a lot of interest in how to create a program like York’s music production program at other schools and I’m always excited to share what I do with other teachers. The most important thing a school can do to get a program like this implemented is start opening its doors to the non-traditional musician. The program and technology with improve over time, but students need to have an opportunity to enroll in some type of music production course. Many schools are moving towards every student having a laptop or tablet -- this is a perfect opportunity to take a chance on a music technology class.

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giveanote 08/26/2020

Thanks Chris! You continue to inspire and impress us with your dedication to your students and providing them with opportunity to learn and grow through music!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The company I run, Practicing Musician, is partnered with Give A Note to help fund K-12 music programs. Beth and Juliana have been wonderful to work with throughout the whole process, and I look forward to working with them well into the future!

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giveanote 08/04/2020

We appreciate your support Jake!

Warren Mize

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Rating: 5

The Give A Note Foundation has made a significant difference in our music education programs at the local school level. Not only that, but they have maintained a continued support for our programs through their continual connection with me as an educator. There have been many occasions when the organization members have given much needed encouragement. This is above and beyond the foundation's financial support for our programs. The organization is professional yet approachable. They stay true to their mission of providing for the continuation of music education.

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giveanote 08/03/2020

Thank you Warren! We are glad to be a part of your music program and the opportunity to continue to support you and your students. Be well!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit supports Music Education, nationwide. I am thrilled to work with them and create extraordinary experiences for learners.

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giveanote 08/03/2020

Thanks Nick! We are equally thrilled to work with you and your students. Keep up the great work teaching students ways to learn and grow through the creative expression of learning music.

Tiffany C.5

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Rating: 5

The Give A Note Foundation has absolutely revolutionized the way that I teach music in my classroom. By offering extensive grant opportunities to music educators, they support music learning in classrooms across the nation! My students and I are eternally grateful for the support of the Give A Note Foundation because they have helped to make our high school band program more technology-focused. Through the grant program, we were able to purchase new technology for our band that will be used for generations of students to come. We are using this technology to provide career training in sound engineering and acoustics for our students so that they graduate high school with employable skills. Our students are learning more than just how to play music - they're learning to create experiences and communities and we couldn't do it without the Give a Note Foundation!

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giveanote 07/29/2020

Hi Tiffany! Love hearing your students perform. Thank you for sharing! Technology is so important in today's world for music education and we are happy your grant funds are helping you in this way. Take care and thank you for your kind words.

Brad G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always envied those with musical talent as I have never really had those skills myself. I have always loved music but chose to focus my career on the skill sets that I did possess. When looking to give back to others I was happy to learn that Give A Note had a focus on providing opportunities for students in areas where many kids may not get an opportunity because there are insufficient funds and support. I have been very impressed with how creative and hard working this organization is at looking for new opportunities to create relationships with influential people in the music industry or just those that share a passion for music and want to help insure that all kids have the same opportunity to experience the benefits of a music education regardless of where they live.

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giveanote 07/29/2020

Thank you Brad! Your commitment and continued support to Give A Note helps us effectively advocate for music teachers and their students! We appreciate you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The support of this foundation has provided resources and funding that aided me in the instructional process. They are consistent in their mission to directly Impactt student engagement with tangible resources to improve student access to innovative music instruction. As a music instructor organizations that lighten the burden by providing an additional funding source are greatly appreciated.

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giveanote 07/24/2020

Thank you Garnetta! You can count on us to continue our work to support music educators like YOU. Keep making music with your students. It's so important!

Rosa R.2

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Rating: 5

All music educators in this country are very fortunate to have the Give a Note Foundation serving as an umbrella organization that supports music and music education; whether it is through providing funding for innovative music programs, sharing best practices, curriculum resources as well as organizing music educators into a vibrant professional learning community.

As one of the recipients of the Give a Note Foundation 2020 awards, my school, all of my students, and I personally benefited enormously from all the help and support I received from this wonderful organization.

The Grant provided funding for necessary hardware and software resources to implement my program. The Give a Note Foundation staff facilitated collaboration with fellow educators for mentoring and support. When COVID 19 pandemic forced the closure of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, their help with ideas and resources to facilitate distances learning music instruction has been indispensable.

I believe that Give a Note Foundation provides an invaluable service for the music educator’s community and should be commanded for a remarkable job they have been doing since its inception.
Rosa Rabinovich, Music Director at Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8, Miami, Florida



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giveanote 07/24/2020

Thanks Rosa! So glad we can help support your music program. We appreciate the work you do!

Eric S.11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't begin to tell you how amazing Give A Note is. First of all, Give A Note feels very strongly about supporting music education and making music something for all students in our country. They partner with organizations that help music educators bring music to students of all backgrounds and abilities. Second, Give A Note actively seeks out music educators that are going above and beyond to give the students in their school and community and then honors them by helping fund their program and also connect these music educators with each other so they can share ideas. And finally, Give A Note is run by some of the most amazing people you'll ever meet. They truly care about you, and they become part of your support network and friend group. My experiences with Give A Note through a funded grant application, a presentation at the that NAfME National Conference in Orlando and being recognized at the Country Music Awards Outstanding Educators Banquet in Nashville all inspired me and encouraged me to continue doing what I do!

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giveanote 07/23/2020

Thanks Eric! We appreciate YOU and all the great work you are doing with your student in your music program. Keep up the great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Imagine an elementary music classroom without recorders, a middle school choir without sheet music, or a high school marching band without uniforms. Students everywhere are seeing their passion being cut from the curriculum as art programs continue to lose funding. The sad reality of the public education system of America is forcing advocates to step up and become champions of children and their right to a quality education.

At the University of Central Missouri, a group of 50 college students are utilizing their love of music to raise money for schools who can not provide music education resources to their students. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) chapter at UCM has partnered with the Give a Note Foundation to support music education in under served regions throughout the United States. As future music educators, this cause is fueled by their passion. The money they raise goes to writing grants for schools that cannot provide valuable music resources to their students.

The UCM NAfME Chapter has one goal throughout this service project: to bring the music back into the lives of students. As active musicians, they recognize how important the role of accessing quality music education has played in shaping their lives. Not only have music programs instilled a life-long love of the arts, they have also helped define their identity. Through collecting money from the community surrounding UCM, as well as the faculty in the UCM Music Department, the students have managed to reach their goal of collecting $500 for the Give a Note Foundation. Even though they have reached their goal, they plan to continue to fight for quality music education programs for all students.

With your help, we can support quality music programs for every student, every school, and every community. With the donations we collect, we will strive for the sounds of children creating music to echo in every classroom, down every hallway, and through every school. Thank you for your consideration to support this worthwhile non-profit.

@Give a Note #MusicEdMatters

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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.

James194

Client Served

Rating: 5

Give A Note Foundation helped provide my students with a fantastic musical experience when we were one of the winners of the 2016 Music In Our Schools - Music Inspires Tour competition. Because of the great generosity of this organization, my tiny school in rural southeast Missouri received a concert and was presented with a grant check. The people at Give A Note are very easy to work with and are some of the nicest people I have ever encountered. Words simply cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for their role in providing my young elementary students with such a once-in-a-lifetime experience.