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Carnegie Hall’s PlayUSA supports partner organizations across the country that offer instrumental music education programs to low-income and underserved K–12 students. These organizations receive funding, as well as training and professional development for teachers and arts administrators, in addition to guidance from Carnegie Hall staff to help address challenges and build on best practices.

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2018-2019 Application Timeline

  • February 1st: Eligibility Form Available
  • March 15th: Eligibility Form Due
  • April 16th: Full Application Sent To Finalists
  • May 18th: Full Applications Due
  • June 30th: 2018-2019 Partners Announced

Applications for PlayUSA are now closed. Please check back later for information on applying to PlayUSA 2019.

2017–2018 Partners

New Partners

El Sistema Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Launched in September 2013, El Sistema Oklahoma (ESO) has grown rapidly into a successful and unique afterschool program that serves more than 200 public school children in the heart of Oklahoma City. Support from PlayUSA in the coming year will help ESO develop a robust professional development infrastructure for faculty, emphasizing aural-based beginning instruction and transition to reading notation, student-centered instruction, effective classroom management, and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Returning Partners

Atlanta Music Project (Atlanta, Georgia)

The Atlanta Music Project’s mission is to inspire social change by providing Atlanta's youth the opportunity to learn and perform music in orchestras and choirs. Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project (AMP) provides intensive, tuition-free music education to underserved youth right in their neighborhood. Funding from PlayUSA will allow new students to take part in the program, support the launch of a new master class series, provide professional development opportunities for teaching artists, and subsidize instrument repairs and replacements.


Fund II Foundation

Lead support for PlayUSA is provided by Fund II Foundation.

The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

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