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Grant Application


Eligibility Form Live: Monday, December 6, 2021
Eligibility Form Close: Monday, January 17, 2022
Full Application Live: Monday, February 14, 2022
Full Application Close: Monday, March 14, 2022
Applicants notified: Monday, May 2, 2022

The primary objectives of PlayUSA grants and support are to

  • reduce the barriers to entry in music learning and performance for students from economically under-resourced communities
  • make a transformative investment in the creativity and human development of students
  • engage in partnerships with grantees that increase the organizational capacity, effectiveness, and impact of socially responsive instrumental instruction

Grant Criteria

In order to apply to be a part of Carnegie Hall’s PlayUSA, an organization must

  • provide equitable instrumental instruction to K–12 students
  • reduce the barriers to entry in music learning and performance for K–12 students by providing no-cost instruction
  • provide sustained high-quality music instruction in private, small group, or ensemble settings to a diverse pool of students
  • provide instruments to young people by subsidizing instrument rental, purchase, and repair
  • demonstrate interest in joining a national network of community-based music programs to discuss best teaching practices and engage in yearlong professional development

PlayUSA partnership includes

  • financial support for new or expanded programmatic work
  • program development consultation in working with partners to solve problems, address challenges, and build on best practices in the field
  • professional development both online and in-person for music educators to support delivery of exceptional programs

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