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Grants to USA Qualifying Nonprofits Working to Achieve Systemic Change Through Music for General Operational Support

National Meredith Willson Awards

GrantWatch ID# 207838
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
The Music Man Foundation
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/10/23
Deadline: 05/17/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA qualifying nonprofit organizations working in music for general operational support. Applicants must submit a leadership letter prior to applying. Requests will be accepted from organizations with nationally-focused programming in learning, music, and well-being that use music to achieve transformation and system change. Eligible organizations must have three years of experience and an intentional presence in at least three states.

The Meredith Willson Awards will provide significant, multi-year, general operating support to vibrant national programs and organizations working in music, learning, and well-being as part of The Music Man Foundation’s interest in using the transformative power of music to achieve systemic change. Successful applications will clearly identify the primary system the organization has sought to impact, articulate how and why music plays a key role in advancing described changes, and demonstrate why the organization is well-positioned to take on this system change.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible organizations will have three years of experience conducting programming with a national focus, and an intentional presence in at least three states. Organizations conducting programming with a national focus that also conduct programming with a local/community focus are eligible. If awarded, grant funds will be restricted for nationally-focused programming only.

In order to be considered for funding, an organization must:
- Be a non-profit organization with IRS-determined 501 (c)(3) status.
- Be a national program or organization, defined by having programming that spans at least three states. The efforts in selected states must be intentional and in line with the organization’s strategic plan(s).
- Have at least three years of mission-aligned programming in music, learning, and well-being.
- Have had at least one paid employee dedicated to the national programming for a minimum of three years.
- Not have a structural deficit.

For organizations that have previously received a grant from The Music Man Foundation, the organization must be in good standing with the Foundation before applying for the Award.

Fiscally sponsored organizations are not eligible to apply.

Recipients of a 2022 Southern California Meredith Willson Award are not eligible to apply.

Grants will not be awarded to organizations whose applications focus on developing new programs.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Interested applicants are invited to attend an information session and bring their questions.

Two 45-minute information sessions will be held on Zoom. Please register in advance.

- February 15 @ 11 am PT/2 pm ET
To register:
- February 23 @ 9 am PT/12 pm ET
To register:

Pre-Application Information
- February 15 and 23: Information sessions
- March 1 & 2, 2023: Optional office hours with Foundation staff
- March 10, 2023: Leadership Letter due
- April 12, 2023: Select organizations invited to submit full application and schedule site visit/organizational interview
- May 17, 2023: Applications due
- May – August 2023: Site visits and/or organizational interviews conducted
- November 2023: Awards announced

Any organization that meets the eligibility requirements is encouraged to submit a Leadership Letter no later than March 10, 2023. The Leadership Letter may come from the organization’s Executive Director, Board Chair, or Program Director depending on your organization’s leadership structure.

Grantmaking Approach:

Number of Grants
The Music Man Foundation anticipates awarding grants to 3 to 8 organizations in 2023.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants between $100,000 – $1,000,000 will be awarded.

Term of Contract
Grants will be paid over a two-year period.

Contact Information
To apply online:

For questions and for technical assistance, please contact

The Music Man Foundation
1751 Colorado Blvd., Number 354
Los Angeles, Ca 90041

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