The Friends of Music is dedicated to the study, performance, and appreciation of music in the Lehigh Valley community, particularly for young people. To further this purpose it supports an annual Gifts to Schools program and other area programs that provide opportunities to enhance music education for children. The Gifts to Schools program is competitive and provides funds for projects (activities or purchases of materials) that further music education in private, public, and charter schools, grades K–12, in the Lehigh Valley region. To participate, download the Grant application and complete per the application instructions.
2019 Friends of Music Awards Grants to Area Schools
The Board of Directors of Friends of Music of Bethlehem proudly announces grants totaling $3880 to support music education in four Lehigh Valley-area school districts.
Awardees include the following:
Saucon Valley Middle School Music Department, $556 to purchase two xylophones to complement the 5th grade music literacy curriculum; Southern Lehigh Intermediate School, $1500, to purchase a student bassoon;Bangor Area High School, $1000, to create a new music technology lab; and Parkland School District, $824, to purchase miscellaneous items required by disadvantaged students in elementary school learning to play instruments.
Checks will be forwarded to the grantees in late August to ensure purchase for the start of the new school year.
All primary, intermediate and high schools are invited to submit grant proposals to Friends of Music for requests between $500-$1500. Proposals are typically due in February with decisions made by April annually.