The Guitar Center Music Foundation awards musical instruments and equipment to in-need schools and music programs. Once you’re sure you meet our eligibility requirements, we’ve made applying for a grant as seamless as possible.
Organizations can only apply and are awarded one time per year.
Only music instruction programs that are part of 501(c)(3) organizations or public schools in the United States can apply. To qualify as a music instruction program, participants must be learning how to make music. Participants can be of any age. However, music appreciation or entertainment programs do not qualify, and the participants cannot be professional or career musicians. A qualified program must fit into one of these four categories:
- - In-school music classes in which the students make music
- - After-school music programs that are not run by the school
- - Community music programs which offer music instruction to the community members
- - Music therapy programs in which the participants make the music
- 1. Individuals are not denied participation based on their musical abilities.
- 2. If the participants pay to participate, the fee is considerably less than the fair market value.
- 3. The program has been functioning for at least one year.
- 4. Each program participant receives music instruction at least once a week for at least eight months per year (camps and workshops are not eligible).
- 5. With or without a grant from Guitar Center Foundation, the organization is confident that the program will exist for the foreseeable future.
We run all grant applications through our partner grants management platform, Wizehive.
Create your profile by clicking on the "APPLY NOW" button. You will complete and submit your application through the portal.
There is no deadline to apply, but applications are reviewed by our grants committee on a quarterly basis.
All grant applications will be reviewed and you will receive an answer from us within 1-2 quarters of applying.
We don't have the resources to purchase or replace the instruments we have. These materials will give my students the chance to explore music and express their creativity in completely new ways. I am so excited to have some extra ukuleles so that students will not have to share.
– GCMF grantee