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2018 Music Grant

The purpose of the State of the Arts Music Grant is to fund initiatives and strategies that will expand students’ access to high-quality music education.

The eight State of the Arts music grant recipients representing every major region of Tennessee are:

  • Greene County Schools
  • Sevier County Schools
  • Bradley County Schools
  • Warren County Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Gibson County Special School District
  • Shelby County Schools

More information is in the March 2019 press release.

  1. Engage more students in music education by providing access to high-quality, curriculum-driven, and sequential standards-based music instruction.
  2. Create equity and alignment by establishing new music programs in schools previously underserved and by strengthening existing programs.
  3. Foster excellence, creativity, and growth through a variety of traditional and innovative music programs.
  4. Support highly effective music educators through professional development.
  5. Reflect our culturally and ethnically diverse communities through outreach and community engagement.

State of the Arts music grant recipients were selected through a rigorous and competitive application process. Applications were submitted from across the state — representing rural, suburban, and urban school districts. Those applications were reviewed and scored by a panel of music education and grant experts. Applications were reviewed and scored with a rubric evaluating qualifications, identified needs, impact strategies, and capacity. The review panel identified a number of finalist districts from each CORE region. Application writers/project managers/music teachers from each finalist districts participated in an interview process to further discuss and explore the district’s goals, needs, strategies, community engagement, and capacity to implement the grant. After the interview, the review panel was consulted for a final decision on award districts to identify districts with proposals that met the key priorities/criteria of the grant, demonstrated need, feasibility of impact strategies, and capacity to implement.

Aug. 1, 2018: Music Grant application opened

Sept. 28, 2018: Grant application submission deadline

Oct.-Nov. 2018: Application and proposals reviewed by panel, finalists interviewed

Jan. 2019: Public announcement of awarded grants

Mar.-Apr. 2019: Initial funding issued to districts, districts begin implementation

June 2022: End of three-year grant period

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