Together in Music: 2021 Music Access Miami Mini Grant Recipients

In June 2020, Music Access Miami at the Miami Foundation was launched to answer one question- what will it take to make high-quality music education accessible to every child in our community? The strategy contains three multifaceted initiatives, one of which is the fostering of collaboration and support for all music-focused Creative Youth Development (CYD) organizations in Greater Miami. Earlier this summer, we moved one step closer to our goal of music education for all with the launch of our inaugural Music Access Miami Mini-Grants and we are so excited to share the ten recipients.

Our aim through the Mini-Grants is to support small, grassroots initiatives to increase their ability to serve more youth and families by providing flexible funds for capacity building, general operating support, and program support.  Understanding the challenges smaller and newer organizations often face in securing programmatic and operational support, this grant-cycle focused specifically on organizations with an annual operating budget under $250,000. 

Our 2021 grantees are a powerful and diverse group, representative of the unique cross sections that make our region special, serving youth and families in neighborhoods from Florida City to Brownsville (and everywhere in between).

They include: Friends of South Florida Music, Zunzún Arts and Education, The Children’s Voice Chorus, Miami Jam Sessions, Virtual Inclusion Artists, or VIA, Academy, Miami Youth Orchestra and Choir, Pinecrest City Music Project, Inc., Teeny Violini, Miami Girls Rock Camp, Inc., and Black Orchid Foundation.

In addition to the grant funds, each grantee will receive professional development opportunities in partnership with Radical Partners to aid in their continued growth and capacity. Our long term goal is to be a valuable partner with each organization and the communities they serve. 

These grantees represent just a small sample of the incredible organizations working throughout our community to make music education more equitable. e will be hosting a series of virtual and in-person events among all music access organizations to foster further connectivity, learning, and growth for all music CYD programs in our community. Additionally, we are working closely with The Education Fund to finalize our first grant cycle for Miami-Dade County teachers, leveraging innovative ideas that include music in the classrooms. Please be on the lookout for more details or stay up-to-date by checking out the Music Access Miami website.

Music Access Miami’s vision  to reach all young people through music in our region would not be possible without the generous support of a community of donors and philanthropists. We are so grateful for each of you. 

The future of music-making within Greater Miami is bright and made brighter by these 10 incredible organizations and initiatives.

Learn More about each grantee and their work by visiting the Music Access Miami Website

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