Advancement of Music Grant

From The Presser Foundation

The Presser Foundation provides philanthropic support for music and music education, in keeping with the Will of its founder, Theodore Presser. They work to fund the musical arts, while striving to serve a broad and diverse community of musicians, educators, and music lovers.

Type of Support


The Committee for the Advancement of Music considers requests for grants for general operating support of music organizations working in a broad range of traditions, genres, and styles. The Presser Foundation invests in grantees’ missions rather than specific programs. General operating support allows partners to use the funds as they see fit to reach their goals.


Organization's Location
Program Location
Organizations that are in PA (including Harrisburg), NJ, DE or MD and are within a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia are eligible to apply, Organizations in the New York and Baltimore metropolitan areas will not be considered for funding.
Organization Type
Pre-collegiate, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) music performance, music presenting or music education organizations (including after school music programs, community music schools, music preparatory divisions, and youth instrumental and vocal programs)
Fiscally sponsored organizations/programs
Supporting organizations
Organization Budget And Years
Organization has existed for at least 6 years


Individual artists/musicians, non-retired music educators, schools of all levels, high school bands, museums, organizations that do not have music as their primary focus, and arts organizations that only offer music as a small component of their programming
Theater, commercial music theater, dance, or other non-music productions
Accredited colleges, universities, independent institutions of higher education with a school/department of music applying for support of the school or department of music
2.5k – 50k


You may submit applications every year.
Contact info
Review Criteria

Considering the Foundation’s Social Justice Statement and Values, applications will be judged on all of the following:

  • The strengths and accomplishments of the applicant organization
  • The relationship between the music programming of the applicant organization and the needs of the community(ies) served
  • The applicant organization’s history and stability, as well as its long-term impact on the community
  • How a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, anti-racism, and anti-bigotry is reflected in the applicant organization
  • The value and feasibility of the applicant organization’s programs
  • The contribution of the applicant organization to the overall music community