Grantee Spotlight: An Update from Music Education Grant Program Grantees

In 2022, Chorus America’s Music Education Partnership Grants program distributed over $900,000 in grants to fund projects designed to increase access to choral music and promote non-arts learning and cultural literacy while upholding the principles of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Twenty grants were awarded to support collaborations during the 2022-23 school year to community organizations and schools across the United States and Canada. Now halfway through the school year, we are happy to share some photos and updates on the work from our partners.

For our first Grantee Spotlight, we want to highlight two projects from the Southwest Region.

Grand Vision Foundation

The Grand Vision Foundation in San Pedro, California received an award to support its Roots Music Program (RoMP). Implemented at eight schools and growing, RoMP teaches elementary school students music basics, teamwork, and encourages empathy. The semester-long program gives fourth graders the opportunity to explore foundational music concepts through a multicultural lens, engage with professional performing artists and present a performance of international music.

Bi-National Arts Institute

The Bi-National Arts Institute in Bisbee, Arizona organized A Concert Without Borders featuring students from Naco Elementary/Middle School, Greenway School and Naco, Sonora, and students from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Hermosillo, Sonora. Fellow grant partner, Desert Sounds’ mariachi ensemble from Mesa, Arizona also performed. The event, themed “Youth and Migration,” was held on October 29, 2022, at the border wall between Naco, Arizona, and Naco, Sonora.