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PURPOSE: To provide financial assistance to MTNA affiliates for the development of the affiliate’s presence in the community through projects offering educational and professional development for teachers, as well as support and promotion of music in the community/state.


  • Any MTNA-affiliated local association or state MTA may apply.
  • Proposed projects must occur during the current grant year (July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018).
  • Past grant recipients are eligible for new projects only. A new project is one that begins during the current grant year (see above) and is not an ongoing project from a previous year. It might be the same type of project as a prior year, such as a master class, but will have different parameters, such as a different clinician or audience.
  • Only one application per affiliate should be submitted.

Submission Deadline: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, January 3, 2017

PROJECT SUGGESTIONS: Projects should be creative and beneficial to many individuals rather than a small, specialized group.

Suggested projects include:

  • Educational workshops for the development of musical skills in preparation for certification examinations
  • Projects promoting interaction between local associations and collegiate chapters, area colleges or other musical or arts organizations
  • Clinics, master classes, seminars
  • Community outreach and/or educational projects
  • Activities advocating music as a part of education
  • Pilot projects

View a list of projects that received funding last year.

NOTE: Fundraising projects including monster concerts and other such events that should break even or generate income for the affiliate are not eligible. Affiliates also may want to avoid projects that could be funded as publisher’s showcases.

OF SPECIAL NOTE: The Loran Olsen Endowment provides grant funds for projects that pertain to the traditional music and/or dance of American subcultures including those of Canada and Mexico, and for projects that pertain to the expansion of knowledge of the traditional music and/or dance of other cultures worldwide.


  • Evidence of need for the project and benefit to either the state affiliate, local association or the community.
  • Compliance with all grant guidelines.
  • Completed application with all information requested.
  • Existence of a well-developed plan for implementing the project, including personnel required, timeline, detailed project description and specific uses for the grant funds.
  • Inclusion of a balanced project budget, including proof of matching funds
  • Evaluation by the committee will include the following considerations:
    1. Preference will be given to projects that are unusual and creative, and might spark other ideas.
    2. Preference will be given to first-time applications.
    3. Preference will be given to applications that exhibit community outreach and/or education.
    4. Preference will be given to projects that incorporate cooperation with other music or arts organizations.
    5. Preference will be given to projects where the affiliate is actively involved in the development and implementation of the project.


  • No award will exceed $750
  • MTNA Affiliate Grants are matching grants. This means that if an affiliate requests $400, it must show other income sources that total at least $400. Other income sources might include registration fees, entry fees, the affiliate's treasury (member dues), donations, other grants and in-kind donations (example: university provides space for a workshop free of charge).
  • The selection committee reserves the right to award an amount less than requested when deemed appropriate.
  • All decisions of the selection committee are final.
  • Upon completion of the project, a FINAL REPORT must be submitted to MTNA National Headquarters.


  • Name of Affiliate
  • State
  • Number of Members
  • Website or Facebook page
  • Amount requested
  • Grant contact name/e-mail/phone
  • Project Title
  • Project start/end date
  • Brief description of project (100 words)
  • Narrative that describes a detailed project description and a well-developed plan for implementation and completion of the project, including personnel required, timeline and specific uses for grant funds. (upload Word or PDF document)
  • Anticipated expense and income items:
    • Include requested grant amount as part of income
    • Total expenses must equal income


Leave a Legacy

Would you like to make an investment in the future? If you would like to make a planned gift or fully fund an endowment of $10,000, the Legacy Society allows you to contribute to a more musical tomorrow.

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