GMM Classroom Innovations

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Classroom Innovations - Funds for 2020/2021 School Year


The primary purposes for Classroom Innovations grant funding are specifically to enhance a teacher’s range of strategies and methods of musical instruction. Falling into these categories, grants are available to all levels of music education.

  • Specific non-traditional instruments and ensembles (for example: folk or culturally inspired instruction).
  • Composition-based or improvisation-based instruction.
  • New or expanded technology-based instruction
  • Student learning centers and individualized instructional programs
  • Programs designed for special learners (as distinct from modifications or adaptations of regular lesson planning)

Grants exist to foster the development of school music programs that encourage and enable all students, without regard to financial condition, to receive the types of high quality music instruction that can eventually lead to participation in life-enriching performance experiences, including state and district festivals.


Application Guidelines

  1. Growing Music in MASS block grants, through MA MEA, will award grants depending on funding, each typically in a range from $1,000 to $5,000 to individual schools or school districts in Massachusetts.
  2. Successful grant recipients will present a workable plan, outlined in this application, to provide support for students in preparing essential audition or performance skills that could lead eventually to festival participation or in preparing for successful, rewarding performance opportunities. Examples of the types of projects for consideration might include:
  • A series of private, semi-private, or small group lessons for specific targeted students.
  • Workshops or master classes for targeted students or groups of students.
  • Programs that promote solo/chamber performance by members of large ensembles.
  • Artist-in-Residence programs to provide supplemental instruction focused on developing solo audition skills and experiences for targeted students or groups.
  • Any other grant proposal that supports the vision and mission of these grants as outlined above.
  1. It is the hope of the supervising committee that MA MEA members will be creative in designing their proposals, and that funded proposals will serve as ongoing models to consider for the future.
  2. At the conclusion of the grant’s time frame – typically the school year in which the programs are funded, the recipients will submit an evaluation of program’s participation, successes, and possibilities for future expansion.

Eligibility, Criteria and Procedures

  1. Only NAfME / MA MEA current members whose memberships remain active throughout the term of the grant, are eligible to apply for a SST grant on behalf of a school, school district or collaborative program. All members applying must have a direct formal relationship with the targeted school or program.
  2. NAfME / MA MEA members teaching in any established public, private, charter, or home school are eligible to apply. MA MEA members may choose to partner with a neighboring community in a compatible proposal.
  3. Grant proposals may come from any level. They are not limited to secondary schools, and the committee encourages proposals from Elementary and Middle Schools.
  4. Grant proposals must be complete and include all needed signatures and be submitted by the specified deadline date. Incomplete or late grant proposals will not be considered.
  5. Grant proposals will be evaluated by the district in which a submitting school or school district is located to ensure the district supports the proposal’s concept. The district will forward the application to the Grant Review Committee for consideration.
  6. If a Grant proposal is selected, MA MEA will provide grant funds directly to the recipient’s specified school or program’s associated fiscal entity for distribution as indicated on the Grant Proposal Application. In addition to the school, such entities might include a school’s PTA, PTC, or Music Booster organization.


  • JULY 1, 2020 - Deadline for submitting grant proposals.
  • SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 - Grant recipients announced.
  • MARCH 2021 - Grant recipient recognition ceremony at the All-State Conference in Boston.
  • MAY 1, 2021 - Grant recipients will report results of their grant to the SST Committee and the MA MEA Executive Board.


To apply, fill out and submit the GMM Grant Application.docx.

Massachusetts Music Educators Association

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Michael LaCava
Interim Executive Director
PO Box 3886
South Attleboro, MA 02703-3886