Classical music has a "diversity problem." Several organizations are working hard to cultivate awareness and solve this issue. We support these efforts.
But the problem goes deeper.
Even before a student reaches the pre-professional level, our economic system and the racial wage gap prevent aspiring musicians from even taking the first steps toward a career in music.
Because music is expensive.
A good student flute is $1,000; a professional model is $15,000. Weekly private lessons range from $50-$100 per hour. A set of decent cello strings can set you back $250. A box of saxophone reeds costs $35.
When you consider these expenses it becomes clear why careers in music usually develop out of a place of privilege.
This isn't fair.
We believe that every student should have the opportunity to realize their full potential in music.
That is why we created Lift Music Fund.
About Lift Music Fund:
Our mission is to make achievement in music more accessible and equitable.
We do that by helping underrepresented students overcome the barriers, financial and otherwise, to pursuing a career in music.
Lift Music Fund, unlike other scholarship organizations, provides financial aid to Black, Latinx, and Native American student musicians aged 11-22, helping them to afford the incidental and hidden costs such as necessary equipment, lessons, and other expenses to advance their musical training.
Lift Music Fund also provides informational resources to help students navigate the path toward a career in music and a community of support for young musicians as they work to achieve their goals.
Why we need your help:
Every month, we award a number of microgrants up to $250 called Lift Awards to offset costs that are essential to students’ growth and success. Your support will help fund the first year of Lift Awards and set the stage for ongoing success.
Every student should have the opportunity to realize their full potential.
Please join us to support the next generation of musicians.
About our fiscal sponsorship:
Lift Music Fund is under the fiscal sponsorship of Athens Area Arts Council, an IRS-designated 501(c)(3). This means that your donations are tax deductible and will be processed by AAAC and directed to Lift Music Fund.