Funding Priorities:

We grant to individuals and organizations who have an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm -- as expressed in music and dance.


We grant two-year fellowships to those who serve as a link to a world filled with more joy. You must reside in the United States to be eligible. Click here to see current and past Fellows.


Special consideration will be given to organizations in the Pacific Northwest committed to one or more of the following:
  • on-going skill building (a strong interest of the Jubilation Foundation)
  • working with children under 18-- the younger the better
  • involving experts working and playing with non-experts
  • working toward synchrony and inclusion
  • overcoming barriers related to race and class
  • building community
  • linking diverse groups
  • creating a ripple effect
  • involving mentors
  • creating foot stomping public performances in a party-like atmosphere
  • engendering flat out joy!

Special Projects:

We grant $250-750 for additional strategies to promote our values and mission, for example:
  • scholarships for teachers, teachers aides, and other adults working with children (either professional or volunteer) to improve techniques for teaching music and movement
  • equipment and personnel needs
  • annotated bibliographies related to the biology, psychology, and sociology of rhythm and its impact on the individual and the community
  • articles written for the popular press on the significance of music and movement on children and adults

What we do not fund:

The work of the Jubilation Foundation is circling around our belief in the need for more music and movement, wherever, however it happens. We believe this is fundamental to the health of the individual and the community. However, we do not fund:
  • professional performances where students are the audience
  • programs in religious settings for religious purposes, though we sometimes make exceptions
  • formal student performances, removed from the audience
  • efforts where the main focus is music therapy
  • efforts where the main focus is theatrical, without a commitment to joyful rhythm and movement

Geographic Scope:

Individuals (Fellows): United States

Organizations: Washington and Oregon

Size of Grants:

Individuals (Fellows): $5,000/year for two years

Organizations: $2,000 to $10,000

Special Projects: $250 - $750

Application Process

Our selection process takes about five months from deadline to notification.

For Organizations:
Letters of Intent (2 pages max) are due July 15, 2015
Please include what you hope to accomplish, how and where you plan to go about it, how much funding you need, and who you are (a brief background of your organization). If accepted, you'll receive instructions for a full proposal, due September 15, 2015

For Fellows:
Nominations are due January 15, 2015
You may nominate yourself or someone else.

Click here for a pdf of the application.

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