School children are the principal beneficiaries of our funds. In the last past five years, we have funded programs bringing music education to more than 111,225 kids, both in the seven-county metropolitan area and throughout the state of Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern North Dakota. These students attend a wide range of schools in our area, both public and private, and come from every grade level.

Establishing a presence for music education in schools has never been easy. TCOG is proud to work with a variety of organizations who are creating programs that support music education. Twice each year (Fall and Winter), we review applications for education grants.

Grant Applications for Winter/Spring/Summer Programs Are Open and Due October 31st.  Grant applications will be reviewed mid-December. Application information at bottom of this page.

2021 Funded Programs

Type of Project/Proposed Grantee Organization Grades

In-School Music Programs

Opera For The Young: virtual performances in twelve schools
An Opera Theatre: education residency at five high schools
113 Composers Collective: web portal to submit new music
Fargo-Moorhead Opera: virtual performances by FMO Young Artist Quartet
Saint Paul Conservatory of Music: Music for All Program
New Richmond Elementary School District: Opera for the Young performances

University of Minnesota School of Music Scholarship Award

Joan T. Smith Award for Vocal Music Student

Choral & Instrumental Programs for Students-In School

Cantus: virtual residency program at three schools

Support For School Musicals

Norman County MN: high school musical

Choir/Music After-School School Programs for Students

VocalEssence: VESOTA Choral Program
ComMUSICation: Performance Choir
Lundstrum Performing Arts: Classes
Gay Men's Chorus

Summer Music Programs for Children

Mixed Precipitation: four one-week long music camps
Minnesota Sinfonia: in-person outdoor concerts

Metropolitan Opera Auditions Singer Awards

Metropolitan Opera Auditions District and Regional Awards