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, and Summer 2024 Programs are Open and Due by October 31.  Grant applications will be reviewed in mid-November. Application information at bottom of this page.

2023 Funded Programs

Type of Project/Proposed Grantee Organization Grades

In-School Music Programs

Saint Paul Conservatory of Music: Music for All Program
Opera For The Young: virtual performances in twelve schools
New Richmond Elementary School District: Opera for the Young performances
An Opera Theatre: Education residency at high schools
Imaginality Opera-virtual opera
Career and Life Transition Program, Mounds View Public Schools-drumming for disabled students

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
Capital Hill Middle School

Choir/Music After-School School Programs for Students

VocalEssence: VESOTA Choral Program high school
ComMUSICation: Performance Choir
Lundstrum Performing Arts: Classes
Opera Reading Project - Audition training for student singers of all ages

Summer Music Programs for Children

Young Actors Academy at Open Window Theatre
St. Croix Valley Opera
Minnesota Sinfonia: in-person outdoor concerts

Metropolitan Opera Auditions Singer Awards

Metropolitan Opera Auditions District and Regional Awards