1. New applicants must first submit a letter of inquiry after carefully reading funding objectives. Letter of inquiries are accepted on a rolling basis. Please keep in mind that depending on volume it may take up to a month to receive an evaluative response.
  2. If an LOI is approved, new applicants will receive an email with a link to submit a formal grant proposal.
  3. Organizations are eligible to apply for support once per year.
  4. All applicants must reapply each year for continued support unless they have been told otherwise. Organizations will not receive a reminder from the Foundation about proposal deadlines.
  5. Proposals for the 10/30/20 deadline will receive a grant if approved, at the earliest on 1/31/21. Proposals accepted for the 4/17/21 deadline, will receive a grant, at the earliest, 9/30/21.
  6. The D’Addario Foundation prefers not to provide funding for the purpose of purchasing equipment or instruments. If you have instrument needs we recommend reaching out to the following organizations: Hungry for Music, Instruments in the Cloud, Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation, Guitars 4 Gifts, Reverb Gives, or the Guitar Center Music Foundation.
  7. Grantee organizations that have been told they’ve reached term limit may re-apply for support after a three year grace period if they continue to meet funding objectives.
  8. Please review our FAQs before submitting a proposal. If you have any questions, please submit them to foundation@daddario.com.

Does your organization meet the following criteria?

  • 501(c)(3) non-profit status (or international equivalent)
  • Offers free or affordable instrument instruction
  • Addresses a need in the community it serves
  • Provides frequent instruction, where students are participating multiple times per week and for as many years as possible throughout their primary & secondary education


If so, please review the proposal guidelines to apply for support. 


We do NOT provide funding for the following:

  • Individuals
  • Religious, veteran, or fraternal organizations
  • Telethons, benefits, or fundraisers
  • Capital campaigns, endowments, or building fund drives
  • Political or lobbying organizations
  • Short-term initiatives such as: performances, masterclasses, festivals, workshops, concerts, summer camps, drum circles, or competitions
  • Band boosters, parent organizations, or private schools
  • Instruments, equipment, or music material requests
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