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PURPOSE: To provide assistance to music teachers for private study, specific college-level course work or other projects that will enhance the performing and teaching skills of the applicant.


  • Applicant must be actively teaching at the time of application.
  • Applicant may apply for funding for only one project per year. Request for funding to study privately and also attend a seminar would be considered two projects.
  • Beginning date for the project must be after July 1, 2017, and project should be completed by June 30, 2018.
  • Grant may be used for private study, college-level course work or special projects in performance, pedagogy, music theory, composition and so on.
  • The grant is not intended to be used to pursue course work toward a degree nor for ongoing projects. Grant applications for assistance with commercial ventures or projects that could be funded by an employer are not encouraged.

Note: Some examples of recent applications funded include private study with recognized teachers, course work in preparation for MTNA Certification, workshops, and master classes and seminars for the enhancement of teaching skills. Preference will be given to those whose primary source of income is independent teaching.

OF SPECIAL NOTE: The Loran Olsen Endowment provides grant funds for projects that pertain to the traditional music and/or dance of American subcultures including those of Canada and Mexico, and for projects that pertain to the expansion of knowledge of the traditional music and/or dance of other cultures worldwide.

View a list of projects that received funding last year

  • Applicant may apply for a grant in the amount of $250, $500, $750 or $1,000. A budget must be submitted with the application indicating anticipated use of the funds. The grant will be for a period of not more than one year and may be approved for one additional year at the discretion of the Teacher Enrichment Grant Committee. Individuals seeking a grant renewal must submit another application to the committee for consideration. This application must include a copy of the Teacher Enrichment Grant Evaluation Form that was returned to the Foundation Fund following completion of the project for which the applicant is seeking renewal.
  • The number of grants awarded in any year will be determined by the number of qualified applicants and the available funds. All decisions of the Teacher Enrichment Grant Committee are final.

Application Process:

  • Complete all sections of the application form and provide all attachments as requested in the form.
  • Submission Deadline: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, January 3, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • Confirmation of receipt of application and attachments will be e-mailed to the applicant from the MTNA Foundation Fund.
  • Grant recipients will be notified of the results via U.S. Mail or e-mail before the MTNA National Conference. Checks will be mailed approximately May 1, 2017.

Information Needed For Application:

  • Brief Description of Proposed Project
  • Approximate Beginning Date of Project
  • Approximate End Date of Project
  • Estimated Total Cost of Project

The following information should be detailed in one document (Word or PDF) to be uploaded:

  • A letter stating why you are requesting this grant and how your proposal will enhance your teaching or performing
  • A budget detailing the proposed use of the grant funds
  • A brief statement of your studio policy (one page max)
  • A brief listing of your professional music-related activities and offices held (e.g. community arts council, professional associations and so on)


Leave a Legacy

Would you like to make an investment in the future? If you would like to make a planned gift or fully fund an endowment of $10,000, the Legacy Society allows you to contribute to a more musical tomorrow.

Leave a Legacy—Planned Giving Form