Northeast Iowa School of Music Awarded $50,000 in Grants


We are excited to announce Notheast Iowa School of Music was awarded over $50,000 in grant funding! Of this, $41,731 is for general operating funds to support our mission to make the life-changing benefits of music education and enrichment accessible to all through instruction, performance, and outreach.

The Iowa Arts Council selected Northeast Iowa School of Music as one of its new Cultural Leadership Partners with a total award of $30,000, disbursed as $10,000 per year for the next three years. Funding for the Cultural Leadership Partner grant program is made possible by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, the City of Dubuque Arts and Culture Commission awarded NISOM $11,731 through the FY19 Operating Support Grant Program.

Northeast Iowa School of Music also received $9,000 to support special programs:

• The City of Dubuque has renewed their funding support of Northeast Iowa School of Music's student scholarship program through the Department of Leisure Services. This $3,000 provides need-based financial assistance to students, enabling them to receive life-changing music education.

• The Dubuque Racing Association awarded $3,000 for Development Technology. These funds will allow us to replace an outdated laptop and update our donor software, which will increase administrative efficiency and help us acheive our fundraising goals, which in turn supports more programs.

• The US Bank Foundation provided $3,000 for ChamberFest Dubuque to make it accessible to children from low- and moderate-income households. Students in grades 5-12 received free tickets to the concert with Michael Gilbertson and friends in June. Free adult tickets were also available to ensure children could be accompanied.

Please join us in thanking each of these funders for making music happen! As a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community, NISOM relies on the generosity of grantors and donors to help support enriching programs.

“Northeast Iowa School of Music is so grateful to all of these generous grantors for recognizing the importance of music in the lives of our students and the community,” says Tracey Rush, founder who retired as executive director at the end of July. “It is comforting to know the work that was established here will continue for years to come with this kind of support.” 



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