The Sunnyside Music Fest Board of Directors is pleased to release the application for North Denver Youth Arts and Music Grants available from proceeds from the 2018 Sunnyside Music Festival and our 2019 VIP Party.
Because of generous support from our festival sponsors, attendees, and supporters, we are pleased to be able to once again offer small grants to north Denver programs serving youth with arts and music programs.
In 2018, grant funds helped Lake Middle School kick off a new music program, North High School expand a Music Production opportunity for students, Trevista Elementary School offer after school music options to more students, and Beach Court Elementary School offer scholarships to students to attend after school arts and music programs.
The Grants Committee of the Sunnyside Music Festival Board of Directors intends to distribute grants to 3-5 applicants, in amounts ranging from $250-$1250. To apply for a grant, fill out the form below.
2018 Grants Program By the Numbers
A total of $5,600 in grants awarded to Five North Denver Schools with a total combined student enrollment of 3,368.
Funding will support six unique fine arts programs: Audio Production, Theater, Vocal Music, Beginning Band, Orchestra and Marching Band.
2018 Grants Recipients
North High School - Audio Production Class
This grant was awarded to support the expansion of an ongoing partnership between North High School and Youth on Record which has pioneered an Intro to Audio Production class. The tech forward course is co-taught by a local artist with a wide range of experience in audio production and recording technology and is aimed to prepare students for careers in the music industry.
North High School - Northside Black Masque Theatre
Over the past six years, the newly formed Northside Black Masque Theatre has transformed their high school’s theater stage from a storage space for old text books and janitorial supplies to the set of a blossoming theater program. The students are in need of a new audio system to take their musical production quality to the next level. Our grant will supplement the cost of a new sound board, speakers and wireless microphones.
STRIVE Prep - Vocal Music
This grant will support STRIVE Prep’s flagship music program through which students will participate in a year long vocal music program focussing on the music of Latinx communities. The project aims to combine social-emotional learning with targeted work on identity and culture and will culminate with a community concert featuring local Latinx artists.
Skinner Middle School - Band & Orchestra
In the 2019 - 2020 school year, Skinner Middle School will see its highest enrollment in band and orchestra since reinstating its music program eight years ago. This grant will provide band instruments to eight students in the coming school year.
Lake Middle School - General Music Program
This grant will provide Lake Middle School with funds needed to repair instruments for their newly formed music program. They are continuing to build their music education curriculum and are excited to welcome a new program instructor in the 2019 - 2020 school year.
Elizabeth High School - Marching Band
Elizabeth’s marching band program is comprised of 40 students from several rural schools in the area Southwest of Denver and is also open to home schooled students interested in the community. The group has qualified for the State Marching Band Competition nearly every year since 2009, however the program lacks the funding needed to transport the students to the competition in Grand Junction. This grant will directly contribute to the cost of bussing students to the competition.