View 2024 Recipient Press Release

Since its inception in 2018, the Let the Music Play Grant program has supported 40 organizations and hundreds of music students annually. Now entering its sixth year, Summerfest and American Family Insurance look forward to continuing that support through the upcoming 2023-2024 grant cycle. 

The Let The Music Play grant program is open to non-profit organizations and schools that serve Milwaukee County through music-based programming. The program is intended to represent the variety of music-based activities taking place in the greater Milwaukee community and is open to programs ranging from bands, orchestras and jazz ensembles to musical theater and dance. In past years, each recipient organization received $2,500. The amounts granted to each recipient for the 2023-2024 grant cycle will vary based on the needs and budgets detailed by applicants; actual awards may exceed the previous $2,500 limit. 

Please contact us with any questions at letthemusicplay@summerfest.com

The Let the Music Play Grant program has supported the following nonprofit organizations and schools:

2023-2024 Grant Cycle 2022-2021 Grant Cycle 2021-2022 Grant Cycle 2020-2021 Grant Cycle 2019-2020 Grant Cycle 2018-2019 Grant Cycle
  • Alcott School
  • Bayview Montessori School 
  • Bella Gail Foundation
  • Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts
  • Neeskara Elementary
  • School District of South Milwaukee 
  • Arts @ Large
  • Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra
  • AE Burdick School
  • Bella Gail Foundation, Inc.
  • Bembe Drum and Dance, Inc.
  • Eastbrook Academy, Inc.
  • Glen Hills Middle School
  • Latino Arts Inc.
  • Milwaukee High School of the Arts
  • Rufus King High School
  • Studio Flamenco, Inc.
  • Woodlands School, Inc. 
  • Congress Elementary School
  • Fernwood Montessori School
  • Forest Home Avenue School
  • Greendale Schools
  • La Causa Charter School
  • Maryland Avenue Montessori School
  • Milwaukee School of Languages
  • Ninety Fifth Street School
  • Wedgewood Park International Middle School
  • Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music
  • Woodlands Elementary
  • Greenfield Bilingual School
  • Kilbourn School
  • Kluge Elementary School
  • Lancaster Elementary School
  • Latino Arts, Inc
  • Reagan International Baccalaureate High School
  • St. Monica School
  • Golda Meir School
  • Girls Rock MKE 
  • LaCausa, Inc.
  • Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra
  • Rogers Street Academy
  • Rufus King High Scho
  • Carmen Schools of Science and Technology
  • Girls Rock MKE
  • Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)
  • Mitchell School
  • Townsend Street School
  • TRUE Skoolol


Before you start your application, please download the CRITERIA FOR FUNDS AND EXCLUSIONS ON USE document here(opens in new tab) (PDF opens in a new window)(opens in new tab)(opens in new tab)(opens in new tab). This document contains important information on common uses for grant funds as well as purposes for which the funds CANNOT be used.
2024 online applications now closed.