MILWAUKEE (March 10, 2017) – The Summerfest Foundation is excited to announce applications are now being accepted for 2017 Music Education Grants up to $5,000.  More information and the application is available at  This year’s Music Education Grant cycle will close April 17, 2017. Qualifying applicants must be non-profit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status or K-12 schools located in Southeastern Wisconsin. 

The Music Education Grants program, now in its third year, was developed to support in-school, after-school and summer education programs in instrumental music.  Last year, Summerfest Foundation, Inc. was proud to award twelve area schools and non-profit organizations, nine of which were Milwaukee Public Schools, with music education grants totalling $25,000.

Funding for proposed activities will occur between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.  Grant applications and guidelines are available at  Although online applications are preferred, submissions may also be made by mail, hand delivery or private carrier. Individual and commercial organizations are not eligible.   

Summerfest Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, was formed in June 2011 to support the initiatives of Milwaukee World Festival Inc., which include charitable and educational purposes, and providing a showcase for the performing arts.  Each year, Summerfest Foundation, Inc. produces various events and programs designed to raise awareness and funding, as well as other benefits for its mission and other charitable partners.  Events have included, the Summerfest Rock ’n Sole Run and Big Gig Dress Rehearsal, which both select charitable partners to share in the proceeds for each event.  Other programs have included music education initiatives, such as Summerfest Jazz Education Day, which provides a free day long, hands-on educational experience and music clinics.