Muse is a responsive, competitive grant program designed to help achieve Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs goals by supporting popular contemporary music while being responsive to the needs and ideas of nonprofits.
Please join us in supporting the work of Muse grantees by learning more from the grantee spotlight below. View a full list of current recipients here.
Headquartered in Denver, Youth on Record (YOR) empowers Colorado’s underserved youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal goals by employing local, professional artists to teach and work alongside them. Through in-school, out-of-school, economic opportunity, and community-based offerings, YOR provides year-round support and access to safe, positive, drug-free programming to over 1,000 youth and families.
Youth on Record received a Muse grant for the Northern Colorado Summer Music Program. This program advances Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs goal of providing youth with encouragement and opportunities to express themselves through music by providing virtual workshops to students at the Poudre Community Academy (PCA). The workshops will focus on storytelling, digital music production, and lyric writing, with involvement from Denver and Fort Collins-based musicians.
Youth on Record was founded in 2008 by the members of the band Flobots to engage and offer artist-led classes to at-risk students in Denver Public Schools and residential treatment centers. In 2015, YOR opened the Youth Media Studio as part of a groundbreaking revitalization project in the Mariposa neighborhood. The sStudio represents a model partnership between the local music community, public schools, the nation’s leading housing authority, and the philanthropic sector.
At the Youth Media Studio, Youth on Record uses music to empower young people in one of Denver’s most vulnerable communities to express themselves and& develop the skills they need to enter the workforce, graduate or pursue post-secondary education. Their curriculum follows a trauma-informed, liberation-focused, engaged, and culturally responsive pedagogy, supporting the social repositioning of youth of color through access to mentors, quality programming and a space for community (re)building.
Located at the Music District in Fort Collins, KRFC 88.9 FM Radio Fort Collins is a volunteer-powered, community-based, and noncommercial radio station broadcasting diverse local music, news and public affairs. KRFC received a Muse grant for general operating support. KRFC advances Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs goal of helping musicians and music-related businesses grow and develop by regularly featuring local music, including live performances recorded in-studio.
Founded in 2003, KRFC has grown exponentially in terms of both its structure and its programming. The station moved into an expanded space at the Music District in 2016. The newly renovated state-of-the-art facility features four studios, each with the capacity and equipment to broadcast live. Now KRFC hosts a wide array of programs, such as Live@Lunch, Locally Sourced, Around Town, and The FlipSide.
KRFC is powered by five staff members and an extensive cohort of volunteers who offer both their time and talent. From staffing events to on-air programming and behind the scenes technical support, volunteers donate more than 40,000 hours annually and are an integral part of making KRFC’s offerings a vibrant reality.
Foundation Music School received a Muse grant for general operating support. Established in 2006, Foundation Music School is a nonprofit community music school with the mission to provide high quality, student-centered music education programs to individuals of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and incomes. Foundation Music School advances Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs goal to provide youth with encouragement and opportunities to express themselves through music.
Utilizing research-based, student-centered, and developmentally appropriate curricula, Foundation Music School offers a variety of group music classes and private lessons on piano, violin, guitar, ukulele, percussion and voice. Classes are available for students of all ages with a strong emphasis on early childhood music education.
Open Media Foundation’s recent Muse grant provides program support funding for Open Music Sessions, a monthly community concert program, held in conjunction with the Santa Fe Arts District First Fridays, that exposes Northern Colorado bands and musicians to Denver audiences. This program advances Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs goal of helping musicians and music-related businesses grow and develop.
Through the program, the foundation will provide Northern Colorado musicians mentorship and training opportunities; and access to world-class recording and video production studios to practice, record, and perform their music. Open Media Foundation’s partnerships with Denver-based publicists and other media outlets will help musicians expand their reach to audiences in Denver and throughout the Front Range.
Founded in 2004, Open Media Foundation gives nonprofits and individual artists access to low-cost media services and tools, driven by the mission to put the power of media back into the hands of non-commercial interests. From 2006 to 2018, the foundation facilitated Denver’s public access TV station called Denver Open Media, and currently operates Denver Open Media Radio, a community radio station.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County’s (BGCWC) recent Muse grant provides program support funding for Music & Mentors, a year-round program offering group and individual lessons in guitar, ukulele, drums, and keyboard to 250 youth. This program supports Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs goal to provide youth with opportunities to express themselves through music.
Starting in 2017, Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County began to reimagine their traditional music program offerings and focus on increasing the availability and frequency of high-quality, contemporary music instruction. They work closely with instructors from University of Northern Colorado’s Music Department and local musicians based in Greeley – including the Bearatones and Silver & Gold.
Music & Mentors enjoys a partnership with Moxi Theater, where participating students will perform in an annual showcase and attend concerts throughout the program. BGCWC will also create a dedicated music room at one of their clubhouses, where students of all skill-levels can access Soundtrap, a digital audio software that empowers students to create their own music.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County offers after-school and summer programs at 8 locations to more than 3,000 underserved youth, ages 6-18. By offering a variety of programs spanning Academic Success, Character & Leadership, Health & Wellness, and the Arts, BGCWC gives youth access to personally and academically enriching experiences and support.
Lineage Music Studio is one example of a nonprofit doing work that aligns with Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs goal to provide youth with opportunities to express themselves through music.
Lineage Music Studio’s recent Muse grant provides program support funding for a new Professional Performance and Sound Technician Youth Mentorship Program. This program cultivates young musicians’ skills in performance and audio engineering.
Lineage Music Studio is an educational and performance driven music lab that uses various musical styles to improve community access to the arts, preserve traditional music genres, and develop young musicians.