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Funding can be a major obstacle to growing a music program. For the past five years, Nick Maupoux, band and choir director for Cle Elum-Roslyn School District, has overcome this hurdle through grant writing and using the following strategies.
Maupoux has acquired multiple grants for choir risers, new instruments and repairs from local businesses and organizations, including the Washington Music Educators Association, Shoemaker Manufacturing and Suncadia Resort.
Administrators can be a source of informa-tion and support during the fundraising and grant-writing process. “Make sure you talk with your building principal first,” Maupoux advises. Many times after Maupoux talked with his schools’ principals about grants, he learned that the district could allocate funds for what he needed. Keeping administrators in the loop about funding needs can also put them on alert for new available grants. “[For] a lot of grants, I got the information from my principals,” Maupoux says.
Even when no grants are in the works, Maupoux advises educators to keep a running list of what they’ll need for future expansions. “When you come upon an opportunity for money, you can say, ‘Oh, I can buy that new tuba! I can buy those risers,’” he says.