In celebration of Phish’s 27-show Summer Tour, the Mockingbird Foundation announced 13 unsolicited Tour Grants supporting music programs across the country. Each $1,500 grant will be awarded to a music program near a venue Phish plays this summer.
Westwood Middle School's Music Program was one of the recipients. Six programs - beginning, intermediate, and advanced bands and choruses - will benefit from funds. The money was raised and donated by Phish fans in honor of Phish headlining at Bonnaroo.
"The money will help offset our annual costs of maintaining and repairing school owned instruments that are available free to students who need them," said WMS Music Director Landon Spangler.
This is Mockingbird Foundation's 8th grant in Tennessee, and its 403rd grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $144,500 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states.
The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer, fan-founded and -managed 501c3 supporting music education for children. It is the leading provider of historical information about Phish and its music, having cultivated intellectual property through phish.net since 1994. The Foundation has been operated entirely by volunteer fans of the band, without any salaries or paid staff, since its inception in 1996.
Phish first formed in 1983 at Goddard College in Vermont, and developed a large and fervent fan base through tireless touring and unpredictable, kinetic live performances.