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TAKE NOTE COLORADO is a statewide community initiative to provide access to musical instruments and instruction to every K‑12 student in Colorado. Many students lack access to music instruction due to financial barriers or racial and social inequities in music education. We aim to create access and equity by raising funds, connecting communities to music resources, and raising awareness of the importance of student-centered and culturally responsive music instruction. We support individuals and organizations that target underserved communities in both rural and urban areas. Take Note Colorado exists in recognition that music is a vital part of a well-rounded, vibrant education.

Take Note Colorado was launched in January 2017 under the leadership of former Governor John Hickenlooper and Isaac Slade of the Fray, who share the belief that we can all play a role in bringing music into the lives of students. Hickenlooper and Slade were joined by musicians, philanthropists, music industry leaders, government representatives, community and nonprofit leaders to help realize this vision. Since then, Take Note has gained the support of thousands of Coloradans who believe in the power of music to change lives and drive positive social change. Learn more about Take Note's Impact in Colorado since 2017 here.

Take Note Colorado's Grant Program funds programs offering Colorado youth (Grades K‑12) innovative, culturally responsive, equitable access to musical instruments and instruction. Learn more about the grant application timeline, guidelines and FAQs here.

Download and read our 2017-2019 Founders Report here.

Download and read our 2021-2022 Take Note Brochure here.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jayne Buck, Administrative Manager for Take Note Colorado at


To learn more about Take Note Colorado, visit our FAQ section

Take Note Colorado is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal tax ID #82-0809862.

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