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Frequently Asked Questions

No, Take Note is not a governmental agency nor an endowed foundation. Take Note Colorado is an initiative that was conceived of by former-Governor Hickenlooper but is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Grants administered are from funds that Take Note Colorado raises through our fundraising activities.

Currently, Take Note Colorado is not accepting funding requests.  However, we are developing a responsive grantmaking program in 2019.  Check back later in the year to determine if you are eligible to apply.

Five school districts were selected as Take Note partners in our pilot year (2017-18) as we conducted a feasibility study to better understand the landscape of music education in Colorado’s schools and identify ways that Take Note can be most effective in increasing access to musical instruments and instruction for Colorado students.

Yes, if identified as the appropriate solution to fill the individualized needs of the students we’re serving, Take Note will fund nonprofit music instruction providers and independent music instructors. We do not accept unsolicited grant applications or funding requests.  Check back later in the year when we launch our grantmaking program to determine if you are eligible to apply.

Unfortunately, we do not have the infrastructure in place to be able to accept and refurbish used instrument donations. However, please periodically check our Music Match page to review the needs that districts and schools identify, as they may be seeking used instruments from individuals directly.

Also, we strongly encourage you to participate in Bringing Music to Lifes annual instrument drive. Each March, the nonprofit organization collects donated instruments, then repairs and awards them to Colorado schools that submit applications online.


Take Note Colorado does not distribute instruments to individuals, but your child’s music teacher may also know of local resources that s/he can share with you. Take Note works in districts and schools, where we can reach large numbers of students. By providing instruments to schools’ inventory, more students who are interested in learning an instrument are able to do so.  

Take Note Colorado is operated almost entirely by volunteers with just one staff member. In an effort to distribute more of the funds raised to benefit students, Take Note Colorado does not have any immediate plans to add to its staff.

Take Note Colorado has needs for volunteers for project work and events on occasion. Please submit an interest inquiry on our Connect page to learn more about current volunteer needs.

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