Give A Note

We bring awareness to the importance of music education and to nurture, grow, and strengthen music education opportunities — for every student, every school, and  every community.


 Give A Note Foundation (GAN) 501(c)(3) is established with an initial $1 million investment from 20th Century Fox, Glee, and Ryan Murphy, in partnership with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in response to growing student interest and involvement with school music programs and national budget cuts in public schools for the arts.

Music programs were incredibly important to me growing up, and we hope that our show and initiatives like “Give a Note” continue to demonstrate how much they mean to our kids.

– Ryan Murphy, “Glee” Co-Creator and Executive Producer

 GAN awards 73 schools across the country with grants to support their music programs through the GLEE Give A Note competition in partnership with 20th Century Fox.

    Campaign results:

  • $147 million in media value
  • 1 million+ website views
  • 250,000 social media interactions
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 “The Voice” winner Danielle Bradbery kicks off the first Give A Note Foundation national bus tour in partnership with Big Machine Label Group, Disney Performing Arts, and NAfME to recognize the music education achievements of five schools. The cross-country bus tour put the spotlight on music education and the benefits music teachers bring to their students and school communities.

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 GAN partners with the CMA Foundation for year 4 of the national bus tour and grants 6 schools $5000 each for their music programs with special performances at the schools by CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town. The honored music teachers were also recognized at the CMA Music Teachers of Excellence Awards banquet in Nashville, TN.

Music education is a right of every student. It helps them develop creativity and self-expression. It builds skills like collaboration and critical thinking that help them succeed in life…my music teacher in high school pushed me out on stage for the very first time to sing a solo, and it changed my life…I’m very grateful for music education and the power that it had on my career.

– Karen Fairchild,  Member, Little Big Town


 GAN reorganizes leadership, appointing former Board Chair and founding board member, Beth Slusher as CEO and hires Juliana Lee as Strategic Development Director.

 In partnership with founding sponsor, CMA Foundation, GAN launches the Music Education Innovator Award, granting 10 music teachers with $4000 each to support their innovative music programs.

Empowering music educators through financial support for innovative and sustainable music programs creates positive impact for students, schools and communities.

  – Beth Slusher, CEO, Give A Note Foundation