The Lewis Prize for Music: The Accelerator Awards

The Lewis Prize for Music

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Predicted deadline: Jul 16, 2022 5:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $500,000

Fields of work: Music Education

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Show all

Location of residency: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Show all

Age restriction: Between 6 and 21 years of age


The Accelerator Awards

The Lewis Prize for Music is now accepting 2021 Accelerator Awards applications. Accelerator Awards are open to Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations seeking to influence youth-serving systems so all young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity.

The mission of The Lewis Prize is to partner with leaders who create positive change by investing in young people through music. Our vision is for every young person, regardless of who they are or where they live, to have the opportunity to access music programs from a young age. We believe this can only be achieved through equitable systems change. We aim to award ambitious organizations and leaders who are already strengthening young people through rigorous and diverse music programs and influencing systems so all young people can develop greater agency over their lives and contribute positively to their communities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • These awards are for music-based Creative Youth Development organizations that are led by strong leaders who are addressing opportunity gaps and/or circumstances of marginalization for young people in their community and working for systemic change. Eligibility requirements are:
    • Round I application must be written by the organizational leader who reports to the board of directors.
    • Organizations serving youth in the age range of 6-21 years old.
    • Organizations’ total youth served are at least 50% from historically marginalized or under-resourced communities.
    • Programming allows for consistent, ongoing participation opportunities that sequentially build skills and relationships over time, ideally multi-year.
      • One time classes, short term workshops, assemblies, and/or summer camps do not meet the eligibility criteria.
    • Programs that operate and serve youth outside of school hours.
    • Programming time is at least 50% devoted to music learning, creating, or performing.
    • The organization and youth served reside in the United State or its territories.
    • The organization is an independent 501(c)(3) or has a partnership with a 501(c)(3) as a fiscal sponsor.
    • The organization has been in operation for at least five years, beginning in or before 2015.
    • Organization leader who reports to the Board of Directors has been in that position of leadership for at least three years, beginning in or before 2017.
    • Organization leader who reports to the Board of Directors resides in the local community where the work/program is located.
    • Organization's Board of Directors and/or leadership staff have at least 25% of its members who reside in or represent the community that is served.


  • The Lewis Prize for Music believes that organizations that are run by and/or uplift people of color, rural communities, and women leaders are often overlooked in funding opportunities. We are putting attention and effort toward creating equitable opportunities.

This page was last reviewed May 13, 2021 and last updated May 13, 2021