The Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM), Dubuque’s community music school, was recently awarded over $50,000 in grant funding. Of this, $41,731 is for general operating funds to support the organization’s mission to make the life-changing benefits of music education and enrichment accessible to all through instruction, performance, and outreach.
The Iowa Arts Council selected NISOM as one of its new Cultural Leadership Partners with a total award of $30,000, disbursed as $10,000 per year for the next three years. Funding for the Cultural Leadership Partner grant program is made possible by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, the City of Dubuque Arts and Culture Commission awarded NISOM $11,731 through the FY19 Operating Support Grant Program.
NISOM also received $9,000 to support special programs:
The City of Dubuque has renewed their funding support of NISOM’s student scholarship program through the Department of Leisure Services. This $3,000 provides need-based financial assistance to students, enabling them to receive life-changing music education.
The Dubuque Racing Association awarded $3,000 for Development Technology. These funds will allow the organization to replace an outdated laptop and update its donor software, which will increase administrative efficiency.
The US Bank Foundation provided $3,000 for NISOM’s ChamberFest Dubuque to make it accessible to children from low- and moderate-income households. Students in grades 5-12 received free tickets to the concert with Michael Gilbertson and friends in June. Free adult tickets were also available to ensure children could be accompanied.