The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Musical Instrument Grant

The NAC’s Musical Instrument Grant was established to provide support to Northampton’s most promising young musicians. Every year, the NAC’s Musical Instrument Grant will select one high school student in Northampton, based on teacher recommendations, and provide that student funds to purchase a pre-professional to professional level instrument. The selection process is based on musical accomplishment, as well as financial need.

The price of a quality education is on the rise, with total costs topping $30,000 a year, on average. For young people heading to music school, these costs can be increased by as much as $5,000 when figuring in the cost of an instrument of high enough quality for music schools and conservatories. For these students, a quality instrument isn’t a luxury; it is a necessity. Finding the right instrument, one with the sound, sensitivity, and complexity that a budding young musician needs, is essential to any student’s musical growth.

Partnerships with Local Music Stores
The NAC’s Musical Instrument Grant is proud to have received enthusiastic support from a number of the local music stores. Support comes in the form of generous discounts to the grant recipient. These stores include Downtown Sounds, Birdhouse Music, Stammell Stringed Instruments, and Fretted Instruments Workshop. By working with local stores, the NAC’s Musical Instrument Grant not only benefits local students, but benefits local businesses too.

Donate an Instrument
Do you have a musical instrument that you would like to donate? Share your once loved instruments with young musicians in need. The donated instruments will be cleaned and repaired given to the Northampton High School band teacher.

Instruments Needed: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Saxophone, Drums, Xylophone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Oboe, Bassoon, Tuba, Guitar.

How To Donate An Instrument
Call us at 413-587-1069
Send us an e-mail: with subject NMIF

Donate to the Grant Fund
Donating to the NAC’s Musical Instrument Grant is a real way to provide support to an accomplished young Northampton musician. Please make your tax-deductible monetary donations using the following link: DONATE NOW

Or mail check payable to: Northampton Arts Inc., 240 Main Street#1 Northampton, MA 01060 write NMIF in the memo.

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