NMEA Innovation in Music Education Grant

The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor an NMEA member for excellence in music education in the integration and sustaining of innovative practices in the music classroom. “Innovation” can refer to new curriculum, types of ensembles, experiences for students, technology engagement, diversity/equity/inclusion/access/belonging engagement, and more. This grant of up to $300 should be used to directly support students in music programs. It could be used for curricular materials, instruments, sheet music, bringing in clinicians or guests, technology, other equipment, or other needs. The deadline to apply is September 15 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time

Innovation in Music Education Grant Application


1. The applicant must be an NMEA member.

2. The applicant must by actively teaching in Nebraska.

3. The applicant must include a resume.

4. The applicant must include a letter of recommendation from a supervisor (principal, administrator, curriculum specialist, etc.)

5. Answer the following questions about your impact as a music educator:

  • Why do you teach music? (up to 200 words)
  • Share one or two of your most positively impactful teaching moments during the past school year. (up to 200 words)

6. Answer the following questions about your proposed project:

  • How would you use the grant money? Describe the project you plan to implement or expand upon (for example, a new ensemble, new technological resource, bringing a guest artist into the classroom). (up to 200 words)
  • Provide a timeline for how/when you will implement the project. 
  • What is the expected outcome of this project, and how will you measure outcomes? (up to 200 words)
  • Approximately how many students will be impacted by this project if selected?
  • Provide an itemized budget for your project using the table below as an example.
Needs Estimated Cost


Grant recipients will be asked to provide invoices or receipts for purchases, and will submit a brief article or video* about the implementation of their project to be published or shared by NMEA the following year.

*Videos involving students will require each student to submit a release form.


2023 - Sheila Lange, Bloomfield Community Schools