Theodore Presser

Theodore Presser (1848 – 1925)

The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 under the Deeds of Trust and Will of the late Theodore Presser, an educator, publisher and philanthropist.  It is one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy.

The Presser Foundation requires potential grantees to submit proposals by the following deadlines and will notify grantees accordingly.

Grant Making Area Proposal Deadline Decision Notification
Advancement of Music November 15th March 1st
Assistance To Music Teachers Ongoing Ongoing
Capital Support March 1st May 1st
Special Projects October 15th January 1st
75th Anniversary Special Project* May 1st July 1st
Undergraduate Scholar Award September 1st November 15th

*To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation, the Trustees invite eligible institutions to submit proposals to support special projects that will especially celebrate and highlight the role of Philadelphia-born or -based composers and performers in the development of American concert music of the twentieth and twenty-first century.  Proposals will be considered in the spring of 2014 for projects that will take place during the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Request for Proposal:  Full-Length Research Article On The Life & Work Of Theodore Presser

The Trustees put forth a request for proposals for a full-length research article on the life and work of Mr. Presser.  The goal of the project is to produce a document that will provide a better understanding of Mr. Presser’s background and influences as well as his accomplishments, in relation to the events and ideas of his time and place.  The Foundation will provide a grant to the chosen applicant.  Proposals should be submitted via The Foundation’s Online Application Process by October 1, 2014.  More information may be found here.

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