The From the Top Arts Leadership Grant

A young white female harpist, with long brown hair, stands next to a full sized harp, and a young white male violinist, in front of a school room full of elementary students

From the Top has always believed that talented young musicians have the power to make the world a better place – not just as concert performers, but as arts leaders who can have a lasting impact on their communities as mentors, teachers, and advocates. The From the Top Arts Leadership Grant program supports that belief, empowering young musicians to use their art to transform and enrich our communities.

From the Top will offer grants of up to $5,000 each to arts leaders who meet established criteria through a juried selection process. Successful projects will include the following areas of focus:

  • Exploring social/civic responsibility as artists
  • Improving the professional skills of the project leader
  • Including a highly collaborative community outreach and engagement component, with a focus on underserved audiences
  • Incorporating a plan for a continuing relationship with partners and communities being served

A wonderful example of the type of project we’re seeking can be found in From the Top alum Thomas West’s story.

Applications will be accepted starting February 1 and will close March 31. Awards will be announced in May 2017.


The Arts Leadership Grant is generously funded by the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation