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Affordable, High Quality Music Education and Programming

The Pokagon Fund awards a $10,000 grant to the School of American Music for continued success

The School of American Music is proud to announce that The Pokagon Fund has made a $10,000 grant to support the ongoing “affordable, high quality music education and programming” provided by SAM. Funding will be directed to scholarships and free concerts.

“We are so grateful for the Fund’s commitment to our programming, as well as its dedication to helping us build a full continuum of opportunities for musical training and music appreciation in Michiana,” said Garth Taylor, Founder of the School of American Music. “I’d like personally to thank the Fund’s Executive Director, Dan Petersen, for his partnership.”

The School of American Music received its first grant from the Pokagon Fund in 2013, shortly after the school was founded in Three Oaks. Now, as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary and launches the Future Fund endowment campaign, Pokagon will help propel SAM into its next decade.

“Even throughout the pandemic, SAM has been steadfast in its mission,” said Petersen. “Now, as we emerge from the pandemic, SAM is once again demonstrating its readiness to step up to foster music education and provide cultural, community-based programming that showcases local talent. SAM’s offerings have never been more relevant, and The Pokagon Fund is proud to support its efforts.”

The Pokagon Fund provides monetary support to local governments, non-profits, charities and other organizations that enhance the lives of the people of the Harbor Country region as well as Dowagiac, Hartford and South Bend, Ind. Ninety percent of the grants awarded by The Pokagon Fund are for projects affecting the residents of Harbor Country, with 10 percent going to projects benefiting surrounding tribal land consolidation sites in Hartford and Dowagiac, Mich, as well as South Bend, Ind.

The School of American Music offers quality, one-on-one instruction in instrumental music, voice, and music theory and composition, delivered by experienced teachers who are also performers. The School’s mission is to provide opportunities for area residents and visitors to participate in the arts and educational programs.

To contribute to the Future Fund Endowment Campaign, please visit the School of American Music online or call 269/409-1191.

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