UPDATE ON FRIENDS OF FLUTES FOUNDATION

Friends of Flutes Foundation has been dedicated to helping college and post-graduate flute students become professional musicians. To accomplish our mission, FFF has been giving grants to flute students in universities and conservatories since 2011… ten years since our founding in 2010. FFF’s grants have been for the “extras” that would be helpful for students to become…some day…professional musicians.

FFF believes we have made a real contribution to the “flute world” through over 400 grants (from $400-$2000 ) to students in over 50 different universities and conservatories across the United States. Our grants have helped students attend summer flute programs and festivals, travel and prepare for auditions and competitions, commission new works for flute alone and with other instruments, give performances at the annual National Flute Association Conventions and many other venues, prepare for senior recitals and doctorate presentations, and even for flute repairs. FFF helped Trios, Quartets and even a Quintet with their travel for performances.

However, FFF has now decided to continue our mission in a different way: one that will continue the mission and the name “Friends of Flutes”for many years to come. To accomplish this goal, Friends of Flutes Foundation is making a grant of $50,000 to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for the benefit of students in the Flute Studio of the Department of Woodwinds and Percussion.

The Grant will be made to the University of Michigan’s Endowment and will be called the “Friends of Flutes Endowed Flute Fund”. Distributions from the Endowment will be made annually in accordance with the University’s policy and will be at the discretion of the head of the Flute Studio. Grants will be made to flute students for the same type of “extras” FFF has funded in the past. In addition, FFF will be donating our two C flutes, alto flute and piccolo to the University for use by students in the Flute Studio.

To all our past grantees: we wish you all the very best and our hope that many, if not all, of you will become professional flutists and musicians. We know times are hard now, but we also know we need music!

To those who we can no longer give grants to: we hope you find a way to keep playing!



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