Since first observing a demonstration of Sibelius software and talking extensively with the staff at the MENC National Conference in Washington DC in 2000, our ties with Sibelius have strengthened. We are grateful to them for their support and their continual recognition of the work of the project.
Partial support comes from a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Learning grant and supports our composer mentors, workshops for teachers and students, writing retreats, project coordination, and website. Funding was received from the Argosy Foundation for software, equipment and training for six new schools. A state technology title IID competitive Enhancing Education Through Technology grant supplied equipment to three high poverty schools and supported mentoring, artist residencies, workshops and project coordination. Support over the past three years has also come from the Community Foundation of Vermont, Josephine Bay and C. Michael Paul Foundation, participation fees from schools and individuals, and private contributions by parents.
The Vermont MIDI Project began to grow and thrive as an initiative of the WEB Project, a federal Innovation Technology Challenge Grant. That growth was sustained through the US Department of Commerce Technology Opportunities Grant (TOP) in the Vermont Millennium Arts Project as Vermont MIDI became a key initiative in that project. Participation with a host of others through these grants was key to establishing sustainability for Vermont MIDI as we all centered on educational innovation and technology integration for the arts.
In-kind support for our password protected website for posting of compositions in progress comes from Green River Data Analysis. Additional support for documenting the work of the project is from Patricia Braine at Umpteen Productions and Lake Champlain Access TV.
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