Dr. David Williams and Mrs. Kay Williams have devoted their professional lives in service to music education in the Bloomington-Normal community since 1976. Kay had taught hundreds of woodwind students in her private studio with many of her students selected for district and state honor bands, other performance honors, and several excelling professionally in music. David, emeritus professor of music and arts technology at Illinois State University, is recognized internationally for his writings, lectures, and workshops in music education, psychomusicology, and arts technology.

Both David and Kay have performed in community ensembles for musicals, church programs, and especially, the Bloomington-Normal Community Concert Band. This endowment is dedicated to the need to continue to support music education in the Central Illinois community and to promote enjoyment, education, performance, and creative expression through music activities. The endowment's focus is on supporting seed funds for special needs and new initiatives that serve to broaden music outreach to all people, young and old, in the community.

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David & Kay Williams Music Education Grant

Criteria for Grant Funding

To apply for the David and Kay Williams Music Education Grant, use IPCF's Mirza/Arts & Culture Grant application adhering to the unique "Selection Criteria" for the Williams grants. Please note, for more information on grant cycles, click here.

Definitions: "Traditional music" instruments or ensembles shall be comprised of instruments traditionally used in concert bands and orchestras: strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and piano as well as participatory/folk instruments such as guitars, ukuleles, Orff instruments, and the like. "Ensembles" may be any combination of traditional instruments from trios to full band and orchestra configurations.

Selection criteria (please note which criteria the grant application is addressing):

  1. Proposals to support programs that include innovative technology in music experiences for K-12 students, regardless of their music training, using a combination of traditional instruments and music technology. (Examples may be a composer's competition for a score that integrates software or hardware synthesizers or non-traditional digital instruments with traditional instruments; a performance that mixes digital non-traditional instruments with traditional instruments; a music arrangement for hand-held tablets or smartphones as non-traditional instruments; or the use of unique electronic music devices that let mentally or physically challenged students perform with students playing traditional instruments.)
  2. Proposals to support one-time purchase of participatory/folk instruments that will support a planned educational activity that engages people of any age in shared music-making experiences.
  3. Proposals to support a one-time need for youth or multi-generational traditional ensembles that offer free concerts to the community. (Examples may be the BN Community Concert Band, the BN Youth Orchestra, the IWU Civic Orchestra, or school bands and orchestras.)

Past Recipients

The following programs received funding from the David & Kay Williams Music Education Endowment:


  • Share the Music – $1,809
    “Instrument Lending Program” - To enable participation in music programs at schools, by making instruments available to those who cannot afford them.


  • Mt. Pulaski CUSD 23 Music Department – $2,696
    “Risers for Mt. Pulaski Concerts and Logan County Music Festival” to purchase risers, providing ample room and a safe place for students to perform.


  • Prairie Central Elementary School CUSD #8 – $1,985
    “General Music”
    to get students to move, create, think, dance and make music using a combination of instruments and method  music learning; grant will purchase instruments.


  • Sheridan School – $700
    “Bum-Bah, Bum-Bah, Bum, Bum, Bum … Drumming Resources for Rhythmic Competency” to purchase supplies for 30 can drum kits for classroom and resources for teaching the rhythm material to students.
  • Illinois Symphony Orchestra Inc. – $5,000
    “Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts for Kids – Peter and the Wolf with the Magic Circle Mime Company” to provide more than 800 free tickets to Concert for Kids to McLean County elementary students from low-income neighborhoods.