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The Bonnaroo Works Fund Supports Regional & National Organizations With $225,000 In Grant Funding

Performers from the Notes for Notes program onstage
with U2’s Edge during the Les Paul Spirit Awards at Bonnaroo 2017

Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), the charitable arm of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, is proud to announce its annual grant distributions of more than $225,000 to over 30 philanthropic organizations with a particular emphasis on Tennessee-based nonprofits. The BWF is a joint effort between Bonnaroo and fans like YOU, with a portion of every ticket sold allocated to the BWF. In addition, proceeds from festival activities, such as the Silent Auction, Root for Roo, the Bonnaroo 5K Run, and the Les Paul Spirit Awards along with a pre-Bonnaroo event at Peter Nappi in Nashville, all benefit the Bonnaroo Works Fund and, in turn, its grant recipients.

The Bonnaroo Works Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports organizations which advance arts, education and environmental sustainability, with a focus on local reinvestment and asset building in the communities where “we work, live and play.” Since the inception of the festival, Bonnaroo and the BWF have awarded more than $7 million in funding to deserving organizations. (See the full list of 2017 recipients below.)

“This year’s Bonnaroo Works Fund recipients are vital organizations, projects, programs and events that make communities stronger and healthier. It’s extremely gratifying to help these amazing organizations continue their invaluable contributions.” – Nina Miller, BWF executive director.

The impact of the BWF can be seen through a number of ongoing programs and projects. This year marks the fifth year of Arts at the Airport, a joint public arts effort with the Nashville International Airport. Five proposals were selected from dozens of applicants, and the resulting installations, revealed in March, have been enjoyed by millions of travelers and will continue to be on display until early 2018. The Bonnaroo Works Fund Arts at the Airport exhibit continues to receive recognition for its creativity and impact, as indicated by this recent story from Nashville Public Television.

Arts At The Airport – A video by NPT Arts Connection

In addition, the BWF is providing support for three programs that will install refillable water stations for the Coffee County Board of Education, Tullahoma City Schools and the Grundy County School District. BWF is also partnering with the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center in support of its greening efforts with conversion to solar panels.

“The Bonnaroo Works Fund remains an integral component of the overall Bonnaroo experience. With the help of our patrons and sponsors, we are able to expand the festival’s impact throughout the year by supporting dynamic and enriching causes.” – Ashley Capps, co-founder of Bonnaroo and president of BWF.

Bonnaroo Works Fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Grants are selected based on a variety of criteria and approved by the board of directors. Previous recipients are welcome to reapply each year, but the BWF is always seeking new applicants with innovative approaches to supporting the core missions of the BWF. The next grant cycle will begin in the first quarter of 2018.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
Coffee County Board of Education
Coffee County Central High School
Coffee County Raider Academy
Coffee County Schools Family Resource Center
Country Music Foundation
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Grundy County School District (Refillable Water Stations)
Hands-On Science Center
Hickerson Elementary School
Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
Land Trust for Tennessee
Little Kids Rock
Manchester Coffee County Conference Center
Manchester Municipal Arts Commission
Manchester Parks & Recreation
Metro Nashville Airport Authority (Arts at the Airport)
MIMA Music
Music Makes Us/Nashville Public Education Foundation
Music Rising
Nashville Symphony Association
New Union Elementary School
Notes for Notes
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park
The Joy of Music School
The Nashville Food Project, Inc.
Tipitina’s Foundation
Tullahoma City Schools
VH1 Save The Music Foundation
Youth Villages Inc.