Foundation Programs


Quarterly grants through an applications process are offered to nonprofit organizations and individuals for projects/concerts that promote piano performance or music that includes the piano as a featured instrument.

Additional information is available on the Grant Application page.

McKee Piano Competition

Each year The Ross McKee Foundation produces a piano competition open to high school students. Qualified students submit an application with a recording for the preliminary round of the competition. At the semi-final round, competitors play their recorded works for a jury of three educators and pianists who provide them with extensive feedback. The competition culminates with the final round, open to the public, in which six pianists play twenty-minute programs. Prizes are awarded to the finalists who rank first ($3,000), second ($2,000) and third ($1,000).

Additional information is available on the Piano Competition page.

New Works

The Ross McKee Foundation promotes piano performance through commissioned works for piano. Composers and nonprofit organizations need to submit an application for consideration. As mentioned in the Grant Application FAQ, applications for commissions typically often include information about a scheduled premiere.

McKee Piano Scholarships

Each year The Ross McKee Foundation awards a $2,000 piano scholarship to Bay Area students enrolled at San Francisco State University and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Additional scholarship funds are provided to the Community Music Center and to Bay Area summer programs such as Living Jazz’s Jazz Camp West and the Cazadero Music Camp. Recipients are selected by each individual institution; the Foundation does not award scholarships directly to individuals.