The Flying Musicians Association has won a 2015 Wolf Aviation Fund grant to assist in strengthening the bonds between aviation and music in the association’s programs that enhance outreach and education.
“We have refocused our efforts of sharing our passions — aviation and music — with others through our outreach to inspire, educate, encourage and now assist youth and adults in growing through aviation and music,” says FMA President John Zapp.
Since 1992 the Wolf Aviation Fund has awarded grants for efforts supporting and promoting general aviation.
For example, among the more than 350 previous recipients is Sandra Campbell, in flying helmet and goggles, performing for students “Follow Your Dreams,” a stage recreation of the story of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to win her wings as an aviator.
Another small seed grant to School Superintendent Gordon Schimmel eventually resulted in a million dollar project creating and distributing an “Inventing Flight” Wright Brothers curriculum with videos and teacher’s guides to school systems across the United States. Other grants supported community outreach, technological development, airfield preservation, effective networking, organizational development, and inspiring the next generation.
The Wolf Aviation Fund was established in the wills of Alfred L. and Constance C. Wolf. Its activities are supervised by a board of trustees, aided by a council of advisors and a team of consultants.