Funding and Encouraging Private Music Lessons

Academy of Sound Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to students 18 years old and younger who are interested in pursuing a serious, private study of music, but who are unable to pay full tuition. Partial and full scholarships are awarded by the scholarship advisory board on the basis of need, demonstrated interest, and available funds.

Needs-based scholarships are confidentially awarded.

Scholarship award recipients are responsible for attending lessons on a regular basis in accordance with the policies set forth by the private music school in which recipients are enrolled. Excessive absences or abuses of the funds granted may result in the cancellation of the award and return of the funds given.

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Academy of Sound Foundation, Inc.
145 Prairie Grass Rd
Oregon, WI 53575
This year we:
  • Received six applications for partial scholarships for 2017-2018
  • Awarded six partial scholarships, each between $50 and $500
  • An anonymous sponsor made it possible for one student to receive a 100% scholarship for the third year in a row
  • Ran a "Donate Your Tuition" fundraiser for the second year in a row, which was offered to all Academy of Sound families, in which they were given the opportunity to donate their regular tuition amount to the Foundation for the last month of the school year since they had no tuition due. Zero families participated the first year, but this year we had one!

Our Board of Directors

Erin Chisman, President 
Erin grew up in Oregon and Stoughton, WI. She has held several board positions, including the Village of Oregon Historic Preservation Commission, Oregon Community Resource Network, and the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce. She is the founder and President of the Oregon Youth Center, Inc. Erin runs a YouTube channel which has over 30,000 views. She runs several popular Facebook groups and pages, including Oregon WI Information, Points & Miles Enthusiasts, and Dane County Career Central. Erin was selected as one of InBusiness Magazine's 40 Under 40. She holds a Class A Piano Teacher Certification from the Mayron Cole Conservatory, Gonzales, TX. 

Adam Chisman, Treasurer
Adam grew up in Oregon, WI. He studied Guitar Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After college, Adam travelled throughout New Zealand and worked with WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms). Adam was employed by the Village of Oregon at the Oregon Public Library from 2009 through 2016. He is the owner and operator of Badfish Digital Services, and works as the Managing Director and Guitar & Ukulele Teacher at Academy of Sound.

Julia Meyers, Secretary
Julia Meyers
Julia was born and raised in Germany, where she was trained and worked in banking and financing for several years. She has a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Julia is currently working as the Site Coordinator at GiGi's Playhouse Madison, a nonprofit Down syndrome achievement center. Julia has served on various boards and is currently on the Board of Directors of two other nonprofit organizations. Julia believes that music is a valuable part of a child's life and is honored to be part of a foundation that helps young musicians study regardless of financial limitations.

If you are interested in board membership, please contact us for more information.
Erin Chisman,
Jul 18, 2017, 7:52 AM
Erin Chisman,
Sep 7, 2016, 4:54 PM