Each year Doublestop Foundation identifies deserving musicians to receive a fine stringed instrument loan for three years. With the ever increasing demand of collectors and musicians, these elegant tools have become too valuable for many musicians to invest. Some of the finest instruments are even considered works of art worthy of display in museums across the world.

Since its launch, the Competition has been a necessary step for all musicians who desire the sophisticated qualities of that which only a fine instrument can provide. Competition winners, named Doublestop Ambassador, are lent fine instruments as well as access to the Foundation’s network of professional mentors and partners. Thus far, the Competition has enabled several musicians to elevate their artistry to new heights and without the burden of debt. Please visit our Ambassadors to see how these instruments have positively impacted their lives.


Doublestop Foundation provides stringed instruments for deserving musicians who cannot afford to make such an investment on their own. The Main Violin Project meets this objective by donating high-quality student stringed instrument outfits to music programs at public schools and community organizations. Thus far, the Project has assisted music programs around the Tri-State area, but hopes to expand nationally.

The Main Violin Project is here to protect the future of string playing and to ensure that no child is ever denied the basic human right to play music.

To qualify, applicants should have the desire to establish a new string program or replenish their unplayable/damaged collection. To apply, institutions must submit the New York/New Jersey Area Common Application Form, and be able to explain how/why their financial resources cannot adequately fund the project.

All donations are buoyed with assistance from Doublestop’s Ambassadors, mentors, and partner organizations who provide support in the form of on-campus performances, development training (i.e. masterclass, sectional, or lesson), and discounted servicing and accessories.

All applicants should be in good standing with the IRS and able to prove non-profit status.
*** No individuals may apply for funding.

Music Directors and Administrators, please contact the Executive Director Matthew Way at if you have any questions or wish to submit an application for your institution.

Launched as the “Regrant Project” in 2012, the Foundation donated 13 violin outfits to the Korean American Family Service Center’s Hodori ‘Little Tigers’ after-school program. This gift was made with support from Main Violin Shop in New Jersey, and it enabled the Center to launch a violin studies course for the Hodori Program in Queens, NY.

In 2015, the Foundation replenished a destroyed string collection at Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) and again with the support of Main Violin Shop. HSA also received assistance from our partner D’Adarrio Strings. Prior to this donation, much of HSA’s string collection was destroyed in a water main break. This gift rejuvenated HSA’s string department and enabled Maria Ahn, Strings Chair, to launch two new strings courses.

Honoring the extraordinary support of The Main Violin Shop, the Foundation renamed the program in 2016: The Main Violin Project.

The program relaunched with a donation of 9 partial sized student outfits (violins and cellos) to the Opportunity Music Project (OMP) located in Manhattan, NY. OMP identifies dedicated families with children who have interest in music, and gives them the opportunity to borrow an instrument and take private lessons at no cost. In turn, the families/students self-produce recitals at community organizations throughout the city and perform in the OMP orchestra.

“Many young aspiring musicians at Harlem School of the Arts will be so excited to have access to these great instruments. The entire String Department at HSA thanks Doublestop Foundation for their generosity and passionate commitment to arts education.”

MARIA AHN, strings chair, Harlem School of the Arts

Ambassador Division Guidelines


  • Applicants must be between the ages of 16-27 (born after January 1, 1991 and before December 31, 2002).
  • Applicants are citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States or legally permitted to work or study in the United States and able to provide documentation.
  • Applicants agree to maintain their resident status in the United States for the term of the loan contract unless Doublestop Foundation, in its sole discretion, waives this requirement in advance.
  • Previous winners of the Ambassador division may not reapply.


  • All applicants must submit video recordings of three solo works (with piano accompaniment where applicable)
    • Solo works should not be edited, but each solo work may be recorded individually
  • Send your private YouTube video links to ‘doublestopfdn’ at
  • Each solo work should be played in its entirety

Violin / Viola / Cello

Applicants must submit one of each of the following: solo Bach, a virtuoso piece, and a concerto movement

Double Bass

Applicants may select any two contrasting solo works and one movement of unaccompanied Bach

    • All Finalists will be notified by April 2, 2018
    • The live final round in New York City will be held in May 2018


  • Pay the non-refundable application fee
  • Submit a copy of the applicant’s valid USA passport or State Issued Driver’s License/ I.D.
    • Foreign applicants studying in the United States must submit a copy of his/her visa documentation.
  • Include a recent headshot or unobstructed photograph of the applicant’s face
    • This photo should be suitable for publication purposes.
  • Submit a short biography. (150 words or less)
  • Upload a one-page resume (PDF)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completed questionnaire:
    • Where did you learn about this opportunity? [150 characters]
    • Please describe any financial hardships that prevent you from purchasing a fine instrument. [3500 characters]
    • In your words, what does it mean to be a musical ambassador in the 21st Century? Share with us your relationship to this concept now, and how it might impact your future in music. [3500 characters]


  • Doublestop Foundation reserves the right to request additional information from any applicant
  • Preliminary round applications will be reviewed by, and the live audition jury will be composed of, distinguished artists, teachers, and administrators
  • Decisions made by the jury will be final and binding
  • Successful candidates are contracted Ambassadors of Doublestop Foundation and the recipient of a stringed instrument loan for the duration of three years
    • The Ambassador contract may include participation in performances, master classes, or community engagement projects
    • Professional fees may not always be paid for services, however the Foundation will provide for reasonable travel and accommodation costs, where applicable
  • All loan recipients must sign a contract governing the terms and conditions of the loan, which includes but is not limited to instruction for instrument care/maintenance and details regarding performance engagements
  • Costs associated with insurance, restoration, and the initial inspection will be the responsibility of Doublestop Foundation. Ambassadors are responsible for all routine and general maintenance expenses, which may include changing strings, rosin, re-hair, plane fingerboard, bridge repair, gluing of seams, etc.