Dow Musical Foundation

Project Name

Grant Amount (USD)

Implementation Period


Steelpan Music Program for Schools & Prison


July 1st - December 31st 2021

Art, cultural, archaeological and heritage activities

About the Project

Steelpan is part of the St. Maarten cultural heritage and as such a powerful medium to reach out to the community. The main goal of this project is to organize steelpan classes at two schools, the prison and the juvenile detention center to teach the children/prisoners to play the steelpan. The budget includes the purchase of additional steel pans and the teaching of the classes.

About the Organization

In 2004 the foundation was established by Isodore York, aka Mighty Dow, with the main objective to educate, preserve and promote the art form of steelpan music on St. Maarten. The foundation has also has a steel plan/music curriculum taught in several primary and secondary schools on the island as well as after school programs.