Piano Technicians Guild Foundation


◆ Our Mission

The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation (PTGF) was established in 1982 to support the mission of the Piano Technicians Guild through charitable, historical, scientific and educational programs.

◆ About PTGF


The PTGF maintains the Steve Jellen Memorial Library. This library and historical archives are preserved for reference and research and are available to everyone who visits the PTG Home Office.


Since 1982, the PTG Foundation has given an annual scholarship to members of the Music Teachers National Association. This scholarship is presented to a certified piano teacher for advanced studies. The Music Teachers National Association has a standing committee to select the recipient for the Foundation scholarship. www.mtna.org 

The PTG Foundation sponsors scholarships for Associate members of PTG to help them advance their education. The scholarship pays for registration at the annual convention and the cost of the last exam necessary to complete their Registered Piano Technician certification. Applications must be received by April 1 each year. Click here to download an application, or call the PTG Home Office at 913-432-9975 to request a copy.

Disaster Relief

The PTG Foundation established a Disaster Relief Fund immediately following the Katrina disaster in New Orleans. The Disaster Relief Fund is used to give aid to PTG members who are affected by natural disasters such as tornados, earthquakes, and flooding. Any member may request aid for themselves or another member by contacting the PTG Home Office at (913) 432-9975. You may make a tax deductible contribution to the PTGF Disaster Relief Fund through the PTG Home Office, 4444 Forest Ave, Kansas City, KS 66106.


The PTG Foundation publishes books related to piano technology, including "The Art of Tuning" by Claude Montal (translated by Fred Sturm, RPT), "The Piano Action Handbook" by Randy Potter, RPT; "A History of Midwest Piano Manufacturing" by Jack Greenfield, RPT; "New Techniques for Superior Aural Tuning" by Virgil Smith, RPT; and "Longitudinal Modes in Piano Strings" by Jim Ellis, RPT. These books are available in the PTG Store and sales of these items benefit the PTG Foundation.  Click for online store.


The PTG Foundation opened its museum during the 1994 Annual Convention which was held in Kansas City, MO. Members of the PTG and their families toured the museum during its Grand Opening. Museum displays include antique piano building tools, historical pictures of the PTG and the piano industry, historical manuscripts, books and documents, unique pianos, and piano components that have historical significance to the piano industry. Museum


Research Grants

The PTG Foundation offers grants for research pertaining to the science and history of the piano. Any original research project that aims to further the knowledge of the technical community and the public about the science or history of the piano, or the field of piano technology will be considered. Research Grants

As a non-profit 501(c) (3) the Foundation relies on private contributions to keep these efforts alive. Tax deductible contributions may be made in honor of individuals by sending them to the PTG Foundation at 4444 Forest Ave, Kansas City, KS 66106.  To Donate

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