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 the PTG Foundation


The PTG Foundation sponsors scholarships for 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. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or seeing a list of past recipients, go to Convention & Exam Scholarships. 

The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation will offer up to 10 Leadership Scholarships each year from 2020 to 2023 to PTG members who hold office in their local PTG chapters as President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer. The scholarships provide individual recipients with an exam voucher to cover the applicant's choice of either the PTG Technical Exam or the PTG Tuning exam to be used at any exam site. Leadership Scholarships

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 Randi 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. online store


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 tornadoes, earthquakes, and flooding. Any member may request aid for themselves or another member by contacting the PTG Home Office at (913) 432-9975 or contact@ptgf.org. 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 or online at Donate.

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


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

The PTG Foundation 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.

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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