Music & Youth Grants $450,000 to 11 Nonprofits to Support After-School Music Programs

weh-ukele-image-sizeBoston MA, December 1, 2016 — The Music & Youth Initiative is pleased to announce that in 2016, it contributed $450,000 in grants, equipment, and support services to 11 Youth Development Partners in support of their after-school music programs.

With the funding and support from Music & Youth, these Youth Development organizations are able to establish Music Clubhouses where underserved youth, ages 10-18, can participate in contemporary music lessons, learn how to use music recording technology, and have performance opportunities. Through this unique, hands-on approach to music immersion, the youth participants are staying off the streets, improving academic and social skills, and building self-confidence and self-esteem.

“We’re excited about our continued partnership with these Youth Development Organizations,“ says Gary Eichhorn, CEO of the Music & Youth Initiative. “Every day, we hear new stories from them about how the music programs are changing the lives– and sometimes saving the lives– of the youth they serve.”

Collectively, the Clubhouses have over 1,000 youth enrolled in contemporary music lessons in 2016. New Music Clubhouses outside the Massachusetts region are slated to open in 2017.

The Massachusetts organizations receiving grants in 2016 are:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
  • Hyde Square Task Force
  • Merrimack Valley YMCA
  • Sociedad Latina
  • South Shore YMCA
  • Waltham Boys & Girls Club
  • West End House Boys & Girls Club
  • YMCA of Metro North

One National Network organization received grants:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth

About Music & Youth Initiative: (www.musicandyouth.org) Music & Youth establishes sustainable, high quality after-school contemporary music programs for underserved youth ages 10-18, through collaboration with leading Youth Development Organizations, Universities, and Corporate Partners. These programs are free (or for a minimal cost) to the participating youth. Founded in 2004, Music & Youth Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For further information contact:
Tamar Skowronski
Director of Communications, Music & Youth
tamar@musicandyouth.org
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