Opportunity Gap

Studio Heat“If we can reach one person and give her – or him –  a safe place to get excited by music and to capture that excitement, to build academic social and life skills, it’s a great start.”

We hear it every day – the gap between rich and poor is widening; the government is shifting priorities away from investing in the least fortunate in our society.

Here are the stark facts:

  • Over 15% of the US population lives under the Federal poverty level of $24,000 per year for a family of four
  • 33 million adults earn less than $10/hour
  • Almost 70% of the poor are single parent families, mostly with a Mom or Grandma as head of household
  • The majority live in large and small urban areas

In addition, urban schools are being squeezed by tight budgets; music and arts programs are being eliminated; and there is an emphasis on “teaching to a test” to pass State and Federal standard Math and Reading exams.IMG_3826

For many young people, the basic right to feel safe in their own neighborhoods is a foreign concept.  Gang activity, drugs and violence are a standard part of their lives.

The net result is a profound lack of opportunity.  The opportunity to have a safe place to live and play.  The opportunity to get a good education.  The opportunity to build the skills necessary to earn a living wage.  The opportunity to strive and succeed.

We can’t solve all the world’s problems but we know a magical fact:  Kids Love Music!

Why Music?

Youth perform at the North Ft. Worth Music Clubhouse Grand Opening

What if there was a subject that kids actually wanted to study.  What if that one subject improved their reading and math skills, taught them history, stimulated their creativity, gave them a voice and encouraged them to be part of a team.  Music is that subject.

If we can reach one person and give her – or him –  a safe place to get excited by music and to capture that excitement, to build academic social and life skills, it’s a great start.  Every journey begins with the first step – providing opportunities particularly for our youth.  If these opportunities can begin to break the cycle of poverty and violence, it’s a step worth taking.

Providing opportunities through music.  This is why we exist.  This is what we do.

“Changing Lives.  One Note at a Time”