After-School Music Programs Receive $96K in Grants from Music & Youth

Henry - Ft Worth_Img sizeBoston MA, June 3, 2016 — The Music & Youth Initiative, an organization dedicated to creating accessible, sustainable, high-quality music programs, is pleased to announce $96,000 in grants to 11 Youth Development Partners in support of their “Music Clubhouse” programs this Spring. These organizations provide free music lessons to underserved youth in Massachusetts and Texas, with a focus on guitar, keyboard, drums, voice, and music recording technology. The Music & Youth grants also support youth leadership and video programs within the Music Clubhouses.

“These Youth Development Organizations are making a tremendous impact with teens,” says Gary Eichhorn, CEO of the Music & Youth Initiative. “Our continued collaboration helps expand the reach of the Music Clubhouse program, providing meaningful musical opportunities for youth who otherwise would not have access to music. It’s making a real difference, and we’re so proud of the musical and personal achievements of the teen participants.”

The organizations that received Spring grants are:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth (TX)
  • 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

About Music & Youth Initiative: (

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.

About the Music Clubhouse Program

The Music Clubhouse is an after school contemporary music program for underserved youth, ages 10-18, and is run by leading Youth Development Organizations in Massachusetts and Texas in partnership with Music & Youth. The Music Clubhouses provide high-quality music education and the opportunity for participants to improve social and academic skills while building self-confidence and self-esteem.