Music & Youth Initiative Mission

We create accessible, sustainable, high quality music programs so every young person can experience the magic of music.

Vision Statement

We believe that every young person should have the opportunity to experience the magic of music. Music has the power to build academic and social skills; unleash creativity; and develop self-confidence and self-esteem.

Strategy for Impact

Music is the magnet that attracts youth to a safe place to learn and grow, away from the culture of drugs, gangs, and violence which is all too prevalent on the streets of the low-income urban areas we target. Our partnership with Youth Development Organizations provides participants in middle school/Junior high school and up, with free after school music education as well as programs aimed at successful high school graduation, opportunities for developing job skills, and college preparation support; all of which helps build self-confidence and self-esteem that will last a lifetime.

Why Music?

Music touches the mind, the heart, and the senses. Throughout history, music has uplifted, engaged, engendered joy, and united people of diverse backgrounds. It changes lives. Our students challenge themselves to pick up an instrument, to write a song, to sing. Perhaps most importantly they become part of a creative team. They motivate one another. We have seen young people elevate their academic standing. We have seen a shy boy, an alienated girl change their hearts and grow with the music. Music sparks the imagination and lifts the soul.