Boston MA, January 15, 2019— The Music & Youth Initiative is pleased to announce that in 2018, it provided $360,000 in cash, equipment, and in-kind support to 11 Youth Development Organizations in Massachusetts, Texas, and Georgia, to support their after-school music programs.
With funding and partnership with Music & Youth, these Organizations are able to establish and sustain Music Clubhouses where underserved youth, ages 10-18, have access to contemporary instruments; state-of-the-art music production and technology; performance opportunities, and much more. With a strong focus on mentorship, Music & Youth’s approach helps build participants’ self-confidence and self-esteem, providing them with life-changing skills that they can apply well beyond the music studio.
“Giving youth the opportunity to play the music they love on the instruments that they’re excited about is enough to help a teen stay off the streets. It gives them a creative outlet that they may not have had otherwise.” says Gary Eichhorn, CEO of the Music & Youth Initiative. “And the skills our participants learn are transferable to many aspects of their lives now and in the future.”
Collectively, the Clubhouses had over 1,000 youth enrolled in contemporary music lessons in 2018.
The Massachusetts organizations receiving grants in 2018 were:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
Hyde Square Task Force
Merrimack Valley YMCA
Waltham Boys & Girls Club
West End House Boys & Girls Club
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.