Author: Emma Ling Hwei Young

ABSTRACT: In 2017, the rapper DJ Logic wrote and titled a song after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number: "1-800-273-8255." It was a hit running its way up the Billboard charts that year. Calls to the Lifeline that year increased almost 30%, primarily due to the song. As a result of the increased calls, researchers have evidence of a reduction in the suicides that year,...

WAAM is thrilled to have the talented Bob Clearmountain as part of our WAAMily, supporting music’s transformative role in education and mental health. Clearmountain is a legendary recording engineer, mixer and record producer. His credits include Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, Toto, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, and Bruce Springsteen. ...

WAAM is proud to continue partnering with Music Haven for another year. Music Haven empowers and connects young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance. With the Haven String Quartet at the center of their education programming, workshop offerings, and performances throughout the region, each of their students (and their family) is part of a vibrant community of musicians. ...

WAAM is thrilled to be working with Musicians on Call for another year. Musicians on Call connects musicians to hospitals, bringing the healing power of music, through live and virtual performances, to the bedsides of patients battling illness and injury across the country. MOC also provides patients with the opportunity to write and record their own original music and to celebrate their accomplishments with family, friends and...

This week, we’re highlighting another original grantee that WAAM is excited to be partnering with again — Atlanta Music Project! Atlanta Music Project believes the pursuit of musical excellence leads to the development of confidence, creativity and ambition, thus sparking positive social change in the individuals and communities they serve. AMP’s mission is to empower underserved youth to realize their potential through music. ...

WAAM is proud to partner with Music Will (formerly Little Kids Rock), another original WAAMily member. Music Will transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. Reaching over 1M students, their program empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve in K-12 across 48 states. ...

WAAM is also excited to continue partnering with original inductee Jazz House Kids. Jazz House Kids' mission is to transform lives by helping students gain an artistic edge through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship. Through year-round jazz education and performance programs, JHK teaches children ages 8 to 18 to become lifelong learners, communicators and innovators, regardless of their financial circumstances. ...

Another grantee WAAM is proud to keep supporting is Education Through Music. Education Through Music partners with under-resourced elementary and middle schools to integrate music into the core curriculum. Reaching over 40K students, ETM’s philosophy is that music is a catalyst to improving academic achievement, increasing motivation for school attendance and strengthening / developing self-confidence. ...