We Are All Music Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of our first-ever grants, dedicated to provide meaningful support to nonprofits that utilize the power of music to positively impact lives and benefit society. After a 12-month planning phase and the rigorous vetting of nearly 300 applications from music-oriented nonprofit organizations representing a diverse range of causes including Education, Health & Wellness, and Underserved communities, WAAM proudly announces the recipients of the Foundation’s inaugural Power of Music grants.
POWER OF MUSIC GRANTS
EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC
Education Through Music (ETM) Education Through Music was founded in 1991 to promote the integration of music into the curricula of under-resourced schools in order to enhance students’ overall achievement and general development. ETM forms long-term partnerships with schools to develop sustainable, long-term music programs.
In the wake of NYC school closures in March 2020 due to COVID-19, ETM has adapted its programming to serve students via distance learning and in virtual environments, providing essentially uninterrupted service to its 70 partner schools and 36,000 partner school students in School Year 2019-2020. Education Through Music is an example of an organization that truly utilizes music as the foundation for social change
GUITARS OVER GUNS
Guitars Over Guns empowers youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with a powerful combination of music education and mentoring from professional musicians to help them overcome hardship, find their voice, and reach their potential as leaders. The organization provides comprehensive training to mentors who, in turn, develop long term relationships with program participants. In addition to sharing their love of music, they are role models for these students. Based in south Florida, Guitars over Guns partners with public schools in Miami and Chicago, augmenting these schools’ existing music programs.
HIP HOP PUBLIC HEALTH
Hip Hop Public Health‘s mission is to foster positive health behavior change through the transformative power of hip-hop music. Based in New York City, the organization focuses on creating health equity and rectifying health disparity in underserved communities. The group leverages scientific research which validates the powerful effect that music has on the brain. Hip Hop Public Health has created a unique platform to communicate the power and untapped potential of music to directly improve the mental and physical health of individuals, underserved communities and society.
We are also supporting the following organizations with grants to power their missions:
Music Haven empowers and connects young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance by their resident musicians in the heart of New Haven, giving all kids a chance to play. With the Haven String Quartet at the heart 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, who are their teachers and long term mentors.
THE ATLANTA MUSIC PROJECT
The Atlanta Music Project’s mission is to empower underserved youth to realize their possibilities through music. They believe the pursuit of musical excellence leads to the development of confidence, creativity and ambition, thus sparking positive social change in the individuals and the communities they serve by providing intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood.
JAZZ HOUSE KIDS
Jazz House Kids’ mission is to transform lives by helping students gain an artistic edge through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship. They bridge the artistic gap and boost scholastic outcomes in New Jersey’s underserved schools. Through their year-round jazz education and performance programs, they teach children ages 8 to 18 to become lifelong learners, communicators and innovators, regardless of their financial circumstances.
LITTLE KIDS ROCK
Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. Using genres including rock, pop, Latin, and rap, their program empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve in K-12 across 45 states. Their students see themselves reflected in their classes, which strengthens their connection to their school, their peers, and their community.
Musicians On Call (MOC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that connects musicians to hospitals, bringing the healing power of music, through live performances, to the bedsides of patients battling illness and injury across the country. One-on-one interactions between musician and patient have the powerful effect of restoring the happiness that often fades away in healthcare facilities.