WAAM’s exceptional grantees deliver impactful, sustainable and scalable music programs in communities across the country. WAAM rigorously vetted close to 300 applications and awarded grants to eight 501(c)3 organizations that demonstrated exceptional leadership, established and executed on well articulated and clear strategic goals and objectives, and developed programs which directly employ music to address social causes.
Education Through Music (ETM) partners with under-resourced elementary and middle schools to integrate music into the core curriculum. Professional development courses are offered to non music teachers to facilitate the incorporation of music education into other subjects. ETM’s philosophy is that music is a catalyst to improving academic achievement, increasing motivation for school attendance and strengthening / developing self-confidence. These programs reach 36,000 New York City students as well as in excess of 20,000 additional children through affiliates in Los Angeles, Denver and Boston. Education Through Music is an example of an organization that truly utilizes music as the foundation for social change.
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, support mental health and 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‘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.
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’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.
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.
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.
Musicians On Call (MOC) is a 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.