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MusicLink Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   81 reviews 4,004


1043 N. McKinley Road Arlington VA 22205 USA


To provide long term musical training to promising children in financial need across the country by linking them with qualified music teachers willing to teach at a reduced rate.


We have reached over 5,800 disadvantaged children nationwide with active students in over 46 states and 3 Canadian provinces.. Our dedicated and caring teachers have logged over 406,000 hours of instruction time which equates to over $10 milllion in in-kind donation.

Target demographics:

Low-income children nationwide from early childhood through age 18.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

There are approximately 1,000 students actively involved in lessons at any one time throughout the year.

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I have been a MusicLink teacher for two years and it has been a wonderful association. Students who wouldn't otherwise be able to take lessons or pay for music or an instrument are thriving in their piano lessons. One very bright young student has had the use of an electric keyboard for a year and now, thanks to MusicLink and friends, has been given a piano which was moved into his home on his birthday. He and his mother are so appreciative and I am just delighted. The area representative for MuslicLink is fantastic and once a year the MusicLink teachers and their students get together and play in a local mall to raise money for the program. Very fun and positive experience. M. Stephens, Vermont

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MusicLink Foundation provides support and opportunities for volunteer music teachers, and well-deserving students who wouldn't normally have access to music lessons.

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Musiclink Foundation does a great job at helping students study music who can't afford regularly-priced music lessons. I've thoroughly enjoyed being involved as a piano teacher.

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Because of this Foundation, I have been able to place 15 free acoustic pianos into student homes and have purchased hundreds of dollars in music from business partners at deep discounts. With the help of this Foundation, my program has been able to serve the needs of more than thirty needy piano students and we have just expanded to include guitar. The MusicLink services are easy to access by families in need as well as easy for the teachers. MusicLink fills a vital niche in the music community!

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I have been a musiclink teacher for many years. This program allows my students to participate in exam programs free of charge. They would not be able to afford the fees and lessons involved in learning an instrument otherwise. One of my students received a free piano when she was starting lessons. Ten years later, she won a music scholarship and entered university in the music business major. Musiclink foundation was instrumental in helping Rachel develop her talents.

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Musiclink Foundation has always been there for the low income students of Hopewell Music Cooperative - North. Ellie and I joined as Teachers almost 10 years ago and now all of our Teachers are Musiclink Teachers. For our Open House, housed in North United Methodist Church, Musiclink was able to connect Hopewell with an incredible piano donation for our Students. They also secured the moving of the piano. Our Students have been at several of the Musiclink fundraisers over the years and truly enjoy the excitement and helping with these events. Thank you Musiclink for all that you have done and that you do for Music Students everywhere in the United States.

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The director of our school, The Camden Music School, helped to link the teachers up with MusicLink. At first, I was skeptical (I thought there would be a 'catch' to the offer of help) but I was proven wrong. The MusikLink program truly shares the same belief as the Camden Music School. Both groups want to bring the gift and wonder of music to people that simply can not afford it. Well, it is working! With the MusicLinks helping hands, we are able to provide beginning books for our students that truly can't afford books, let alone lessons or an instrument. We dreamed of a wonderful grand piano and had saved 800 dollars for it.(miles to go) Out of the blue, we recieved a call from MusikLink asking if we could use a grand piano. That was truly a dream come true. It was a very proud day for us to have our first recital playing that grand piano. MusikLink is truly a group that lets their actions speak louder than words. I personally thank them as a teacher of the underserved population. MusikLink IS making a difference in the lives of my kids. I see it in my students personalities and on their faces, where it counts. I can't thank MusikLink enough.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces and personalities of my kids. They enter our program very shy and withdrawn, or compensating by attitude, and become amazing individuals. Not all will succeed at music, but they have been given the chance to try, and that is the important thing in the long run.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Also set up perhaps an instrument lending library so that kids that can't afford the instrument could possibly have access to a used electric piano( for portability and storage sake) and own it after time. Many of my students do not have a piano to practice on at home. They do not have the space or money to move even a free piano. Our school has donated many electric pianos that have come to us, but we keep 7 maintained for piano classes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that they truly give to the kids our school works with to help them succeed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff that we have met are very caring individuals. They are our little birds in music. They email to let us know of an event or idea and then it happens, that magical music connection.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide even more life changing music to children that are not able to purchase the books, lessons and instruments that are required.

Ways to make it better...

If somehow, my kids could then turn around and give back mentoring other kids in the MusikLink program, but I suppose that is kind of hard, because we keep our kids that recieve help from MusikLink annonymous for their sake.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that there are not enough dollars and people power to cover all the that desire, but will never be able to afford music.a

One thing I'd also say is that...

the MusikLink group has moved mountains with what they have. Imagine what THEY can do with a helping donation.

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I found MusicLink through MMTA and due to the easy and expert staff and volunteers, I was able to begin to teach three students immediately. The students were afforded free books, a donated keyboard, and the inspiration to make music. What an amazing and needed foundation!

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I joined MusicLink as an active teacher volunteer in 2014, and have since taught several students through the program. I am proud to be able to offer piano lessons to low-income families in our community and I am glad that the foundation is here to support the students and teachers in many different ways.

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I am a new teacher with MusicLink. Thanks to this wonderful foundation, my ML students are able to purchase music at a discounted rate.

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Wonderfully encouraging teachers are part of Musiclink. BravO!

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