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Charity Music, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music

Mission: Provide musical instruments to at risk, disadvantaged and homeless youth wishing to explore their hidden musical talents.

Results: Over 200 donated instruments received in various stages of disrepair. Ongoing repairs in processat our newly occupied Donation and Volunteer Center in Clinton Township, MI. Fundraising efforts continue to ensure timely repair and purchase of needed instruments.

Target demographics: cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artists

Direct beneficiaries per year: Give the Gift of Music to over 400 individuals, and 5 schools.

Geographic areas served: the Metro Detroit arae

Programs: the Musical Instrument Loan Program which provides musical instruments at no charge to individuals wishing to explore their hidden musical talents. In addition our Notes of Appreciation, Music for Our Military program provides musical instruments and live entertainment to VA Facilities nationwide.

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

I heard about this organization from a news story and followed up on line. I chose to donate a very expensive trumpet, personally delivering it. When I got to their location, they took the instrument but said they did not have a receipt book so they would mail a receipt to me. I followed up several times over the last nine months, always being reassured they would send a tax receipt but I never got one. I don't know how they run the donation end of their business, but I would NEVER give them anything again. If they treat donors this poorly, I can only imagine how poorly they run the rest of their organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was uncertain how I was going afford my daughter's band election this year.
My children and I have had a difficult year transitioning through a divorce, losing their childhood home through a foreclosure, and stressing out in a doubled up living arrangement.
I was guided by a friend to Charity Music.
Through this organization my daughter now has an instrument to learn to love to play.
As a parent I want her to explore her creativity and not always have to denied due to the financial challenges I face.
My hope is she will find how playing an instrument will lift her spirits and soothe her mind from daily stress.
Charity Music is a tremendous blessing to the community!
Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In my role as a student assistance provider in an elementary school, I work with families who cannot afford the instruments their children need for school. Three years ago, Charity Music provided an instrument for one of my students during the illness and death of one of his parents. Playing his instrument was one of the few bright spots in this child's life during that extremely difficult time. I just contacted Charity Music today, and they are going to help another young person I know whose family needs assistance in obtaining an instrument for her. Music enhances the quality of our lives in so many ways! Thank you, Charity Music, for all you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an art student in college, it's truly heartwarming to know that this organization is provides start up assistance to schools that do not currently have music programs. Every one that helps this organization grow is so passionate about it and the great opportunities they provide to the community. Definitely try to stop by at one of the local art fairs to check out the Instrument Petting Zoo; such a unique thing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Charity Music is wonderful Non-Profit organization. With many families these days tightening up on their budgets it's sad to say that sometimes the children's life's may be affected. Charity Music is great way for parents to allow their children to still seek out their passions when money might not be so available. It;s nice to see people in the community still seek to help out the people not just themselves.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As more schools are omitting programs such as music and art it is wonderful to see a program like this to help the children with musical talents Not get discouraged. Those who have no funds are able to still advance in their talents with this.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program is Fantastic. As a Teacher it is Great to see that there is a program out there that can help the unfortunate who can not afford instruments and have musical talent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great charity that helps a lot of kids out who want to learn how to play music but can't because of insufficient funds.I think it's awesome that some kids want to learn music,and we need more places like this to keep music alive in children.It gives them something to do that's better than what some kids are doing now a days. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is hands down amazing. Everyday we see kids wasting their talents because of financial issues. With charity music a child is able to seek its musical talents without being held back. When I was young I wanted to play the flute and unfortunately was not able to due to lack of funds, if a charity like this was around who knows maybe I would have went far with it. I'm beyond grateful to have been able to volunteer at such an awesome place, not only helping the organization but being able to benefit a child's life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to say that I helped a great cause. Thank you Charity Music for all that you do!

Courtney34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i watched my sister and dad for years find money to help her keep playing for her school, to know that there is a place such as charity music is great because not having the money to do something you love is very sad and stressful. i am proud to say i have volunteered to help such a great charity! Thank You for what you do Charity Music!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are such a good charity. What they do for the community is great!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity Music is an excellent non-profit focused on helping youth find their passion for music. Charity Music helps youth that would otherwise go without find their talent. Charity Music provides a loaner instruments and support. This organization is a great asset to the community and more should know about what they are doing here.

Andrew65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I relocated to Michigan from San Diego and I was looking for a non-profit organization that has a great purpose and is committed to their cause. Via the United Way website, I found Charity Music. Being a musician, I looked into the charity and I was truly impressed. What they do to promote music for the community, especially children and the military, is truly outstanding! Their 'Instrument Petting Zoo' is such a great idea to instill the desire to take up playing a musical instrument, especially for children, is awesome. Having two young children of my own, I can see the importance and value that this brings. I will be bringing my own children to the 'zoo' the next time it is featured at a local event. So many charities have ulterior motives. There is none with Charity Music. They are an outstanding organization. I look forward to working with them for a long time to come and I encourage others to volunteer their time, donate music and music related materials, and spread the word!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity Music is SUPER! What they are doing for Macomb County and other communities is amazing! Their goal is to help others through music! They have a great team that is passionate about doing good work for Metro Detroit!!! Keep it up Charity Music you are doing an AWESOME job!!! WOOHOO!

Emma9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization is awesome. Our children need a place to express and learn talents. Music is a great outlet! Thanks to the Fachini's for their wonderful work in their community. It's a blessing to pay back and forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began working with Charity Music at the beginning of the year and I have seen the tremendous things that they do first-hand! From the travelling petting zoo to the soon-to-be-open store in Clinton Township – everything they do is dedicated to the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Charity music is a spectacular organization. It is definitely a hidden jewel in Macomb County. This is a great way for children to expand their horizons. It allows them to explore various avenues and challenge themselves without it being a hassle. It enables the children to be themselves and have the opportunity to use different tools through music to find who they are. Ultimately, its a great outlet for children and adolescents that is feasible and accessible to people who cannot afford the wonderful instruments any other way.

Dominic F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Starting off in 1996 with a few good people, who wanted to do a few good deeds, this organization has grown into one of the premier music related nonprofits in the nation. The dedication of its all volunteer workforce is second to none. They are truly deserving of the title GREAT NONPROFIT.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this nonprofits rate of growt over the past several years and have been very impressed with their programs and accomplishments. In addition to renting musical instruments at only $35,00 per year, and providing instuments to VA Facilities nationwide, their have also forme a Detroit Drumline which played the halftime performance at Ford Field on Thanksggiving Day.

Porter H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to donate to this Great Nonprofit. They take great pride in spending less than 3% on Fundraising, and less than 7% on administration.

They are very efficient and well organized. I always know that my donation is being well spent with this organization.