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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.

George22

Client Served

Rating: 5

Charity Music is a great asset to community. They provide musical instruments, and music instruction to those who could not otherwise afford to experience the joy that music can bring. They are a very professional organization that does the right things for the right reasons. Other nonprofits could learn much from this very well organized group of volunteers.

Pat_30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am working with a group to start a children's museum in Detroit. I called Charity Music and asked if their instrumental petting zoo could come to our first event. Even though someone had already booked the same date as I wanted, Roger said he could do my event. We problem solved and came up with solutions on how his group could do 2 events on the same day. I also visited Roger at Charity Music. He spent over an hour with me explaining Charity Music and some ways he could help the emerging children's museum succeed. Roger gave me a tour of his non-profit and showed me how one day soon someone will be able to donate a musical instrument and later check back to see how many students played that instrument. Paul gave me a tour of the music shop and showed me where instruments are repaired. I left Charity Music being inspired and uplifted by who I met. I am a fan of Charity Music.

1 Shmurf P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

as a volunteer here i can honestly say that this organization is great for young people as well as adults.
and has far exceeds the purpose of the organization of helping people and children of all ages get involved with music its an amazing charity and i am glad i was lucky enough to be apart of it.
exspecally because i was even limited when i joined band in school. i couldn't choose the instrament i wanted because my dad refused to pay so much money for it.. only if i knew about this charity sooner

Lisa254

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked as a volenteer for Charity Music Im am inspired and is rewarding to know there are many people like myself willing to devote there time to give back to the community. This is the best by far giving back to our Military the joy of music and to keep music alive to all those who once helped us. Seeing the children at the (PETTING ZOO) explore all the different types of instruments and getting to keep there dreams in playing an instument regardless of financial curcumstances.Charity Music helps provide children with an instrument for 35.00 a YR and so much more its great to see the kids have the oppurtunity to explore all that music has to offer. Working with Roger has been a pleasure he has completely devoted his time and all that he can do to give each and every individual an oppurtunity to fulfill there dreams.He makes a huge impact on our community with all he has to devote! Its been my pleasure to be involved in such a great charity I look forward to continuing to being apart of a wonderful organization

Jeff F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization touching the lives of so many with the great gift of music.

Ted C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I went looking for a different non-profit with a specific mission. Charity Music is the perfect non-profit to donate too. They will accept instruments and give them to aspiring musicians or they will take cash donations to outreach the community with a petting zoo to give children an experience with different kinds of instruments. They have keyboards, guitars, drums and wind instruments for the kids to play and experience. I look to volunteer this weekend at the Stars and Stripes Festival at Freedom Hill. Please come by and see us and ask us about Charity Music.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Charity Music Inc. has developed quite a niche in the community. From the beginning the organization has focused on service members and at risk youth. From the donations of instruments to develop programs for the VA hospitals Charity Music is conducting their mission ethically and compassionately. The feedback from our clients provides our organization with assurance that what we are doing is good for our clients and our community. I would like to nominate Charity Music for the Non-Profit of the Year for meeting the clients needs and making musical instruments as part of the rehabilitation program at VA hospitals.

Dani N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Charity Music from a friend of mine and I wanted to get involved as soon as I heard about their cause. Not only does Charity Music give the gift of music to children (regardless of their financial status), but also to the veterans who have served our great nation. The musical "petting zoo" is such a creative idea to allow children to have access to instruments that they may not have been able to otherwise. Introducing children to the benefits of music at an early age can have a positive impact on their future. The talent and creativity that goes into the projects that are donated to auctions and things of that nature are brilliant. I feel so blessed to be involved with an organization such as this one. Music has had such a positive impact on my life and now children of all ages can be given this gift. It is a privilege to donate my time to such a worthy cause.

Kim_80

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the past two years I have had the pleasure of participating in the excellent work done by all the volunteers and staff at Charity Music. It's been refreshing to be surrounded by such talented individuals who are driven to assist and support their communities throughout Michigan. Raising public awareness of the obstacles facing homeless students who wish to learn an instrument or begin a career in music is just one of the many ways Charity Music has emerged as a leading non-profit organization. Musical donations for our Military in V.A. Hospitals all across the U.S. is another unique way Charity Music has impressively supported our troops in ways no one else has. The kind letters of thanks from so many families that arrive every day are proof of our continued need to keep up the good work.

Roger S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having worked as a volunteer with Charity Music for that past several years has given me a great deal of satisfaction in helping others find the joy that music can provide. It is a very efficient and professional organization. They have done so much to help cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artists.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Charity Music is an award winning nonprofit whose mission is to help cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artist by providing musical instruments, at no charge, to at risk and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore their hidden talents.In addition, there Notes of Appreciation - Music for Our Military program also provides musical instruments and live entertainment to VA facilities nationwide in support of Music Therapy and Recreational Therapy programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity Music is a great nonprofit organization serving Southeastern Michigan. I enjoyed my time volunteering at Charity Music, and I look forward to the future of the organization. As Charity Music continues to grow, it will have a bigger and bigger impact, and will allow kids to explore their musical abilities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Charity Music for several months now and the work they do is extremely important to kids who want to pursue their musical talents but can’t afford to. I feel that they provide an alternative to kids who otherwise would not have one and would end up in very bad situations. I love the work that they do and that’s the major reason I’ve been volunteering with them. Music is important to me and it’s also important that kids have the ability to express themselves through music and Charity Music, Inc. gives them the chance and opportunity to do it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have produced large scale plays at in several venues in the U.S. like the Kodak Theatre, those of which we self produced and self funded. Although our content empowers under severed communities and services Veterans, we have not been able to apply for grant funding as we are not a 501c3. We recently contacted Charity Music and met with the C.E.O. Roger. After looking over our materials and meeting with my partner and I Charity became our fiscal sponsor. With in just a few short months we have applied for local and national grants. Roger has been supportive, enthusiastic and has gone the extra mile. Under tight deadlines he provided us all the necessary paperwork from his organization, which without we would not have been able to submit. Charity Music been instrumental in our fundraising campaign. We look forward to continuing to work together to make a difference in the lives of Latinos, Women and Veterans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For six years I have been coordinating a jazz concert/festival in honor of my late father, Chicago jazz legend Franz Jackson, in Southwestern Michigan (Dowagiac). I had hit a plateau in terms of moving the event forward in growth because I have not yet become a non-profit organization and, therefore, couldn't solicit sponsorship funds for the event. Enter Charity Music, Inc. Our missions are in complete sync and Charity Music almost immediately granted my request to handle the fiscal oversight of the Franz Jackson Jazz Celebration. With the help of Charity Music, I was able to secure several sponsors in a relatively short period of time for this year's event and that enabled me to offer more performances to our audience. Roger has been nothing but attentive and excited about my efforts and working with me to further both of our visions. I am so anxious to start working with Charity Music on the 2013 Jazz Celebration which I hope will not only bring world-class music to people of all ages in Southwestern Michigan at an affordable price, but will also offer exposure to the great work that Charity Music does independently. I am honored and excited to have this collaboration with Charity Music and I look forward to many years of mutually beneficial partnership.

Dan_18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been donating my time to Charity Music for a few months and was amazed by the organization right from the start. I am helping them customize their customer information tracking tools. Having been an IT consultant for several years, I can tell you that Charity Music has a better laid out plan for their future strategies than many for-profit organizations I've worked with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Charity Music, Inc. since September 2012. I've been researching musicians who were born in Michigan. I've been collecting data, and using the data to create spreadsheets, graphs, and lists organizing the names in Excel. I enjoyed Charity Music. It was really helpful and educational for my upcoming career in the music profession.