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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music

Mission: "To Be A Catalyst for Building Healthy Communities and Enriching Lives Through the Power of Music and the Arts."

Results: Music Box Foundation has served thousands of students throughout the Chicago Metropolitan neighborhoods including: Englewood, West Pullman, Woodlawn, South Shore, Auburn Gresham, Chatham, West Side and Back of the Yards. 100% of our school partners noted improvement among band members in confidence, teamwork, persistence, leadership, and willingness to try new things.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Music Box Foundation is an outstanding non-profit organization, that also is doing great things within the community bringing kids, and young adults together through the art of music. I had the opportunity to volunteer for the Navy Pier summer camp showcase, and most recently the Blue Man Group field trip. It is great to have a program like this within the community, keeping kids active, engaged, exploring, and learning a skill on an instrument. I look forward to the upcoming year for what is in store for the foundation as it continues to thrive.

1 Jaelyn R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in Music Box Foundations After School Matters program, In the summer of 2019. I loved participating in this program because it granted me the opportunity to network with so many individuals. I am glad to say I’ve made lasting friendships and connections. Working with Mr. Lloyd was amazing he has taught me some many things. This whole experience was absolutely amazing. Walking away from that summer program I learned music skills and bettered my skills at the guitar. I’m so grateful to have had such a wonderful summer experience and I plan to work with the Music Box Foundation again!

Jazmin A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is always a good time with Music Box Foundation. No matter what you can bring to the table or cannot bring, they are always a lending hand. During a time when children are losing music in their schools, they are making an effort to ensure every student has access to music without concerns for payment. They make a grand impression on any community they appear in and I love being apart of their team.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, Jeremiah, met Mr Lloyd at an after-school program when he was in kindergarten.
That class, led to what is now 14 plus years with the Music Box Foundation.
The leadership, and mentorship have proven to be invaluable.
We are a family, from the board members and staff to the students and parents.
Through music, The Music Box Foundation, Sparks the imagination, creates hope and opportunities, and is changing the lives of young people, and families all accross this city.
With gratitude,
Retha

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Music Box Foundation is a great Nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empower our next generation. Providing youths and young adults opportunities to creatively express themselves through music and art in a safe learning environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the work this foundation is doing and how it impacts the communities through out the Chicagoland area. I have witness how this organization is transforming lives and inspiring others to get involve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Music Box Foundation serves youth and the community in such a critical space, and time in this world, especially for people of color. Inspiring hope in young artists, building capacity for next generation leaders, and working alongside the community to celebrate art, music, culture, and education...this is a nonprofit to watch.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Tira and I’m a volunteer at the Music Box foundation. What I love about this organization is the passion and love that I see from the kids when they are performing or learning new music. A lot of the students have never been outside of the city and have gotten the opportunity to travel and show off there musical talent. The organization also has a summer program that provides meals to the students. The staff members are friendly and have a wonderful rapport with the kids and their parents. Vernon is great with the kids and makes learning fun. Beverly his wife is usually behind the scenes making sure everything goes according to plan. Music box provides a safe and enjoyable environment for children at an affordable cost “free”.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Over the last couple of months I have had the opportunity to work closely with the Founders and to really see what the Music Box Foundation is all about. I was very pleased and surprised at what I found. In this small organization you would be amazed at all they do to inspire, motivate and build confidence in these inner city youth and young adults. The Foundation believes music is a universal language that can be understood and enjoyed by all. We know that with a "Yes I can attitude," most of the kids that participate in the program will go on to become pillars of their communities and do very well in the future. The Foundation also found that music enriches the lives of young and old and can be a means of keeping children off the street and in school. Instructors and volunteers at the Foundation believe in teaching their students by example, a real plus for problem youth and young adults that need to see true leadership in action.

























Volunteer

Rating: 5

Music Box Foundation is a great organization that is dedicated to empowering youths and young adults with the gift of music. Their programs are designed to help build self confidence and self-esteem. I have witnessed great enthusiasm on the part of the students after they have marched in long (three days straight) Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. The excitement they have when they are on the bus heading to their next big Chicago community event. The students enjoy working with the instructors and have a great respect for the staff. Most, if not all of the students have the personal phone number of the Founder of the organization. This is something that he feels is necessary for them to be able to contact him at anytime, day or night. He calls them "his kids".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Music Box Foundation since 2013. In my 5 years of volunteering, I have been a witness to how this program has influenced the lives of many youth on the south side of Chicago. Often, the youth population that this organization serves are in need for a transformative trajectory. They come from impoverished communities with negative environments. Music Box have given them an opportunity to reshape their goals and aspirations, redefine their worth, and take initiative of their futures. The beauty in all that this organization does for the community is that it is through the art of music. Many can attest to how music has changed their lives and Music Box are, without a doubt, are changing the lives of young people through music. Countless hours of volunteering to facilitate recreational festivities at the organization’s summer camp, I have seen this program positively impact a child’s day and behavior. Countless hours of volunteering at fundraiser events, I have seen people’s charity provide more opportunities for more participants of this program. I pray that this organization develops into an even larger entity than it already is and continues to impact many more youth in need for community outreach.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Music Box Foundation is an outstanding program for young people in the community to learn music. I appreciate what Music Box does to keep our young people educated about different facets of music, including play instruments. Thank you Music Box.

Schree Greene C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The leaders of Music Box Foundation have extraordinary ways of taking care of youth and community. The energy they bring is contagious and full of love. I honor their work, leadership, and dedication to arts & culture.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Music Box Foundation is a awesome
Organization for assisting young children to understand the world of music.
They have been such a wonderful asset to have in the community!
Keep up the good work!

1 Thee Tiya J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were new to the music scene. Music Box Foundation was a true inspiration to my daughters musical experience. The small group training to band like performances was awesome. We look forward to further expand our musical experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musical Box Foundation is doing great things for our youth in and around the Chicago Metropolitan Area. I have three children that are currently enrolled and they love it. The instructors are very knowledgeable, always professional, and very compassionate toward every student that comes through the door. I will continue to support Music Box Foundation in all of their efforts and we so grateful to be apart of this program. Thank you Mr. Lloyd (Budda Budda), Mr. Rob and all the staff for all that you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musicbox foundation is indeed a GREAT non-profit! My children and I have had the pleasure of working with the foundation for over a year and they learned to play several instruments under the guidance of passionate and dedicated musicians. I would recommend Music Box to anyone looking to have their children learn to read and play music in a safe, fun and inspiring environment.

Bringing my children to the Music Box is one of the best decisions I have made for my children!