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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Music Changing Lives provides a fully equipped, state-of-the-art, recording studio utilized to teach our youth the basics of recording and producing quality music. Our mission is, “To teach our participants they can live beyond their current reality.” Parents are looking for a place to take their children to play and learn in a safe, enriching environment. They realize that to leave their children unsupervised and without vision is to court disaster. The myriad of components in our program allow children to be actively involved in something positive and productive each day after school, thereby allowing their parents to be sufficed knowing their child is secure and thriving while they are at work. In turn, the parent has a reduced stress level and increased productivity, as well as reduced absenteeism on the job. This results in a win-win situation for children, parents, employers, and communities.

Results: MCL has proven it’s a result driven organization focused on fine arts as an incentive program. Not only have we completed our first compellation album, we also have plans of hosting our first art gallery within just six months of having a physical location to service our youth.  At our community center located in Redlands, CA.  Most importantly, 40% of our students have improved their grade point average by an average of 1 point, significantly improving their chances of graduation.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 or more

Geographic areas served: Inland Empire

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

We hope to see you all 10/28 to celebrate 19 years of keeping Lights On Afterschool for kids with Music Changing Lives. Also please consider supporting our efforts in helping us to expand our efforts by purchasing a #MadeInAmericaBoatRaffle ticket

1 Donna J D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with this organization as a photographer has been amazing....We need more organizations like them promoting individual creativity!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MCL has truly inspired me to begin my own organization with helping children. I love how MCL is touching multiple children lives with music. Children are the future and I applaud MCL for striving to change their lives. As I would volunteer events, you can just see the passionate individuals who've worked hard with their music. MCL is truly blessed and I hope the best for this organization to grow and flourish.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with MCL was nothing short of amazing. They donated so much supplies and time to my first back to school event. Extremely nice, caring, and respectful! I can not wait to do more with them in the future! Thank you so much MCL! You really take care of the community!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This program is an amazing idea and should be mimicked by other groups/organizations. Unfortunately, as a previous employer, I have little faith that this company will succeed. The CEO in charge of the program does not put effort into hiring the right people to work with the children nor do they know their politics enough to follow the law. I think that the idea of the company is fantastic - which is why I worked there - but until the person in charge puts effort into hiring qualified staff to make this a non-profit legit and law abiding, it's not going to succeed.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer i have seen Josiah bruny help the troubled youth kids or even the kids who doesn't have parents or their parents cant afford what the kids want.over the years he has done more things for them to help change there lives, he is a blessing from God thank you Josiah for everything you have done for us

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Passion is everything! Music Changing Lives has taken giving back to another level. long term impact is exactly what our communities need. Looking forward to global impact.

Jameela

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Music Changing Lives is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children by encouraging them to pursue their dreams in music and art. MCL provides these students with the equipment and instructors they need, as well as educational resources to assist in their homework and overall performance at school. My experience at MCL as the administrative assistant to the CEO, Josiah Bruny, was rewarding in many aspects. I had the opportunity to be a part of a hard-working team and learned so much about what it takes to run a non-profit. Everyday there were tasks to be taken care of such as making sure there are enough snacks for the kids, answering e-mails and phone calls from parents and city officials, organizing materials for each school site, finding new and inventive ways to make the program a better experience, etc. The students love the program and are all encouraged to showcase their talents at the annual MCL Showcase. The showcase allows students to present everything they have learned throughout the year and this year's showcase (2017) was a success. Hundreds of parents and school officials showed up and we received a lot of positive feedback. MCL is a great program for students who want to further their music and arts education while making new friends.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Music Changing Lives has been really inspiring and very encouraging to the children of Moreno Valley. Throughout the time that I have been working there, I have seen children grow in their talents. Whether it is through art, dance, and music, the children have a lot of fun and learn within a few months. MCL also provides programs that educate the children in not only with homework help, but also with college information regarding application, eligibility and opportunity options. It's always a pleasure to see the kids feel encouraged to pursue their dreams.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Founder, Josiah, is doing a great job for the youth in our communities. My daughter participated in the first annual MCL Showcase and it was a great experience for her. The event was well organized and provided an excellent platform for the students of Vista Del Lago High School to showcase their musical/vocal talents. A much needed program in a time when youth are being tempted by gangs, human trafficking, and other things that would otherwise negatively impact/influence them.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Music Changing Lives has been one of the most beneficial and positive impacts on my life. Without having had the opportunity to be an artist in the program back in 2010, I don't believe I would have found a way to continue pursuing my musical career endeavors. This organization has since then expanded to helping youth in other forms of art, such as painting, fashion and film. This program is a truly great program for any youth seekers to find their potential in any dreams they have, but not only that, as well as to better themselves as people. For if an individual can rise to the challenge of following their passions and follow through, that Individual builds character in themselves. Thank you Music Changing Lives for what you have done for me, Franklin Barnes, in my time of need and may many future students continue to find success through your program's tutelage.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

It was all a dream! Now we're Changing Lives one note at a time! Thanks to our donors and supporters without you all our mission would be nearly impossible

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Music Changing Lives, (MCL) is a phenomenal afterschool program for underserved K-12 students. The program offers arts based enrichment programs to incentivize students to stay in school and pursue their passion and purpose in life. Many students not only discover their hidden talents at MCL, many build confidence and show great improvements in their academic performance. MCL is an amazing program, with dedicated staff who truly go above and beyond to change the lives of the students they serve.

5

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am so honored to be part of the Board of Directors for this non-profit organization. There is no other like MCL. Although there are other after- school programs throughout the Inland Empire, MCL stands above the rest.
MCL offers the highest quality of music and art enrichment through after-school mentorship programs. It not only provides a safe environment for our at-risk youth to go year round, it engages their interests covering all phases of recording and music. Plus the arts curriculum offers training in creative writing, ceramics, drawing, fashion design and more.
Each student in the program is required to maintain a 2.5 GPA or more which engages them to remain in school. Tutoring is provided if they fall below. School Progress reports are required to allow the program to monitor the student's progress. No student is turned away regardless of their inability to pay. MCL directly attacks the dropout rate and incorporates community volunteers in the process.
The program is not solely dependent on governmental or other one time fundings. MCL is currently housed in the Redlands Community Center and is scheduled in 2011 to provide services in Moreno Valley and Perris.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MCL is an incredible organization combining professional media production and serving at risk youth...excited to see what 2010 holds for this group!