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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Music, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: 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.

Results: We have reached over 6,500 disadvantaged children nationwide with active students in all 50 states and 5 Canadian provinces.. Our dedicated and caring teachers have logged over 470,000 hours of instruction time which equates to over $12 million 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.

Geographic areas served: Nation-wide

Programs: Provide opportunities to children in Musiclink programs to receive ongoing lessons, performance opportunities, receive achievement awards and attend music camps. Acquire and distribute musical instruments and music to children in Musiclink programs. Move pianos into student's homes and have them tuned. Repair band instruments for loan to students. Recruit teachers for Musiclink programs and provide them with grants and teaching materials. Approximately 800 active teachers at any given time.

Community Stories

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mother of two wonderful musician sons. MusicLink has made it possible for my children to follow their passion of music through MusicLink's financial support of activities/competitions and music camps. These experiences, made possible through MusicLink, have grown and stretched my sons on many levels, not just in music. I feel these experiences will have a positive lasting impact on my children for the rest of their lives.I can certainly say that thanks to MusicLink, my children have a richer, more fulfilling and supportive upbringing. As a mother, I will be forever grateful for MusicLink's dedication to supporting music in my and other children's lives. I believe this difference makes the world a better place. I have also been very impressed with MusicLink's direct communication with me. I feel like I have a personal connection with the people at MusicLink. Thank you MusicLink!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Musiclink Founation,
We do have no enough words to our heartfelt gratitude for the immeasurable gift Music link foundation has been giving our two boys. Through Musiclink, we found the most amazing vioin teacher, who is so talented, gifted, experienced and full of wisdom musically and So beautiful, inspiring, kind and caring humanly. Thank you SO much beyond words. Musiclink also help our kids to participate in summer music camps, like Oregon Suzuki Institute by giving our boys scholarship. We really are So fortunate and feel blessed being part of this beautiful Non-profit organization, Musiclink!! Music is a universal language that promotes peace, love and happiness. Thank You So much Musiclink. May the source of all good deeds, the Almighty Lord keep blessing you all and your beautiful cause of making music education affordable!

With much gratitude & respect,
Martha & family

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through MusicLink Foundation my daughter has been able to study the piano with an incredibly gifted teacher. It has been such a gift to see my daughter express herself through music. Her teacher has empowered her to experience the study of piano and music as something that is beautiful and central to the human experience, rather than something that is rote and step by step. My family is so grateful to the MusicLink Foundation for supporting our daughter's musical education!

1 Ryan N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musiclink has been a huge blessing for our lives. The organization has enabled us to do more than we could ever have imagined. Our lives have been greatly enriched. We try to share with anyone we meet that has an interest in music about what Musiclink has to offer. We can’t thank them enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of two MusicLink students.
My family have been very grateful for all the opportunities that MusicLink program has given to us.
Through MusicLink, my son has been given free piano lessons from one of the great MusicLink teachers, Dr. Debra Sostrin since 2012. For the last three years, my younger daughter also has received piano lessons with reduced price from teacher Debra.
My older son also has received piano lessons with reduced price from another great MusicLink teacher, Dr. Marjorie Janova for the last four years.
I have to say that MusicLink is a true blessing to my family.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are an amazing organization providing a needed service to the North Minneapolis community.

2 Jaette

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink has been so instrumental in helping our non profit Music group, Hopewell Music Cooperative with its goal of teaching ALL Students regardless of their income level. They have helped by donating music and method books to us, helping Students secure instruments if the Student did not have one and providing places to perform. One favorite place for my Students is the Mall of America. We so appreciate all help from MusicLink, especially our own representative, Sue Wege. She is a so very dedicated to the cause of music for all and it shows each time she connects with Hopewell and the Music Students. We love the MusicLink program and dedicated people. Thank you so much, Jaette Carpenter, co Founder of Hopewell Music Cooperative-North

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The MusicLink has lived up to their name of Linking Music Teachers to low income Students and also providing instruments and music where needed desperately by families to enable a young Students to excel. I have several MusicLink Students who are entering their 12th year of school in local HS, who would never have had the opportunity to take music lessons from grade school all the way to final year of HS and excelling to College level. Their families simply did not have the funds to achieve this for their children. MusicLink assisted by providing music methods books and sheet music to help and by providing several pianos at our school for our Students, to help them achieve their goal of learning to excel at the piano, then singing and guitar. These two young women then helped volunteer for our music camp and Student Teaching of our younger Students. The helping hand to Hopewell from MusicLink has been invaluable. I have the utmost gratitude and appreciation for this long time organization MusicLink. They truly ARE one of the GREAT Nonprofits. Jaette Carpenter, Co Founder of Hopewell Music Cooperative-North (accompanying photo is performing at Walker Methodist Care Center with the two Girls and the other Students. They have grown so much inside and out as great musicians and empathetic young persons)

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Peggy76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My favorite non-profit organization is MusicLink. Throughout my life music has helped me express joy, sorrow, contentment, worship, stress and many other emotions. I can't imagine my life without it. When I heard there was an organization that helped financially challenged young people have affordable lessons on a musical instrument, I was very happy. Since I am a piano teacher, I volunteered to take a MusicLink student. I have never been sorry. I live in a culturally diverse area and through my fifteen or so years of volunteering I have had students from many countries ad cultures. Becoming friends with them and their families has enriched my life and broadened my horizons. It has been a joy to see the students learn and grow in their musical skills. My first MusicLInk student was from Central America. Her parents were so supportive ad happy that she could have lessons. I had another family who were here on political asylum because their people were oppressed in their home country. The two daughters in that family are fine musicians today. Anyone who contributes to MusicLink will be helping to add a lifetime joy to some young person.
Peggy Newhall NCTM

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a nationally certified piano teacher and MusicLink coordinator for the state of Utah, it always gives me such an incredible feeling when I can connect a dedicated low-income piano student with a teacher, who is willing to provide lessons on partial or full scholarship.

A universal language, music education should be accessible to all children. It is in an investment in our future. This is why I dedicate my time as a volunteer to support MusicLink!
- Hana Janatova, NCTM

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with Musiclink since its inception twenty-five years ago. To say that in the past twenty-five years Musiclink has made an enormous difference in many childrens' lives would be an understatement. Not only students have had thousands of hours of one on one instruction on their chosen instruments, benefited from receiving free instruments, free music and help in attending music camps. More importantly, they have formed lasting bonds with their teachers & mentors. In most cases this bond has been & still is, much more important than the lessons themselves. By being in the Musiclink program and with the devotion of their teachers they have found purpose, direction & commitment. Many alumni are now doing amazing work in the field of music and other disciplines. A well deserved kudos is in order for Musiclink. May it continue grow and be even more successful in the next twenty-five years.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an incredibly wonderful and worthy nonprofit. I've been a piano teacher for over 25 years, an editor for a music publishing company for the same amount of time... and now I own a music publishing company -- I offer ALL MusicLink Foundation students my materials for free because I so much appreciate this amazing organization. Music education being cut in so many school systems means private lessons for most (and many cannot afford this). Music link makes this possible by reaching out and helping ALL families get affordable music lessons for their kids! ~ Carol Matz

1 Sue_162

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher for 15 years and have seen first-hand the results of this fine organization. Currently I am teaching an autistic student who was able to receive a piano through the help of MusicLink. The screening process that MusicLink uses to make sure that families qualify for financial aid has helped me too in determining their need. I help to run a Music School of 38 teachers and when we do get requests for financial aid, I always refer them to MusicLink first and then ask my teachers for their help. Thanks to MusicLink for all you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher for over 10 years and have enjoyed many benefits through the organization. My student is comfortable with our arrangement because the parents filled out the confidential financial date to qualify making it more of a scholarship lesson than a free handout. The required annual assessment is unique and challenges the students to improve as I share the data I supply to MusicLink with each student. The organization assists teachers in so many ways and stays in touch throught their newsletter. Kudos to MusicLink! Congratulations on your 25th anniversary and many the success of MusicLink and the students continue to grow.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the Play-a-thon this year. The event was organized, our jobs were clearly explained and it was wonderful to see all the amazing youth and families that came out to support the foundation. It was heartwarming to see the teachers come and support their students. I could see the caring nature of each of the teachers and hope they see the full impact they are having on children's lives! I love that the play-a-thon not only brings awareness to the foundation, is a fundraiser, but also gives youth an opportunity to experience performing in front of an audience. I believe that the more experiences a youth has being in front of an audience, the more confident they will become in their everyday life. What a gift to give these youth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since a very young age, I have loved to sing. I have had many wonderful private instructors throughout my years of lessons. When looking back at the lessons I’ve learned, I realize that the value isn’t just the actual vocal, piano or guitar lessons I’ve learned. It’s the life lessons. Through my years of studying music privately, I have learned goal-setting, perseverance, self-discipline, problem solving, math and reading skills and much more. These lessons are invaluable. Through the MusicLink Foundation, thousands of children have been able to take private lessons. They are creating more than musicians one student at a time. They are creating well-rounded and successful young adults. As a Minnesota MusicLink Ambassador, I am honored to be part of an organization that makes a difference in children’s lives every day. Thank you MusicLink Foundation for letting me be a part of your organization and for being dedicated to enriching the lives of your students.

1 Rootbeer

Client Served

Rating: 5

My commitment to and involvement with MusicLink for many years has resulted in many positive experiences with families and students. Teaching students whose families are going through financial, emotional or other difficulties is a blessing to them and to the teacher. Not only are the students able to learn a musical instrument without the stress of one more expense for the family, but the teacher may also provide extra support as a one on one "friend" . Students participating in the Playathon is a non threatening performance opportunity and wonderful fund raiser for assistance to students/families. In Minnesota, The public exposure at the MOA allows more and more people to know of this wonderful non profit organization.






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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink Foundation is amazing. Teachers provide free or discounted lessons to students who may not be able to afford private lessons. During the past year, MusicLink has helped reach and teach over 5,500 students in all 50 states and several Canadian provinces. The ongoing research confirms student success and the importance of the teacher-student long-term relationship at the heart of MusicLink lessons.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a child, I was fortunate to have parents who were able to support my interest in music with private lessons. Along the way, I fell under the wings of incredible teachers who helped me grow as a musician and as a person. To this day, music plays a key role in my life.

I joined the MusicLink Foundation board of directors because I firmly believe in the organization's mission- to help deserving young musicians connect with teachers who are willing to give private lessons on scholarship, and to support their growth by supporting the teachers who donate their time, talent, and hearts to nurturing these students. MusicLink is an amazing one-of-a-kind organization dedicated to enriching the lives of promising students through in-kind donations and music lessons.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a Music Link Teacher for several years now and my students appreciate the help that we provide. The program is like a village helping the child. Teachers, music businesses and donors all come together to help children who may not be able to take lessons otherwise. Not all the time and expense is on one person. I love how this works. People involved in the program are great to work with too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been able to help several students because of Music Link. Music Link helps me out so I'm not bearing ALL the costs of helping a student out. It's a great win win program. Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink piano teacher for 2 years and I think what they do is great. With there help, I have been able to provide private piano lessons for 7 students and I have placed 2 pianos in 2 homes. Two of my students are sisters and they were so excited to get the piano. They had been working on a small keyboard that did not allow for the full experience of playing piano. You should have seen their faces when the piano was put in the room. They love playing and have been getting better and better every lesson. Thank you to MusicLink Foundation for all the work you do in co-ordinating the placing of pianos.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a music link teacher for a few years. I have been able to acquire 2 pianos for my students so far. They are a great organization and easy to work with. Thank you, MusicLink Foundation!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been a MusicLink teacher for the past 7 years. Being a part of MusicLink has helped one student prepare for his college auditions. He is currently studying composition and piano at Ithaca College. He would not have been able to prepare for the auditions and entrance to college without these lessons. He also received camp scholarships from MusicLink for three years. In addition a piano was donated to him so he had a good instrument on which to practice.

Another student is in her first year as a MusicLink student. She is a hard working 7th grader who has performed in several Festivals this year as well as in the Music Federation Duet and Solo categories. She would not have been able to study with a 45 minute lesson without the help of MusicLink.

MusicLInk provides the necessary help and support for students who are in need of financial help. It's an excellent program for students.