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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.

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119 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with MusicLink since its inception and am so proud to be still working for the Foundation, albeit in another capacity at this point, as Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic region. There is great need for this program that puts students together with teachers to study music even though their parents aren't able to afford the regular price of lessons.

Sonia Scadden

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been affiliated with MusicLink as a teacher and a coordinator for 15 years and have seen first hand the difference it's making in the lives of children around the nation AND in the lives of their teachers. The children are getting an opportunity they would never have otherwise had and the teachers get great satisfaction in sharing their gift of music with the students. The support of the foundation makes all of this possible. Funding comes from Playathons, small grants and mostly from donations from people who support the mission of bringing musical instruction to ALL children.

1 diane45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have proudly been a MusicLink Foundation teacher for the past several years and so appreciate the dedication and foresight of the founders of this organization. Through the Foundation, I have taught many students who would not have been able to take piano lessons. This organization provides support, materials, instruments and self esteem to the students who are in the program. Our hope is for the continued success and leadership for this fine Foundation!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began teaching piano with the MusicLink Foundation several years ago and I continue to be amazed at the great satisfaction one gets from teaching someone who would not otherwise be able to pursue any kind of lessons in music. I love what I am able to do with this organization and am PROUD to be a part of such a foundation which affords the opportunities to study music. Thank you, MusicLink!!!

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1 debmeier

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being a Music Link teacher for more than 10 years. I appreciate all that the organization has done by providing lessons, music, and instruments to children who otherwise could not afford lessons. Thanks to all the willing teachers who give of their best to enrich the lives of these students who have a real love of music.
Deb Meier

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink Foundation is a great organization and they make it possible for lots of students that are interested in music by providing instruments, books, and teachers so that they can take music lessons even if they can't afford to pay full price. Teachers care about these children and are willing to share their time and knowledge to help students learn to play an instrument and learn to love music for a lifetime.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As Hopewell Music Cooperative-North approaches its Fifth Anniversary Celebration on March 31st, I am reflecting back on the immense help we have received over those five years from the National nonprofit organization of MusicLink. The piano arriving for our grand opening on a snowy April day, music collected through MusicLink donated to Hopewell, Much needed instruments for Students who had none, student connections for lessons, opportunities to play at MOA and in St. Paul, all of it from MusicLink. The fact that the help for Students like ours, is also on a National level from MusicLink is mind boggling. I do not know how they are able to make the connections all over the United States. What a blessing MusicLink is to Hopewell nonprofit and many, many other Teachers and Students. Thank you so much for your hard work MusicLink.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with MusicLink Foundation. They are always helpful and responsive and assist me while I help underprivileged students be able to afford music training.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MusicLink Foundation makes it possible for many deserving children to receive music lessons at my studio -- children whose families could not have afforded to pay full price. MusicLink is easy to work with and always willing to help me assist these students.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher for 17 years. In April 2015, I was honored as a MusicLink Teacher of Distinction.
I have always believed in what this program stood for, and I am proud to be a part of it. I have been able to help out coordinating MusicLink for the State of Massachusetts, and saw how great the need is. This year I have four MusicLink students, one of whom has been with me and a part of MusicLink for seven years. Over those years, MusicLink has supported his musical growth, as he needed a keyboard, and generous publishers have supplied all of his music. He continues to enjoy his lessons. I am proud to be a MusicLink teacher, and I am grateful for the program.”

1 Wegener

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher and coordinator for decades. Long term individual music lessons for children who would otherwise have no access is one of the most important contributions a musician can do to make a difference in the lives of children. It is particularly significant in this age of drastic income inequality.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher for nearly two decades and continue to be impressed and moved by the difference MusicLink makes in the lives of low income students and their families.

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