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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

142 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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink Foundation has helped me provide quality learning opportunities to students whom I would not have otherwise been able to serve due to lack of resources. The organization has provided supplemental funding for 2 music programs I’ve done with children with special needs and children in underserved areas. Neither of these programs would have been as successful without the help of MusicLink Foundation. As a music teacher who mostly teaches privately and offers periodic camps and special music programs it is very encouraging to know that MusicLink is there to help.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A bright, enthusiastic, but financially-disadvantaged kid is plucked out of a music class and sent to a (piano, violin, cello, clarinet....) teacher for private lessons. Because of the family's financial situation, the lessons are given at a reduced rate. The kid goes on to become the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Or to win a Grammy. Or to become a locally beloved choir director.

There are ten thousand variations on this story. MusicLink Foundation is a national program designed to create musical stories with happy endings.

In a nutshell, MusicLink identifies teachers willing to teach students for a reduced rate and offers a financial screening process for families interested in taking advantage of such a program. The growing need for such a program has emerged in the last few decades as the economics around private music lessons has changed. While once a possibility for many students of various economic backgrounds, music lessons have become something out of the reach of many families today. This is where MusicLInk comes in.

By connecting students with financial needs with music teachers willing to teach a scholarship student (or two or ten!), MusicLink creates opportunities for a whole new generation of students.

After all, the love of music has never been limited to a single economic bracket.

1 Corine G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with this nonprofit as a volunteer has been incredibly rewarding. I have seen first hand how all administrators have a true passion for the cause of music education and this is truly a labor of love for them. I also have seen the joy and love of music that this organization spreads to its beneficiaries. Teaching MusicLink students is one of the highlights of my week and I am so grateful to have found this organization and privileged to be a part of it.

1 Rootbeer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MusicLink Foundation enables students/families with financial difficulties to continue study of an instrument from qualified teachers.

My experience has been to teach students with families of an underemployed or unemployed breadwinner, medical difficulties, and father who is incarcerated for several years. Many discounts and free music are available through businesses and music suppliers through MusicLink recruitment as well as through our state MMTA association. IT's a joy to work with this fine non-profit.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MusicLink is doing important work around the country to help improve access to music lessons to students from low-income families. Because of all the help we receive from the national office, here in Oregon we have a committed network of teachers who donate their teaching time , businesses and arts groups that offer free products and services, and students who are learning, with all this support, to be capable musicians. MusicLink helps to make our communities stronger and more equitable.

1 JulieWegener

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been teaching students through the MusicLink Foundation for nearly two decades. This continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Some of our students have endured heartbreaking circumstances such as homelessness or the loss of a parent. All of our MusicLink families struggle with financial instability beyond their control and want the best for their children. Their economic status would ordinarily make it impossible to study music, but MusicLink makes long term individual lessons possible. It is life changing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink is unique in its emphasis on long term individual music instruction for children of low income families, making an enormous difference musically, academically and personally. As a teacher and local coordinator, I have been involved with MusicLink for 15 years and I continue to be deeply impressed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Musicink foundation is a blessing to my family. My name is Eva I have three children who love to play piano. My oldest is ten he was already taking piano lessons. I couldn't afford to pay for the other two. Musiclink help us with payment for all three children now they all playing the piano. They enjoyed it every day. my oldest son would like to become a professional piano player . I believe this foundation gave him the head start to achieve his goal. For this We will forever grateful. thank you for all you have done for us musiclink.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MusicLink Foundation has really met a need for several students in my independent teaching studio. A dedicated family with two students taking lessons approached me about reducing lessons to every other week due to finances, rather than weekly as they had been doing. They were perfect candidates for the Music Link program, so I was willing to donate my time to make that possible.

They have thrived under the program and benefitted greatly from it. They actively participate in many of our state and local events because the fees are waived for the programs. This would not have been possible without the financial help they receive.

Supporting MusicLink is a great way to give back to the community and make a difference in young people's lives by donating time, money and energy. Play it forward!

1 Cher A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Music is everything to my son. He works tirelessly at it with a great attitude. To my chagrin we were faced with financial issues that would've prevented him from taking any more lessons. I reached to MusicLink as a last resort and they helped us out tremendously. I was informed within a short time frame that my son had been granted a discount for his lessons. To be able to continue with his studies is truly a gift. I can not thank MusicLink enough for this.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink student for 4 years now and couldn't be more grateful for the musical opportunities this foundation has given me. I've had the honor of performing at the Mall of America to help raise money for this organization and was extremely blessed to have received a scholarship for my demonstration of musical growth and achievement over the years. MusicLink has helped me understand and appreciate the power of music for oneself and the community at large. Thank you MusicLink

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Dearly for allowing our family to participate in MusicLink with Mrs Langfeld who teaches 3 of my 7 children piano. They have acquired much talent and the love of music with her. Mrs Langfeld is very active in many awards and offers a nice variety of ways to participate and encourage my children. I’m so grateful. I look forward to another year thanks to her and MusicLink too! We can all enjoy music even more!! It is SUCH a gift for my kids to be able to go up to any piano and confidently play an advanced song they learned the previous year! Thank you!!

1 diane45

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink Foundation teacher for several years and this organization has provided much needed help to worthy students. The companies who support this Foundation help so very much with the purchase of music books. I am honored to be a part of such a professional institution. Thank you.

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher since 2000. MusicLink has allowed my studio a national connection for deserving and talented dedicated students that greatly enhances what can be offered them.
It is so rewarding to see their joy and passion and how much they appreciate the benefits and support from the MusicLink Foundation and MusicLink business partners. As a result, these students not only excel in music events, performances and competitions, but also give of their time and talents by serving in their community.
I cannot thank the MusicLink Foundation program enough for the blessings given.

1 Jean B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the teacher of a music link family of eight children, who has made the very most of their opportunities through music link. With the help of music link, they have been able to afford music theory exams, comprehensive piano exams, and they have made complete use of the piano contest offered by MMTA. Music link paid the registration fees for the family of eight different years for different events. The children in this family have won the contests and performed in the honors concert year after year because of being given the chance from Music Link to compete. They have also been reimbursed for getting their piano tuned.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Photo: Martin Song-Le, MusicLink student of Maria Grant.
I am a piano teacher in Waconia (MN) and faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI) during the summer. Over the last eight years my MusicLink students received the reduced tuition benefit from me while also benefiting from the MusicLink broad support. The student’s cost for participation in National Guild Auditions, MMTA Piano Contest and exams, UMMF Auditions, etc, were all subsidized. They always received many free books and study materials available at the annual MMTA Convention’s MusicLink booth. But, besides the important financial aspect, perhaps the biggest impact for being a part of this foundation is the loud and clear the message students get- their music studies are important, valued and appreciated by many!
Thank you MusicLink for promoting music for all - the opportunities you give to these deserving students and families are priceless!
Maria Grant

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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