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Charity Music, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Music

Mission: Provide musical instruments to at risk, disadvantaged and homeless youth wishing to explore their hidden musical talents.

Results: Over 200 donated instruments received in various stages of disrepair. Ongoing repairs in processat our newly occupied Donation and Volunteer Center in Clinton Township, MI. Fundraising efforts continue to ensure timely repair and purchase of needed instruments.

Target demographics: cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artists

Direct beneficiaries per year: Give the Gift of Music to over 400 individuals, and 5 schools.

Geographic areas served: the Metro Detroit arae

Programs: the Musical Instrument Loan Program which provides musical instruments at no charge to individuals wishing to explore their hidden musical talents. In addition our Notes of Appreciation, Music for Our Military program provides musical instruments and live entertainment to VA Facilities nationwide.

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

George22

Client Served

Rating: 5

Charity Music is a great asset to community. They provide musical instruments, and music instruction to those who could not otherwise afford to experience the joy that music can bring. They are a very professional organization that does the right things for the right reasons. Other nonprofits could learn much from this very well organized group of volunteers.

Pat_30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am working with a group to start a children's museum in Detroit. I called Charity Music and asked if their instrumental petting zoo could come to our first event. Even though someone had already booked the same date as I wanted, Roger said he could do my event. We problem solved and came up with solutions on how his group could do 2 events on the same day. I also visited Roger at Charity Music. He spent over an hour with me explaining Charity Music and some ways he could help the emerging children's museum succeed. Roger gave me a tour of his non-profit and showed me how one day soon someone will be able to donate a musical instrument and later check back to see how many students played that instrument. Paul gave me a tour of the music shop and showed me where instruments are repaired. I left Charity Music being inspired and uplifted by who I met. I am a fan of Charity Music.

1 Shmurf P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

as a volunteer here i can honestly say that this organization is great for young people as well as adults.
and has far exceeds the purpose of the organization of helping people and children of all ages get involved with music its an amazing charity and i am glad i was lucky enough to be apart of it.
exspecally because i was even limited when i joined band in school. i couldn't choose the instrament i wanted because my dad refused to pay so much money for it.. only if i knew about this charity sooner

Lisa254

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked as a volenteer for Charity Music Im am inspired and is rewarding to know there are many people like myself willing to devote there time to give back to the community. This is the best by far giving back to our Military the joy of music and to keep music alive to all those who once helped us. Seeing the children at the (PETTING ZOO) explore all the different types of instruments and getting to keep there dreams in playing an instument regardless of financial curcumstances.Charity Music helps provide children with an instrument for 35.00 a YR and so much more its great to see the kids have the oppurtunity to explore all that music has to offer. Working with Roger has been a pleasure he has completely devoted his time and all that he can do to give each and every individual an oppurtunity to fulfill there dreams.He makes a huge impact on our community with all he has to devote! Its been my pleasure to be involved in such a great charity I look forward to continuing to being apart of a wonderful organization

Jeff F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization touching the lives of so many with the great gift of music.

Ted C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I went looking for a different non-profit with a specific mission. Charity Music is the perfect non-profit to donate too. They will accept instruments and give them to aspiring musicians or they will take cash donations to outreach the community with a petting zoo to give children an experience with different kinds of instruments. They have keyboards, guitars, drums and wind instruments for the kids to play and experience. I look to volunteer this weekend at the Stars and Stripes Festival at Freedom Hill. Please come by and see us and ask us about Charity Music.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Charity Music Inc. has developed quite a niche in the community. From the beginning the organization has focused on service members and at risk youth. From the donations of instruments to develop programs for the VA hospitals Charity Music is conducting their mission ethically and compassionately. The feedback from our clients provides our organization with assurance that what we are doing is good for our clients and our community. I would like to nominate Charity Music for the Non-Profit of the Year for meeting the clients needs and making musical instruments as part of the rehabilitation program at VA hospitals.

Dani N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Charity Music from a friend of mine and I wanted to get involved as soon as I heard about their cause. Not only does Charity Music give the gift of music to children (regardless of their financial status), but also to the veterans who have served our great nation. The musical "petting zoo" is such a creative idea to allow children to have access to instruments that they may not have been able to otherwise. Introducing children to the benefits of music at an early age can have a positive impact on their future. The talent and creativity that goes into the projects that are donated to auctions and things of that nature are brilliant. I feel so blessed to be involved with an organization such as this one. Music has had such a positive impact on my life and now children of all ages can be given this gift. It is a privilege to donate my time to such a worthy cause.

Kim_80

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the past two years I have had the pleasure of participating in the excellent work done by all the volunteers and staff at Charity Music. It's been refreshing to be surrounded by such talented individuals who are driven to assist and support their communities throughout Michigan. Raising public awareness of the obstacles facing homeless students who wish to learn an instrument or begin a career in music is just one of the many ways Charity Music has emerged as a leading non-profit organization. Musical donations for our Military in V.A. Hospitals all across the U.S. is another unique way Charity Music has impressively supported our troops in ways no one else has. The kind letters of thanks from so many families that arrive every day are proof of our continued need to keep up the good work.

Roger S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having worked as a volunteer with Charity Music for that past several years has given me a great deal of satisfaction in helping others find the joy that music can provide. It is a very efficient and professional organization. They have done so much to help cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artists.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Charity Music is an award winning nonprofit whose mission is to help cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artist by providing musical instruments, at no charge, to at risk and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore their hidden talents.In addition, there Notes of Appreciation - Music for Our Military program also provides musical instruments and live entertainment to VA facilities nationwide in support of Music Therapy and Recreational Therapy programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity Music is a great nonprofit organization serving Southeastern Michigan. I enjoyed my time volunteering at Charity Music, and I look forward to the future of the organization. As Charity Music continues to grow, it will have a bigger and bigger impact, and will allow kids to explore their musical abilities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Charity Music for several months now and the work they do is extremely important to kids who want to pursue their musical talents but can’t afford to. I feel that they provide an alternative to kids who otherwise would not have one and would end up in very bad situations. I love the work that they do and that’s the major reason I’ve been volunteering with them. Music is important to me and it’s also important that kids have the ability to express themselves through music and Charity Music, Inc. gives them the chance and opportunity to do it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have produced large scale plays at in several venues in the U.S. like the Kodak Theatre, those of which we self produced and self funded. Although our content empowers under severed communities and services Veterans, we have not been able to apply for grant funding as we are not a 501c3. We recently contacted Charity Music and met with the C.E.O. Roger. After looking over our materials and meeting with my partner and I Charity became our fiscal sponsor. With in just a few short months we have applied for local and national grants. Roger has been supportive, enthusiastic and has gone the extra mile. Under tight deadlines he provided us all the necessary paperwork from his organization, which without we would not have been able to submit. Charity Music been instrumental in our fundraising campaign. We look forward to continuing to work together to make a difference in the lives of Latinos, Women and Veterans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For six years I have been coordinating a jazz concert/festival in honor of my late father, Chicago jazz legend Franz Jackson, in Southwestern Michigan (Dowagiac). I had hit a plateau in terms of moving the event forward in growth because I have not yet become a non-profit organization and, therefore, couldn't solicit sponsorship funds for the event. Enter Charity Music, Inc. Our missions are in complete sync and Charity Music almost immediately granted my request to handle the fiscal oversight of the Franz Jackson Jazz Celebration. With the help of Charity Music, I was able to secure several sponsors in a relatively short period of time for this year's event and that enabled me to offer more performances to our audience. Roger has been nothing but attentive and excited about my efforts and working with me to further both of our visions. I am so anxious to start working with Charity Music on the 2013 Jazz Celebration which I hope will not only bring world-class music to people of all ages in Southwestern Michigan at an affordable price, but will also offer exposure to the great work that Charity Music does independently. I am honored and excited to have this collaboration with Charity Music and I look forward to many years of mutually beneficial partnership.

Dan_18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been donating my time to Charity Music for a few months and was amazed by the organization right from the start. I am helping them customize their customer information tracking tools. Having been an IT consultant for several years, I can tell you that Charity Music has a better laid out plan for their future strategies than many for-profit organizations I've worked with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Charity Music, Inc. since September 2012. I've been researching musicians who were born in Michigan. I've been collecting data, and using the data to create spreadsheets, graphs, and lists organizing the names in Excel. I enjoyed Charity Music. It was really helpful and educational for my upcoming career in the music profession.

Kendrick S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since September 2012, I've been volunteering with Charity Music, Inc. I'm currently in the process of transferring over 5,000 78 RPM records into MP3s, for airplay on Charity Music's new internet radio stream. The treatment I've received at the Charity Music offices has always been first rate, curious and professional. I highly recommend Charity Music for all your musical needs around Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties!

Russell D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The people who have contributed and donated their time, money, musical instruments, and talents have been truly amazing. Roger Fachini has dedicated himself to the success of this organization and carrying out its mission and should be commended for his efforts. This organization has helped expose the art of music and instrument playing to those who otherwise may have never had an opportunity to experience the joy an instrument can bring. It has changed the lives of many people and I fully support this nonprofit charity and will continue to do so in the years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just started volunteering at Charity Music and needless to say I am throughly impressed. The staff is very professional and are extremely fast with responding to emails or answering phone calls or frequently asked questions. Charity music provides children with instruments that would otherwise not be able to afford them. With hundreds of events a year, this organization does all that they can to reach out to the public in order to have their voice heard. So if you or someone you know has an instrument or would like to get involved with a good cause I highly suggest Charity Music.

Joanne I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity Music continues to touch lives with music. Many things are happening. Let me name a few... Currently, the annual donation drive is occurring. The more instruments donated, the more can go out to those in need. Earlier this year, CM was awarded a grant from State Farm. CM received enough votes to catapult it into the top 40 winners! This grant was instrumental (ha!) in keeping many projects afloat. It is an honor for CM to be invited to participate in the SE Michigan area Combined Federal Campaign. The Campaign gives federal employees the opportunity to support their community by contributing to a non-profit organization of their choice through payroll deductions. The Musical Instrument Petting Zoo gives children, as well as adults a hands-on experience of instruments. The Instrument Loan Program provides instruments on loan for a fee of $35.00 per year. I am a proud volunteer! The lives that have been touched are many and continues to grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am still volunteering and currently working on an exciting project, Notes of Appreciation - Music for Our Military. We have contacted VA Facilities across the country to support their music therapy programs by fulfilling musical needs, such as instruments, sheet music, CDs and other related items. Many facilities have conveyed their gratefullness for the items that they have received thus far. Charity Music is really making a difference for our veterans!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had volunteered my time to help out in any way I could.Made small donations and gave Charity Music a couple instruments that were not in use.They welcomed my help as well as donations.I see Roger doing his absolute best to help out our veterans as well as the those who have strong inclinations for music but just don't have the means to support their musical desires.