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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

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bamber Valley Elementary School became familiar with the Music Link Program when a representative from the organization contacted our school. Our school has been participating in this program for two years. We have received excellent feedback on this program from staff, students and parents.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of the MusicLink Foundation at a music EXPO put on by Schmitt Music, in the Minneapolis area. For several years I had wanted to try to teach piano lessons to children from homes who could not afford lessons. But I knew that most did not have access to a piano. Then I met the Minnesota MusicLink representative, and thus began a wonderful chapter in my piano lessons history. I currently teach 15 students, and 6 of them receive lessons from no pay up to half price. Then, they have each received an electric keyboard for a time, which has been replaced by a real piano eventually. If they continue lessons through MusicLink for 4 years, they are allowed to keep the piano. Of all the students I've had over the past several years, they have all worked hard, and the families have been so blessed and appreciative. I, too, have been much blessed. Our Minnesota representative is VERY supportive of everything we do, as is the national organization.