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MusicLink Foundation

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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

128 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!

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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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1

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

This year the MusicLink Foundation celebrates it's 25th anniversary, a major milestone for any organization. For MusicLink, which boast only a handful of staff, its longevity is a tribute to its extraordinarily talented, determined and dedicated founder, Joanne Haroutounian, PhD., who over the years has assembled hundreds of like-minded volunteer professionals committed to making a positive impact on children who love music. With a mission to create one musician at a time,MusicLink has developed a nationwide network of professional music teachers who volunteer to provide individual music lessons at a fraction of their cost or at no cost to young financially challenged students . To make this program viable, MusicLink also partners with businesses across the nation willing to provide the resources needed to nurture the musical interest and talent of a child who otherwise could not afford music lessons or instruments. From violins and pianos, to sheet music, playathons and more, students are offered resources and opportunities to help pursue their love of music. The stories of how MusicLink has impacted students and their families range from heartwarming to life-changing. On a personal level, this organization touches my heart everyday as it empowers children to pursue their dreams, develop their talent and grow their love of music. While not all MusicLink students will become professional musicians, they will become the audiences of the future. If you love music as I do, learn more about MusicLink at MusicLinkFoundation.org and consider becoming a business partner or making a donation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of being a Board Member of the MusicLink Foundation for several years and have seen from the inside the strong commitment and success of it's mission to provide any child who has musical potential with the opportunity to nurture this talent. Children from low income families with financial challenges are the cherished recipients of assistance by the MusicLink Foundation. The student/teacher stories are not only heart-warming but also stories of personal gratification, growth and success for students and teachers alike. The grassroots approach of the MusicLink Foundation is extraordinary and admirable, reaching thousands of students since its inception and engaging hundreds of professional music teachers to share their time and talent. I'm truly proud of this organization and its success in making a difference in the life of a child...and all who surround that child.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The resources available are too good not to share. I want to make sure everyone already in lessons - or wishing they had access - would find out about MusicLink as soon as possible. I am so grateful for their work and mission to make lessons affordable and easy to find for all people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have many students who have benefitted from the Music Link program, receiving instruments, fees for exams waived. They even got to play at the Mall of America.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a musiclink teacher for many years. This program allows my students to participate in exam programs free of charge. They would not be able to afford the fees and lessons involved in learning an instrument otherwise. One of my students received a free piano when she was starting lessons. Ten years later, she won a music scholarship and entered university in the music business major. Musiclink foundation was instrumental in helping Rachel develop her talents.

1 Nora18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MusicLink continues to assist my music school for mostly underprivileged students through instrument donation and discounted music. Some of these kids have been with us for more than five years so are becoming competent and growing musicians. Several participate in church services now. this is a very practical non-profit which facilitates the teacher and community helping a needy and committed family one by one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because of this Foundation, I have been able to place 15 free acoustic pianos into student homes and have purchased hundreds of dollars in music from business partners at deep discounts. With the help of this Foundation, my program has been able to serve the needs of more than thirty needy piano students and we have just expanded to include guitar. The MusicLink services are easy to access by families in need as well as easy for the teachers. MusicLink fills a vital niche in the music community!

1 Charlotte38

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So many students have the desire to learn music, but for many it is an unattainable dream merely because they are unable to afford lessons and obtain a practice instrument. The MusicLink Foundation has done an amazing job at working to eliminate this barrier to young students. Many students are now offered the chance to learn an instrument, and their dedicated teachers are supported through the foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MusicLink has been an integral part of our children's music education for two years now. We have three children taking piano lessons and two others taking violin. Without the support of our piano teacher, who offers MusicLink lessons, we would never be able to afford lessons for our children. MusicLink also provides us with discounted entry fees for all of our recitals and competitions. It has been an amazing help to our family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teaching talented, but financially disadvantaged students is a fantastically rewarding experience, and the MusicLink Foundation really helps to make it happen. They provide help in finding students who would benefit, and help financially through business partners, and teacher reimbursements. The organization is efficiently run, and very helpful. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience teaching MusicLink students!

1 katiedaniels

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am for the Musiclink Foundation. They have helped my family out on countless occasions. Whether it was helping my kids pay for string lessons, giving scholarship money for summer camps, helping to obtain instruments, or enabling us to get new strings, Musiclink has always been there for us. I would never have been able to support my kids and their dreams of being professional string players were it not for Musiclink. My family is forever grateful to them for everything they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first learned of the Musiclink Foundation from the director of my children's music school at a time when we were struggling to pay for lessons. We applied for a summer scholarship, and, as a result, my kids were able to attend a wonderful string camp. This was only the beginning, however, as we have continued to struggle financially, the Musiclink Foundation has provided wonderful support. My oldest son attended their conference in Virginia last June and received a beautiful viola. Then, around Christmastime, my youngest son received his very own cello. I feel truly blessed to have come to know this foundation; they have helped our family out more that I could have ever wished or imagined.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have four young children that wanted to take violin and piano lessons; they begged for years. On a pastors salary, with a 9 year old and triplet 7 year olds we just couldn't afford lessons for all of them. We have been so thankful for the opportunities that MusicLink has given our family! Now we hear music in our house all the time! We have seen each of our children's confidence grow as they learn to play instruments they have always dreamed of playing. We are so very grateful to the teachers that are willing to work at a greatly discounted rate so every child has this opportunity. MusicLink opened doors for our family that we never thought possible!

1 Andrea149

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLInk Foundation provides incredible support to families who have the desire for their children to take lessons but do not have the means. They have many wonderful opportunities for the students and offer support to the teachers so that they can balance giving back to the community and making a living. Thank you for all you do MusicLink!

1 Jeanne E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink is a wonderful asset and support to music teachers and students. The administrators are tireless in helping teachers find discounts and benefits for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to study music. MusicLink is a privilege for the under-privileged, and a true support link for teachers who give lessons for free or at a discount. This is one of the most unique nonprofit organizations I've ever encountered, and I'm so grateful for it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MusicLink Foundation provides support and opportunities for volunteer music teachers, and well-deserving students who wouldn't normally have access to music lessons.