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Nonprofit Overview

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

131 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!

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I provide scholarships to three students who would be unable to study music without this aid. Because of the support I get from the MusicLink Foundation, I am able to ensure that these students receive the musical scores they need to support their studies and that they are able to participate in adjudicated Festivals and Syllabus examinations. Thanks to business sponsors of MusicLink, my students receive many other benefits, such as free concert tickets and piano tunings. Music plays such a significant role in these students' lives and MusicLink's part in supporting their study has been invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Musiclink Foundation does a great job at helping students study music who can't afford regularly-priced music lessons. I've thoroughly enjoyed being involved as a piano teacher.

Sara128

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found MusicLink through MMTA and due to the easy and expert staff and volunteers, I was able to begin to teach three students immediately. The students were afforded free books, a donated keyboard, and the inspiration to make music. What an amazing and needed foundation!

SusannRyan C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined MusicLink as an active teacher volunteer in 2014, and have since taught several students through the program. I am proud to be able to offer piano lessons to low-income families in our community and I am glad that the foundation is here to support the students and teachers in many different ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new teacher with MusicLink. Thanks to this wonderful foundation, my ML students are able to purchase music at a discounted rate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderfully encouraging teachers are part of Musiclink. BravO!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learned about the Music Link foundation in 2003 while at a music conference. I had already been giving piano lessons to several students who would otherwise not have been able to afford it. While does not reimburse teachers for the amount that they offer in scholarship, it does award scholarships to students as well as providing free or reduced rate music and music equipment and supplies.

The Music Link foundation is a wonderful aid for those students who need help.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so glad that MusicLink exists to help music teachers reach out to their communities and provide music lessons to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

Perlita L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i'm very thankfull to the Music Link Foundation for helping my son in getting a grand piano so he was able to practice at home, my son has been taking piano lessons for the last almost 4 years, i was very happy to find them ,when i found out that my son had the gift of playing the piano by ear, so i'm so very thankfull for everything he has learned Sue Wege is his piano teacher and she has been wonderfull teaching him and helped me afford the piano lessons for my son. thank you very much

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have taught MusicLink students since 2006, and it has been an honor and a pleasure to do so. Over the past 9 years, the MusicLink students I encountered in my singing classes, Kindermusik classes, and theater classes made excellent use of the opportunities available to them.

For example, during a two-week theater institute last summer, it was thrilling to watch one of my long-time teenage choral students learn to trust her artistic voice, cultivate spatial awareness, and grow in confidence over such a short time frame. Without MusicLink, our communities would miss out on the artistic growth and astonishing potential of these young and innovative contributors. I'm proud to support an organization that makes music instruction available to children who might not otherwise receive it.

Eileen18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MusicLink provides its volunteers with the type of support that encourages, motivates and supports. The teachers and students are very fortunate to have this fabulous non-profit available to them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with MusicLink as a volunteer teacher for many years. I have see the difference it makes for these wonderful children in financial need. Music should be a birth rite!

1 Dan Stevens

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Musical study should be available to everybody regardless of income and I am happy to play a part in bringing music to underprivileged students.

Jill69

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you to all the dedicated MusicLink teachers who have helped so many students who otherwise would not have a chance to make music lessons a part of their lives. MusicLink is an amazing program!
Thanks also to those who contribute the their time and dollars to this very worthwhile organization!

2 Martha31

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became a MusicLink teacher in 1992 and taught several MusicLink students over the years until I retired in December 2011. Getting to know and nurture these talented, eager kids was truly the highlight of my career. We learned a lot from each other and they grew into productive adults. It was a privilege to pass on the blessings my teachers extended to me.

Elsa H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink is fabulous! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to reach out to needy young musicians by giving discounted piano lessons. These students have such a passion for music and are a joy to teach! I am also so happy that I have the opportunity to know and be inspired by other caring and knowledgable MusicLink teachers. The whole foundation provides such a wonderful way of sharing the joy of music!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher for two years and it has been a wonderful association. Students who wouldn't otherwise be able to take lessons or pay for music or an instrument are thriving in their piano lessons. One very bright young student has had the use of an electric keyboard for a year and now, thanks to MusicLink and friends, has been given a piano which was moved into his home on his birthday. He and his mother are so appreciative and I am just delighted. The area representative for MuslicLink is fantastic and once a year the MusicLink teachers and their students get together and play in a local mall to raise money for the program. Very fun and positive experience. M. Stephens, Vermont

1 Judy V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

jvan wrote:
I have been associated with the MusicLink Foundation for 3 years and a MusicLink teacher for about 2 years. The idea that professional music teachers with BIG hearts are paired with dedicated students of limited means to enable them to study music is truly inspirational! The 20+ year history of this Foundation is clear proof that they are certainly doing all the right things! The smiles on the faces of students who can study music privately for the first time or when they receive a donated instrument to practice on - is worth a million dollars! Some of these kids watched their friends play instruments and only could dream of that possibility. The MusicLink Foundation has made this possible for hundreds of students across the country and in Canada!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher for a year and have had a very positive experience. The students have been very teachable, very engaging and always well prepared. I have had the joy of seeing pianos placed in the homes of my students, complimentary music from generous publishers and business partners. Without MusicLink the students I teach could never afford private lessons and would be missing out on the most significant part of their education. Thank you MusicLink for giving me a way to share my love of music with those who genuinely appreciate it!

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