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MusicLink Foundation

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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

137 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 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.

1

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.

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.

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.