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Charity Music, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great charity that helps a lot of kids out who want to learn how to play music but can't because of insufficient funds.I think it's awesome that some kids want to learn music,and we need more places like this to keep music alive in children.It gives them something to do that's better than what some kids are doing now a days. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is hands down amazing. Everyday we see kids wasting their talents because of financial issues. With charity music a child is able to seek its musical talents without being held back. When I was young I wanted to play the flute and unfortunately was not able to due to lack of funds, if a charity like this was around who knows maybe I would have went far with it. I'm beyond grateful to have been able to volunteer at such an awesome place, not only helping the organization but being able to benefit a child's life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to say that I helped a great cause. Thank you Charity Music for all that you do!

Courtney34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i watched my sister and dad for years find money to help her keep playing for her school, to know that there is a place such as charity music is great because not having the money to do something you love is very sad and stressful. i am proud to say i have volunteered to help such a great charity! Thank You for what you do Charity Music!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity Music is an excellent non-profit focused on helping youth find their passion for music. Charity Music helps youth that would otherwise go without find their talent. Charity Music provides a loaner instruments and support. This organization is a great asset to the community and more should know about what they are doing here.

Andrew65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I relocated to Michigan from San Diego and I was looking for a non-profit organization that has a great purpose and is committed to their cause. Via the United Way website, I found Charity Music. Being a musician, I looked into the charity and I was truly impressed. What they do to promote music for the community, especially children and the military, is truly outstanding! Their 'Instrument Petting Zoo' is such a great idea to instill the desire to take up playing a musical instrument, especially for children, is awesome. Having two young children of my own, I can see the importance and value that this brings. I will be bringing my own children to the 'zoo' the next time it is featured at a local event. So many charities have ulterior motives. There is none with Charity Music. They are an outstanding organization. I look forward to working with them for a long time to come and I encourage others to volunteer their time, donate music and music related materials, and spread the word!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity Music is SUPER! What they are doing for Macomb County and other communities is amazing! Their goal is to help others through music! They have a great team that is passionate about doing good work for Metro Detroit!!! Keep it up Charity Music you are doing an AWESOME job!!! WOOHOO!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began working with Charity Music at the beginning of the year and I have seen the tremendous things that they do first-hand! From the travelling petting zoo to the soon-to-be-open store in Clinton Township – everything they do is dedicated to the community.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Previous Stories

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.