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Joy of Music Program, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Performing Arts Schools

Mission: At the heart of JOMP’s mission “to enrich lives and foster community through accessible music education and performance” is our extraordinary Financial Aid Program, which makes it possible for students in need of assistance to study with our outstanding faculty ~ 32% of our students receive partial to full financial aid.

Results: Over $1.6 million in Financial Aid has been awarded to over 1,000 students since our inception. Students whose families could not afford to pay for lessons and classes are now making music as adults, some are music teachers and professional classical, jazz, pop and orchestral musicians. $140,780 in financial aid was awarded in FY2016. The goal for FY2017 is $147,000.

Target demographics: All ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 530

Geographic areas served: Central Massachusetts

Programs: A nonprofit community music school founded in 1986, Joy of Music (JOMP) offers private instrumental and voice lessons, an exciting choice of classes, highly regarded classical and jazz ensembles programs, and a vibrant Youth Sinfonietta and Youth Orchestra. Children, teens and adults at all levels of ability experience a musical community that is supportive, non-competitive and inspiring. JOMP contributes richly to Worcester’s cultural vitality through outreach programs, student community performances, faculty performances in the Worcester Public Schools and our Faculty Concert Series. The new 200-seat Joseph & Jordan Shapiro Concert Hall, located inside the Joy of Music Program's facility on Gorham Street, is a major upgrade to the program’s former performance space. The carefully detailed architectural and acoustical features and extremely low background sound in the space provides an excellent environment for both performers and listeners.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

JOMP was a huge part of my childhood, and I cannot say enough good things about them. They offer an incredible music program, and what really sets them apart is their focus on collaboration and individual growth as a musician, rather than competition between students. Their financial aid program makes them accessible to students from all backgrounds, and at all levels of musicianship (not just child prodigies and superstars -- if a kid needs financial aid for her first recorder class, she can get it). When I was a student, I benefited from their financial aid program, and in their last year, they gave out over $110,000 in financial aid. I am so glad to be able to support this amazing organization.



Rating: 5

It is a wonderful, well-run organization. The teachers and staff are dedicated to both music and the musical development of their students. Regardless of a student's ability, JOMP encourages participation and personal growth. Our three children participated across various instruments (drums, piano and violin) and at differnet levels between 1996 and 2008. We continue to give to JOMP each year because of the benefits that our children received and the valuable role it plays in the greater Worcester community.



Rating: 5

Having been involved with the Joy of Music Program (JOMP) since the early '90s, first as a parent, then as a board member, and as a continuous donor for nearly fifteen years, I have a long view of this community music school. What I have seen is consistent clarity of mission: dedication to the well being of every student and tireless (almost selfless) advocacy for the belief that all young people, irrespective of means, deserve the opportunity to experience the joy of art. JOMP serves as a role model for all non-profit organizations in the central Massachusetts area (and beyond): it's success will likely enhance the success of many younger (local) non-profits. While I no longer live in in central Massachusetts, I intend to follow JOMP's growth as well as to support it's mission.