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Music Changing Lives

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Music Changing Lives provides a fully equipped, state-of-the-art, recording studio utilized to teach our youth the basics of recording and producing quality music. Our mission is, “To teach our participants they can live beyond their current reality.” Parents are looking for a place to take their children to play and learn in a safe, enriching environment. They realize that to leave their children unsupervised and without vision is to court disaster. The myriad of components in our program allow children to be actively involved in something positive and productive each day after school, thereby allowing their parents to be sufficed knowing their child is secure and thriving while they are at work. In turn, the parent has a reduced stress level and increased productivity, as well as reduced absenteeism on the job. This results in a win-win situation for children, parents, employers, and communities.

Results: MCL has proven it’s a result driven organization focused on fine arts as an incentive program. Not only have we completed our first compellation album, we also have plans of hosting our first art gallery within just six months of having a physical location to service our youth.  At our community center located in Redlands, CA.  Most importantly, 40% of our students have improved their grade point average by an average of 1 point, significantly improving their chances of graduation.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 or more

Geographic areas served: Inland Empire

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We hope to see you all 10/28 to celebrate 19 years of keeping Lights On Afterschool for kids with Music Changing Lives. Also please consider supporting our efforts in helping us to expand our efforts by purchasing a #MadeInAmericaBoatRaffle ticket

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Music Changing Lives is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children by encouraging them to pursue their dreams in music and art. MCL provides these students with the equipment and instructors they need, as well as educational resources to assist in their homework and overall performance at school. My experience at MCL as the administrative assistant to the CEO, Josiah Bruny, was rewarding in many aspects. I had the opportunity to be a part of a hard-working team and learned so much about what it takes to run a non-profit. Everyday there were tasks to be taken care of such as making sure there are enough snacks for the kids, answering e-mails and phone calls from parents and city officials, organizing materials for each school site, finding new and inventive ways to make the program a better experience, etc. The students love the program and are all encouraged to showcase their talents at the annual MCL Showcase. The showcase allows students to present everything they have learned throughout the year and this year's showcase (2017) was a success. Hundreds of parents and school officials showed up and we received a lot of positive feedback. MCL is a great program for students who want to further their music and arts education while making new friends.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It was all a dream! Now we're Changing Lives one note at a time! Thanks to our donors and supporters without you all our mission would be nearly impossible

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Music Changing Lives, (MCL) is a phenomenal afterschool program for underserved K-12 students. The program offers arts based enrichment programs to incentivize students to stay in school and pursue their passion and purpose in life. Many students not only discover their hidden talents at MCL, many build confidence and show great improvements in their academic performance. MCL is an amazing program, with dedicated staff who truly go above and beyond to change the lives of the students they serve.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I am so honored to be part of the Board of Directors for this non-profit organization. There is no other like MCL. Although there are other after- school programs throughout the Inland Empire, MCL stands above the rest.
MCL offers the highest quality of music and art enrichment through after-school mentorship programs. It not only provides a safe environment for our at-risk youth to go year round, it engages their interests covering all phases of recording and music. Plus the arts curriculum offers training in creative writing, ceramics, drawing, fashion design and more.
Each student in the program is required to maintain a 2.5 GPA or more which engages them to remain in school. Tutoring is provided if they fall below. School Progress reports are required to allow the program to monitor the student's progress. No student is turned away regardless of their inability to pay. MCL directly attacks the dropout rate and incorporates community volunteers in the process.
The program is not solely dependent on governmental or other one time fundings. MCL is currently housed in the Redlands Community Center and is scheduled in 2011 to provide services in Moreno Valley and Perris.