• Musical Connections

    This set of community-based projects links people to a variety of musical experiences, ranging from stand-alone concerts to intensive yearlong creative workshops designed to have a powerful impact on participants’ daily lives. Through songwriting, choral, and composition projects, juveniles and adults in the justice system build a positive sense of self and strengthen bonds to family and community. In hospitals, musicians offer performances that reinforce positive healthcare messages.

  • “Even though I’ve been homeless and I’ve been through a lot, I can stand on the square with anyone now because I’ve become human again.”
    —David, songwriting workshop participant
  • Core Beliefs
    Learn more about the philosophy of Musical Connections and the design of its programs in New York City.
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    Lullaby Project
    Lullabies are at the heart of this creative project that focuses on young mothers in teen clinics at hospitals, justice settings, and homeless shelters.
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    NeON Arts
    NeON Arts is a new initiative that builds on the NYC Department of Probation’s successful efforts to advance public safety by engaging probation clients in the arts.
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    Watch highlights of recent Musical Connections work, from New York and across the country.
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    New Resources
    WolfBrown, a consulting firm for arts and cultural organizations, has published two papers to explore the impact of the arts in juvenile justice settings.
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  • Lead support is provided by the Brooke Astor One-Year Fund for New York City Education.

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    Major funding for Musical Connections is provided by MetLife Foundation and the Heineman Foundation for Research, Education, Charitable, and Scientific Purposes.

    Additional support has been provided by Ameriprise Financial.

    Public support for Musical Connections is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Departments of Homeless Services and Probation, the New York City Administration for Children's Services, and New York City Council Members Daniel Dromm and Annabel Palma.

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