• 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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  • Juvenile Justice

    Young people in the justice system are invited to express themselves through music by creating, producing, and performing original music in collaboration with Musical Connections roster artists. Projects connect youth to families, refer youth to opportunities when they return home, and are designed to provide school credit. The program supports a shift toward positive youth-development alternatives in New York City and New York State.

    Sing Sing

    In Carnegie Hall’s eighth year of partnership with Sing Sing Correctional Facility, incarcerated men engage in a yearlong learning experience. A series of workshops focuses on composition and instrument skills, while several concerts for the facility’s general population feature original works and performances by participants and professional artists.

  • Lead support is provided by the Brooke Astor One-Year Fund for New York City Education and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.

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

    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, Probation, and Youth and Community Development, the New York City Administration for Children's Services, and New York City Council Members Daniel Dromm and Annabel Palma.