Musical Connections brings free musical performances and songwriting workshops to correctional facilities, health care settings, senior service organizations, and homeless shelters. The philosophy of the program has been distilled into a few core beliefs:
Musical Connections is designed to have an impact on not just audiences, but everyone who participates—from the participants and staff at partner venues to roster musicians and program staff.
All Musical Connections projects—from single performances to long-term creative projects—are designed to promote connection and musical engagement between artists and participants.
The success of Musical Connections rests on the shoulders of a core group of professional musicians who combine spectacular artistic ability with a dedication to bringing the transformative power of music into communities in need.
Each venue has its own unique needs and goals, so the design of Musical Connections must be a collaboration between the presenting organization and the partner venues.
To be effective, Musical Connections must engage with populations of diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Therefore, the artist roster must comprise diversity as well, in experiences and musical perspectives. Classically trained musicians as well as performers of world, pop, and folk are welcome.
Assessment, both internally and by outside consultants, is the only way to consistently improve program quality, inform the planning of future seasons, contribute to the program's future growth, and share the work with others.
Lead support is provided by the Brooke Astor One-Year Fund for New York City Education.
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 Departments of Homeless Services and Probation, and by the New York City Council.