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.
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.