Musical Connections

Musical Connections provides free interactive performances, creative projects, and artist residencies in homeless shelters, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, and senior service organizations. In the 2011–2012 season, Musical Connections will reach 8,000 people who have limited access to live music through programs created by Carnegie Hall in partnership with host organization staff, government agencies, and first-class musicians from diverse musical genres.

Professional development is an integral part of Musical Connections, and specifically designed workshops offered to the artists better prepare them for the unique nature of this work. The program is committed to participant engagement and expression, and it connects people facing challenging social and emotional circumstances with each other and their communities.

This season, the Weill Music Institute takes Musical Connections nationwide, partnering with three organizations that share the core values of the program. The California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership in Los Angeles, Cal Performances in Berkeley, and Urban Gateways in Chicago will each present their own Musical Connections events; they will also meet in New York City for a conference and talk regularly in online seminars, learning from each other as they seek to provide quality programming that is responsive to the needs of their communities.

A second set of organizations--Artist Corps New Orleans, Arts Corps in Seattle, New England Conservatory in Boston, and the Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin—will join these partners as part of a broader national network dedicated to sharing their resources and reflecting on their work as they develop a national evaluation strategy.

The video clips below describe a Musical Connections Songwriting Workshop that took place November 2009 through April 2010 at Valley Lodge transitional housing shelter, part of the West Side Federation for Senior Housing.

Valley Lodge Trailer
A video trailer about this six-month songwriting workshop that took place in a senior transitional shelter.

Valley Lodge Documentary
A 25-minute documentary sharing the creative process of three workshop participants and the project's culminating concert.

Valley Lodge Trailer
Songs from the spring 2010 Valley Lodge songwriting workshop.

For general Musical Connections inquiries, please contact:
Elizabeth Snodgrass
Manager, Community Programs
Phone: 212-903-9621

Supported, in part, by Ameriprise Financial.

Artist Information

Thank you for your interest in Musical Connections. Our roster is currently full, but we are happy to accept resumes to keep on file. Please send to

See Current Artist Roster

Facility Information

If you think that the people in your organization or facility would benefit from a Musical Connections event, please contact Leah Hollingsworth at 212-903-9741 or email