• Core Beliefs

    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:

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    360° Impact

    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.

    Artistic Excellence

    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.

    Responsive Programming

    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.

    Musical Diversity

    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.

    Evaluation and Assessment

    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.


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  • Lead support is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and the Ford Foundation.

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    Major funding for Musical Connections is provided by MetLife Foundation 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 Administration for Children's Services; the New York City Departments of Homeless Services, Probation, and Youth and Community Development; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; and New York City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Daniel Dromm, and Annabel Palma.

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