• Music Projects in Juvenile Justice Settings

    Young people in the justice system are invited to express themselves through original music in collaboration with professional artists. The program helps young participants connect to additional opportunities in schools, in their neighborhoods, and at Carnegie Hall.

    This project is a part of Musical Connections.


    See and Hear the Work

    Listen to songs and watch performance videos.


    NeON Arts also offers young people in seven New York City communities the chance to explore creative arts projects at local community-based probation offices called Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeONs).

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    “I had a chance to write about what has happened in my life. So that made me feel good to express it, especially to my mother.”
    —Songwriter

    “This project impacted me because it helped me see myself in a different way.”
    —Songwriter

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

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    United Airlines (as of 3-24-2017)

    Major funding for Musical Connections is provided by MetLife Foundation and United Airlines®.

    Additional support has been provided by Ameriprise Financial and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.

    Public support for Musical Connections is provided by the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs; the Administration for Children's Services; the Departments of Homeless Services, Probation, and Youth and Community Development; Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; and Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Daniel Dromm, and Annabel Palma.

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    Project Design

    Each creative music project is designed in response to the unique opportunities found at different points in the juvenile justice system. While some projects are compact in order to make the most of young people’s short time, other projects meet throughout the school year to allow continued growth during young people’s longer transitions.

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    Artist Skills

    Musical Connections artists take part in a yearlong professional development program that provides them with the time and resources needed to be effective facilitators and collaborators.

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    Evaluation

    Evaluation plans are formed in parallel with project design. It is imperative to be able to demonstrate the larger impact of this work and discuss its specific successes and challenges.

    Evaluation in partnership with WolfBrown, a consulting firm, has focused on exploring the possible impact of music in the juvenile justice system. Learn more