“Music is my best friend. Music feels like someone is talking to you.”
The Young Musicians Foundation’s (YMF) empowers under-served students and often marginalized communities to find creativity, connection and joy through music. We’ve been doing it since 1955. YMF provides tuition-free weekly music instruction to over 3,400 students at 25 partner schools and sites across 195-square-miles in greater Los Angeles. Our highly skilled, passionately dedicated teaching artists deliver vocal, instrumental and general music instruction on a consistent, weekly basis throughout the school year. We also work with formerly gang-involved, recently incarcerated men and women in partnership with Homeboy Industries’ Workforce Development Program and provide internships for formerly incarcerated youth.
YMF is the only community-based music education program in Los Angeles to provide on-site, in-classroom musical training to such an exceptionally broad range of populations.
By bringing programing directly to those we serve, transportation and other logistical concerns that can be a barrier participation are eliminated. This ensures every student who wishes to receives instruction. Demand for our services far exceeds our ability to provide programming. With your help, YMF will be able to serve more than 4,500 students in the current school year alone. Your support will also help us deepen our community impact by bringing the joy making and playing music to foster youth and those devastated by homelessness.
Everyone should have access to the life-changing experiences of learning and playing music.