We invest in organizations that use music to improve youth outcomes in the United States and in South Africa.

Our portfolio-based investment strategy targets organizations working in four Focus Areas.

Click below to learn more about our Investment Framework in each Focus Area.
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MUSIC & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

In this Focus Area, we succeed when music programming is used effectively to advance youth development.

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

We invest in organizations implementing these approaches:

  • Increase access to high-quality, community-based music and youth development programming.
  • Actively engage music participants with youth-oriented social services.
  • Engage with a community of comprehensive youth development centers that collectively advance music and youth development practices
  • Deploy measurement tools to better assess the effect of music programs on youth development outcomes

TARGET OUTCOMES

We measure these outcomes to assess our impact:

  • Music program participants achieve healthy youth development milestones
  • Music cited as reason for increased enrollment and retention in youth development programs
  • Increased music program participants’ access to social services
  • Increased and diversified funding sources for music programs  

GEOGRAPHY

We focus our Music & Youth Development investments on the  United States  and  South Africa .

We focus our Music & Youth Development investments on the United States and South Africa.

IN-SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS

In this Focus Area, we succeed when all children participate in high-quality, sequential music programming in primary and secondary schools.

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

We invest in organizations implementing these approaches:

  • Build the capacity of schools and school systems to deliver high-quality music education
  • Support music educators through competency-based training, mentoring, and coaching
  • Improve sustainability of in-school programming  

TARGET OUTCOMES

We measure these outcomes to assess our impact:

  • Increased number of students participating in sequential music classes  
  • Sustainability of financial and human resources required to execute high-quality music classes and programs
  • Expansion of music classes improves overall education outcomes
We focus our In-School Music Programs investments on the  United States .

We focus our In-School Music Programs investments on the United States.

MUSIC IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

In this Focus Area, we succeed when we better understand how early childhood development outcomes are improved with music programming.

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

We invest in organizations implementing these approaches:

  • Define the features of high-quality music programming in early childhood development environments
  • Support early childhood education professionals’ integration of high-quality music programming into child-centered practices and curriculum

TARGET OUTCOMES

We measure these outcomes to assess our impact:

  • Increased number of caregivers proficient in implementing high-quality music programming for children
  • Improved child development and learning outcomes among music program participants
We focus our Music in Early Childhood Development investments on the  United States  and  South Africa .

We focus our Music in Early Childhood Development investments on the United States and South Africa.

MUSIC & OPPORTUNITY YOUTH

In this Focus Area, we succeed when We understand how music and arts programming can strengthen opportunity-youth services

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

We invest in organizations implementing these approaches:

  • Incorporate music into programs for youth between 16 and 24 who are neither in school or working
  • Engage organizations that specialize in music and youth development as programming resources for opportunity-youth-facing organizations

TARGET OUTCOMES

We measure these outcomes to assess our impact:

  • Expansion of opportunity-youth programming to include music and media arts
  • Improvement in opportunity-youth outcomes
We focus our Music & Opportunity Youth investments on the  United States .

We focus our Music & Opportunity Youth investments on the United States.

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