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Focus Area:
Music & Opportunity Youth


We succeed when we understand how music and arts programming can strengthen opportunity-youth services. Our Investments in this Focus Area are concentrated in The United States.

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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

We measure these outcomes to assess our impact:

  • Expansion of opportunity-youth programming to include music and media arts
  • Improvement in opportunity-youth outcomes

Special Initiative

The Music & Youth Development Alliance, (MYDA) is a nation-wide coalition of community-based organizations that use music as a youth development tool


Current Investments