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In 1997, we launched Music and the Brain in just 16 schools in New York City. Now, more than two decades later, we have trained more than 400 music teachers who have brought our dynamic music literacy programming to nearly half a million children in underserved schools across the country.

With your support, we help teachers be their best – and your tax-deductible donation will help their students build a solid foundation, ensuring they reach their full potential:

$6,000 can sponsor a Title I school’s Music and the Brain lab – complete with keyboards, engaging learning tools, and a teacher-endorsed curriculum – that will be used by thousands of children over multiple years.

$2,500 can help children discover songs and cultures from around the world, as they learn to read music and support one another while playing piano.

$1,000 can train public school music teachers at a two-day Music and the Brain workshop, providing them with a lasting framework for interactive music literacy instruction.

$500 can give teachers personalized and ongoing support from our program team, who provide in-classroom observations and opportunities to learn from teachers nationwide. As part of our network, our teachers thrive.

$150 can add a keyboard to a Music and the Brain classroom that dozens of children will use each year, enhancing the fundamental skills they need to succeed in school, the workplace, and in life.

$20 can give a student their first year of Music and the Brain instruction, making our programming a cost-effective and scalable solution to address the lack of sufficient arts funding in schools.



Our Federal Tax ID# is 13-2852371 and Building for the Arts will appear on your credit card or bank statement. IRS Determination Letter 


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Thank you for helping us transform communities through the arts!