2016 Summer Music Camp Scholarship Application Process Now Open; See Scholarships page for details!
The Gifts of Music website is currently under re-design by students of the New England School of Communications of Husson University as an in-kind contribution. We look forward to a fresh new image in the Spring of 2016!
“Where words fail, music speaks”~Hans Christian Andersen
Work with us to expand access to music education for Maine youth:
The Gifts of Music announces our Y Music program. Through grant support, corporate contributions and individual donations, the Y Music Program is offered free of charge to children enrolled in the Y-Works After School Program in Bangor, Maine.
Today, it’s common to find news stories addressing school budget shortfalls, in which music and art programs are reduced or eliminated entirely. Individual families also struggle and, though it’s considered worthy, affording a musical instrument and proper training is often out of reach for many Maine youngsters.
As music opportunities are reduced for our children, there is a direct impact on the lively-hood of Maine’s music instructors. Without new generations of musicians being trained, opportunities to present and view live music performances also dwindle.
Additionally, we recognize that numerous non-profit organizations in Maine regularly want to “hire” musicians to improve the quality of social or fund-raising events, yet the non-profits often ask the musicians to donate their time. This presents a hardship for the musicians, while paying for a band represents added expense for the non-profit organizations.
The Gifts of Music has been officially recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3, tax-exempt non-profit organization in Maine and is a member of the Maine Association of Non Profits.