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Arts and Music in our Schools

When it comes to young minds, art enriches them, expands them, and prepares them for life in useful and unexpected ways. Children who participate in music and arts programs often do better in other subjects than children who do not, and troubled students engaged in arts and music programs have better attendance and increased cooperation with teachers and other students.

For all their benefits, in these economic times, arts and music programs are at risk all across the U.S. It's time to face the music: You can play an instrumental role in keeping the arts alive in schools around the country. Use these links to learn more about the benefits of arts in education, and how you can donate and volunteer nationally and in your community. Let's make some noise for art!

Watch the following PSA from the Americans for the Arts public service advertising campaign.
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Make A Donation
Support these organizations that promote music and art education, or search for other related charities.

Music Education

American Symphony Orchestra League
Provides volunteers, leadership and service to youth and collegiate symphonies.
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Creative Kids Education Foundation
Innovative programs in classical music education for children.
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Keys to Achievement Foundation
Using music education to enhance cognitive & social development.
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Metropolitan Opera Guild
Making opera accessible & exciting to children.
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Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
Providing donate musical instruments to underserved schools & programs.
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Music in Schools Today
Helping teachers & students explore music and advocate arts in schools.
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Reading Writing & Rhythm Foundation
Donates instruments to schools' music programs.
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Arts Education

Americans for the Arts
Working to advance arts education in public schools.
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Center for Arts Education
Working to restore & sustain arts education in NYC public schools.
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Community School of Music and Arts
Offering lessons, classes, camps, arts-in-the-schools programs and other outreach events.
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International Child Arts Foundation
Using the arts to nurture children's creativity.
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Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
Connecting educators and arts organizations.
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P. Buckley Moss Children's Charities
Supporting art instruction for special needs children.
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Young Audiences
Bringing artists and musicians to school audiences.
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Be A Volunteer
Bring music and art into the lives of children in your community by volunteering.

Volunteer with one of these organizations below or, search for a related opportunity.

American Symphony Orchestra League
Spread the value and importance of orchestras and the music they perform.
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Arts Opportunities
Volunteer with an arts organization near you.
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GRAMMY Foundation
Be a Grammy Mentor to an aspiring musician.
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Music in Schools Today
Get current opportunities, or become a mentor.
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VH1 Save the Music Foundation
Get tips on what you can do in your community to save music.
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Be a Virtual Volunteer!
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Speak Out
Use your voice - and vote - in support of music and arts education issues.

Americans for the Arts
Art. Ask for More.
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Music in Schools Today
Speak out to ensure the arts remain central to school curricula and budgets.
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VH1 Save the Music Foundation

50 things you can do now to support music education.
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Advocates Guide: Work with your local School Board
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Write your Congressional representative to advocate for music education
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