Young Musicians of the World fosters the development of young people from working-class communities by operating free music schools.
Offer fair access to a culturally rich lifestyle
YMW supports young people age 3 to 18 by offering free music lessons that would be otherwise inaccessible due to their socioeconomic status. YMW champions children’s right to play an active role in the cultural and artistic fabric of their communities.
Provide support for kids from working-class neighborhoods
YMW sets up schools in areas where there is a concentration of social problems. By offering young people from these areas access to intensive cultural programming, YMW helps them cope with and overcome their challenges.
Use music to foster social cohesion
YMW works in partnership with community organizations, schools, and families. By its very nature, music can be a catalyst for community building. We harness music’s ability to bring people together by placing a particular emphasis on intergenerational communication.
Our founding project is a boarding school in India that offers state-recognized free music and academic instruction to 200 young people age 6 to 21. The music taught at the school is classical Indian music. We also provide free lodging, food, and basic care, which makes a profound difference in the lives of the children, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In Quebec, we adapted the model to fit the province’s education system (our classes are offered after school lets out). The positive changes observed in young Quebecers over the past few years are proof that our programming is effective and provides benefits not just for kids, but for their parents and communities as a whole.
We have therefore transformed music into a catalyst for social change in working-class neighborhoods.
Through the gift of music, we are providing young people with a positive outlet for shaping their personalities, socializing, and bringing about and inspiring change.
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Contact Name:Mathieu Fortier