The Music Drives Us Foundation is a New England non-profit foundation supplying grants for music programs to effect positive changes for people in need. The Foundation seeks out organizations and individuals that are interested in using music as a tool for all segments of society and for all age groups.
Music therapy is an efficacious and valid treatment for persons who have psychosocial, affective, congnitive and communicative needs. Research results and clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy even in those who are resistive to other treatment approaches. Music is a form of sensory stimulation that provokes responses due to the familiarity, predictability and feelings of security associated with it. Music therapy for clients with mental health concerns uses musical interaction as a means of communication and expression. The aim of therapy is to help individuals develop relationships and address issues they may not be able to with words. American Music Therapy Association, Inc. 2012
Music Drives Us seeks out worthy scholarship recipients in the New England area to receive monetary scholarships to attend music camps, programs and colleges. Music Drives Us is also supporting public schools who are suffering from devastating budgetary cuts allowing music to remain in these schools.
Scholarship recipients are required to a set number of hours of musical education per month to younger students, thus ensuring that a new generation of musicians has access to quality education and increasing awareness of the benefits of music.
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Funding for New England school music programs allows for exposure to music at an early age, thus increasing awareness of the benefits of music.
By providing exposure to children at an early age through free concerts and school music programs, the benefits music enrichment brings to our culture can continue to impact future generations.