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We Are All Music Foundation (WAAM) Expands Support for Mental Health, Youth Mentorship and Social Emotional Learning in Under-Resourced Communities

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WAAM provides grants to organizations using music to directly impact social causes

MONTCLAIR, N.J., Sept. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The We Are All Music Foundation (WAAM) officially announces its 2022 grant recipients. The announcement was made today by WAAM's Managing Director, Mary Crawford.

WAAM invests in organizations that excel at utilizing music as the core of program delivery in education and health and wellness, primarily in vulnerable communities. Founded in 2019, WAAM has established itself as a thought leader in expanding awareness of music's tangible value and profound impact. WAAM's Music Impact Research Center's focus on data analysis and measurement is a central element of its comprehensive evaluation and selection process. A principal objective is to establish long-term partnerships and to collaborate on key initiatives.

WAAM awarded grants ranging between $10,000 and $50,000 to ten outstanding nonprofits; increasing funding to the eight incumbent grantees and adding two organizations that complement this roster (identified below*). These grants fund programs that empower youth through music and mentorship, foster social emotional learning, combat the burgeoning mental health crisis exacerbated by the Covid pandemic, and aim to disrupt the cycle of poverty. WAAM works with the grantees to establish metrics to monitor their specific impact.

"WAAM's core belief is that music is intrinsic to addressing societal challenges," said Lora Goldwater, President and Chair of WAAM's Board of Trustees. "Our team has worked diligently and tirelessly for many months to ensure that we properly vetted every grant application. We appreciate the time and effort on the part of all applicants. We are especially grateful to our loyal donors. Their generosity makes our work possible."

"Our evaluation process combines quantitative and qualitative metrics," said Peter Gerlings, Director of Research. "Our focus is on selecting organizations with strong leadership, that deliver maximum impact, and have created a plan for significant growth. By measuring impact, we can work with our grantees to provide more benefit to vulnerable individuals and communities."

WAAM's 2022 Grantees:

Guitars Over Guns empowers youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with a powerful combination of music education and mentorship.

Hip Hop Public Health is committed to creating health equity and fostering positive behavioral health change through the transformative power of hip-hop music.

Education Through Music partners with under resourced schools to incorporate music as a core subject and catalyst to improve academic achievement and self confidence.

Jazz House Kids offers music education, performance training and mentorship to create social equality through jazz–the original American musical genre.

Music Will (formerly Little Kids Rock) is transforming music education through innovative and inclusive music programming and teacher training using rock, pop, Latin, and rap genres.

The Atlanta Music Project provides myriad tuition free youth training and performance opportunities in under-resourced communities to create life changing outcomes.

Musicians On Call brings the healing benefits of music to patients' bedsides in healthcare facilities through live and virtual performances

Music Haven creates a supportive, vibrant music community through tuition free programs, workshops and performance opportunities led by The Haven String Quartet.

*Rock to the Future provides free, student driven music programs to youth in under-resourced schools, vulnerable neighborhoods and juvenile justice centers.

*Concerts in Motion brings personalized live music to the most isolated in our communities including veterans, those suffering from mental illness and the homebound.

Learn More: https://weareallmusic.org/our-grantees/

About the We Are All Music Foundation
The We Are All Music Foundation (WAAM) advocates for and funds research and organizations supporting music's profound impact on education, health and culture, with a focus on underserved communities. WAAM's Music Impact Research Center funds, researches, aggregates, and disseminates data measuring music's influence through rigorous scientific means. WAAM provides meaningful support to the most impactful music nonprofits, awards transformative grants and works closely with each grantee to help them achieve their goals, develop collaborative initiatives and guide best practices.

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Peter Moran, Indicate Media, 347-880-2895, peter@indicatemedia.com

SOURCE We Are All Music Foundation