THE MUSICIANSHIP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that changes lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities for youth who need us most. Since 2010, we have provided free music programs to students for whom such opportunities are otherwise out of reach. In just ten years, The MusicianShip has grown from serving two students to over 1,600 per year. In addition to our after-school and summer programs, which serve youth ranging from six years old to young adult, we support two performance groups, The MusicianShip All-City Marching Band and the Washington Youth Choir.

We serve a dual role in the community—as educators and mentors—using music as a platform for students to grow and achieve in all areas of life, bolstered by the determination, discipline, and teamwork skills we nurture. We use music to alter the life trajectory of youth and create a more vibrant, educated, empowered, and well-intentioned world. At our core, we are a youth development organization that leverages the power of music to engage youth, keep them in school, and surround them with positive peer relationships while creating a pipeline to higher education. Our wide range of music programs is geared towards enriching the lives of students, their families, and the communities in which they live. To support our free programs, The MusicianShip stewards a unique, intertwined ecosystem of music-based projects, each supporting our singular purpose of uplifting those in need. As an organization immersed in the life, culture, and vibrancy of its community, we produce the DC Funk Parade, an annual street festival that celebrates funk music, visual arts and the cultural history of the U Street corridor, also known as “Black Broadway.” We also produce the Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies®), a 34-year-old music award show that celebrates DC area, artists and musicians.

To see us in action, visit our YouTube channel.




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