The nonprofit Black Violin Foundation (BVF) works with youth in their communities by providing access to quality music programs that encourage creativity. The organization’s long-term goal is to empower youth to color outside the lines and push the boundaries of music through innovation. Through its Musical Innovation Grant, BVF awards scholarships of up to $1,000 biannually to youth who would like to continue their musical education through a program of their liking that fosters musical creativity and innovation. Programs can range from private lessons to summer music camps to college courses. Black Violin will also connect personally with scholarship recipients to provide encouragement and support. BVF is an extension of the vision of hip-hop artists Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste. As young musicians, during school they would study classical compositions, but after school they would play Tupac, Wu-tang, and whatever else was hot at the time. The blending of genres fused with their classical training gives Black Violin their unique sound. Their mission is to help up-and-coming musicians foster creativity to make music in a way that’s never been made before.
A four-day virtual festival, GRAMMY in the Schools will celebrate music and music education during the week leading up to the GRAMMY Awards broadcast. Beginning March 28, 2022, the virtual festival will feature educators and professional musicians sharing insights on music as an art and a business.
Chrome Music Lab by Google Creative Lab inspires children to create music and examine the connections between music and math, science, and art. It’s simple and fun to play around with rhythm, harmonics, chords, songwriting, and much more.