Empowering Our Youth.

We believe music has the power to transform lives. The Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship, while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of our city.

What We Do

Our program provides music history and theory as well as instrumental instruction and ensemble performance preparation. We serve kids ages 9-14 from low-income households, and provide our students with hot meals and round-trip transportation to reduce common barriers to participation. Five days a week, 12 months a year, our program delivers over 2,500 hours of music education and other academic tutoring, over 30,400 nutritious hot meals, 1,400 bus journeys, and supplies over 150 instruments for student use.

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What You Can Do

Each dollar donated to The Roots of Music has a direct impact on the lives of our students. We aim to provide our youth with the resources they need to lead positive, productive, and self-reliant lives. We work tirelessly to ensure that our program has the funding to continue providing opportunities to students, while constantly expanding to reach more students each year. We rely on our community of generous donors to support these efforts.

A tax-deductible donation to The Roots of Music is an investment
in the future of New Orleans.

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Get Involved

A tax-deductible donation allows us to keep marching. Get involved with The Roots of Music by volunteering your time, following us on social media, or signing up for our newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Stay up to date on the latest concerts, performances, benefits, and more with our events calendar.



NAHYP Award Finalist, 2016

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Community Impact Award

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Rising Star Award

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BCBS Angel Award

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Hall of Fame Finalist

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CNN Hero Award

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