Project Summary

Project Category: Other

Number of Participants: 130+

Duration of Project: Varies - Music Mentors need to give a few hours each month

Cost: Varies - $1,000+ for education support projects

Indoor/Outdoor: Both

Service Opportunities: Volunteers can provide IT Support, Publicity Support, or be Music Mentors. There are also opportunities to donate funds or musical instruments, as well as support music education programs or sponsor concerts.

Location: 1392 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909 MAP LINK

Project Contact:
Kelly Reed
P: 401.861.5650 ext. 3


Founded in 1997 with the belief that musicians can have careers that unite artistry and public service, Community MusicWorks (CMW) builds long-term learning and mentoring relationships between professional musicians, children, and families in the most diverse and underserved neighborhoods of Providence, Rhode Island. Today, CMW is a thriving organization with eight resident musicians, four Fellows who participate in a rotating Fellowship program, and more than 130 students.

Impact: CMW is a focused on forming new roles for musicians in today’s society. They are focused on creating a viable and satisfying career option for musicians to perform at a high level, teach in a community-based setting, and become positive contributors to community life., This model emphasizes that musicians can play critical roles in our society–in performances, creating spaces for people of diverse backgrounds to connect in community; in teaching, opening opportunities for young people to develop a voice and participate in democratic practices; and in the community, to have musical participation become part of the everyday experiences of people, regardless of financial or geographic barriers.

Project Availability:

Volunteer Responsibilities: For those wanting to provide IT Support, volunteers with Mac experience are preferred, and are comfortable with Apple hardware/software and capable of helping staff members with issues such as installing printer drivers, connecting to a wireless network. For those wanting to provide Publicity Support, will help with flyer distribution and putting up posters around town in businesses and community centers. Music mentors only need to commit a few hours each month and teach the basics of violin, viola, or cello.

Attire: Casual Attire

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