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The Music For Life Alliance is a 501c(3) tax exempt, not for profit charity that facilitates the efforts of individuals and organizations making music learning accessible to young people who may not otherwise be able to experience the educational, psychological, and social benefits of making music. Through awards, grants and recognition, and by creating and maintaining a national database, the Music For Life Alliance helps support and unify grassroots efforts across the country.

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This month's featured organization

Quaker Knob School of Music

The mission of Quaker Knob School of Music is to use traditional music as a tool to provide community members of all ages an exciting, educational opportunity to reach their full potential in a nurturing, educational environment. We believe that music education is often overlooked in the American school system, and that because of this, students suffer. We believe that not only is music education important, it is necessary. We also feel that it is important to preserve our traditional Appalachian musical heritage. We believe that we can continue to use music to change lives and touch people’s hearts, while serving our community.

We will:

  1. We provide a nurturing, community environment where both children and adults can fellowship and learn to sing and play traditional music, and also learn about its history.
  2. We believe that through music, we can positive impact on the individual lives of our students and members of our community.
  3. We strive to keep the culture, heritage and history of traditional Appalachian music alive through education and performance.

Quaker Knob School of Music offers opportunity for performances in public as well as private settings, such as nursing homes where we minister to the elderly. We offer master classes once per month featuring local master musicians, and we attend public performances by local and regional talent. We offer summer music camps, and we are developing an international exchange program. We encourage everyone to become involved. Our goal is to share the gift of music, not only among ourselves, but also our community and our world. We are excited about our future!

Quaker Knob School of Music
8250 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy
Tennessee 37641

(423) 426-7645

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Awards and Recognition for Organizations Making a Difference

There are a growing number of individuals and organizations stepping up to the great need for kids to learn music, in the face of ever-growing cutbacks in the arts. We believe that these organizations need support and recognition for the positive impact they are having on our next generation of citizens. MFLA grants and awards, as well as our community of sharing resources are but a few ways to encourage their work and dedication. If you have a recommendation for our next MFLA awards, please email Al Norton.

Expanding Our Database of Organizations Making a Difference

Whether you have needs for your music program or have an instrument or time/services to donate, Music for Life Alliance is set up to help you. Explore our Links Page to locate worthy organizations in your area or who may be in need of your resources. You may also download our database from here in a format more friendly to your system and software:
- Member Database in PDF format (455KB)
- Member Database in XLS format (874KB)

Do you have an organization capable of giving musical instruments and lessons to kids who my not otherwise experience the joy of making music? Please contact Al Norton and join our "Organizations Making A Difference."

The organizations listed in our database are mostly nonprofit. We make every effort to research them to keep them updated and assure their effectiveness. However, also contact them yourself, as nonprofits may change and we cannot claim responsibility for any of the organizations listed here. We appreciate any feedback you may have.

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