Summer Camp 2017

Students are our priority at MusiCan

Why Our Summer Programs

MusiCan provides at-risk NYC school children with a six-week Summer Music Camp. Our 7th annual program provides a safe haven for the kids along with music instruction, band workshops, recording and performance. Past results? Our children showed improved self esteem and joy.

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MusiCan’s children are given music instruction and performance classes daily for six summer weeks (and lunch, too!). We have already been given a generous $20,000 private grant. To fund the program, we are seeking an additional $5,000 from folks like you! There are more than 10 children on the waiting list for MusiCan’s 7th annual summer program — and we are turning to you, our generous supporters, to help us fund those last remaining seats.

Our wildly popular program is for children ages 7 to 12 who live in New York City’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods and would otherwise have few options for summer.


This program began in 2010 when we were approached by administrators in the public schools MusiCan serves during the year. The teachers told us that the children have no programs and no organized activities in the summer and were generally stuck at home. So we set out to provide a small group of children an extension of our music classes — and the summer program became an instant hit.

During the sessions, children are given small-group instrumental and singing lessons. After the first two weeks they are gathered into groups to create “bands” and write and record music. In the final two weeks, the children perform in public spaces for friends and their community. This camp is taught by four young, inspired music instructors from Berklee College of Music.

“MusiCan… has taught me a lot of respect, discipline.”
– Akai (age 9, Bushwick)

The children are chosen to participate based on their interest and skill. Some of our camp alumni have gone on to jobs in the music business as well as specialized high schools for music, art and dance!

MusiCan thanks Guitar Center for sponsoring our instruments-lending program. Practice and performance space has been donated by PS 137 in Bushwick as well as The Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Center.

We at MusiCan thank you very much for your kind donation. Without you, we would not be able to serve these children.