Established in Philadelphia, a city with one of the highest poverty rates in the US, Project 440 helps young people use their interest in all kinds of music to forge new pathways for themselves and ignite social change. They learn to use the discipline and skills inherent in being a musician as a jumping-off point to strengthen identity, build community and develop the capabilities they need to thrive.
The BBT Communities grant will support Project 440’s aim to double the number of participants in 2021/22 in its nationally recognized flagship programme Doing Good. This teaches students to understand the ways in which musicians can make a difference in the world. They learn skills in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership and service and are given the opportunity to implement these through community based service projects. Each project is aimed at solving a community problem – from issues of diversity, literacy, mental health or environmental issues – through music.