Play with Music

submission by Lauren Anatolia

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Play with Music, The New History (parent organization of Play with Music, current transition filing 501c3 status for Play with Music)

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):


501c3 filing in progress. Current fiscal sponsor is the Story Project (EIN provided is not for the 501c3 in-progress, but for our fiscal sponsorship arrangement)

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


We are a modern music education program that brings at-risk students, music industry professionals, creativity & technology, into the same classroom.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


We change the way music is taught - teaching music theory, songwriting, audio engineering & production + enabling students to be creators, not just consumers, of music. We connect students with music industry pros, & build bridges from the classrooms to careers through internships & more.

We’d like your help to capitalize on the momentum from our pilot (Jan-March 2015) and the partnerships we have since developed to launch PWM in schools across LA, focusing our impact on at-risk students.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

We can run programs wherever our partners, Green Dot Public Schools, and The Harmony Project, are operating.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


We’re opening doors for kids with relevant music and technology education, and we follow up by connecting them with the music industry and career opportunities right here in LA. We’re not just giving music education a much needed update, we’re preparing kids for a world that is tech driven and empowering them to be creators of their own work. We’re doing this in the schools where it’s not happening. In LA, the media and entertainment capital of the world, we want our kids to be the resource that fuels our creative industries, by providing education that prepares our kids for those jobs. We’re making LA the best place to learn for ALL kids in LA, regardless of resources or skill level.

Play with Music works directly with schools, teachers and administrations to fill 3 major gaps in music/education:

Music education has mostly been unchanged since the 19th century. Our students get to create their own music, in collaboration with their peers and music industry professionals. This develops crucial skills in creative thinking, teamwork, communication, organization, and more. We want our students not to be just consumers of music, but creators of it, and to learn by doing.

We teach technology. Music software (audio engineering, production, recording, set-up, & more) is essential to making music today. Beyond music, digital literacy and tech skills are essential in today's workforce. We’re not just empowering students to better use technology as a work tool, we are opening their eyes to see technology as a creative tool as well, helping break down the digital divide, and paving a way for students enter into LA's “creative class”.

Our students meet, are mentored by, and collaborate with, professionals who make their living in the music industry. These mentors bring insight into the creative professional landscape and help students expand their sense of what is possible for their own futures. We also provide internship opportunities for students who complete the program through our amazing partners! This creates important gateways and opportunities for at-risk kids to access the industries in their city. We also provide graduates with support beyond the program through ongoing guidance and communication on social media about education and career opportunities.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We will work with Green Dot Public Schools, CalArts CAP and the Harmony Project to track and analyze the progress of students we work with over the long and short term. Our work will also be evaluated by matriculation rates, number of internships secured and completed, as well as each students progress in other areas of education. We will also document student testimonials of their experience in the program and beyond to help us show others why Play with Music is transformative.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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This looks like an awesome project!

by MathieuYoung
6 months ago

If you have any questions about PWM and our plans for the future, please post in this discussion space. We will be monitoring it and will replay quickly :-) Thanks for your support!!!

by harleyzhintmintz
6 months ago

Thanks so much Mathieu!

by harleyzhintmintz
5 months ago

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