The Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) is a collaborative of organizations in the Philadelphia region dedi­cated to providing music education, performance  and enrichment opportunities to youth. The collaborative started in 2012, and its members share a commitment to improving communities through the regular study of music.

Project 440 is a proud member of PMAY and thrilled to be collaborating with such incredible organizations. We are particularly excited to be participating in the PMAY Artists' Initiative, a new project that will fully support current 4th-11th graders from underrepresented communities with whatever they might need to pursue their dream of becoming a professional classical musician. The program will offer students financial support to make lessons, music classes, youth orchestra participation, and summer music camps affordable. Students will be able to attend free college and career preparation workshops, and PMAY teachers and staff will work with each family to make sure each musician has an instrument and a strong plan in place for becoming the best musician he or she can be. This program is open only to orchestral instrumentalists.

The PMAY Artists’ Initiative is meant to address a major issue in American classical music. Less than 5% of musicians in professional American orchestras are African American or Latino, and the numbers of South Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives are similarly low. Yet the cities that support these orchestras are racially and ethnically diverse places. Participating PMAY organizations will select a group of 75 young musicians, the first class of PMAY Artists, who will eventually change the face of classical music. 

The PMAY Artists’ Initiative is a collaboration among ten Philadelphia organizations that believe in providing access to music education for all students. PMAY Artists may work closely with one or many of these organizations and their programs, based on the individual needs and goals of the Artists. The ten organizations are:

  • Musicopia
  • Philadelphia Sinfonia
  • Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
  • Play On, Philly!
  • Project 440
  • School District of Philadelphia Office of Music Education
  • Settlement Music School
  • Temple University Music Preparatory Division
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • The Primavera Fund

While each PMAY Artist’s plan for study will be different, the estimated value of what each PMAY Artist will receive in financial support is in the thousands of dollars annually.

For more information on the PMAY Artists' Initiative, click here.

For beginning instrumental music training, check out Musicopia, Play On Philly!, Settlement Music School, Temple Music Prep and Tune Up Philly (a program of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra). 

For more information about all our PMAY partners, click on the logos below: