The mission of Notes for Notes® (N4N) is to provide youth with free access to musical instruments, instruction and recording studio environments so that music can become a profoundly positive influence in their lives. N4N is a national youth development organization that partners with Boys & Girls Clubs, after school community centers and public schools to provide underserved youth ages 5 – 18 with access to full recording studios. The studios are packed with guitars, keyboards/ synths, drums, DJ gear, digital music workstations, and full recording facilities. Youth are invited to participate in daily lessons and special workshops which provide them with opportunities to create and explore music while developing cross-curricular and social emotional skills. Currently, N4N has 24 studios in 18 cities nationwide.
While our program has historically been in-person, we have turned the COVID-19 pandemic into a catalyst to meet the needs of now and innovate for the future, supporting our creative community with both depth and heart. Built in response to the impact of COVID-19 on our program, N4N Digital has allowed N4N to continue reaching youth at home virtually and providing them a unique music-making experience as close to what the in-studio experience would offer. Now unbound from our physical locations, we’re able to extend the opportunity for membership and reach youth without access to one of our physical locations. N4N will offer both in-person and virtual programming moving forward so we can provide our services to empower and amplify unheard voices like never before by reaching youth not just in urban areas, but rural ones, and everywhere in between.