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Building Beats

Empowering Youth Through Music

Our Mission

Building Beats provides DJ and music programs that
teach entrepreneurial, leadership, and life skills
to underserved youth.

The Legacy

We're on a mission to build the next generation of producers, creators, and makers. Join The Legacy to create lasting change in music and technology education.

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What do we do

We believe in using students' passion for music as a pathway to build entrepreneurial skills.

Becoming a DJ or producer reinforces the same skills needed to run a business, become a leader, and change the world.

We envision a world where everyone can realize their creative potential and use it to make a difference in their community.

We partner with organizations and programs that share this vision.

100% of the contributions we raise online go toward supporting programs that allow students to express themselves through DJ'ing, music and art, while developing personal skills that will help propel them to a brighter future.

We're Building Life Skills by Building Beats.

Our work

Our Supporters

Here are a few of our friends who've supported our work:

Donuts are Forever

An annual event in celebration of Dilla organized by Rare Form NYC to benefit the Donuts Are Forever Scholarship Fund to provide digital music production workshops for youth in NYC.

Mark Martinez

Mark Martinez, A.K.A., Subset raffled off custom special edition Subset hats at his party and donated proceeds to fund music education.

The Rub

Donated proceeds from their monthly party's happy hour to Building Beats as well as donated equipment for students to use in our workshops.

Ella Evans

Ella is a contributing member of the Building Beats Legacy, which helps support our music education program on a monthly basis.

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our approach


Our students learn the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century workplace through music making.


Students leave our workshops with the ability to think outside the box.


We empower students to become makers and producers in their communities.


Teamwork makes the dream work. Our students learn how to work with others to produce big projects.


Our work teaches students how to make an impact in their schools and communities.


Technological literacy is important in today's world. We use the latest hardware and software to teach students crucial tech skills.

our impact

What our students have said

"Technology is the best, it can only help you. I like to sample a lot. I like to listen to a lot of music to get ideas. Having internet or computers I can check my mom's music, or search for my own."
"The lesson I really picked up from the class, is that it's good to understand all the aspects of music. It makes me a better producer."
"Diversity ... is important because I don’t want to make the same stuff over and over again. If someone wants to try something new, I’m down to do it. ... If you try new things you’ll see new things and new places."
"We don't really have the chance to be around equipment like this. I'm really grateful that Building Beats got to come and help us make music."

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