WHY BUILDING BEATS?
A RUNDOWN OF HOW WE IMPACT OUR COMMUNITIES
Why DJ and Music Education are Important
Youth in low-income areas lack access to quality arts programming
High school students without arts programming had lower GPA's, lower college enrollment rates, and were three times less likely to receive a bachelor's degree.
Between 2006 and 2013, spending to hire arts and cultural organizations to provide educational services in NYC fell 47%.
Low-income neighborhoods have been hardest hit by recent reductions in arts education, as seen in the South Bronx and East Brooklyn.
We teach kids to become music makers and entrepreneurs while aligning with New York State Board of Education standards in music.
We partner to fundraise, strengthen, and expand music programs that align with our mission.
We connect DJ's, music producers, artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives that want to give back to future generations.
We facilitate mentorship opportunities by pairing aspiring entrepreneurs with successful individuals in their field of interest.
Based on Evidence of Need and Impact
Music education is associated with gains in neural processing of speech.
For youth of low socioeconomic backgrounds, high levels of arts engagement increases student performance and college enrollment rates.
Arts Funding Decreased
Despite efforts to mandate arts education, it is among the first areas cut when budget decisions are made, resulting in low levels of spending on arts equipment, arts teachers, and partnerships with cultural and arts education organizations.
The achievement gap in test scores and college enrollment between low-income youth and more affluent youth continues to widen.
Social and Emotional Learning
Providing social and emotional learning has been shown to lessen the achievement gap between low income youth and more affluent youth.
Impacting low-income neighborhoods
New York's low income neighborhoods have been hardest hit by recent reductions in arts education.