Creative advocacy, leadership, and program design that drive the integration of the arts in policy and at global convenings on social change. Sing for Hope is the official Cultural Partner of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. 

The Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project

In partnership with Broadway for Arts Education (BAE), Sing for Hope is proud to provide year-long music education to students from impoverished backgrounds at Shanti Bhavan, a residential school in Baliganapalli, Tamil Nadu, India. As shown in the Netflix documentary series, “Daughters of Destiny”, which chronicles the lives of five students, Shanti Bhavan empowers and uplifts children from the lowest castes to take control of their lives and bring positive change to their families and communities.

Led by professional teaching artists, programming for the 300+ students receiving 17 years of educational intervention from age four through college graduation includes private music lessons in piano, voice, and guitar, three choirs for middle and high school students, and general music for Kindergarten – Fifth Grade.

Students from the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project perform in a virtual concert during the pandemic (Photo Credit: Shanti Bhavan Children's Project)
Students from Lekol Sen Trinite perform in dance programming with teaching artists from Broadway for Arts Education (Photo Credit: The St. Joseph Family)

The St. Joseph Family

Wings of Hope | Lekol Sen Trinite | Saint Joseph’s Community Outreach Center
Sing for Hope programming serves children and adults with disabilities and economically disadvantaged children in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, Haiti. In partnership with The St. Joseph Family and BAE, Sing for Hope provides salaries for teaching artists local to the community and funds for all classroom materials including instruments, art supplies, and clean water. 

The Tomás de Berlanga Educational Unit

Beginning during the pandemic in October 2020, Sing for Hope is happy to provide virtual music, graphic design, and video editing classes to students at a bilingual educational institution located in Ecuador. Together with BAE, Sing for Hope programming supports the community and a local professional music teacher with curricula, materials, supplies, and professional development.

Young Galapagueño students at the Tomás de Berlanga School (Photo Credit: Unidad Educativa Tomás de Berlanga

Advocacy & Thought-Leadership

In FY21, Sing for Hope’s creative advocacy, leadership, and program design continued to drive the integration of the arts in policy and at global convenings on social change. In addition to continuing in our role as the Official Cultural Partner of The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Sing for Hope guided and produced the following summits and convenings:

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

Sing for Hope partnered with Adelphi University and Gottesman Libraries / Teachers College of Columbia University to produce this weekly series of multi-modal events in which presenters share how the arts, research, and outreach programs transform society. The 2021 Sing for Hope Artivism Award was given to presenter Cynthia Tobar for her work on reframing the Hall of Fame at Bronx Community College.

Sing for Hope at CreativeMornings

With chapters in 220+ cities across 67 countries around the world, CreativeMornings is one of the world’s largest creative convenings. In FY1, Sing for Hope musicians opened CreativeMornings/NYC’s virtual gatherings with specially curated musical sections, highlighting the mission of Sing for Hope for an engaged audience.

Sing for Hope at University of Arkansas Reflexions Music Series

University of Arkansas Reflexions Music Series was conceived as a celebration of music, musicians, advocates, and audiences, and as a series of events that foster creative justice and diversity through opportunities to reflect, learn, grow, change and teach. Sing for Hope Co-Founders Yunus and Zamora were named the inaugural artists for the premiere events held virtually in 2021.

Additional University / Educational Institution Masterclasses & Visiting Lectures in FY21:

• The Juilliard School
• Carnegie Mellon University
• Claremont Graduate University
• Harvard University
• Nord Anglia Education Global Campus
• Den Andra Operan Stockholm
• Music Academy of the West
• Yunus Social Business Centre
• Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)

Cultural Diplomacy: Citizen Artist

Sing for Hope is driving the international movement for increased inclusion of the arts, along with politics and economics, in global convenings centering on social change.

Current partners include:

  • Global Social Business Summit
  • United Nations
  • World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
  • Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship
  • World Economic Forum

Relief Sites

We bring Sing for Hope Pianos and programming to international locations, including relief sites and community based organizations. We launched our pilot program in partnership with El Sistema Greece, with SFH Pianos serving refugee camp populations and local communities in and around Athens.

Sing for Hope is grateful for the opportunity to work with our wonderful partners at El Sistema Greece to co-create arts programming that addresses migration integration, a key crisis of our era.

Quality of Commute

Sing for Hope is bringing the gift of harmony to leading transit hubs, such as the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Moynihan Train Hall, and the Oculus World Trade Center, driving the platform of quality of commute. Working together with organizations including the Port Authority of NY & NJ and other institutions, we are impacting 25,000+ commuters each week.