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Stax Music Academy launches 2024 #MusicMustContinue fundraising campaign to assist students with tuition.


Today, the Stax Music Academy (SMA) kicks off its annual #MusicMustContinue fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 to close the tuition gap for students who apply and qualify for financial aid to attend SMA. The true cost for the work we do is $10,000 per year per student for music education and creative youth programming, which includes professional mental wellness counseling. However, $1,250 is the maximum that a family is ever charged. No child is turned away because of financial limitations.

That’s why we started the #MusicMustContinue fundraising campaign in 2020. When our young people and their families were impacted by the COVID pandemic and unable to pay their remaining tuition balances, we created the #MusicMustContinue fund to close the gap. With many still feeling the economic strain, over 90 percent of our students have applied and qualified for scholarship funding, compared to 50 – 70 percent in years past. Because we are committed to serving every student, no matter their financial situation, we are calling on donors to support this campaign because every young person deserves a space to be supported, creative, and prepared for success as adults.

Your contribution fuels our mission to close the tuition gap, providing students with top-notch music education and opportunities for scholarships and careers in music.