Philosophy

To succeed, every musician needs three elements: passion, hard work, and opportunity. Due to difficult circumstances, countless families are unable to afford the high cost of private music lessons which are essential for any aspiring classical musician. This project locates dedicated families with a child interested in music and offers them the opportunity to take private music lessons.

A pillar of the project is the element of service that students, in turn, provide to their community. By giving back in the form of recitals to social groups such as the elderly and homeless, students and their families become active owners of the project.

OMP offers students full tuition scholarships. High-quality instruments are provided if needed.

Mission

Every child needs the opportunity to experience music. They also need a supportive family environment. Finally, to enter the world as outstanding citizens and leaders, they need the first-hand experience of sharing their talent to benefit society. Opportunity Music Project works towards giving our students these crucial tools.

Racial justice

The OMP family reflects the diversity of New York City, and that is part of what makes our community so special. Opportunity Music Project’s mission is to provide the best quality music education possible for those who may not otherwise have access. We strive to be a leader among arts organizations working to remedy the inequity that is endemic to the classical music world.

We pledge to continue to promote equitable music education access to those who have historically been excluded due to a structure and pattern of systemic racism.

We pledge to continue to increase the representation of our diverse community among our board, faculty, and staff.

We pledge to continue to increase and promote programming by black composers, and composers of color who have long been left out of the classical music canon.

We pledge to continue to build a program that provides access to excellent resources, and opportunities for our students that help level the playing field.

We pledge to continue to work hard to expand our programming, access, and quality to as many children as possible.

Everyone deserves a great music education, and everyone deserves to live in safety, peace, health and freedom.