Our Mission is Music

Music inspires creativity, and A Chance to Rock helps by bringing music education into the lives of children who rarely get that opportunity or exposure. This nonprofit initiative provides music lessons, access to instruments, and professional performance experiences for children ages 4 to 18 who are growing up within the foster care system. Launched in 2022, the success of this program is built upon an amazing collaboration between Nelda Studios, The Buckman FundAustin Angels, and Band Aid School of Music.

Overview

A Chance to Rock provides free weekly private music lessons and classes for a wide variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, voice, drums, bass, and ukulele. The instruments used by each child are provided free of charge, to help them build a passion for music. In addition, the children are provided the opportunity to bring their new skills into the spotlight with multiple professionally organized stage performances each year, giving each and every child their own personal chance to rock.

How you can help

Music can have a powerful positive impact on a child, especially those in the midst of an unstable or sometimes traumatic home life. You can help these children by providing a creative outlet through music education. Every donation you make goes to help children in foster care experience the power of music!

Why It Matters

On any given day, over 400,000 children nationally are living in foster homes. Typically, only half of them graduate from high school. However, graduation rates go up significantly when the students have access to extracurricular activities. If those activities include music lessons, the benefits are compounded. Learning to play an instrument improves academic performance, self-discipline, self-esteem, and gives youth in care an outlet to express themselves and process trauma.

Meet The Ambassadors

Austin-based musicians are helping us get the word out in a big way. Hear their thoughts on the impact music has played in their lives, and its potential to do the same for these amazing young people in the foster care system.

Ray Benson with Guitar

Ray Benson
Asleep at the Wheel

Zach Person with Guitar

Zach Person

Kathy Valentine

Kathy Valentine
The Go-Go’s

Adrian Quesada with Guitar

Adrian Quesada
Black Pumas

Matthew Logan Vasquez with Guitar

Matthew Logan Vasquez
Delta Spirit

Nakia Playing a Keyboard

Nakia

About Our Benefactors

Nelda Studios is a media company and philanthropic organization that lifts, nurtures, and expands opportunities for creativity and the arts. Learn more at www.neldastudios.com.

Austin Angels is a not-for-profit organization that walks alongside children, youth, and families in the foster care community by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship. Learn more at www.austinangels.com.

Band Aid School of Music is Austin’s premier performance-based music school whose mission is to empower people to enjoy a lifelong love of music. Learn more at www.bandaidschoolofmusic.com.

Stay in Touch. Get Involved.

Join us as we work to inspire foster children with A Chance to Rock. Follow our journey, support our cause. Your participation is what makes us strong and gives these children an opportunity for growth they might not have otherwise.