You're instrumental.


Thank you so much for donating

As a non-profit, we rely heavily on financial and in-kind donations to keep our program going. Your gifts make an incredible impact on the lives and futures of those we serve. The cost of programing per student, per year, is around $7,000. That's a significant portion of most of our families' yearly income. 

Become a Music Haven Fellows Sponsor

Music Haven Fellows are leaders, mentors, and ambassadors for Music Haven. They are selected through an application and interview process from among our older students (14 and up), and must demonstrate leadership, commitment, responsibility, and consistent effort on their instruments. They mentor younger students, assist at events, lead public service projects, and speak to and play for audiences in their communities and throughout the region, all while participating in weekly lessons, group classes, and ensembles at Music Haven. Sponsors of Music Haven Fellows are not only invited to attend recitals and concerts, but also as honored guests at our Fellows and Sponsors events at which they can meet our Fellows, share a meal together, and--of course--hear some beautiful music. Sponsors are also invited to participate in the Music Haven Fellows Network, which provides support and networking opportunities for Fellows after they graduate from high school. Individual or Corporate Fellows Sponsors may have their sponsorships recognized publicly in a variety of ways, from program ads and corporate logos on our website or on our String Quartet Truck, to public announcements at concerts. Sponsorships may also be made in honor or memory of a loved one. Sponsorships are available at 3 levels:  $5000, $7500, and $10,000. Each level covers different components of Music Haven's programming (for example, one-on-one lessons, group classes, orchestra, chamber music coachings, workshops, concert trips, instruments, mentoring), as well as a $500/year stipend. For more information about individual or corporate sponsorship opportunities, please fill out the contact form here, or send us an email!

Other ways to give

As a non-profit, we rely heavily on financial and in-kind donations to keep our program going. Your gifts make an incredible impact on the lives and futures of those we serve. Here are a list of other ways you can give to Music Haven.

Helping Hands Community Thrift Store & Furniture Bank

Donate your gently used items and shop for fabulous thrift store finds, all to benefit Music Haven! Just mention you are donating and/or shopping to support Music Haven, and Helping Hands will donate a portion of the re-sale proceeds to us. Helping Hands is located at 334 Boston Post Road, Orange, Connecticut.

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Matching Gifts

Many corporations have matching gift programs and will match your donation to an accredited charitable organization. It’s an easy way to double or even triple the impact of your personal contribution!

If your employer has a matching program in place, just ask for a copy of your company’s matching gift form, and mail it with your contribution to our address below.

Music Haven’s EIN is 01-0870395.


Special Occasion and Wedding Gifts

Do you have a special event in your life coming up?  Make it even more special by asking your guests to support our students at Music Haven as their gift in your honor. 

Contact Mandi Jackson for more information.

Stock Gifts

Making stock gifts can be a tax–advantaged way to support Music Haven. Please note the following important information: To make a stock gift you will need to contact your bank or broker and provide them with our account at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Music Haven every time you shop, at no cost to you. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases to the charity of your choice. AmazonSmile works the same as and offers the same products, same prices, same service. Just go to and select Music Haven as your designated recipient, and AmazonSmile does the rest. It’s a win-win!

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EBAY Giving

Selling something on eBay? Donate a percentage of the final sale — up to 100% — to Music Haven. Clean out that closet, basement or attic. You can sell practically anything on eBay in support of Music Haven.

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In-kind donations

Consider donating a used or new item on our Wish List

  • Violins, violas, cellos (fractional & full size)
  • Music stands (both folding and Manhasset)
  • Method books: Suzuki Books & CDs for violin, viola, or cello or Essential Elements Books for violin, viola, cello
  • Rock stops and shoulder rests
  • New violin, viola, or cello strings
  • High volume copier
  • Healthy snacks for our students

Please note that we DO NOT accept donations of pianos or other instruments due to space limitations. We appreciate your generosity in offering these donations, and hope you will consider making a donation in support of our program in lieu of sending us your piano!

* In-kind gifts are tax-deductible at their full fair market value, provided the use of the gift is directly related to Music Haven’s tax-exempt mission.



A message from
Bryna Scherr

Why I give and why you should, too.

Music Haven students live in New Haven’s inner city (the “Promise Zone” Neighborhoods), in Yale’s backyard, but until 10 years ago, these kids had little opportunity to participate in the community’s nourishing music and arts environment.

In 2005, our founders were inspired to utilize the superb musicians of the Haven String Quartet to provide free string instruments and instrumental lessons for nine hours of private and ensemble instruction for each child every week. The quartet’s musicians possess a rare combination of artistry and dedication to their students.

From a handful of young music makers, we’ve grown to 80 curious, irrepressible students whose shared experience with their ever-encouraging teachers is producing both self-confident individuals and an open-minded, mutually responsive and responsible community of peers. Support is contagious!

In 2015, Resident Musician Colin Benn began the Music 101 program, involving both traditional instruments and new; additional ensembles, music theory, conducting, movement for relaxation and further performing opportunities, with the help of guest teaching artists and volunteers (such as myself, teaching piano).

In recognition of their desire to reciprocate community support, Music Haven’s students continue to perform in community venuessuch as West Haven’s VA Healthcare, Yale’s Smilow Cancer Hospital, nursing homes, libraries, museums — just about everywhere in town.

As a board member, and particularly as a volunteer in Music 101, I’ve experienced a reprise of that lovely — if fleeting —  experience of engagement, as with my own children: a kind of cross-pollination.

Music Haven profoundly appreciates the financial support of a considerable community of friends as well as foundations. In 2015, Citizen’s Bank designated Music Haven: “A Champion in Action for Strengthening Communities through Youth Empowerment,” along with a $35,000.00 award. The National Endowment for the Arts has given funding grants to Music Haven for five consecutive years and has recognized us two years running as one of the Top 50 After-School programs in the nation.

We and our families are passionate about our commitment to providing a stable, consistent and stimulating environment in which children can participate, flourish, and in turn, contribute.

Music Haven’s ability to serve our community depends on funding.

Please help. Give what you can. Ask your friends and families to get involved. Consider volunteering. We need each other to flourish.

Thank you,

Bryna Scherr
Board Member and Volunteer


Interested in becoming or Board Member or volunteer?