project leader
Alina B
Rikers Island & East New York
(New York City)
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the project

Music on the Inside, Inc. (MOTI) has completed 3 semesters at Rikers Island, teaching the blues and encouraging original songs in its “ Blues to feel Alright” workshops. Noting significant improvements in behavior and mood, Rikers has now requested that MOTI double its musical footprint by adding choirs in two of its facilities for youth. In addition, communities in Central Brooklyn and Harlem are requesting MOTI programming to give ongoing support through music during the vulnerable reentry period. We're excited that so many top jazz musicians, including MOTI Artistic Advisor Wynton Marsalis, Randy Westen, Barry Harris, Jon Faddis as well as generous and caring people like you share our concerns. When we give incarcerated youth and those from our high-needs communities encouragement through music and the chance for a better life, all of society benefits. Please help us make dreams come true!

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the steps

Confirm, contract, train and support teaching artists - August-September 2017   

Initiate after school programs in East New York Brooklyn - September 2017

Promote MOTI programs in Rikers and in Central Brooklyn communities- September - October 2017  

Sign up and interview prospective students at Rikers - October 10-20  2017

Resume 6 week semester teaching in GMDC and RMDC, two facilities in Rikers - October 24, 2017

Initiatie ongoing choirs for adults and youth returning from corrections in East New York and Bedford Stuyvesant -November 1, 2017

why we're doing it

MOTI utlizes music education and mentorships to foster creativity, new skills and hope for incarcerated and at-risk youth. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization created to fulfill the urgent need for programs to give young people in corrections and in communities encouragement to express themselves positively and develop life skills and hope inspired by the life experience of our teachers and mentors. Our goal is to reduce recidivism, improve morale, and lower the financial and social costs of current criminal-justice.

Led by Alina Bloomgarden and famed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, MOTI gives youth music instruction, experience with songwriting, and performance opportunities. Classes are taught by seasoned musicians who firmly believe in the power of music to grow confidence and teamwork. Students learn about the history of jazz, express themselves through hands-on experience making-music and connect with musicians as mentors for purpose-driven lives.


Disbursed Budget
Raised = $1,425.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $40.49
Total to disburse = $1,349.51
$700 stipend for grant writer
$649.51 pays for the teaching artist for the first two sessions this fall at Rikers
Original Budget
$10,000 goal will support the launch and increase of MOTI music programs in Rikers this fall:
Honoraria for teaching artists: $6000.
Materials: $1000.
Instrument rentals: $2500.
Transportation and tolls: $ 500.

SUBTOTAL = 10,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $300
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,335



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