project leader
Alina B
Rikers Island Queens Abutment
Queens (Queens)
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Thank you!

the project

Music On The Inside (MOTI) just launched a 6-week songwriting and performance workshop for young men at Rikers Island and we’ve been invited to bring our music and mentorship program to all four facilities for young people. We’re launching this crowd-funding campaign to raise $6,000 to support an additional MOTI program at Rosie’s, the facility for women at Rikers.

Top Musicians are ‘Playing it Forward.’ MOTI was inspired by Louis Armstrong who had a musical mentor when he was incarcerated as a young man. His mentor, Peter Davis, led a boys band which changed the course of Armstrong’s life. Mentorship is a part of any musicians life and MOTI’s Artistic Advisor, Wynton Marsalis, many other leading jazz musicians share our concerns and want to participate as MOTI mentors and teachers.

the steps

1. Complete the fundraising compaign.

2. Train our teaching artists and mentors.

3. Bring top jazz musicians to teach and inspire youth at Rikers.

4. Create a CD of the original songs written by incarcerated youth.  

3. Assess the results of MOTI's first 6-week songwriting workshop at one of the facilities for young men at Rikers.

4. Plan a second series at Rikers Island. 

why we're doing it

The US incarcerates more young people than any other country in the world with high financial and social costs to all of us. 

All young people deserve a chance and the adolescent brain is still developing. Music is one of the most powerful neurobiological tools we have to change our mood, mindset, and behavior. The aim of Music on the Inside, Inc. (MOTI) is to reduce recidivism and financial and social costs by offering these young people the chance for new goals and hope through music education, creative development and mentorships with seasoned musicians. 




Teaching artist honoraria - $3,000

Transportation - $200

Training and communications - $221 


SUBTOTAL = $3,421


less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) - waived

less ioby Platform Fee ($35) - waived





Teaching artist honoraria - $3,000

Teacher and mentors training and support - $1,500

Instrument rental - $1,000

Recording supplies - $200

Transportation - $300


SUBTOTAL = $6,000


ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) - waived

ioby Platform Fee ($35) - waived





Thank you!

We are so grateful to the friends, family and colleagues who are committed to MOTI”s mission and supported that with their generous financial contributions. Thanks to your generosity, “Music on the Inside, Inc.” is now able to bring music and mentorship not just one but two facilities serving youth at Rikers Island.
Thanks for helping us keep swinging,

Music on the Inside get's a new website

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website for Music On the Inside Inc. Build with the help of volunteers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, it is the best place to learn about all of our work to bring music and mentorship with top musicians to incarcerated youth. 

Take a look and get in contact if you have any feedback or questions:

Screenshot of the website.





This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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