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the project

Since 2018, Renovare Music's Founder and Director Rebecca Shasberger has taught a weekly strings class at the Grafton Correctional Institution, a medium-security men’s prison west of Cleveland. Over the last three and a half years, Renovare has watched 20 men come alive in a new way through the process of learning to play violin, viola, or cello and getting to share their musical journey with friends, family, and the broader community through public performances. 

Renovare is working to start a second, similar strings program at the Northeast Reintegration Center (NERC), the woman’s prison in downtown Cleveland. “Music for the Soul” will provide 16 women at NERC with the opportunity to learn to play the violin, viola, or cello through participation in a weekly, 90 minute class taught by Renovare Music. These classes will offer women a supportive space to build relationships with instructors and one another as they engage in music making and reflective activities toward personal growth. Participants will be able to share their progress with people outside the program, both family and friends as well as the broader community in biannual showcase performances, the first of which will occur this summer. 

Participants in “Music for the Soul” will be empowered to overcome shame and isolation, two of the defining features of prison and two of the primary drivers of recidivism. 68 of the women imprisoned at NERC have already expressed enthusiastic interest in the participating. In order to launch the program, Renovare needs help from our community to purchase more instruments - that's where you come in!


the steps

Step 1: Introductory classes in February for the women to decide whether or not they are interested in committing to the program. 

Step 2: Work with the NERC leadership to identify a consistent day/time to come weekly for a 90 minute strings class. 

Step 3: Purchase all instruments, accessories, and equipment needed to facilitate the program. 

Step 4: Begin weekly classes in March, with a first public performance in the summer! 

why we're doing it

Renovare Music has a mission of sharing music to love our neighbor, affirm the value of all people, and cultivate reconciled communities. Through “Music for the Soul” Renovare will foster a community of women re-empowered to appreciate their own skills and abilities, build strong relationships, and set goals for a brighter future. We also wish to inspire a chance in public attitudes toward incarcerated people, and believe that this project offers a valuable bridge for the greater Cleveland community to engage with the challenges of the criminal justice system and the humanity of incarcerated people in an informed and empathetic way. 


Disbursed budget on 03.21.22:

TOTAL RAISED = $6,236.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $187.08

Original budget:

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

Violins, Violas, and Cellos (including cases and bows) - $4500 

Instrument Accessories (rosin, shoulder rests, rock stops, cleaning cloths, etc.) - $600

Instructor fees for first month of classes - $900

NEW TOTAL = $6,000 


Good News!

We received some unexpected instrument donations which means we only have to raise $6,000 instead of $7,000! Thank you to everyone who has helped support this program, we are very excited for the launch! 


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