A Musician-led Initiative to fight hunger in our local communities


    Become a Music for Food Fellow!

    Fellows serve as ambassadors for Music for Food:
    • attend Music for Food concerts, greet patrons & describe our organization;
    • perform on Music for Food concerts, as arranged with Artistic Director;
    • attend area school (K – 12) assemblies, perform, & describe Music for Food’s mission; tailor speeches for different audiences; create verbal outline for assemblies; create visual supports for assemblies
    • perform masterclasses and concerts at area schools (K – 12); &
    • blog about their experiences with Music for Food.

    Fellows acquire the business and professional skills needed to be:
    • effective ambassadors for Music for Food during the term of the fellowship;
    • direct contact with school administrators and teachers;
    • propose and follow up on scheduling events; &
    • professional musicians during and after the term of the fellowship.

    Fellows meet with local experts & arts administrators to learn the skills necessary to be effective advocates and artists, covering such topics as:
    • Music for Food’s history & mission
    • What is Hunger & Food Insecurity, and How Do We Address It?
    • Visit a Food Pantry to learn more about how they work
    • Public Speaking
    • Written Communications & Marketing/Public Relations
    • General Skills & Professionalism, especially in the non-profit sector
    • How to find funding opportunities and apply for them
    • Learn About agents & arts management, and how to approach them
    • Artist Citizenship & Civic Engagement
    • Organizing a Concert (organizing benefit concerts; programming thematically coherent concerts)
    • Youth Education
    • Pedagogy

    Stipend: $ 2,000 per person per semester. Expenses up to $ 400 reimbursed upon presentation of receipts. $ 500 lesson stipend, to be paid directly to the music teacher.

    To apply, please submit:
    Fellowship Application Form 2017-2018;
    • name and contact details of one recommender (no recommendation letter required);
    • a résumé;
    • 500 word essay about why you want to be a Music for Food fellow; &
    • a short video of you playing music and speaking, showing us who you are.

    Application deadline: 1 May 2017. Decisions made by 31 May 2017.
    Questions? Contact Cashman Kerr Prince, General Manager.

    Cleveland Benefit Concert

    On 13 November 2016, the Cleveland chapter held a gala to benefit the Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry.

    → Read more about this event here.

    Art in the World today

    “Art may seem a trivial affair compared to the violence and horror that are currently shaking our world. Despite its fragility in the face of obscurantism and terror, it offers us the stuff of memory, the creativity and the strength of utopia that we need to survive the attacks and invent a different future. Every audience that comes together as a community for a work of art is an experience of our shared humanity. That experience is more valuable than ever.”

    – Bernard Fouccroulle, Organist & Director, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

    Music for Food 2016-2017 Fellowship Applications

    Music for Food is now accepting applications for its 2016 – 2017 Fellowship Program. Now in its third year, this program helps young musicians become citizen-artists and learn to use music as a tool for social justice.

    Fellows serve as Ambassadors for Music for Food, presenting assemblies, massterclasses, and concerts at local middle and high schools, and assist with the core concert series. We pay Fellows a $ 2000 stipend per year, reimburse expenses up to $ 400, and lessons up to $ 500. We teach Fellows the skills needed to be effective ambassadors during the year of the fellowship, and beyond.

    Want to engage with social problems in your community and address them as a musician? Download the following application materials today!

    Fellowship Application Form 2016-2017

    Music for Food Fellowship Program

    Music and the Culture of Democracy

    Kim Kashkashian, Music for Food’s Founder and Artistic Director, spoke about Music and the Culture of Democracy at Boston College’s Clough Center on April 21st.
    Read more about this evening here.

    Bethesda concert will raise funds for Manna Food Center

    By Tiffany Arnold

    → Read the article, published May, 2015 on Gazette.Net.

    The Power of Music to Help Give Back To Others

    By Kristen Bosse

    → Read the article, published March, 2015 in MassRealty.

    Spiritual and Edible Food from Feldman & MFF

    By Cashman Kerr Prince

    Upcoming Music for Food concerts
    → Read the article, published on January 11, 2015 in The Boston Musical Intelligencer.

    Music for Food Winter Preview

    By Robert Cinnante

    → Read the article, published in Musicovation, January 11, 2015.

    A Season of Giving

    By Heather K. Scott

    Music for Food listed as one of ten nonprofits to give to this holiday season.
    → Read the article, published in the December 2014 Issue of Strings Magazine.

    Why Music for Food?

    By Robert Cinnante

    For some, music is purely entertainment, for others, comfort, and, in some cases, an intellectual experience. Depending on perception and taste it may embody all three, or other attributes not noted. But when you connect with Music for Food, you become part of a process: audience and artists intertwined in the joining of music and civic engagement. You have been presented with a societal issue — hunger — and have responded with art.

    When someone asks the question, “Why Music for Food?,” I want to simply reply, “Why not?” When they say, “Why support Music for Food?,” I’m bound to answer, “How could you not?” The effect of a Music for Food concert should speak for itself, upheld by the culminating and continuously growing figure of the more than 80,000 meals that we have provided to date through partnerships with local hunger relief organizations. But for some, that’s not enough. Some ask, “Why not just donate directly to a food pantry?”

    Before reacting to the aforementioned question, I offer the disclaimer that I would never in any way want to discourage a person’s desire to donate to a food pantry. By all means, give and give generously. But when presented with an opportunity to support Music for Food, consider the implications. Sending a check directly to a food bank or clicking “Donate Now” is a singular action. Music for Food expands that action to create an infinite web that links all those involved. Audiences enable artists with a platform for social responsibility through music, thus raising awareness. In exchange for their musical offering, audiences donate to a designated pantry. The actions of both provide a service to the pantry, which in turn brings aid to those in need. Yet the process continues long after the final note of the evening has been sounded and the last dollar or can of food counted. Artists and audiences alike leave the concert hall knowing that they have made a difference. But it’s more than a good feeling: those who truly understand the impact of their participation are inspired to become advocates, spreading the word to colleagues and friends, some even establishing Music for Food projects in their own neighborhoods. Conservatory students who perform alongside faculty and internationally acclaimed artists share what they have learned through Music for Food educational programs, instilling in high school and middle school students the concept of music as a means for change. Other young artists go directly to those in need and perform on outreach concerts at food pantries.

    It’s a never-ending cycle that thrives on the support and participation of the people around it. It’s the epitome of giving that keeps on giving and giving that gives back. It takes more than writing a check to a food pantry. It’s an investment that builds a community amongst communities: Music for Food.