Read more about this work and our Theory of Change at our PHILOSOPHY page.
MVM Studios is our full recording studio and performance space in SE Portland that is open to the public where music classes, rock camps and recording sessions take place.
Play it Forward Scholarships provide free programs for youth in Foster Care, living in treatment centers and rehabilitation programs. How? When you pay full tuition, you also pay for a student who needs financial assistance to attend.
Outreach Programs bring all the instruments and instruction to schools, youth centers to run songwriting based music workshops.
During this process of songwriting, rehearsals and performance, these youth, who were days earlier fighting one another, were getting along. Incidents of violence and major interventions decreased dramatically. Ian was hired to do this work for several years within the agency he worked. In 2008, Ian and a small group of individuals formed My Voice Music in order to bring this remarkable opportunity to youth who would not have it any other way. MVM now serves over 2,000 youth each year!
Read more at our HISTORY page.
MVM has been recognized for having “greatly contributed to bringing music back into the lives of the next generation…fostering personal, social, creative and intellectual development…and transforming marginalized youth.” by the City of Portland
My Voice Music’s music programs, and consequently our leadership, have been honored both locally and nationally with several awards. MVM students, parents, partner schools, and treatment centers who have been touched by My Voice Music also have lots to say about the impact of our programs.
You can watch videos, read testimonials and learn about My Voice Music through the perspective of youth, parents, and institutions at our RECOGNITION page.
This is music made by kids but is not kid music…This is potent, passionate, and personal…this is raw and real and happening right now in our own backyard…This is My Voice Music.” – Matthew Bernstein, Oregon Music News
Read interviews with music magazines, watch local news segments and listen to radio interviews such as on OPB’s Think Out Loud, at our PRESS page.