How Your Support Helps
Tuition and ticket sales cover only 75% of our operating budget. We rely on your generosity to keep tuition affordable, and in turn provide community services such as early childhood music education, school outreach, and financial assistance to families in need. Read more about these programs below.
- Tuition 48%
- Donations 26%
- Ticket Sales 18%
- Grants / Public Assistance / Corporate Sponsorships 8%
Starfish Connection Partnership
YAP is honored to partner with the Starfish Connection, a comprehensive program that identifies high potential children from high risk socio-economic groups in the 3rd grade, and provides mentoring, advocacy, educational support, enrichment, and extracurricular activities throughout their elementary, middle and high school years. Offering an Instrument Petting Zoo to students who are ready to select a musical instrument for study, YAP hopes to ignite a spark in each student for the particular instrument of their choosing, and asks advanced YAP students to demonstrate the instruments in a ‘hands-on’ demonstration.
Instrument Petting Zoo
YAP’s Instrument Petting Zoo program is a central part of its community outreach. These seminars provide children with what is usually their first interaction with a stringed instrument. The kids get the chance not only to see and hear, but to touch and learn. YAP teaching artists reach over 500 children a year through these Instrument Petting Zoos, at organizations such as the Childcare Learning Centers (CLC), Starfish Connection, and local Fairfield County schools.
We believe that no child should be denied admission to the Young Artists Philharmonic because of an inability to pay. To this end, financial assistance is available for scholarships. In the 2016/17 season, over $14,000 in assistance enabled 19 students to enroll in YAP at reduced or in some cases tuition free rates. Please consider donating to support our scholarship program, which will in turn bring the joy of music to even more young students.