Today’s Future Sound Highlights 2021 and Fundraising

Here at Today’s Future Sound, all of our programs aim to provide students with the unique opportunity to create original compositions, culminating in a final album and performances within their schools and communities.

In 2021 alone, our teaching artists have worked with over 3000 youth.

Our flagship program, Beats4Lunch brings music instructors into schools during lunch hour, providing small group and one-on-one instruction on beat making and music production.

Our FutureSounds Program is both an in and after-school beat making workshop that is available on school grounds and within the community, at community centers, concerts, and events. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have pioneered virtual online beat-making workshops for students. 

A recent 2019 report by the World Health Organization showed that arts promote health and well-being, prevention of illness, and play a significant role in treatment and management of illness throughout the lifespan. Our model is grounded in most current neurophysiological and developmental research, and endorsed by the leading world experts in trauma and mental health.

Our Therapeutic Beat Making Program has now been piloted at several school sites and is actively being utilized in juvenile detention programs, and online virtually. This year we have further expanded our virtual juvenile hall programs and partnered up with Rhythmic Mind to continue to serve at risk youth in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, we have also been using this model with formerly homeless youth and transitioning families. We are devoted to continuing to do our best to advocate for economically disadvantaged communities.

Over the past decade, TFS has increased its presence in classrooms around the globe, making partnerships with community sites and schools from Australia to El Salvador. In 2021, I received a grant, along with my collaborator David Guardado (aka Dr. Muluk), from the U.S. Department of State’s Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund to bring a Therapeutic Beat Making (TBM) program, TEAMBeats Chile (TBC), to Chillán, Chile in January 2022. The project is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which invited U.S. citizen alumni of all U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs, to apply for funding for public service projects that addressed media literacy education, building community resilience, and fostering alumni network development. Read more about the project here.

We are close to hitting our 20k goal!!! Over the past year alone, Today’s Future Sound has taught beat making/music production and DJ’ing more than 15,000 youth across the globe and more than 5,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area/Oakland.


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