What M-T-R does
M-T-R underwrites attendance at musical performances so foster and displaced children can experience all genres of music. Where possible we also offer the added bonus of meeting the musicians after the concert!
There are countless pathways for teaching music, however, the costs often prohibit foster children from participating. M-T-R pays fees ranging from after school programs to summer camps to group lessons
Music therapy is often prescribed to address trauma – especially chronic trauma which many foster and displaced children endure daily. M-T-R helps offsets the costs so these children can receive the care they need
Forty-five years ago, when our founder was one of 15 children in a group home, a rock band invited all the children in the facility to attend their show.
Afterwards they ushered the children backstage to meet the musicians and for one brief moment, the kids were the band's special guests. For one shining second they weren’t "foster children" at all but rather featured attendees.
Despite the ravages of foster care, broken placements, lost families and constant threat of physical/emotional abuse, this tiny act of kindness combined with the HEALING properties of music, profoundly reconnected the children back to themselves and all that is good in humanity.
It exposed them to the sacred within and they beamed on the bus ride back to the residential facility, humming the music and dreaming of being a PART rather than APART.
Upcoming Loreena McKennit performances - 79 children sponsored on a goal of 120
Upcoming performances at the St. Louis FOX - 48 children on a goal of 100 children
Build out permanent music therapy facility with FACC of St. Louis to offer services to 6500 foster families in the region
Children who have been profoundly touched by the gift of Music that RECLAIMs
Our board of directors
Interested in volunteering? Select cities have openings and need help identifying venues, upcoming performances, local education options, resident accredited music therapists etc. etc. If you would like to assist, please complete our CONTACT US section and let us know the best way to reach you.
News and Upcoming events
Music that Reclaims and St. Louis’ Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition launched a new partnership with the Muny on June 26th! On our very first outing, we jointly hosted 29 foster children and their foster families to an exciting evening “under the Sea”! In addition to the bedazzling performance, the children enjoyed a very special Read more about M-T-R, F.A.C.C. and the Muny host foster children for an evening under the Sea![…]
It was a “roaring” big time for our foster children at the opening night of Lion King. Four families and their amazing children witnessed dancing wildlife, blazing horizons and memorable songs in the world’s #1 musical. One of the foster mom’s captured the experience best when she said… “The girls and I, had an AWESOME Read more about M-T-R and FACC bring another Fabulous Fox experience to our foster youth[…]
It was a magical couple of evenings in Texas last week as Music that RECLAIMs hosted 20 foster children at two separate concerts in Houston and Dallas. One little girl was so inspired by the event, she told her foster father she would like voice lessons “so that she could learn to sing as pretty Read more about M-T-R hosts foster children to Loreena McKennitt concerts in Texas[…]
Music that RECLAIMs with the help of the Fabulous Fox, MetroTix and the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition are bringing music theater to St. Louis’ foster children. This outreach is designed specifically to bring the inspiration of music to the local area’s children who may be temporarily or permanently separated from their families. The Read more about Music that RECLAIMs teams up with the Fabulous FOX, MetroTix and Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition[…]
Music that RECLAIMs is delighted to announce Loreena McKennitt’s Spring tour. Ms. McKennitt, a pioneer in the music industry, established her independent label Quinlan Road long before iTunes, Spotify, Pandora etc left their mark on music distribution. In a recording career spanning more than three decades, Ms. McKennitt’s ‘eclectic Celtic’ music has received critical acclaim Read more about Loreena McKennitt announces Spring tour[…]