Support Roots Music Education in Charlottesville

Reflecting on a year of milestones, it is clear… we are onto something big. Every day I see more evidence that The Front Porch is addressing a very real need in central Virginia.

Examples abound: the moment students took the stage at Tomtoberfest, playing bluegrass and old time standards as well as their own originals alongside Front Porch instructors. A young man emerging as a creative force in our songwriting community after years of hospitalization and isolation due to a head injury. The faces of children lighting up during music workshops at the Boys and Girls Club this summer. A girl who always dreamed of playing the cello but wasn’t able to due to financial constraints, beginning lessons this fall. Just yesterday, I ran into one of the children who attended our Mindful Musicians summer camp. She hugged me and exclaimed, “I miss The Front Porch! When can I come back?” “Today!” was my immediate reply. Everyone is welcome at The Front Porch – today, and every day.

The welcoming spirit of The Front Porch is reaching more people than ever. Through thriving partnerships with other non-profits (James Monroe’s Highland, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia, International Neighbors, the Virginia Folklife Program, and the Prism Coffeehouse); through a burgeoning listening room performance series that includes musicians from Siberia, the Czech Republic, and Malawi, as well as hometown favorites and national icons; through family square dances, singalongs, and picking jams; and through our weekly lessons and classes, our impact over the past two years has been enormous.

Just this week, we crossed a major threshold by doubling the number of music students registered for classes from this past spring! We now serve more than 140 students each week, with 23 teaching artists offering our most diverse array of course offerings to date. And in September, we celebrated The Front Porch’s compelling story, as I was honored to receive one of the 2017 Founding Cville Awards from the Tom Tom Foundation, recognizing contemporary founders shaping the future of Charlottesville.

We are proving the concept of The Front Porch every day … and we are just getting started. Our dreams are big – we aim to triple our scholarship funding, expand our collaborations and partnerships into local schools, and improve our facility’s studios and community spaces. To make this happen, we need your help now more than ever. Please show your support by contributing to The Front Porch Annual Fund today. By December 31, our goal is to raise $50,000 in support of our work serving the Charlottesville community through music and arts education. Through your gift, The Front Porch can continue its remarkable journey, serving as a creative hub for community arts education and cultural celebration in the region and across Virginia.

Warm Regards,

Emily Robey Morrison
Executive Director

Front Porch Membership Levels

Porch Picker
$25 – $99 helps fill the gap between tuition and the real cost of lessons.

Weekly Jammer
$100 – $249 helps provide an instrument to a student who couldn’t otherwise afford to buy or rent one.

House Band
$250 – $499 covers the cost of 2 – 4 students to participate in our folk music and dance program for refugee children.

Festival Fave
$500 – $999 enables us to provide financial aid for 1-2 Front Porch students for the year.

Hall of Famer
$1000 – $2499 helps cover the cost of bringing a national touring act to the Front Porch for master classes and performance.

$2500 – $4999 enables us to spearhead partnerships with local public schools and community centers to broaden our capacity for outreach.

Founder’s Circle 
$5,000+ helps us create and sustain our vision for the Front Porch to be a vital and lasting provider of arts education in Charlottesville.