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Why Building Beats?

A run down of how we impact our communities

Why DJ and Music Education is Important

The Problem:

The youth in low-income areas
lack access to quality arts programming

Between 2006 and 2013, spending to hire arts and cultural organizations to provide educational services in NYC fell 47%.

High school students without arts programming had lower GPA's, lower college enrollment rates, and were three times less likely to receive a bachelor's degree.

Low-income neighborhoods have been hardest hit by recent reductions in arts education, as seen in the South Bronx and East Brooklyn.

Our Solution:


We teach kids to become music makers and entrepreneurs while aligning with New York State Board of Education standards in music.


We connect DJ's, music producers, artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives that want to give back to future generations.


We faciliate mentorship opportunities by pairing aspiring entrepreneurs with successful individuals in their field of interest.


We partner to fundraise, strengthen, and expand programs that align with our mission.

Our Impact:

by the numbers

Our workshops have impacted over 900 youth.

We've brought our workshop to over 27 unique sites.

We've held over 402 workshops since our founding.

We work in all 5 boroughs of New York City.

Research Links

Scientific Evidence

Music education is associated with gains in neural processing of speech. Read More

Student Performance

For youth of low socioeconomic backgrounds, high levels of arts engagement increases student performance and college enrollment rates. Read More

Arts Funding Decreased

Despite efforts to mandate arts education, it is among the first areas cut when budget decisions are made, resulting in low levels of spending on arts equipment, arts teachers, and partnerships with cultural and arts education organizations. Read More

Achievement Gap

The achievement gap in test scores and college enrollment between low-income youth and more affluent youth continues to widen. Read More

Social and Emotional Learning

Providing social and emotional learning has been shown to lessen the achievement gap between low income youth and more affluent youth. Read More

Impacting low income neighborhoods

New York's low income neighborhoods have been hardest hit by recent reductions in arts education. Read More