One in every 14 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison. These children are 70% more likely than other children and youth to be involved in juvenile or adult corrections themselves.


Children who participate in music have a dropout rate 5x lower as compared with their peers and are 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree.


As children succeed our communities will become safer, our culture will be preserved and uplifted, and our tax dollars will be redirected from incarcerating people to building a better society. The average cost of child incarceration: $148k/ year/ child.

Music transforms children’s lives, placing them on a course towards success.

SWAN students learn to be disciplined, to work as a team, and to develop confidence. Through ensemble training children experience the power and joy of creating music together. They develop positive group identities and skills which help them excel in school and beyond.

Serving the community through performances enables students to experience the joy of giving and the value of caring for others. It encourages them to make positive life choices and to impact their communities for good.

We are supported mainly through individuals and foundations. Your dollars provide instruments and qualified music teachers who can offer life-changing intervention for at-risk children thus improving their lives, our communities, economy, and culture.

“I can sing without being judged.”

Omar, World Music Ensemble 2016



Latest News

Summer Donations Doubled
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Our “Funds for Fall” Fundraising Campaign has received a matching gift of $5,000. That means every dollar you donate will be matched up to $5k. But there’s even more good news! Our matching donor is willing to double your donations … Read More

A Special Visitor at Camp
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Officer Steele from the Lancaster Police Department dropped in during SWAN’s 2nd week of Music Camp.  The children were delighted! They enjoyed showing her what they’ve been learning and had her join in on the action. They moved her to tears as they sang for … Read More

Happy Campers – week one
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Our first week of music camp began on June 25 with many eager children and a few timid ones too.  The students rotated each day between three workshops: percussion/ukulele, group singing, and movement. Here’s what some of the children had to say: “I … Read More