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Groundwork's Mission is to provide free and low cost music education programs to young students and families who could not otherwise afford it.

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IRS EIN: 55-0881517
Website: http://groundworkmusic.org
Email: neal@groundworkmusic.org
Phone Number: 512-669-2028
Address: 4201 Wilshire Pkwy
Austin, TX 78722
In the last three years Groundwork has tripled our services to include 7 elementary schools, 6 preschool campuses, and 1 high school.
Last year Groundwork embarked on a partnership with ACE after school to provide enrichment activities for economically disadvantaged schools.
In 2016 Groundwork began a music training program for pre-school instructors and parents enabling them to share musical knowledge with the young children in their care.
The summer of 2016 Groundwork also began a ukulele summer camp program, offering an artistic outlet and performance opportunity for many children who would not normally have access to summer programs.
Groundwork offers scholarships, discounted lessons, and free instruments to those who qualify.

With our specially trained (and paid!) teachers and unique training methods, students as young as four are learning to play ukulele and having fun doing it! We will have a number of great live events with our students in the upcoming seasons!

High School: Travis Heights
Elementary Schools: Palm, Maplewood, Blackshear, Brentwood, Sunset Valley, Promiseland, and Spilled Milk Social Club.
Preschools: Trinity, Little Folks, Promiseland, Jump Gymnastics, Parmer, and Martin House.

Impact Statement

Your donations not only provide scholarships for many of our summer school students, but they help support top quality music programs in 6 Austin area preschools, 7 AISD elementary schools, and 1 high school, along with year round stage performances at which Groundwork students can showcase their skills.

Needs Statement

Three hundred dollars covers the cost of a month of weekly classes for one of our preschool classrooms. Four hundred dollars covers the same for a month of programming to our elementary students.

Our goal of $6,000 in Amplify Austin donations (in combination with other funds) will help us provide services at 8 AISD elementary schools, 5 Austin area preschools, as well as stage performances (with students and professional musicians playing together).

With your help, our students will learn indelible musical skills over the course of the year's programming; from learning to carry a tune and keep a beat, to instrument play and song writing.
"It is amazing to us that the Groundwork teachers really know our children...they have a close relationship with all of the children, calling them by name and knowing what songs each child likes or special needs each child requires."
Gloria Neunaber- Trinity Child Development Center

"The Groundwork teachers bring joy and beauty to the children they serve and to the childcare center staff"
Margot Ritchie- Arts and Fitness Program for Young Children


"I recently joined the Groundwork board, and have been excitedly telling folks about it. Groundwork's founder (we call him Mr. Neal) was my daughter's preschool music teacher. Now even though she's in college, we keep up with Mr. Neal, who has founded this great organization."
Debra Haas

Match Amount

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division provides half the cost of Groundwork's project budget for a variety of public events and educational opportunities. We are well on our way to matching the $22,500 coming from the City of Austin offices. Help us meet the full match, with the roughly 15% remaining.