Support the Young@Heart!
When is it too late to learn something new? When are you too old to sing the music of The Clash, James Brown, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, and Lou Reed?
If you’ve ever seen the Young@Heart Chorus, you know the answer is NEVER.
Young@Heart is the internationally acclaimed senior citizen chorus, based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Our performances have inspired audiences worldwide for more than thirty years. We were the subjects of the award-winning Fox Searchlight film Young@Heart.
- Provide free twice-weekly full ensemble open rehearsals.
- Foster a positive image of aging with 25-30 local, national, and international performances annually.
- Launch our “Prison Project” presenting free rehearsals and concerts with the incarcerated.
- Present Y@H with nationally acclaimed youth performance groups in our new “Mash-Up” series.
- Perform one pro bono concert to benefit a local non-profit per year.
To donate now click here. Thank you for helping us make the next thirty years as exciting as the last.
Young At Heart Chorus Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Other Ways to Give - Planned Giving
If Y@H has opened your world, open a world of possibilities for the Y@H. By including the Young@Heart in your will or estate plans, you will be investing in enriching the lives of the elderly for generations to come. Your generous commitment ensures that Y@H's legacy, and your own, will be lasting. For further information or to discuss planned giving opportunities, please contact Director of Operations Mark Guglielmo, at 413-727-3470 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample bequest language: I bequeath _____% of my residuary estate (or $_____) to the Young At Heart Chorus, a not-for-profit 501c(3) charitable cultural organization, located in Florence, Massachusetts, for its ongoing music, performance, and outreach programs. (Federal Tax I.D. number: 04-2862189)
Y@H Programs Funded by Your Donations
The Young@Heart Prison Project
In 2008, Young@Heart made its first visit to perform at a local prison, arriving at Hampshire County Jail with no idea what would happen. The results were truly inspiring. Offering inmates a vision of joy, hope, and healing, through the universal language of music, Y@H exemplified it's never too late to do what you want, to a much overlooked and underserved population. With your support, Young@Heart is continuing this important work, visiting the Hampshire and Hampden County Houses of Correction once a week to rehearse new songs with a group of dedicated inmates. Weekly prison rehearsals began in October 2014 and will continue until June 2017. Every 6 months we will offer a free concert in each prison for the incarcerated and prison staff with guest inmate vocalists backed by Young@Heart.
Donate Now to fund this new pilot project. This program is also supported in part by The Janey Fund, The Beveridge Foundation, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Grace Jones Richardson Trust, The Davis Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Holyoke Cultural Council, Chicopee Cultural Council, Westfield Cultural Council, Northampton Arts Council, and over 400 individual donors on Kickstarter.
The Y@H Intergenerational Mash-Up Concert Series
Based on the tremendous success of our first “Intergenerational Mash-Up” in February 2013, Young@Heart, with your support, is planning an ongoing series of collaborative concerts pairing our chorus of 73-90 year olds with the best elementary, middle, and high school music groups in the world. The first “Mash-Up” featured Young@Heart with renowned Staten Island, New York-based, fifth grade singing group PS22 Chorus, and SciTech Band, a revered local 300-member high school ensemble. Tickets for this series of cultural, musical, and theatrical exchanges will be available to the general public, and to elderly groups through local senior centers, retirement homes, and assisted living facilities. Tickets will also be distributed free of charge to students at local urban and rural public schools. Thus the audience will mirror the performers on stage, young and old. Donate Now to fund this new project.
“If your faith in humanity is flagging, this is the perfect tonic.” –The Scotsman
“Deeply moving, sometimes hilarious, and always wonderful.” –David Byrne
“The floors will thud. The walls will shake. The innards of that old piano will take a licking they'll never forget. The Young@Heart Chorus is warming up.” –Irish Times
“The first note they sing you start weeping. I'm glad I'm wearing my robe because it's a giant handkerchief.” –Rachel Maddow
“The group is in constant competition with other old folks choirs such as the Eagles and the Rolling Stones.” –Jon Stewart
“I just heard Young@Heart’s version of our song ‘Modern Man’. Sounds amazing.” –Tim Kingsbury, Arcade Fire
“When I heard Young@Heart was doing Jefferson Airplane songs, I flipped. It doesn't get much better than this!” –Jorma Kaukonen, Jefferson Airplane