Now in its 5th year, Music Inspires is the VYOA’s community engagement program committed to eliminating access barriers to students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Partnership with area 21C-funded after-school programs is at the very heart of the program. Music Inspires provides group lessons, coachings, instruments, school-day performances, and materials at no cost to students and their families or their schools. In the 2015-16 season, 94 students received 108 hours of group instruction. The VYOA has received National Endowment for the Arts funding in recognition of the impact that Music Inspires has on the community. We are also grateful to People’s United Bank for their ongoing support of Music Inspires.