Music Changing Lives, (MCL) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing music, art and tutoring programs in America’s public schools and community centers, while raising awareness about the importance of enrichment programs as part of each child’s comprehensive education and lifestyle.
We believe music and art are fundamental components of human culture and behavior. Many students living in the underserved communities have little or no access to the arts due to the reduction in funding. The knowledge of the arts is very important to know because it is a great means of self-expression. It also helps students in the future to understand people in a different way. There is a dire need to empower minority and low-income youth through arts education by going beyond an integrated classroom approach.
MCL began in 1998 when CEO and Founder, Josiah Bruny, created a studio in his own home in Moreno Valley, CA where he could teach young musicians how to record and own the copyright for their own music. After working for some of the greatest stars in the music industry such as Master P and Ice Cube, and learning the “ins and outs” of the business.
Bruny was determined to open the way for the independent artists within our communities. He pulled youth who were at-risk of dropping out of school and exposed to gang violence, drugs, and crime off the streets and taught them how to record and copyright their own music, offering those students pathways to entrepreneurial success. These students were able to flip their lives and become wonderful independent successful leaders of our nation.
Mr. Bruny offered this in addition to providing opportunities for developing emotional maturity through the creative arts. What started as a one-room studio inside Josiah’s home garage has today grown into a robust afterschool program serving more than 300 children and youth in 3 community centers and 4 schools throughout Riverside and San Bernardino county.
CEO Josiah Bruny received a Resolution that the Legislature herby proclaims the month of May 2019 to be Music Changing Lives Month.
President George H. W. Bush created the "Daily Point of Light Award" in 1989 to recognize ordinary Americans from all walks of life taking direct and consequential voluntary action in their communities to solve serious social problems. Music Changing Lives was a recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award presented by Points of Light, in February 2012 for our efforts through the Changing Lives Showcase in collaboration with MVUSD.
CEO Josiah Bruny has received Proclamations honoring his efforts of service through Music Changing Lives for three years in a row from the City of Redlands 2009-2011.
Also in 2011, Josiah Bruny was awarded Executive Director of the Year from the Community Foundation and in 2012 he was awarded the ‘Spirit of Entrepreneurship’ under the category of Social Entrepreneurship by Cal State University San Bernardino.
Additionally, MCL has also received high praise from Congresswoman Marry Bono Mack - “I was pleased to learn of Music Changing Lives’ efforts to expand its program of arts education, which is of real value to the student population within the 45th Congressional District. I commend you for your good work.”