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Working to change our community since 1998.

Music Changing Lives (MCL) started as an epiphany in 1998, with the ultimate goal to teach budding artists how to own their intellectual properties in music. In 2006, Josiah Bruny, founder and CEO, purchased a home in Moreno Valley to test the concept. It worked!

In 2008, Music Changing Lives built the Inland Empire’s first production and art studio by renovating a locker room inside the Redlands Community Center, in collaboration with the City of Redlands.

Today, we are housed in three community centers and six school sites, and offer more than just music programs. No matter the program or location, however, the MCL experience remains the same.

We focus on teaching youth the skills they need to succeed and thrive in school and in the entertainment industry.

When our children and teens thrive, it positively impacts every one of us - in our homes, schools, communities, and workplaces.

2003

Music Changing Lives registers as a 501(c)3 organization. 

2017

Music Changing Lives receives Mayoral Proclamation recognition from the City of Moreno Valley for National Lights on Afterschool.

2021

In 2021, Music Changing Lives began to adapt to a new normal.

2008

Music Changing Lives moves from a home-based program and into the Redlands Community Center to offer its afterschool services. 

2018

Music Changing Lives celebrates their 20th anniversary with First 5 San Bernardino. 

 

Music Changing Lives receives the Outstanding Community Service Award, presented by Western Riverside Council of Governments, and the Milestone Award, presented by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

 

Also receive Mayoral Proclamation recognition from the City of Redlands for National Lights on Afterschool.

2022

In 2022, MCL celebrated so many firsts. The biggest on being the opening of the

2011

Music Changing Lives launches the Changing Lives Showcase (CLS). Each year, hundreds of youth use this program to develop artistic skills while performing in front of their parents, peers, and celebrity guest judges.

 

Josiah Bruny is awarded Executive Director of the Year from The Community Foundation

2019

Music Changing Lives receives the Inland Empire Impact Award for Nonprofit Champion of the Year, and the 30 under 30 award presented by assembly member Eloise Reyes Gomez.

 

Josiah Bruny receives a resolution that the month of May be recognized as Music Changing Lives month.

Music Changing Lives collaborates with Studios 4 Kids and the Alynettework, based in Sacramento, to expand our services.

2023

This year was a milestone one with the celebration of MCL’s 25th Anniversary. In 2023, we opened a satellite office in the Beautiful Studio D in downtown San Bernardino.

2012

Music Changing Lives  receives Daily Point of Light Award, presented by Points of Light, in February 2012 for our efforts through the Changing Lives Showcase in collaboration with Moreno Valley Unified School District.

 

Josiah Bruny is awarded the ‘Spirit of Entrepreneurship’ under the category of Social Entrepreneurship by Cal State University, San Bernardino.

2020

The year 2020, was a pivotal one for MCL as it was for the world. Many of our programs stopped due to the shut down and MCL had , We moved operations online and created new ones to adapt to the current needs of our community.

Thank you to our partners, sponsors, community members, and all those who have supported us throughout our journey. 

With the help of our partners, Music Changing Lives has been able to continue growing and making a significant impact in the communities we serve. Below are some of the projects we were able to accomplish with the massive support of our cities, school districts, and sponsors.

2019

The City of Riverside provides building space at the Youth Innovation Center for our after school programs. Wells Fargo Bank provides volunteers for our Clean Up event in San Bernardino County.

2016

Music Changing Lives collaborates with the Redlands Police Department to hold a backpack drive.

2013

Wells Fargo Bank helps us start our financial literacy workshops with our students, embedded into the curriculum of our enrichment programs

2012

Music Changing Lives collaborates with the United Way of the Inland Valley to launch what is today known as the Changing Lives Showcase. We also partnered with Chill Sacramento to launch Compassionate San Bernardino.

With the help of the University of California, Riverside and the University of Redlands, Music Changing Lives provides college students with volunteer experience, internships, and staff positions to help our programs thrive.

Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) provides building space and funding for our after school programs.

2010

Music Changing Lives collaborates with the Inland Empire United Way to paint the community center computer lab for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. With the help of the Ontario Mills mall, we were also able to start our Random Act of Kindness Toy Drive.

2008

The City of Redlands provides building space at the Redlands Community Center to hold our after school programs.

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