The Billingsley School of Music & Arts

A nonprofit organization

$6,625 raised by 50 donors

100% complete

$1,400 Goal

The Billingsley School of Music & Arts is a nonprofit providing access to the youth of Minneapolis.

Help Us Raise $1,400 to give a student a year's worth of FREE Music & Arts Instruction. Access Changes Lives! Changed lives change cities. 

BSOMA empowers youth in Minneapolis with a transformative, high quality, and urban music education experience that develops the behaviors and artistic skills needed for a successful life and artistic career. 

We Believe...

1.) Every student should have access to a high quality arts education. 

2.) Every student is precious, cared for, valued, and loved. 

How The Arts Changed My Life

  • My parents invested $15k in private piano lessons from ages 6-14. I made $60k as a child performer.  I have now accumulated over $500k worth of earnings from being a musician and educator. 
  • It helped me become a high achiever with great work ethic, critical thinking skills and creative capacities that help me in every area of life. 
  • I always had higher grades and better test scores than average because of my persistent involvement in the arts.
  • It helped me develop good time management skills, self-expression, creativity, an open mind, critical thinking and listening skills. 
  • It afforded me the opportunity to see the world and play music with the best artists in the world. 

How The Arts Change Other's Lives

  • Be inspired to dream and perform by professional musicians and artists from across the Twin Cities Metro
  • Excellent high school & college preparation
  • Improves grades and standardized test scores
  • Major performance opportunities
  • Increases earning potential in adulthood
  • Mentoring and Life Skills Development                                                  

"Keyboarding, Visual Art, Bucket Drumming, and Performing Arts were taught giving our scholars the opportunity to create original content. BSOMA also created opportunities to perform before thousands of people in external community performances; an experience our scholars would not have had." - Dr. B. Chavez Russell | Executive Director - Friendship Academy

“My son is truly inspired by your drum teacher and wants to be like him one day. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!!!” - Ria Tidwell Moore 

“We ALL need to start taking care of each other. This man is doing great work and taking care of the kids. That’s what it’s all about! Please, check this out.” - Sandee Jean

“Thank you for walking in your purpose. You have been a blessing to our family and we are grateful.” – Devrae Gilreath Hudson

"BSOMA has been a gift to our family. We are thrilled at the growth we have seen in our daughter during her time there. They see your strengths and areas for growth and then tailor the work to meet your specific needs. She has recorded, performed in front of 1,200 people at the Ordway, and went on a college visit with BSOMA. We look forward to hear continued growth." - Allison Breininger 

Since 2017 we have served 1000s of students across the Twin Cities Metro Area. 

Help us continue to impact and change the lives of even more students in Minneapolis. 

Donate Today! 

In Arts,

David Billingsley

BSOMA Founder | Executive Director

  Watch BSOMA giving arts access live & firsthand! Access Changing Lives.

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Organization name

The Billingsley School of Music & Arts

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Arts & Culture Education Children & Family


2400 N 2nd St. Suite 402
Minneapolis, MN 55317



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