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The Convictions of Our Founders. The Rhythm of Our Roots.

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Our Vision

We envision a future where all young people have access to the joy and opportunities made possible by the transformational power of music.

Our Mission

To empower youth and emerging musicians from historically marginalized communities throughout the DC metropolitan region and beyond by providing free music education and enrichment programs that build skills and amplify talents, resulting in positive life-changing outcomes.

How We Started

The MusicianShip was founded in October of 2009 by Jeffery Tribble Jr. and Gregory Grainger in the memory of co-founder and visionary, Dianne Nichol Grainger. As a celebrated percussionist and devoted music educator, Dianne noticed a stark lack of music education in primary and secondary schools. Inspired to bridge this gap, Dianne, her father Gregory, and her colleague Jeffery envisioned The MusicianShip. Unfortunately for all, Dianne died in a tragic accident before she could see her dream come to life. The MusicianShip was born in her memory, embodying her passion and commitment to music education.

Today, The MusicianShip continues to transform lives through music, standing as a tribute to Dianne's enduring spirit and vision.

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Our Impact
“Today, we leverage 70,000+ people to serve nearly 1,200 youth. We hope you’ll join us.”
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Eric Liley

Executive Director and CEO

J.E. Green

Director of Community Engagement

Aniyah Watkins

Education & Community Programs Manager

Dana Nearing

Operations Manager

La’Vonne Bailey

Education & Artistic Development Specialist
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Eaton DC
Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation
Meridian Public Charter School
Black Broadway in Washington D.C. (Briana A. Thomas)
Lee’s Flower Shop
CityFirst Bank
Levine Music School
Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center
Sankofa Beer Company
D’Addario Foundation
Songbyrd Music House
District Bridges
Right Proper Brewing Company
DC Department of Parks and Recreation
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
DC Strings
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DC Vote
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