At Rawkstars, we see access to music as a basic human right, akin to clean drinking water, public education, and quality health care. No matter who you are, you deserve the opportunity to rawk!

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Join Our Rawk Family

Rawkstars has been empowering kids in New England through free musical opportunities since 2003. Music is a powerful force on its own, but the real magic is in the lasting life skills it develops.

When you take music lessons through Rawkstars, you aren’t just learning how to play some notes. You’re joining a family.

You’ll meet other Rawkstars students, have opportunities to perform together, and be cheered on by the Rawkstars Fan Club—our group of close-knit donors who love nothing more than helping kids rawk.

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Rawkstars serve kids and youth of all backgrounds, family situations, and income levels. We believe that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not—and it’s our passion and our privilege to share that opportunity with as many kids and young adults as possible.

We’re proud to serve students…

  • Residing in Massachusetts or Rhode Island
  • Of all genders
  • Of nearly all ages, ranging from 7 to 18+
  • Having all kinds of musical backgrounds and experience levels, from absolute beginners to self-taught players to formally trained students

Rawkstars students receive full scholarships and pay nothing. We partner with local music shops so kids can take lessons at a convenient location on their own schedule.

Attendance, passion, and ongoing communication are the only requirements!

What We Offer (for Free!)

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Tell us what instrument you want to play and we’ll provide one.

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Take free lessons at a music shop in your area, on your schedule.

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Experience the power of music to process emotions and work through challenges.

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Get a taste of the studio life! Our team can help provide access and guidance in a real studio setting.

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Master those butterflies and feel the thrill of performing in front of a live audience made up of Rawkstars Fan Club members and the public.

Meet Our Rawk Students


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I or my child apply?

It’s easy! Please fill out the contact form below to get in touch. We’ll respond to your inquiry with 2–3 business days to provide next steps.

Where do you offer lessons?

We partner with music shops throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island so that students can take lessons at a location that’s convenient to them. Once a student is accepted, we will work directly with the family to arrange the best location.

Why does Rawkstars provide this service?

It’s simple: because we believe music is a human right. Every child who wants to have a musical education should be able to, regardless of their life circumstances. From our founder JJ to our many amazing Fan Club members, the Rawkstars community understands the power of music, and we want to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to experience this life-changing growth for themselves.

My child is a current student. How can I help support Rawkstars?

We’d love for you to spread the word! Invite your friends to Rawkstars performances, share our stories on social media, and send more families our way. And of course, the best support of all is the encouragement and love you give to your kid as they come with us on this musical journey. Thank you for being a part of our story and letting us work with your awesome child!

Have other questions? Please contact us at any time!

Let us know about a worthy Rawkstars Student

Thanks for your interest! Please fill out this form, and we’ll get back to you soon.  We’re a small nonprofit, so it may take a few days or more 😉

While we seek to support as many students as possible, our funding is limited and not every inquiry can move forward at the time of its submission. We appreciate your understanding.