Volunteer Internship Programs for Music Lovers

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If you love music, there are great volunteer opportunities in every community to share your passion. You can start small — if you’re a musician, play for seniors or kids or at a hospital. Or you can start a new career in music and arts nonprofits by volunteering with a reputable organization such as those below. I discovered the joys of volunteering when I was 18 and now that I'm a mom, I'm sharing this joy with my child.

  • The American Folklife Center Learn about folkways from instruments and songs to ethnomusicology as you volunteer in the Archive of Folk Culture. The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is located in Washington, D.C.
  • Library of Congress (Preservation) There are several volunteer opportunities in preservation here, such as paper conservation, books, and photographs.
  • The Smithsonian Institution The world’s largest museum and research complex offers several volunteer programs behind the scenes or more people-oriented. They also have volunteer positions for teachers to conduct museum tours, demonstrations, etc. See their seasonal programming for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which is held on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and focuses on a different folk tradition each summer.
  • Musicians Without Borders This global charity uses music to further cultural understanding in war-torn regions. Connect with other musicians virtually, or raise awareness in your community.
  • Volunteer Match - Helps connect you to volunteer programs in your area based on your interest.
  • Do Something - Share great ideas on supporting the arts in our community and find volunteer opportunities in different fields with this social network for teens and young adults.