Musicians, Austin nonprofits need you to volunteer

music therapy

If you’re a musician feeling inspired to perform after SXSW Music, know there are plenty of opportunities for you to perform for good.

Music is therapeutic. It taps into our emotions and memories, improves our attention skills, and can connect us to the people around us. People with emotional, intellectual and even physical challenges can benefit greatly from your performance. Great things can happen when you perform in front of a new audience. Consider lending your performance to people who can really benefit from it.

NOTE: As most of these opportunities put you in direct contact with clients, you will have to complete a volunteer application. Some will require a background check and maybe some training, but once you’re in, you can sign up to volunteer whenever and however much you like! Don’t let the applications stop you.

Austin Travis County Integral Care – Austin Travis County Integral Care’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals living with mental health and cognitive challenges. The LEAP program (Leisure Education and Art Program) is a very creative experiential tool for recovery using art, movement dance and more. ATCIC is looking musicians (and professional or amateur story tellers, fitness leaders, hobbiest and recreation facilitators, in fact) to lead this new modality for recovery in one or more residential programs serving adults with behavioral health or intellectual and developmental disorders. Contact Tommie Calfee, Volunteer & Internship Coordinator at 512-440-4036 or via email at

AGE of Central Texas – AGE is seeking musicians, singers, and dancers of all ages to come and entertain our seniors! Their Adult Day Health Care Centers in Austin and Round Rock  offer seniors a safe vibrant, social environment to to engage their mind and body. It can also give you an opportunity to practice your performance and share your talent with an appreciative audience. Performers from virtually all disciplines, and backgrounds, with any skill level are encouraged to inquire. Learn more about volunteering here.

Meals on Wheels and More: Current need is for musicians to lead a 40 minute sing along session once or twice a month in “Mike’s Place”, a respite program of Meals on Wheels and More that offers support to individuals, families and caregivers dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease, memory loss and dementia.

The program meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30am-1:30pm. During this time caregivers can bring their loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease, memory loss or dementia to us for a fun program of activities including games, art, music, exercise, presentations by outside groups and a nutritious lunch. We are looking for caring volunteers who would like to join the fun at Mike’s Place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We have a wonderful time and our program and volunteers make an important difference in the lives of families and individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease, memory loss and dementia. Learn more about volunteering here.


SWAN – SWAN’s mission is to help break the cycle of crime for children who have one or both parents with a history of incarceration by providing free private music lessons, ensemble training, and performance opportunities. We are looking for musicians to give private lessons in guitar, drum set, alto saxophone, clarinet, and keyboard.

 “Explaining to Betty How the Harp Works” Photo by Ann under CC by 2.0
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