Ukulele Kids Club (UKC) Fact Sheet
- The UKC was founded in 2013 by Corey and Edda Bergman. Corey is a musician with a lifelong love of stringed instruments. The organization was founded as a tribute to Corey’s son, Jared, who passed away from a viral infection at the age of 20 in 2010.
- UKC Vision: Transforming lives through music
- UKC Mission: We harness the power of music to improve the well-being of children and families around the world. Through ukuleles and music therapy, we give the gift of music for life.
- As of 2019, the UKC has donated more than 8,500 ukuleles to music therapists and others who directly serve children, primarily in children’s hospitals
- The UKC supports music-therapy programs in more than 250 hospitals in the U.S. and internationally. The full list of hospitals is located here:
- The UKC operates in several countries outside the U.S.: Canada, France, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and the United Kingdom
- In August, 2018, the UKC announced its first scholarship program, the Jared Bergman Fellowship in Music Therapy, providing $10,000 in funding for a music therapy fellow, to be implemented at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.
- Music therapy is “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” – American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005
- In November, 2017, six ukuleles created and donated by world-famous luthiers sold at auction for $100,000, with proceeds going to UKC
- The UKC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, based in Lakeland, Fla.
- Ukulele Kids Club Inc. is the recipient of the 2016 TEDx Coconut Grove 2016 Hope Award
- The UKC is the creator of the UKC Resource Portal, an online resource featuring innovative tools and resources for music therapists and music therapy students.
- The ukulele is a four-stringed instrument, similar in form to a guitar, that made its first appearance in the Hawaiian islands in the 19th century. Its size and simplicity make it ideally suited for children and music novices.
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