About UKC

The Ukulele Kids Club (UKC) is an international, nonprofit organization based in Lakeland, Florida. The UKC was founded in 2013 by Corey and Edda Bergman as a tribute to Jared Bergman. Since its founding, the UKC has directly supported the health care of nearly 10,000 children through music, music therapy and donations of its signature instrument. The UKC works with more than 250 hospital-based music therapy programs in the U.S. and internationally, including Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. A leading advocate of music therapy, the UKC also supports training and education through clinical fellowships. The UKC is a gold-level GuideStar participant; its website is www.theukc.org.

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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