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Project Ahimsa Grant Delivers Digital Music Recording Equipment For Art In Action Charity Program for Bay Area Youth


Project Ahimsa seeks other grant opportunities, hosts first fundraiser of 2006 on May 19 in San Francisco

(SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2006) – Project Ahimsa, an internationally-recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of youth through music, announced today that it has made a grant to Art in Action to buy digital recording equipment for its programs for Bay Area youth.

Founded in 2001, Oakland-based Art in Action ( brings arts-based tools for personal and social empowerment to an ethnically and socio-economically diverse group of young people in the Bay Area. Its main program is an annual 10-day summer session of training in music, hip-hop, dance, theater, song, spoken word and visual arts, along with workshops on personal empowerment and community and global issues. The young people use what they learn to create dance and music for an original theater production. Project Ahimsa’s grant will enable Art in Action to record the music and spoken word compositions the students create.

In the past two years, Art in Action has expanded its programs to include year round activities that continue to engage graduates of the summer programs. These activities include music performances, workshops and support for youth-organized social justice campaigns.

This grant is Project Ahimsa’s third donation to a Bay Area music education organization. It currently supports music programs offered by Loco Bloco, a performing arts program for young people based in San Francisco’s multi-ethnic Mission District; and Sisterz of the Underground, a unique hip-hop collective that provides enrichment, education and creative outlets for young women living in low-income areas across the Bay Area.

Through its grants and instrument donations, Project Ahimsa provides music education for children in poor and under-served areas around the world, particularly in areas affected by violence. Project Ahimsa’s goal is to promote non-violence, cultural exchange and the healing power of music to improve the lives of at-risk and impoverished children. In Sanskrit, “Ahimsa” means “non-violence.”

Project Ahimsa is always seeking opportunities to make grants to youth-focused registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and NGOs that want to add music education to their programs or need support for existing music programs.

Project Ahimsa will host a fundraiser on May 19 at San Francisco’s 111 Minna Gallery, a unique venue where original art graces the walls and beautiful music stirs the soul. The event – peace & RIOT! – will feature ethnic electronica (Breakbeat, Drum & Bass, Asian Underground) from Nerm of the UK’s Shiva Soundsystem collective, along with San Francisco’s own godfather of world music, DJ Cheb-i-Sabbah. Also on hand will be Deejay Bella (Vishwa Music), Oakland’s first lady of Reggae, Breakbeat and Hip-Hop. Tickets can be purchased at

About Project Ahimsa

Project Ahimsa is a global effort to empower youth through music, with offices in San Francisco and Tampa, Florida. Since its inception in 2001, it has reached nearly 10,000 children around the globe through music education grants and musical instrument donations.

The organization, inspired by the teachings of non-violence and cross-cultural understanding of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., creates and supports music education programs for children around the world. Project Ahimsa is a cultural initiative of the Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel Foundation for Global Understanding (, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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