Jennifer Lanser

Songcatchers, Inc. Awarded $40,000 by the New York State Council on the Arts

Last month, in New Rochelle, Songcatchers, Inc. revealed a $40,000 grant from NYSCA to support the nonprofit, which has been in existence for 46 years and recently relocated after 27 years. The New York State Council on the Arts has allocated over $46 million in New Arts and Culture Grants, affirming the state’s commitment to arts and culture.


Governor Kathy Hochul emphasized the economic and communal impact of arts and culture, underscoring their significance and said, “Research confirms what we’ve always known here in New York: arts and culture are a powerhouse, with a staggering return on investment for our economy and our communities…”  Songcatchers, offering affordable music lessons and enrichment for youth aged 1 ½ to 18+, aims to expand its reach and welcome new students in their new location.


Remaining dedicated to promoting equity in the arts and reaching more families, Songcatchers in New Rochelle continues to make a difference in the community. Executive Director, Jennifer Lanser said “We are grateful for the funding and those who helped us achieve it.” She acknowledged Sr. Beth’s visionary founding of the program that positively influences children’s lives through music and increased programming.


The New York State Council on the Arts strives to advance arts, culture, and creativity across the state by awarding $127 million in FY 2024 and providing developmental opportunities and resources. Established in 1960, NYSCA continues to support and nurture New York’s creative landscape.


Founded in 1978 by Sr. Beth Dowd, OSU, Songcatchers in New Rochelle offers various music programs to children and families, emphasizing community, respect, kindness, and an appreciation for the arts. Their motto, “Reaching for Peace through Music,” represents their commitment to fostering musical education and enrichment for all.