To introduce musical and theatre arts as a tool to foster intellectual, emotional, and social development skills for youth, families, and elders and discover cultural diversity.
Alliance for Musical Arts, Est. 1993, is a 501C3 non-profit organization based in Miami that is dedicated to bringing the transformative power of music and theatre arts to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Our programs and initiatives strive to foster intellectual, emotional, and social development skills while celebrating cultural diversity in a nurturing environment. Our organization focuses on addressing the critical needs identified by residents from low-income households, using music to improve community equity and access to the arts. Using music as a platform, Alliance for Musical Arts seeks to cultivate a sense of unity and belonging within the communities we serve. Our commitment to inclusivity and equal access is rooted in the belief that everyone, regardless of their economic status or background, should have the opportunity to experience and engage with the arts. In a society where access to cultural opportunities is often limited by economic barriers, Alliance for Musical Arts strive to go beyond simply removing these barriers. We actively work to increase access for diverse groups, ensuring intergenerational equity and celebrating the rich tapestry of our community. Our approach is inspired by the growing interest in arts organizations becoming more inclusive. This movement stresses the importance of equal access to cultural opportunities for all people, regardless of their background.
Our organization has proudly produced 30 years of musical and theatre arts programming and community collaborative efforts.
1993-1999 City of North Miami Beach Performing Arts Center: Acting, Voice, and Chorus and City of North Miami Beach Parks & Camp: Recreation Musical Arts, Tutoring Program.
Presented seven (7) original children’s musicals: Understanding our Constitution, Respecting Individuality, and Earth Appreciation.
2000 Christmas Cantata for Community Crusade Against Drugs.
2001-2003 City of Opa-Locka, Shebundy Park after-school musical arts program.
2004-2005 Musical Arts Logic Model for Children.
2007-2009 City of Miami Gardens-Musical Arts meets Martial Arts Summer Camp.
2009-2012 Girls Can Play the Drums Too.
2012 City of Miami Gardens-Youth Drum Line performs an opening act for Jazz in the Garden with Doug E Fresh.
2011-2014 Youth Employment & Volunteer Program for Sun Life Stadium/Centerplate Concession for all
The University of Miami Hurricane and Miami Dolphins home games.
2011-2023 Teens Acting & Drama Studio – T.A.D.S. Betty T. Ferguson Year-Round Events-Youth Drum Line Performances.
2017-2018 305 Community Band.
2018 –2023 Youth Drum Line program: Grace Leadership Preparatory Institute in Miami Gardens, Betty’s Preschool Academy in Miami Gardens, Resource Room Summer Programs in Miami Gardens at Carol City High School, Carol City.
Apartment Site, and includes online classes on ZOOM.
Artistic Director Jo Ann Harris has a 15-year career as a professional International Opera Singer and vast experience as a play writer and producer.
She was the first Florida-born African-American female selected to participate in the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program.
Since 1993 Jo Ann has dedicated herself and her talents to enriching and investing in the community where she grew up and currently lives by providing Alliance for Musical Arts programming for youth, families, and elders in Miami-Dade communities