Ashley Singh, a 16-year-old Indian American student and a talented singer, launched a non-profit organization, Ashley’s Music Foundation, Feb. 11 in Naperville, Illinois.
The Naperville-based foundation’s aim is to promote music programs in underprivileged schools in the Chicago area.
Singh, as CEO and founder of the organization, explains the reason behind launching this foundation on its official website, writing, “AMF understands the significance music programs can have not only in schools, but on individual lives of students which is why we provide schools with all resources needed in order to create the most impactful and supportable curriculum,” adding that it focuses on “choir programs” in particular.
Singh, a junior at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, has been trained in both American and Indian styles of music for over 10 years now. She was in the Top 14 on Zee TV’s “SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champ” in 2015, and made it to the Top 8 on Zee Bangla’s “SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champ” in 2016, according to the website.
Singh, who is also involved in the music department in her school, notes that “because of the significance and knowledge it has given her, she has realized the importance of music in schools.” Because of how much music has helped her through her life both ethically and academically, she hopes for music to have the same impact in the lives of other students, she writes.
At the launch, Singh, according to various media reports, spoke about her passion for music, and how music is so important and why every child should have access to music education. She said, according to chicagotribune.com, that she believes that music education should be an integral part of every child’s learning curriculum.
Nothing pains her more than when she hears that school districts are cutting back on music programs due to the lack of funding and resources, she was quoted as saying.
To make a difference in the lives of children in those school districts who are struggling with their own music programs, Singh decided to start her own music foundation, she said.
As a pilot program, AMF started the music program at Excel Academy of Englewood under the name Matanoia Choir in January 2018, adds the Chicago Tribune report. She plans to extend the program to other schools on the south side of Chicago in the academic year 2018-2019.