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Making Music Possible in Rural Communities

Join us for the

20 IN 50


The 20 in 50 Campaign is about changing lives, inspiring self-expression, and creating lasting impacts on families and communities. We are partnering with 20 churches in each of the 50 states, offering students ages 7-18 in rural areas access to our online music & art courses. Some of the self-paced courses include Worship Piano, Music Production, Video Production, and Graphic Design with new courses being added throughout the year!

Eligibly and Application

Many students in rural communities lack access to ​formal music education due to geographical and ​resource constraints. By partnering with local ​churches, we aim to provide these students with ​opportunities to learn, explore, create, share, and ​connect through music and the arts. This initiative ​enhances musical skills and fosters personal growth, ​creativity, and engagement within their faith ​community.

Elegibility Criteria:

  1. Churches must be located in a Rural Community
  2. Financial Commitment: Churches should be able ​to pay the non-refundable $55 application fee as ​part of the application process and if chosen, a ​$100 annual site license for their youth.
  3. The church leadership must be supportive of the ​program and willing to promote it within the ​congregation.
  4. Churches should commit to the full duration of ​the program and encourage consistent ​participation from the youth. *Each site will be ​given the opportunity to renew at the conclusion ​of the 12-month license.
  5. The church should demonstrate a genuine ​interest in promoting music and arts education as ​a means of youth development.

Application Period:

Now - November 1, 2024

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Churches can apply to ​participate in the

20 in 50 Campaign

by completing the ​application along with ​the $55 application fee.​

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Church Leader(s) complete the live online orientation.

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Parents and/or Guardians complete the

live online orientation.

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Students register for their online course.

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Start Learning! ​Classes begin ​Janu​ary 1, 2024.

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Evaluation of effectiveness and invitation to renew.

Our Why

Reflecting on my upbringing in the rural area of Mullins, SC, I remember that formal music lessons were virtually unheard of. When I first got started, I never heard of music lessons. People just taught themselves and learned from each other. This can be good and challenging as you can miss a lot of things. The church played a crucial role in my development as a musician. I was part of a community, and the church provided a platform and opportunities for me to expand upon my skills as a musician.

As our music school has transitioned online, God has now given my family and me a new mandate that combines the church community with the transformative power of music and arts. We aim to reach rural youth and expand our impact to positively affect not only the youth but also their families and communities nationwide.

This is why the "20 in 50" campaign is so crucial. By partnering with 20 churches in each of the 50 states, we can bring YMU to students in rural communities. This initiative ensures that students have access to our online, self-paced music courses, providing them with opportunities to learn, explore, create, share, and connect in a way that can be truly life-changing!

Bevis Gray, Founder

Gray Music Group

Our Partners

The Young Musician’s University

The Young Musician’s University is an online music education experience for kids and teens! Our quality interactive self-paced music courses allow parents and students the flexibility of learning around their family's busy routine, all from the comfort of their own homes.

Gray Music Group

At Gray Music Group, our mission is to inspire, empower, and serve families through the transformative power of music and the arts. With a legacy of over two decades in the realm of music education and technology, we are driven by a passion for music and a commitment to excellence.


What your students will need.

A Device

A computer, tablet, or smartphone to access YMU's Learning Management System.

Quiet Practice Space

dedicated, quiet space at home for practice

will help students concentrate and get the most out of their online courses.

Internet Connection

A stable internet connection is crucial for accessing course materials, streaming instructional videos, and participating in virtual events.

Musical Instrument

Depending on the course, students will need access to the relevant working musical instrument (e.g., a piano or keyboard for piano courses).



Especially for younger students, having a parent or guardian to assist with navigating the online platform and providing support can greatly enhance the learning experience.



Encouragement and support from their local church community can be invaluable. This might include providing opportunities to share what they are learning, organizing group practice sessions, or simply offering moral support and recognition of their efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the "20 in 50" campaign?

The "20 in 50" campaign is an initiative by GMG Music & Arts Foundation, The Young Musician's University (YMU), and Gray Music Group (GMG) to partner with 20 rural churches in each of the 50 states, providing their youth with access to our comprehensive, online, self-paced music/arts courses.

My church is not located in a rural community, can we still apply?

This campaign is specifically designed for churches located in rural communities, however, you can visit The Young Musician’s University’s Organizational page to find out information on how you can bring YMU to your church.

How do I apply for the "20 in 50" campaign?

Churches interested in participating can apply by completing the online application form and paying a ​$55 non-refundable application fee. The application will require details about the church's youth​ program, community involvement, and commitment to the program.​

What is the deadline for applications?

The enrollment period is now​ through November 1, 2024.

What happens after we apply?

Once your application is received, we will review it and notify you of your church’s eligibility status ​within five working days. If accepted, you will receive further instructions on how to pay the annual ​$100 site fee along with further instructions in preparation to the start date of Jan​uary 1, 2025.

What are the costs associated with the program?

There is a $55 non-refundable application fee required as part of the application process and if chosen​ your church will pay a $100 annual site fee. Students participating in Worship Piano will need access​ to a keyboard or piano. Course materials will be included with each online course.​

How do the online courses work?

The courses are entirely online and self-paced, allowing students to progress at their own speed in the comforts of their homes. Each course includes instructional videos, practice exercises, and virtual events where students can showcase their talents through The Young Musician’s University Christmas and Spring Virtual Showcases.

What happens after we complete the 12 month program?

During the last month we will assess the effectiveness of our program with your youth and from there extend an invitation to renew. The assessment is based on engagement, development, and growth.

What support will we receive?

Participating churches will receive ongoing support from YMU, including direct assistance with any technical or program-related questions.

How will this benefit our church and community?

By participating in the "20 in 50" campaign, your church will provide its youth with valuable music education opportunities, helping them develop their talents and connect with others. This can lead to enhanced youth engagement, stronger community bonds, and a positive impact on the overall church community.

How many students can sign up under the annual $100 Site Fee?

We do not have a cap, we just ask that you only offer this to students in your congregation.

What if I know of other churches who can benefit from the 20 in 50?

We love referrals! If you know of other churches who can benefit from this opportunity, please feel free to share this information with them.

1-844-968-6691 Ext. 2

GMG Music & Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

All donations are tax-deductible.

©2024 GMG Music & Arts Foundation

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