How to Help

By supporting the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation, you are helping us reach hundreds of individuals through a program that makes a difference, where others can often fail.

As a program of New York University, the Nordoff-Robbins Center is a non-profit facility. We are financed primarily through the fund-raising efforts of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation, Inc. (501C3 non-profit organization), which exists to make this service possible. The Foundation's main sources of income are special events and grants. The additional funds to cover operating costs are raised through therapy session fees, training course fees, the sale of instructional materials and contributions. A number of organizations and foundations support the work of the Center, including Autism Speaks, Inc., Harry S. Black and Allon Fuller Fund, Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, The Gibson Foundation, The Lyle Foundation, The New York State Music Fund established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Teammates for Kids Foundation,  The Joseph Leroy and Ann C. Warner Fund, Goldman Sachs Gives and The Jean Brown Johnson Charitable Fund.

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy is successful due to its labor-intensive nature. There is no substitute for the focused and sustained attention of experienced therapists when it comes to connecting with hard-to-reach individuals such as children with autism. Most sessions are conducted with two therapists, a third person films the session, and the two therapists spend additional time reviewing the videotape of each session. This intensive time commitment means that session costs far exceed the fees charged to families. Additionally, we offer a sliding scale so that no client is denied service. With the help of generous donors like you, we will continue to say “yes” to those who come to us seeking help.

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation
c/o Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy
NYU Steinhardt
82 Washington Square East, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5151  Fax: 212-995-4045

Make a Donation

If you would like to help us by making a donation to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation, here are three easy methods:

  1. You can make a donation by printing out and sending in this form
  2. You can email us and request a donation form by mail
  3. You can contact us by mail, phone or fax

Where does your donation go?

There is so much that goes into running a music therapy program. Below is a list of what your donation could go towards.

$10 buys a pair of drumsticks
$20 buys a pair of maracas
$25 buys a tambourine
$100 buys a microphone for audio recording
$120 buys a cymbal and stand
$400 buys a snare drum and stand
$1,050 buys an xylophone
$2,000 buys digital video equipment for documenting sessions
$2,500 will sponsor one individual's music therapy sessions for a year
$6,000 will sponsor one group's music therapy sessions for a year
$8,000 will fund the training of a Nordoff-Robbins Certification Candidate
$25,000 pays a part-time therapist's annual salary