Tedrock Fund for Children’s
Music Education

The Tedrock Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and Massachusetts charitable corporation committed to the support of music education for underserved children in Massachusetts. Over the past decade, we’ve seen funding for music education in public school systems cut dramatically. Today, some children lack access to any musical instruments or instruction. In areas where instruction is made available, all too often exorbitant fees make that education unaffordable.

We know that music education provides a variety of cognitive benefits to children’s developing minds1, 2. Playing music gives kids a means for self-expression, and learning an instrument builds self-confidence. In a larger sense, music promotes community amongst fellow musicians and audiences, and fosters goodwill.

The Tedrock Fund prioritizes music education and collaboration. We help realize the aspirations of kids with the drive to learn to play an instrument through grants and scholarships to organizations that provide music instruction and vocational skills, and through direct grants to children to procure instruments and lessons that are otherwise unavailable to them.

The Tedrock Fund was established to memorialize Ted Collins, a beloved Boston rock musician who died unexpectedly in 2017, at the age of 49. Ted was fortunate enough to have been enrolled in piano lessons as a young child.  These lessons sparked a long and abiding love for music, and a commitment to develop the skills to play multiple instruments. Through his pursuit of music, he was able to express himself creatively, develop friendships with fellow musicians and share live music experiences with audiences throughout the Boston area. Music built Ted’s community, and music will continue to do the same for children who benefit from this legacy fund.

Please make a tax deductible donation to the Tedrock Fund to show your support for music education for children and a commitment to building community through music.

1. Skoe, E. and N. Kraus, A little goes a long way: how the adult brain is shaped by musical training in childhood. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2012. 32(34): p. 11507-11510.

2. Miendlarzewska, E. and W. Trost, How musical training affects cognitive development: rhythm, reward and other modulating variables. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2014. Vol.47 (279).


The Figgs “Shady Grove” Record Release Party at ZUMIX

The Tedrock Fund is pleased to announce our 2019 Fundraiser Concert to benefit ZUMIX and their award winning youth music programs, featuring the Figgs Record Release of “Shady Grove”. The Figgs really created something special with their latest triple LP “Shady Grove” which features their signature driving tracks that make your hips shake, combined with melodic instrumentals that capture their diverse influences.  Ted was so thrilled to play with the Figgs, as they had been a favorite band of his since he heard them first as young highschoolers playing in Saratoga NY.  He never missed a Figgs show.  When... Read More.

Exciting News! Tedrock Fund Produces The Bevis Frond!

The Tedrock Fund is thrilled to be bringing over The Bevis Frond from the UK for a one-night engagement to benefit underserved children’s music education. This prolific band has been releasing poetic and driving tracks since the 1980’s, and has been a long-time indie fan favorite. Front man Nick Saloman and Ade Shaw will perform a solo acoustic set joined by special guest Mary Lou Lord, followed by an electric band set that will take the audience on ethereal journey. Known for their tripped out distorted guitar heavy sound, and thought provoking lyrics, this band was a favorite of... Read More.

100 Sparks Flying

In June 2018, the Tedrock Fund awarded 10,000 dollars to two amazing organizations that provide music education for inner city kids.  We made our first award to the ZUMIX Music School, whom we founded the Tedrock Fund to benefit.  Ted Collins had gotten to know about this school by playing at a fundraiser for them with the Figgs.  During this event, he got to see first hand how ZUMIX was making a meaningful impact on the kids whom they served.  Several bands of students played alongside the Figgs and they exuded confidence and mastery of their instruments.  While still... Read More.

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