Nat King Cole Generation Hope proudly supports schools and organizations that are committed to providing quality music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources.

For Students    For Music Educators    For Community

Project Encore!
Instrument Donation Program

For Students For Music Educators For Community

Give the gift of music! Nat King Cole Generation Hope welcomes tax-deductible donations of musical instruments, to be refurbished and delivered to schools and organizations serving children in need, those for whom buying a guitar or clarinet is not financially feasible. This is a rewarding, hassle-free opportunity to contribute pianos, strings, horns, wind instruments or percussion that remain unused in a closet, attic or living room. NKCGH connects as many children as possible with needed instruments, putting musical joy in a child’s hands and heart.

NKCGH Summer Strings

For Students For Music Educators

June 28 – July 2, 2021

For Elementary School Students
Mizner Park Cultural Center

Now in its 14th year, this one-week summer music camp dedicated to elementary-level string students serves children in the Palm Beach County area with the greatest need and fewest resources. The program is led by NKCGH, Palm Beach County School District teachers and music mentors from Lynn University. Summer Strings is generously supported by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, The Mark and Mary Freitas Foundation, Boca West Children’s Foundation, Honda Classic Cares and Palm Beach County.

NKCGH Summer Jazz

For Students For Music Educators


For Middle + High School Students
Florida Atlantic University

This one-week summer music camp for middle and high school-level band students is embarking on its second year, and focuses on children with the greatest need and fewest resources in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The program is collaboratively led by NKCGH, Florida Atlantic University’s Dr. Courtney Jones, public school teachers and music mentors from Florida Atlantic University. Summer Jazz is generously supported by the Mark and Mary Freitas Foundation and the Boca West Children’s Foundation.

NKCGH Music Educators Conference

For Students For Music Educators For Community



Hosted by NKCGH and attended by music educators from across the U.S. and beyond, this three-day virtual conference was in its second year and under the direction of Dr. Edrick Rhodes of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s theme: Accessibility and Equity in Music Education. The Music Educators Conference was generously supported by the Selz Foundation.

2022 Registration Link Coming Soon

Make Music Palm Beach County

For Students For Music Educators For Community

June 21, 2022

General Public

NKCGH launched “Make Music Palm Beach County” among South Florida’s celebrations of Make Music Day, the world’s largest, single-day music festival (based on France’s Fête de la Musique). On June 21, the longest day of the year, free, live, individual & group musical performers take the stage online, in homes and venues across the region. Make Music Palm Beach County joins 1,000 cities in 120 countries for this global event, and as a member of the Make Music Alliance, with more than 85 other U.S. cities in supporting this day of music.

Visit Make Music Palm Beach County

Mentors In Schools

For Students For Music Educators

Our program recruits and places select graduate and post-graduate music mentors in elementary and secondary schools to work with students during the academic year, under the guidance of school directors. Mentors and school educators/administrators closely collaborate to create and implement lesson plans tailored to individual students and group.

Nat & Maria Cole Memorial Scholarship

For Students

A four-year college scholarship bestowed to a deserving and excelling high school student who wishes to further his/her education and pursue their dreams in the field of music. The George Snow Scholarship Fund was selected by Nat King Cole Generation Hope to administer this scholarship commitment, by identifying potential candidates, managing the application process, and mentoring the student recipient.

Post-Covid Music Education Information & Resources

For Students For Music Educators For Community

Beneficiaries of Programs & Services to Date

Schools + Organizations we have helped:

AD Henderson University School
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
American Senior High School
Arts and Culture Center of Ft Lauderdale
Arts Garage
Bak Middle School of the Arts
Banyan Creek Elementary School
Bear Lakes Middle School
Belvedere Elementary School
Berkshire Elementary School
Boca Raton Community High School
Boca Raton Middle School
Boca Raton Symphonia
Carver Community Middle School
Cholee Lake Elementary School
Congress Middle School
Cypress Bay High School
Dillard High School
Don Estridge High Tech Middle School
Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune Elementary School
Egret Lake Elementary School
Florida Youth Orchestra
Forest Hill Community High School
Guitars Over Guns Operation
Heritage Elementary School
Irie Foundation
Jaega Middle School
JFK Middle School
KEC/Canal Point Elementary School
Lake Worth Community High School
Lake Worth Middle School
Loggers Run Community Middle School
Lynn University Conservatory of Music
Make Music Palm Beach County
Miami Senior High School

New World School of the Performing Arts
New World Symphony
Northmore Elementary School
Northwest Miami Senior High School
Okeechobee High School
Olympic Heights Community High School
Omni Middle School
Osceola County School for the Arts
Palm Beach Public School
Palm Springs Elementary
Palmetto Elementary School
Piper High School
Plumosa Elementary School of the Arts
Riviera Beach Boys and Girls Club
Roosevelt Community Middle School
Sandpiper Shores Elementary School
South Tech Academy
Spanish River High School
Summer Jazz at FAU
Summer Strings at Lynn University
Tequesta Trace Middle School
The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach
The Nat and Maria Cole Memorial Scholarship
U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts
Watson B. Duncan Middle School
Wellington Community High School
Wellington Elementary School
West Boca Raton Community High School
Western Pines Middle School
Youth Activity Center
Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County
Summer Strings at VanderCook College of Music
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

The following are states + countries where over 500 educators are from that participated in Educators Conference last year:

US Virgin Islands


New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina

Upcoming Events + Programs