thank you!!!

for supporting the uptown music collective!

We raised $38,068 from 117 donors surpassing our goal of $30,000!!

 Raise the Region 2023 officially came to a close last night at 11:59 pm. At the end of the 30-hour online fundraising event, the Uptown Music Collective raised $38,068 from 117 donors… surpassing our goal of $30,000!! Out of the 333 area nonprofits participating in the event, the UMC ended 7th for the amount of money raised! And although we did not win either of the prizes we were aiming for this year, we are extremely humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support from our fans and supporters!
THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this happen… our UMC Ambassador Volunteer Fundraisers, our Board of Directors, and YOU our donors and supporters! Special shout out to the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, and all of the event sponsors for making this wonderful event happen year after year!
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with the uptown music collective!

This year’s Raise the Region goal – $30,000!


“UPMC Prime Time Prize” on Wednesday, March 8th from 8-10pm

“Subaru White Flag Prize” on Thursday, March 9th from 8-10pm

For both of these prize windows, the organization that raises the most money in those time frames is awarded an extra $1,000. We graciously accept any and all donations during the entire 30-hour event, but if YOU WANT TO HELP make the BIGGEST IMPACT, please consider submitting your donation during the PRIZE WINDOWS!

Thank you in advance for helping connect our students with music and beyond!

The Uptown Music Collective’s mission is to provide exceptional music education and high-impact musical experiences that instill a love of music, and an understanding of the importance of discipline, hard work, and community.


For over 22 years, the Collective has delivered on that mission. Its programs are grounded in traditional principles and engage students through an emphasis on modern genres including rock, pop, soul, blues, country, R&B, and funk.

But the Collective is far more than music. As its programs spark and nurture not only artistic ability and music appreciation but also deep personal growth in its students. They learn the value of tradition, teamwork, responsibility, communication, and leadership.

The UMC Effect is truly life-changing – a humbling result that we hear of time and time again in the words of the students who learn here.

Your support during Raise the Region makes a difference in the lives of over 150 young people learning and growing at the Collective each week. Your gifts support the school’s programs, including the UMC Free Class and Workshop Initiative, Tech Monkey Program, and iOn Uptown, as well as the school’s renowned Major Performance Program, Community Performance Program, and more.

In turn, those programs allow the Collective’s staff and teachers to continue impacting the lives of the students who dedicate themselves to music.

Hear from the students themselves talking about the UMC Effect