Chords for a Cause

We are dedicated to using the endless possibilities of music to improve lives through volunteering, fundraising and outreach. 

Impact

Volunteer Members

Dollars Raised

CONCERTS PERFORMED

CoUNTRIES

Our Work

The future of music, our communities, and our world lies in the hands of children. Our projects aim to enable every child to recieve the support needed to reach their full potential.

The Concordia Initiative

We hold live, in-person concerts at various children’ hospitals, hospice facilities and memory care homes in the Houston area.

For locations outside Houston, we organize regular recitals on Zoom or similar platforms for residents and patients that can be watched at their bedside or on community TVs.

Our group of 130 volunteers has played over 200 concerts for this initiative, sharing music with facilities all over the country and reaching nearly 1,000 patients.

May 2018 – Present

Rhythm on Ice

SkateTherapy, a therapeutic ice skating program for children with disabilities, helps them grow their social skills and physical coordination/strength while encouraging coaches to give back to the community.

Our Rhythm on Ice concerts raised nearly $8,400, hosting guest speakers such as 2010 Paralympic Sled Hockey Champion Josh Pauls and 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist Paul Wylie, selling the work of artists with physical disabilities, and handing the stage to talented musicians from the city.

April 2015, February 2016, March 2017, May 2019

Virtual Arts for Humanity

COVID-19 has created huge challenges for families, especally in relation to food insecurity. Throughout 2020, Virtual Arts for a Humanity brought young artists together to benefit Feeding America, the United States’ largest domestic hunger-relief organization that serves nearly 12 million children.

In November of 2020, we held a a livestreamed concert to assist in raising money for Feeding America. So far, Virtual Arts for Humanity has raised over $10,300, all of which is being sent directly to the charity.

November 2020

Fortissimo

We founded Fortissima to empower elementary and middle school children not only to pursue education and the classical arts but to make their world a better place through performing and volunteering.

Through tickets, donations, and selling student-made art, we raised nearly $2,500 for CRY America, an NGO that works to give underprivileged children in India access to education.  In 2021, the funds raised went towards a series of $1,250 microgrants for rural elementary school fine arts programs.

February 2020, April 2021

Sounds of Ukraine

In April 2022, our Sounds of Ukraine concert raised funds for Save The Children, an organization providing essential humanitarian aid by delivering supplies, allocating cash grants, and providing mental health support to children and families affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

Eleven award-winning young artists from across the Americas performed in the premiered concert, playing works by Ukrainian composers and raising over $4,500 for Save The Children. 

April 2022

Tutti Project

Music has far-reaching impacts on academic growth, self-confidence, and mental/ physical health. We are excited to be bringing online music lessons and tutoring sessions to orphanages, special-needs groups, and nonprofits in the summer of 2022.


These opportunities are completely free, taught by high-school and college students from across the US. As the project grows, we look forward to inspiring the next generation of volunteers and musicians alike.

May 2022 – Present

Press

Fortbend Independent
KHOU-11 Local News
Voyage Houston
Alvin ISD News
Alvin ISD News
Something Good Show
Points of Light

Our Team

Sandhya Mahesh

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Tanya Mahesh

Co-Founder and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Caroline Yao

Chief Internal Officer (CIO)

Diogo Feldman

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Aditya Singh

Chief Communications Officer (CCO)

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Latest From The Blog

We regularly post about research, activities, and more. Check out some of our work here!

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