Event Details

Community Engage Evenings


  • At the beginning of each Band Class Session, we hold a Community Engage Evening at which students present to each other charities and causes that are important to them.

  • Students explain how they learned about the charities, what needs are met by the organizations and why they feel it is important to support the organizations.

  • Also during the evening, an adult whose work involves using the arts to effect social change speaks with the students.

  • At the end of the evening, students vote to determine the recipient charitable organization for the concert.

Social Consciousness

  • One of the most important aspects of Plugged In is the emphasis placed on showing students how they can use music to better the world.

  • The concerts at the end of each session raise money for charitable organizations chosen by the students.

  • Our goal is to provide role models for the students of ways to include philanthropy in their lives and careers.

Community Performances

  • Plugged In students are invited to perform at many community and non-profit organization events, such as:

    • 4th of July Parade

    • Needham Street Fairs

    • New Years Needham Celebration

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

    • Walker School

  • These performances are optional and voluntary.

  • Students can perform with their bands, by themselves and/or with students from other bands.

Benefit Concert Series

  • At the end of each session, students participate in three evenings of performances.  

  • Regardless of whether a student is on stage or in the audience during a performance, electricity and excitement is felt in the air.  

  • Students performing feel like professional musicians and the students in the audience cheer them on and support the performers.  

  • Tickets and swag are sold during the evening and the profit is donated to the charity chosen during the Community Engage Evening.

Summer Camp Performances

Community Engage

  • One of the most important aspects of Plugged In is the emphasis placed on using music to better the world.

  • Plugged In models this concept by turning the “recital” at the end of each session into a benefit concert for a charity chosen by the students.

  • Our students choose that charity at Community Engage.

Harvard Square Busking

  • Students bring their music straight to the public during this offsite performance. 

  • Busking gives our students a unique and fun performance experience.

Summer Benefit Concert

  • This is the performance we work so hard for each session.

  • Students perform with their bands for friends and family while raising awareness and funds for the charity of their choice.

Annual Benefit Concerts

  • Each year we hold two fundraisers to help support Plugged In.  

  • Sometimes we have corporate sponsored events played in an exciting public performance space.

  • Sometimes we host professional bands and host an event.

Capital Campaign

  • Beginning in the fall of 2013 we launched phase 1 of our Capital Campaign to raise funds to buy a permanent home for Plugged In.  

  • During our first, silent phase, we raised over $100,000 to make the purchase.  

  • Now, having moved in and running classes, phase 2, our public phase, will begin.  

  • Our goal is to raise another $300,000 over the next two years through private donations and other means.  

To receive information on our campaign please reach out to sandra@pluggedinband.org.

Upcoming Events

  • Weekly Online Open Mic @Online via Zoom
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, May 21
    May 21, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
    Performers can play songs solo or to a track. Performers can read poetry, tell us their favorite G-rated jokes, or dance. Even if you don’t want to perform we encourage you to join and watch! We hope to see you there.
  • British Invasion of Needham Returns!
    Sat, May 21
    Needham Town Hall
    May 21, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02492, USA
    Benfit our Scholarship and Inclusion fund by coming to see Boston's #1 Beatles cover band! Dancing, dinner (for purchse, and +21 drinks (cash bar). Ticket: $40
  • May 24, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
    Link Online Learners is more than a zoom hangout of young people from 35+ countries. It is a global youth network where young people (ages 10-18) can join together at the global table – and that includes YOU!