Music is a powerful and important tool—aiding in everything from developing language skills to increasing your IQ—and these 10 organizations are helping to bring it to individuals across the world.

These non-profits operate in war-torn locations, hospitals, schools, rural communities, and areas marred by violence and social unrest. Their work leads to positive changes in the lives of people in need and offers an alternative form of expression, communication, and an outlet for those who are often marginalized.

Students receive an education and hope for the future, and they become part of a community where they can share what they’ve learned and discovered.

Through the efforts of the following organizations, individuals who otherwise wouldn't have access to music education are learning, sharing, and teaching others about the power of music to heal and inspire.