The Gift of Song is a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization that believes music and the arts should be accessible to all, and believes music can and should be used to help others.
It's mission is to cultivate the spirit of creativity and volunteerism by offering performance programs that are free for participants, and in turn, serves the community.
The Gift of Song began as labor of love for founder Leslie Berra in Santa Clarita, CA. When Leslie discovered that performance opportunities for her music and theater-loving family were few and far between, she decided to create a outlet for performers outside of the typical community theater productions and youth programs.
The Gift of Song forged ahead, producing cabarets, concerts and holiday shows for the community while allowing participants, both young and old, novice and experienced, to share their talents on stage.
When Leslie moved to Nashville, TN in 2014, she started a second Gift of Song troupe, which has raised funds in support of numerous community theater organizations in middle Tennessee, and has allowed 100+ youth performers free access to on-stage experiences and collaboration.
Through Leslie, the Gift of Song has awarded scholarships to various students in their musical pursuits. In partnership with The Ray of Light Foundation, The Gift of Song will embark on the launch of a new scholarship, The Raymond Cruz Memorial Gift of Song Scholarship fund, which will assist BIPOC high school students wishing to pursue performing arts careers with college audition costs.