Music Therapy, Education, and Empowerment

Our Work

a music classroom in the U.S. with a diverse group of students sitting behind donated electric pianos

Love 4 One Another

Through Love 4 One Another, we harness the power of music, art, and technology to empower students in high-need classrooms. By providing musical instruments, music therapy interventions, and multimedia tools, we promote well-being and give kids the chance to strengthen their academics and  have their voices heard.

Technology for Good

Our GoodTech™️ curriculum integrates digital literacy, civic engagement, social-emotional learning, the fostering of 21st leadership skills, and youth-driven social impact. Through GoodTech, students learn about art, music, and podcasting for social change, so they can have their voices heard and be changemakers in their communities.

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Music Matters Makeover

We are thrilled to partner with the FutureBoys & Girls program at Franklin Middle School in North Minneapolis to open the “IAPW Future Lab”, bringing access to music and technology to low-income schools. The FutureBoys & Girls have a deep history of empowering changemakers, and we are proud to amplify their impact. Creating social consciousness through creativity is a key pillar of what IAPW stands for, and this new lab fosters that spirit for these students. Thank you to Dave Hampton, Andre Cymone, Scottie P. & NPGUK for their contribution to this project.

Arts Education & COVID

The pandemic meant schools closed & those with little resources were focused to “make it work”. With arts & music programs already not seen as a priority, relief efforts often overlooked the teachers heading these important programs. We stepped in to support many art and music initiatives to keep kids engaged and to support their well-being during these trying times.

What Teachers Are Saying…

This media lab has been a game changer. It gives the young people a chance to do something they can enjoy and it beats the lure of the streets.

Rahaman ‘Kil’ Kilpatrick – Director of Family Engagement & Advocacy, Horton’s Kids

IAPW positively impacted our school community by installing a Multimedia Lab at our school. The genuine passion for wanting our students to have the best showed through in every step of the process. IAPW is a professional organization that is committed to diversity and providing relevant opportunities for all young people.

Michael “Mr. B” Bratsch Teacher, Franklin Middle School – Minneapolis, MN

Wow! Thank you for your generosity! I look forward to using these new tools to host virtual concerts online so that my music students are able to have performances while we all stay at home to keep each other safe! The students will be excited, as will their families. Thank you!

Mr. Barrett, middle school teacher

Because of your support, my students will improve and increase their confidence along with their fine and gross motor skills. These musical instruments will ultimately help to increase my students’ positive engagement and academic achievement.

Ms. K, music teacher

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I’ve never seen anything like this! When I saw the new music room, my heart skipped a beat! I couldn’t believe that all of this was for us. It’s a big privilege to be able to get all this for all the hard work we do to make this school a better place. To be able to play this piano brings a lot of joy to my heart.

Emily, middle school student – Anwatin Middle School
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A continuing legacy

Love 4 One Another® was established by In a Perfect World to honor and build upon the philanthropic work between In a Perfect World founder, Manuela Testolini, and Prince Rogers Nelson.*

After Prince’s tragic passing, L4OA also became a vehicle through which Prince’s supporters could  see the collective impact of their contributions to IAPW projects honoring Prince.

Prince school to be built in Malawi

As of 2019, IAPW constructed three schools in rural Africa in honor of Prince. The first school was completed in October 2016 in the village of Ng’ozo in Southern Malawi, fulfilling a long-held desire of Prince’s to bring education to underserved communities. Inspired by the Purple Army & NPGUK, the second school was built in the village of Chimbwinda in December 2016.  In October 2018, Manuela traveled back to Chimbwinda to break ground on In a Perfect World’s 30th school, this one funded by IAPW and Prince’s brother, Omarr Baker, with some additional support from NPGUK. Not only do these schools help to educate children in a safe and nurturing environment, but they also help build up the entire community where the schools are built. At home in the United States, our focus is inside the classroom, providing music education and therapy to students in need.

Learn more about the first two schools below:

Love 4 One Another News

Sharing the Love in D.C.

Empowering the youth of today to become global changemakers has been our mission at In a Perfect World since…

We Can Do Better!

Our IAPW music & multimedia lab at Franklin Middle School in North Minneapolis, was opened as an extension of our…

Building Leadership Skills Through Music

Music is one of humanity’s most powerful uniting forces. Almost all of us have some kind of positive relationship with…

Group of diverse young children playing different musical instruments during a music class.

*In a Perfect World is not affiliated with nor financially supported by the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson.