“Improving the Quality of Life with Music”
From group sessions to private lessons to interactive live performances, we are on a quest to make the world a better place through music. We believe that everyone has music inside of them, and we love helping people realize this talent. Sessions range from 30 to 90 minutes in length and our team specializes in guitar, piano, voice, ukulele, bass, drums/percussion, songwriting, and sign language.
**UPDATE: We are excited to provide virtual sessions in addition to in-person ones using FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet/Classroom/Duo, and Streamyard. We are also available to do pre-recorded videos in the event you are not able to connect in real-time.**
Established in April 2018 as an LLC, Key of Awesome Music is a Qualified Provider in the State Of NJ: PONJD008918. What started as A side venture quickly turned into a Full-Time endeavor of making a difference through music. Currently, we support over 300 Individuals/Organizations In NJ, PA, NY, FL, AZ, IL, CT, and GA.
These programs include Developmental Disability Day and Aftercare Programs, Drug and Alcohol Counseling/Treatment and Recovery Centers, Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Facilities for those with Alzheimer's/Dementia, Rehabilitation/Post-Acute Care Facilities, Soup Kitchens, At-Risk Youth Centers, Children's Hospitals, Safe Houses for Domestic Abuse victims, and Children's Library Programs.
Founder/CEO Jim Gaven has written and released over 2 dozen albums of music (solo project, and in the bands Postmark Twain, Age of Wisdom, and Mouth of Wilson). His solo project's music is reminiscent of the artists John Mayer, Third Eye Blind, and the Goo Goo Dolls.
A registered composer and publisher with the performing rights organization, BMI, his music can be heard in 6 of the 7 continents across the world in TV shows/commercials/background and in-store radio retail channels, and in-flight entertainment systems.
To hear his entire catalog of work, head to: Bandcamp. For the top 5 songs of the 10 artists Key of Awesome Music represents for publishing, licensing, and placement needs, head to: Soundcloud. In addition to this, he is a published author, blogger, writer of children's songs for lifelong teaching tools, podcaster, and humanitarian whose mission is to make a positive difference in the world by improving the quality of life (especially through music).
Jim's work with developmentally disabled adults across the state of NJ is creating a meaningful, non-judgmental way for people to express themselves, create something out of nothing, and build confidence, all the while learning basic, intermediate, and, on some occasions, expert level concepts on guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, percussion, and voice. With over a decade's worth of experience under his belt working with those who have developmental disabilities (and beyond), he is honored, humbled, grateful, and blessed to be able to use his gift of music for the greater good. Due to ongoing interest, he has enlisted the assistance of several outstanding musicians to provide extra services and support as well: Chris Hargrave, Bryan Smith, Riley Byrne, Kim Yarson, and Jim Scanlon
We realize the importance of 'keeping up with the times' and 'staying relevant' , so we are truly humbled by these platforms and organizations who have recognized us over the years and who currently partner with us in serving and supporting their individuals. Thank you for believing in and Trusting us.
Ashley's Quest, Ability AZ, Accessibe, Active Day, Advancing Opportunities, Advantage Supports, Allies, The Arc, Artis Senior Living (NJ and IL), Atrium Post-Acute Care, Avenues to Independent Living, Avenues to Recovery, Bear Creek Assiting Living Facility, Blue Light Digital Sound, Busking Down the House, Burlington Woods Home, CAUNJ, Care One, Chelsea at Bridgewater Assisting Living Facility, COMHAR (PA), Community Options, Crosswicks Library, Daytop NJ, Devereux, Encouraging Kids, Especially Everyone, Hamilton Area YMCA (SKOR/SOAR), Hamilton Library, Hickory Corner Library, Hightstown Library, Homefront, Homestead at Hamilton, Hopewell Valley Regional High School, Inclusion Festival, JCHAI (PA), Juggling Life, Life Choices Unlimited, Mercerville Center, Merwick, Music For All Seasons, Musicians on Call, NJCBVI, Navigation Support Coordination, Neighbors, Inc., Oaks Integrated Care, OTCBC, PATH (PA), POAC Autism Services, PCIL, PPL, Phoenix Behavioral Health, Preferred Care, Princeton Recovery and Detox Center, Protected Harbor (FL), Red Ribbon Academy, Rose Hill Assisted Living Facility, Russo's, SERV, SMASH, SPAG,SKIT, Seacrest Recovery, Sidekicks Support Services, Songs of Love, Sovereign Care Services, Trenton Public Library, TASK, TOPAC, Winding Way Day Program, Visitation Day Program, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Singing Telegrams
2012-Employee of the Year Honors at the Arc Mercer.
2014-Nominated for a JAM Award (Jersey Acoustic Music Award) for original music.
2017-Nominated for Best Male Artist of the Year through the Kindred Awards.
2018-Nominated for Contemporary Male Artist of the Year through the Kindred Awards. Featured on Princeton TV30 Station.
2019-2020-Awarded a Kindred Award for Love Song of the Year in 2019 with 'Marry Me'.
2020-Awarded a Gold Record from Songs of Love for continuous original songs for sick children from 2015-2020. International Day for People with Disabilities Video (over 2 million views on YouTube and Facebook).
2021- 1st Ever 'One Good Deed' recipient for good community work.
Blog Guest on 'Different Dream', 'Artist Discover', and 'Midst of Chaos'.'
Podcast Guest on 'Apple a Day', Life Rhythms Radio, and the Audio Alchemist.
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