Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Allegheny Ukulele Kollective

Altoona, PA


To promote music education and literacy, primarily through the ukulele.

Ruling Year


President & Chief Ukulele Evangelist

Mr Michael Holzer

Main Address

50 Seneca Avenue

Altoona, PA 16602 USA


music education, music literacy





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Music is often seen as a passively consumable commodity, rather than the active social & cultural activity that it once was. We aim to promote the idea that anyone can make music.

Our programs

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Ukulele Jams

Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

Ukulele Workshops

Ukes in Schools & Libraries

Touring Instructors

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We want to increase music literacy and knowledge among adults & children.

We hold an annual music festival, the Allegheny Ukulele Soirée to drive adult education in our region. We also hold periodic low-cost beginner workshops to introduce new and beginning players to the ukulele - driving skills and music theory all the way.

We are fortunate to have several professional musicians and music educators in our organization who lead many workshops and advise us on how to best reach new players.

We know we're making progress as the number of ukuleles being checked out at libraries continues to increase; we know we're making progress as the demand for additional ukulele jams continues; we know we're making progress as schools and libraries continue to add the ukulele to their curriculums.

We have been able to establish and grow an annual music festival, the Allegheny Ukulele Soirée, where 30+ workshops are taught by nationally recognized ukulele teachers. In addition, we have established 5 ukulele jams/circles each month where between 5-20 people get together to play music together and to learn from each other. We have also been able to help put over 100 ukuleles into schools and libraries across the state of Pennsylvania since 2015.

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