Beat Bus Miami was a Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge 2016 finalist! 

Out of over 400 ideas, Beat Bus Miami was one of 56 finalists. Although 18 great ideas moved on to the final funding round, unfortunately, Beat Bus didn't make it. Beat Bus creates a mobile, education, and interactive group activity focused on music and rhythm. It turns public spaces into venues for exposure, enjoyment, and participation in music. Hand drumming, bucket drumming, marimba performances, educational presentations can be taken to parks, libraries, street fairs, and more. With its fun, uniquely painted exterior, people would see the Beat Bus and know that an exciting activity for all ages is going to take place.

Beat Bus Miami allows individuals to connect with others in their community through the power or playing music together. Percussion is fun and intuitive, giving participants of all ages and abilities positive feedback just a few minutes into experimentation. Public spaces will transform into a stage for collective participation through playing percussion, an art form deeply rooted in Miami culture.


2015 was our first year participating in Give Miami Day, a South Florida online donation event that raised a total of $7.1 million dollars for more than 600 local nonprofit organizations. The money we raised directly helped sustain programs and activities at the SFCPA. It also helped us grow and secure our role in our community.



2016 has been filled with exciting changes and developments that have been instrumental in continuing to define and carry out our mission as well as expand our reach. 

  • We've received 2 generous Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Grants!


  • Our Free Friday Nights of Rhythm has grown to a truly unique community event. Three years ago we began this idea with a few participants each week. Today, we see an average of 30-50 people of all ages and backgrounds taking part. Better yet, each week we see a great mix of familiar and new faces.                                                                                                                      

  • We continue to provide percussion instruction, presentations, and activities in house as well as in schools and events. This fall we've expanded to working in early childhood, where we are seeing the benefits of music in the areas of language and social engagement. Each week, the SFCPA currently reaches up to 300 children, ages 18 moths to 18 years of age!  



To all that support our mission: from schools, organizations, companies, to individuals, THANK YOU!



Youth Arts Enrichment (YEP) Grants Program: The objective of the YEP Grants Program is to enrich the lives of children through the arts by making the arts available to more children and families throughout Miami-Dade County, whereby, children will have opportunities to have positive live arts experiences through: Arts Instruction, Arts Intervention, Healing/Expressive Arts, In-school Arts Residencies and Performances, Out-of-School/Public Arts Exhibitions and Performances.

The YEP will partially fund our RhythmFUN! Year round program for children ages 18 months to 18 years of age. Students participate in classes once or twice a week, according to age group, and perform at least twice a year. The grant requires us to gather feedback and data from participating families, making West Kendall a lab for the benefits of frequent and sustained participation in music education. In addition to keeping instructional fees low, the grant allows for over a third of the students to be on half and full tuition scholarships.  

For pictures of the Program, visit our Facebook page.

Developing Arts In Neighborhoods (DAN) Grants Program

The Developing Arts in Neighborhoods (DAN) Grants Program provides funding and technical assistance support to small and/or developing cultural groups with annual organizational budgets under $100,000 that create, present or produce year-round cultural activities and arts programs in Miami-Dade County at the grassroots level, including underserved neighborhoods, communities or special populations. 

The DAN will soon begin to fund bringing guest artists to our very popular and established Free Friday Drum Jam. Aside from the usual drum circle, the percussion artist will present workshops where techniques in various percussion instruments will be demonstrated and performed. The DAN will also fund the return of the Community Jam session which will now be led by and feature guest artists in other instruments.