Nov 17, 2020

Director of Uptown Music Collective strikes a harmonious chord with young musicians

Connecting their community with music

Dave Brumbaugh, founder and executive director of the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport, Pa., has spent the last 20 years pursuing one goal – to educate and create well-rounded musicians, ages 10-18, so that they can connect their community with music.

This nonprofit school of music offers lessons, classes and workshops for all ages. Its mission is to provide exceptional music education and performance opportunities in the community.

The Bright Lights award will allow the agency to fund parts of its youth-based music programs that were expected to be underfunded due to the crisis, thus making it easier for their staff to continue to offer the education and performance experiences that the community has come to expect.

“I am honored to be a Bright Lights winner. I am proud that the work of our organization is being represented through this award and very thankful to PPL for their support of nonprofit organizations. It was a humbling and unexpected award that gave our whole organization a shot in the arm right when we needed it,” Brumbaugh said.

“I would like to congratulate all who were nominated. We at the Uptown Music Collective are inspired to be honored and are now even more strongly driven to grow and improve our programs and to continue our work,” Brumbaugh added.

Learn more about Brumbaugh and the Uptown Music Collective by visiting

In recognition of PPL’s 100th anniversary this year, the PPL Foundation awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to help illuminate the outstanding contributions of individuals working in the nonprofit sector. Ten Bright Lights grants of $10,000 were awarded in recognition of the honorees to the nonprofit agencies they support.