Our Mission

Savoreux Development Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to elevating the human experience by introducing young people to music and arts.

By preparing young artists for future endeavors and exposing youth to unique careers in the industry, Savoruex gives youth the instruments to succeed in the music & arts industry - and in life.



1. Provide education and training to elementary, junior high and high school aged performers and non performers about careers in the music and arts industry.

2. Provide a forum for elementary, junior high and high school students to display their talent.

Savoreux Development Foundation is an organization uniquely linked to the creative industry. Savoreux seeks to develop a long-term relationship with organizations, contributors and talent. Our philosophy is one of generating opportunity, investing in community and maximizing ability. 



Michael Sampson, a Washington D.C. executive, always noticed young people in his neighborhood hanging out after school with nothing to do. But it was an outdoor concert in 1993 that gave him the idea of how to get those kids off the street. Mr. Sampson was impressed with the spirit of the young crowd; the energy the youth gave the artists was inspiring. Why couldn’t this enthusiasm be translated into their life ambitions? He wanted to connect young people with the music world and give them the tools to succeed. 

Later that year Mr. Sampson spoke with a leader in the DC Public Schools System about music programs offered. He was amazed to find that a high percentage of schools in the region did not even offer music education classes. With budget cuts music programs are usually the first to suffer, even though studies prove that people who are involved in the arts and music at a young age are more successful as adults.

Music is deeply rooted in our culture and has always been the identity of the younger generation. Savoreux Development Foundation was born out of the idea to bridge young people’s passion for music with potential career opportunities. While not every young person has the talent to perform, there are several other careers in the music industry for people of all talents. Mr. Sampson set out to show young people that there are opportunities in music for performers and non-performers alike. 




" I believe in the power of music. I believe in the power of hope. I believe we can help students achieve their dreams.

When students are involved in music and arts they are more likely to succeed in life."

— Michael Sampson, Founder of Savoreux


Save the Music


Studies have proven that music participation builds brainpower in children by enhancing vital intellectual skills. As a result, music participation increases a child's ability to learn basic math and reading.

Students who participate in music programs also score significantly higher on standardized tests while at the same time developing crucial skills for future success: self-discipline, teamwork, and problem solving.

Research has shown that students' involvement in their school music program is crucial to a complete education. Researchers have found that children involved with music education are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college, and are less likely to be involved with gangs and substance abuse.

In Washington, DC area alone, less than 50% of the public schools have music education programs. We need to bring music back to the children. 

Music education has been proven to help students improve: 

  • Cognitive Development & Spatial Reasoning
  • Basic Math & Reading Skills 
  • SAT Scores 
  • School Attendance 
  • Ability to Work in Teams
  • Knowledge of Other Cultures 
  • Self-Esteem 
  • Creativity


“The Impact of Arts on Learning” from MuSICA

Benefits of Music Education From VH1 Save The Music

The ultimate challenge for American education is to place all children on pathways toward success in school and in life. Through engagement with the arts, young people can better begin lifelong journeys of developing their capabilities and contributing to the world around them.
— Richard Riley, Former Secretary of Education