Education and Community Engagement | The Philly Pops

Education and Community Engagement

For more information on our POPS in Schools program 

POPS in Schools  is a five-year-old  supplemental music education program serving fifteen School District of Philadelphia schools and 3,000 students.  Each school has a unique program tailored to the expressed needs of that location.  The POPS provides bilingual music education materials to schools and after-school programs with a significant percentage of Spanish heritage students, beginning its first New Jersey program in 2019.  All-City Jazz is the high school program for ten PSD schools which culminates in the All  City  Jazz  Festival, a full day of performance and educational activities each April in celebration of Jazz History Month.   

During the  interruption in 2020, the POPS created  POPS in Schools@HOME,  quickly meeting the demand for at home study materials and inspirational videos for students during the crisis.  

Visit POPSinSchools@HOME 


The Philly POPS is a recognized and authorized participant in the EITC-EIO programs. As an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO), we can use awarded funds to support existing programs and develop new programs for our POPS in Schools in-school and after school educational activities. What does this mean to you? If you work for, or have a company that does business in PA, you are eligible to apply for tax credits for the support you provide for the POPS educational activities. See if your company qualifies for the EITC program on the Commonwealth’s website. The most beneficial option is to apply for a 2-year commitment, as this type of commitment likely qualifies for a 90% tax credit to your business. Details of the guidelines for applying and the link to the  online application can be found here. 

Please speak with Joshua Thomas Director Development, at 215.546.3207 or via email at, about how you can support these initiatives with your tax dollars.