Rhapsody Music is in the business of inspiring the community through music—and now they are ready to turn playing into inspired giving through their new “Play It Forward” initiative.

Four times a year, Rhapsody Music will focus on an Arizona organization that spends their days committed to helping those in need. When students come to play at the store, they can drop off the requested items for that month’s cause. Community members are welcome to do so as well. In addition to what is collected, Rhapsody will also give back a percentage of private lesson revenue to the chosen nonprofit.

“The world has been through so much. While the pandemic was a crazy time for our business, I couldn’t stop thinking about those still going through hardships that existed far before March 2020,” says owner Sean Maplethorpe. “Music is already an art that is meant to be shared with others, to uplift people, to make people feel better about whatever they might be going through. This effort was our way to use that to give back physical items to those in need.”

Rhapsody’s first Play It Forward choice organization is Chrysalis (noabuse.org), a Valley nonprofit. For 40 years, they have offered comprehensive resources, confidential support, shelter, and help to those impacted by domestic violence in Arizona.

“Since 1981, Chrysalis has led the community in providing broad-based solutions to prevent domestic abuse using a trauma-informed approach,” says Steven Miller, Chrysalis’ Philanthropy Manager. “Our work would not be possible without the generous support of community partners. These donations go directly toward helping families reclaim their lives as they establish safe and secure independent living. We truly appreciate local businesses like Rhapsody Music that join us in our mission.”

Current needs at Chrysalis include bathroom, cleaning and hygiene supplies, new clothing, items for young children, and more. Locals can find the full list at Rhapsody Music’s website at RhapsodyMusicAZ.com. Rhapsody Music will be collecting items for Chrysalis through April 15. Community members can drop off donations at Rhapsody Music, located at 42201 N. 41st Drive, Suite 132, in Anthem.

“What we are doing isn’t new, but giving to others is right in this moment,” says Maplethorpe. “If this inspires others to give, then the purpose of Rhapsody Music is even clearer to me.”

Beginning in May, Rhapsody Music will begin collecting donations for local nonprofit Youth for Troops.