ASTEP was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell
Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth
using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP
connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in
the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster
critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.
October 2018: Award-winning artists have released a bilingual children’s album,
Singing You Home: Children’s Songs for Family Reunification.
The impressive album features tracks from Lin-Manuel Miranda & Mandy Gonzalez,
Josh Groban & Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown, Kristin Chenoweth,
Cynthia Erivo, Laura Benanti & Isabella Preston, and Ingrid Michaelson & Ana Villafañe,
with backup vocals from the Broadway Baby Mamas. The album was conceived by
Laura Benanti and produced by Laura Benanti, Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and Lynn Pinto.
All artists, musicians, technicians, and recording studios donated their time and
talents. Nobody associated with the album will make a personal profit.
A little boy who was separated from his father at our border painted the cover art of the album. The father and son have been reunited through RAICES.
A substantial portion of the album's proceeds will go directly to the non-profit
organization RAICES to help reunite and support families separated at the border.
Approximately 15% of the album's proceeds will go to ASTEP. ASTEP partners with
schools and community organizations that serve vulnerable populations: youth
affected by immigration status, homelessness, gun-violence, incarceration, the
justice system, HIV/AIDS, systemic poverty, and the caste system.