Beyond the Grade is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. BtG was started by Mark Turk in 2014, to support the needs of his at-risk students in the Austin area school districts. Our vision is to provide music, art, and other educational opportunities to students, beyond the traditional classes offered in schools. Giving students opportunities to learn from professionals that are working, and getting to know what a career track would look like. BtG is currently providing music education for Austin
The Austin Creative Alliance is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department's Cultural Arts Division and by grants from Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art. The Creative Alliance also receives generous in-kind support from CreateAustin, and Time Warner Cable News. We are also grateful for the ongoing support and participation of our members and patrons.