The UBU Project is a registered 501(c)(3) EIN #: 84-2251623

UBU Project Budget Lines

  • $2,500: 1 week residency in Phoenix Valley
  • $3,500: 1 week residency  in Greater Arizona (includes travel, housing, Per deum)
  • $6,000: 1 week residency in Continental USA  (includes travel, housing, Per deum)
  • $7000: 1 week residency in Alaska or Hawaii (includes travel, housing, Per deum)  
  • International Residencies Negotiated on per-event basis
  • $600: One day Teacher Training / Professional Development Workshop
  • $100,000: Covers the current UBU Project Annual Budget (Including additional Teaching Artists)

Current UBU Donor Champions Include;

 (Listed In Alphabetical Order)

  • Bill & Patsy Brunner   
  • Dana Peri   
  • Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill & John   O'Neill   
  • Hugh Jackman   
  • Jeff Moore (The Solid Rock Teen Center)   
  • JK Simmons   
  • Kevin Pollack   
  • Peter & Phyllis Strupp   
  • Rick Mitchell   
  • Rick Redick   
  • Robbi Marlowe   
  • Stephen Hesla   
  • TAD Management (Anne, Terry & Nick Davies)    

The Following Organizations Have Provided Grants and Additional Funding for UBU Education Partners;

  • Arizona Governor's Office on Youth Faith and Family 
    • (I've Got Something Better program)
  • United Way of Missoula County (Missoula, Montana)
  • United Health Care


Donate & Become a Sustaining, UBU Project Champion

The mission of The UBU Project is to end youth suicide, addiction and bullying through arts integration. It may seem like a daunting task; however, The UBU Project is Doing Something About it! 

Join us and become part of the solution!

Quite simply put: The UBU Project teaches suicide prevention, drug prevention and anti-bullying through Interactive, Performing Arts Integration (Social/Emotional Learning)

UBU Social/Emotional Learning Residencies are Much More About the Celebration of Life through Discovering Everyone's Hidden Treasures of:


The UBU Project's powerful, interactive Arts Integration Residencies are showing a marked increase (over 30%) in student comprehension of these wondrous "UBU Treasure Chest Words." 

Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death for Youth in America. Our Kids Need:

Hope | Resilience | Self-Compassion | Empathy


  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 in Arizona alone (NPR)
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for youth nationwide ages 14-24 (CDC)
  • There are suicide statistics for children as young as 5 years old. Kindergartners are choosing to end their own lives. (CDC)
  • Drug overdose deaths among teenagers rose sharply over a one-year period according to federal data. “This is a public health crisis,” said Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. (NIDA)
  • Bullying is a form of youth violence. Almost all children will at some time experience bullying behavior as bully, victim, and/or observer of others being bullied.  "Bullying is a major public health problem.  Nearly 30% of American adolescents reported bullying experiences as the bully, the victim, or both." (CDC)


Read the inspiring words of UBU Residency Students:

  • "Hey Mr. David, thanks for telling me about this. The depression I used to have is slowly going away. I'm still trying to love myself but at least I love myself at least a little bit."
  • "I like making music and making songs. My treasure chest is in my heart."
  • "Mr. David, I understand resilience better. Thank you!"
  • "I love the UBU Project because it teaches me that I have to treat myself with love and respect and it teaches me how to write music."
  • "Mr. David, your lessons were amazing. They taught me a lot about hope, resilience, self-compassion and empathy."

 Plus these powerful testimonials from others who have experienced the life-affirming work of UBU Founder and Executive Director David Simmons: 

  • "Being  a student in David Simmons' Songwriting Class, has been a huge part of (my daughter's) finding strength and confidence within herself after her 2018 suicide attempt. I'm beyond thankful." -UBU Student's Mother (via Social Media)
  • "Hey man! I'm not sure if you really remember me but you were one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, and I was in a bad time of my life when I (worked with you) but you always kept me going man." -High School Student, Phoenix AZ (via Facebook Messenger)
  • "The students get to know the social emotional skills they need . . . they also have a new song writing skill that builds their self-esteem and helps them give voice to the struggles of their hearts in a hopeful, compassionate, and empathic way. I highly recommend “ The UBU Project” to other schools and students." -Elementary School Counselor
  • "Mr. Simmons provides such a wonderful example for all students. His workshops create a safe space for students to share their thoughts and feelings." - High School Prevention Coach

Help us encourage our youth to find and honor their own voice!



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