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
  • Teacher Training, Professional Development Workshops and  One Day/Weekend Workshops negotiated on a per event basis
  • $100,000: Covers the current UBU Project Annual Budget (Including additional Teaching Artists)

Join our Community of UBU Donor Champions;

 (Listed In Alphabetical Order)

  1. Bill  & Patsy Brunner, Sedona AZ   
  2. Dana Peri, Los Angeles CA   
  3. Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill & John O'Neill , Seattle WA  
  4. Evelyn Pine, San Francisco CA 
  5. Hugh Jackman, Los Angeles CA   
  6. Jeff Moore (The Solid Rock Teen Center), Phoenix AZ   
  7. JK Simmons, LA & NYC   
  8. Joe Butcher, Huntington Beach CA   
  9. Kevin Pollack, Los Angeles CA   
  10. Margaret Curry, NYC   
  11. Peter & Phyllis Strupp, Carefree AZ   
  12. Renee Ryan, Phoenix AZ   
  13. Rick Mitchell, Phoenix AZ   
  14. Rick Redick, Los Angeles CA   
  15. Robbi Marlowe, Phoneix AZ   
  16. Stephen Hesla, Missoula MT   
  17. TAD Management (Nick & Terry Davies), Phoenix AZ    

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
  • Fiesta Bowl Foundation
  • Arizona Community Foundation 

The UBU Project is Also Eligible for the Following ADE Grant Programs


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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