WHY MUSIC MATTERS
Learning to play an instrument can have a significant impact on human development. From improving social and academic skills to building confidence, nurturing creativity and relieving stress, the benefits of making music are limitless. Unfortunately, music education is routinely—and mistakenly—undervalued.


Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all other studies, have enhanced critical thinking skills and pursue higher education.

Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate, while schools without have an average rate of 72.9%.

Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut, and student participation has experienced the largest decline of any academic subject.
HOW WE SUPPORT

The Guitar Center Music Foundation believes that music participation helps people reach the heights of human potential and is foundational to a healthy society.

Through instrument grants and donations, we help ensure schools and music education programs get the resources they need to keep music alive and accessible.

OUR IMPACT

The Guitar Center Music Foundation believes that music participation helps people reach the heights of human potential and is foundational to a healthy society.

Through instrument grants and donations, we help ensure schools and music education programs get the resources they need to keep music alive and accessible.


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“I’m living proof of what ... music education can do for an adolescent. Before Upbeat, I didn’t know music was my calling or had the confidence to figure out … investing in something that’s going to help polish the next generation's future … this program is something I want all children to have access to and be able to have that creative outlet.”

– BluShakurX

MEDIA
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March 26, 2022

GCMF Collaborates with Jerry Garcia Music Arts on New Collectible Items
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February 28, 2022

GCMF, Sheila E.'s Elevate Oakland Donate New Music Room at Elmhurst Middle School
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February 16, 2022

Guitar Center Replaces Instruments Stolen in Santa Monica Music Center robbery
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February 10, 2022

Musicians In Action and Guitar Center Music Foundation
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December 27, 2021

The Guitar Center Music Foundation Names Myka Miller as Executive Director
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March 10, 2021

The Guitar Center Music Foundation Raises over $500K to Assist Music Programs in Need
PARTNERS
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Our impact is made possible thanks to the generous support of people like you. Donations remain one of the most effective ways for us to expand our efforts.

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We welcome volunteers who are passionate about contributing their time and talent to helping secure and expand access to the music community.

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Connecting and cultivating a diverse community of difference makers amplifies our ability to reach schools and in-need music education programs.