GIVING EVERYONE THE POWER TO CREATE AND EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH MUSIC
GIVING EVERYONE THE POWER TO CREATE AND EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH MUSIC
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.

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 is an independent 501c3 organization. Through instrument grants and donations, we help ensure schools and music education programs get the resources they need to keep music alive and accessible.

HOW WE SUPPORT

The Guitar Center Music Foundation is an independent 501c3 organization. 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. Founded in 2005, the Foundation has reached over 300,000 people through instrument grants to schools and music therapy programs.

Raised for music programs in 2021

Music programs supported in 2021

Instruments granted in 2021

Number of donations received through the Round Up Your Change program in 2022

People impacted through our grants in 2021

States served with instrument grants

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. Founded in 2005, the Foundation has reached over 300,000 people through instrument grants to schools and music therapy programs.

Raised for music programs in 2021

Music programs supported in 2021

Instruments granted in 2021

Number of donations received through the Round Up Your Change program in 2022

People impacted through our grants in 2021

States served with instrument grants

OUR PROJECTS

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with “Música y Merienda”

With the help of parent volunteers, Música y Merienda (Music and a Meal) was born at Atwater Elementary in Los Angeles. It is a live-music event that happens during lunch once a month to support the dual-language curriculum while showcasing musicians performing Spanish-language songs across different genres. GCMF provided a much needed new sound system.

OCTOBER 2022

GCMF Partners with Music & Arts on “Project Imagine”

Project Imagine provides free access to high-quality, diverse commissioned works for middle school and high school schools that would not otherwise have access or be able to afford these compositions. Our first composer, Kelijah Dunton, has completed his work, Color in the Grey.
 
 

SEPTEMBER 2022

Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY and GCMF Donate $10K to LAUSD Beyond the Bell

For the release of “Learn to Swim,” a film that dives into the world of contemporary jazz with a musical meditation on love and loss, ARRAY donated funds for music education in the surrounding community. GCMF matched their donation to Beyond the Bell, the afterschool branch of LAUSD.

AUGUST 2022

Electric Moon Foundation Brings Music to Alexandria House

We answered the call when EMF reached out about a need for instruments for their summer music camp held at Alexandria House, a transitional home for women and children in Los Angeles. At camp, the children learned to play an instrument and write songs culminating with a performance in front of friends and family.
 

JULY 2022

HeartBound Teaches Music in Georgia Prisons

GCMF has donated many guitars and amps to HeartBound over the years, and we are truly making an impact on inmate’s lives. HeartBound provides a mentor to teach guitar to many juveniles who are serving adult sentences. While the state can lock you up for years, they can’t lock up your creativity. Music makes them more than just an inmate.

JUNE 2022

Students Graduate On-Time with Help of Antioch Speedway

When Antioch Speedway volunteer, Larry Adams, learned that kids from Antioch High School in California might not graduate due to not having enough elective credits, he saw an opportunity to create a class for students to broadcast the racetrack’s events to earn those missing credits. Larry came to GCMF asking for audio-visual gear to help, and we were thrilled to assist.

MAY 2022

“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.”

– GCMF Grantee Upbeat Academy

MEDIA

October 27, 2022

Music foundations replace instruments Marrero Middle School band lost during Hurricane Ida

   

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September 2, 2022

Guitar Center Music Foundation Helps 70 Organizations in Q1, Q2

   

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September 2, 2022

Guitar Center Music Foundation Education and Outreach in 2022

   

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September 2, 2022

Guitar Center Music Foundation Continuing Support Of Education & Outreach

   

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August 22, 2022

Virginia All Star Band performs on 'Good Morning America,' gets special surprise at the end

   

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May 18, 2022

The Guitar Center Music Foundation Expands Board of Directors with New Appointments

   

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MEDIA
October 27, 2022

Music foundations replace instruments Marrero Middle School band lost during Hurricane Ida

 
 
GAMBITLEARN MORE

September 2, 2022

Guitar Center Music Foundation Helps 70 Organizations in Q1, Q2

 
 
MUSIC INC MAG LEARN MORE

September 2, 2022

Guitar Center Music Foundation Continuing Support Of Education & Outreach

 
 
PRO SOUND WEB LEARN MORE

September 2, 2022

Guitar Center Music Foundation Education and Outreach 2022

 
 
MUSIC CONNECTIONLEARN MORE

August 22, 2022

Virginia All Star Band performs on ‘Good Morning America,’ gets special surprise at the end

 
 
13 NEWS NOW LEARN MORE

May 18, 2022

The Guitar Center Music Foundation Expands Board of Directors with New Appointments

 
 
MMR MAGAZINE LEARN MORE

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