Increased Access to and Equity in Music Education

Initiative Creating Sustainable Arts Programming in America’s Toughest Schools
Grantee Partner Lead Guitar
Lead Guitar reaches students who would otherwise never have the opportunity to learn, create and experience the joy of making music.

Lead Guitar builds free guitar ensemble classes in public schools where 80% or more of students are eligible for Free and Reduced Price School Meals. These are schools that lack access to critical resources and opportunities, including arts education. In-school music education inspires students to engage with their school community in new ways, prompts students to examine and expand their personal narratives, and activates growth mindset. Lead Guitar participants experience the joy of music making while developing discipline, self-esteem, and teamwork skills: attributes that help them realize success throughout their lives.

FY21 Annual Report