This initiative provides broad exposure to arts learning to some of the Nation’s most disenfranchised students. It also creates the possibility for mastery of a musical instrument. Through Lead Guitar and the LG Model of connecting rigorous curricula, low-income schools and major institutions for arts and higher learning, sustainable in-school arts programs have been developed to serve thousands of students from the Apache Nation to the southside of Chicago. The initiative also positively impacts the systems by which arts education is delivered in those communities.
Lead Guitar is widening its reach in Phoenix and Chicago, establishing operations in Los Angeles and Denver, and planning for nationwide growth. At the same time, the initiative inspires the founding of locally created programs based on the LG Model in all of its centers of operation. As a catalyst for change, Lead Guitar creates pods of self-sustaining local arts programs supported by evidence-based research.
How You Can Help
Volunteer – While we don’t have year-round volunteer positions, Lead Guitar has multiple events in every city we serve that require volunteers, golf tournament fundraisers and student showcase concerts being chief among them.
Airline miles and hotel points – Starting in fall 2021 Lead Guitar will have programs in all four U.S. time zones. As we grow, travel expenses, particularly airline tickets, grow in parallel. In FY22, as we return to in-person teaching, we anticipate 18 round-trip flights at an approximate cost of $7,600 and 40 hotel nights at around $4,000.
Auction and raffle items for Lead Guitar’s golf fundraiser help us raise money to be sure, but also make for a more enjoyable experience for the donors and sponsors who are on the course. This is also a great way to promote a business.
Donate — Check our wish list and ways to donate to choose the right option for you.
Here are three needs that will be increasingly relevant for Lead Guitar over the next five years:
- Salaries and wages for Teaching Artist personnel who serve as classroom instructors and mentors, as well as trainers for teachers account for 64% of Lead Guitar’s total expenses. Donations that support Lead Guitar Teaching Artists in the city of your choice will always be the most effective way to underwrite our core mission.
- Lead Guitar Digital is our new online platform that will deliver anytime access to Lead Guitar Teaching Artist videos, sheet music, games, lesson plans and more to 30,000 vulnerable students and their teachers over the next five years in areas where we do not have live operations. Investments earmarked for filming, editing, writing and equipment to create the multi-media learning modules will ensure access to quality music learning in schools that are otherwise arts deserts.
- Lead Guitar’s adaptive method – Lead Guitar with Chord Buddy featured in the above video – allows students of all abilities to participate in guitar class and is ready to grow. Investments earmarked for the Chord Buddy adaptive devices, program support and training will help us help schools meet the wide-spread need for music and growth opportunities for exceptional education students in under-supported public schools. One program for one school year that serves 15-40 students costs Lead Guitar approximately $8,400 including assistive devices.