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LITTLE KIDS ROCK - Since 2002, Little Kids Rock has been dedicated to putting music back in schools. We provide students with free musical instruments and instruction that focuses on their favorite popular music styles, including rock, blues, rap and hip-hop. So far, over 1,100 schools in 20 cities nationwide have benefited from a Little Kids Rock program, and the response from kids, parents and teachers has been phenomenal. When it comes to making sure every kid gets a first-rate education, music matters. Little Kids Rock believes that learning to play a musical instrument can be a transformative experience in students’ lives, with the power to inspire the creativity and confidence that are critical to success in school and beyond. That’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the country. Ultimately, our goal is to restore music to its rightful place in the academic lives of all kids in our public schools.

Did you know…
- Kids who play a musical instrument are 52% more likely to go on to college
- Over 42,000 kids are currently enrolled in a Little Kids Rock program
- Little Kids Rock is one of the leading instrument-providing charities in the U.S.

In 1996, an elementary school teacher, David Wish, grew frustrated with the lack of funding for music education at his school. Realizing that he would have to take it upon himself to make sure his kids got a chance to explore music, David began offering an after-school guitar class to interested students. The classes became wildly popular, and as more kids sought to enroll, he decided to take the program national. In 2002, with initial support from musical luminaries BB King and John Lee Hooker, Little Kids Rock was born. What began as an informal project led by a single school teacher and a handful of volunteers has since evolved into a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that has served thousands of students across the country. With the support of Honorary Board Members Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Les Paul, Jason Newsted and a host of celebrated luminaries in the music industry, Little Kids Rock is poised to significantly extend its reach in the United States.

We simply couldn’t do what we do without the help of our community of sponsors, volunteers, teachers and donors. Their commitment to putting music education back in public schools is truly inspirational to all of us at Little Kids Rock.

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Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night benefits the Music For Life Alliance