D’Addario Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, and Guitar Center, the leading retailer of musical instruments, lessons, repairs and rentals in the U.S, have collaborated for the third year in a row to raise money on International Women’s Day in support of more girls in music. On Sunday, March 8, 2020, 50% of the proceeds from all D’Addario products sold at Guitar Center or guitarcenter.com will be donated to the D’Addario Foundation’s Music Education for Girls Initiative.
In 2019, over $45,000 was donated to the D’Addario Foundation’s Music Education for Girls Initiative, which provides young women with the resources and encouragement they need to study music, fostering both their personal and professional growth. This support not only serves to motivate girls to continue playing, but also to nurture them along in their educational journey.
The D’Addario Foundation’s Music Education for Girls Initiative helps fund:
- Robust instrument instruction programming for females, including Girls Rock! Rhode Island
- Continuing education scholarships for females including the Musicians Institute’s Women in Guitar Scholarship and the D’Addario Foundation College Scholarship Fund, where 6 out of the 10 2019 recipients are female
- The D’Addario Foundation’s direct-service strings education program which provides free instruments & instruction to youth in the local NY community, where 89% of students are female
“The D’Addario Women in Guitar Scholarship is a life-changer because it shows a young female guitarist what’s POSSIBLE,” says Beth Marlis, Vice President of Musicians Institute. “The scholarship celebrates the dedication, talent, and a job well done, and blows the doors off anything or anybody that says ‘no, you can’t’, and instead says ‘keep on going’ with your music!”
Help raise more money this year by visiting your local Guitar Center, guitarcenter.com or just donating at http://ddar.io/donate on March 8, 2020.
Source: D’Addario, Guitar Center