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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Educational Services, Music

Mission: The mission of the Traveling Guitar Foundation is to provide musical equipment, guitar clinics, and support for our communities’ music education programs. Since 2010, the Foundation has worked tirelessly to ensure that elementary, middle and high school students have access to high-quality musical instruments and comprehensive instruction to assist in their intellectual and social development.

Target demographics: Inner city / underprivileged schools throughout the USA. Elementary, Middle and Highschool level. 8 - 17 years old

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2500 students in over 10 school systems

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Music Education Programs

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sean21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to witness what Damon Marks and the Traveling Guitar Foundation have been doing for the kids and their schools..not only is he an inspiration for these young musicians but also for us adults that forgot how music can change your life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I got to see first hand the joy that the school kids had when they saw what the traveling guitar foundation was donating to the schools music program. To see the way the kids had a chance to interact with the musicians was great.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think what Damon Marks has done for the children of Elizabeth is wonderful! EVERY child deserves to not only be given an education but also be exposed to the gift of music. This is a basic form of expression and it is being lost on a generation of children! Music has saved many of us. It is a safe place to express yourself, find solitude, express joy and sadness. Damon has given a selfless gift back to the children of his hometown through his foundation. As more and more funding is being cut from the arts, it's nice to see someone who understands it's importance, especially in the inner city, and is willing to do something to stop this unfortunate trend. BRAVO Damon!

1 Susie16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think what the Traveling Guitar Foundation is doing to help kids is just wonderful! They give children a second chance. Music has the power to save people from not so wonderful environments and it empowers them to grow, to be better everyday and it also keeps them away from trouble.

I come from a third world country, Venezuela, and I know many people whose lives where saved from drugs and poverty through learning music and developing a career as a classical musicians in the well known National Orchestras from Venezuela with "El Sistema".

I truly believe, that The Traveling Guitar Foundation is making a difference in those children's life! I highly recommend everyone who can help them to contribute any way they can so they can keep on changing lives with beautiful music!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What TGF has done for the public schools has gone above and beyond expectations. The children are really receptive to this positive influence that they would not have otherwise receive. What Damon Marks is doing is such a great thing that we all should take a cue from.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Damon's contributions to my community through the Traveling Guitar Foundation has been amazing. I recently attended a Traveling Guitar Foundations school event and can say the instruments they have donated are of extremely professional quality and their work with the students is above and beyond.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great way to give back. With music education so quick to be cut from school programs, if's heart warming to find an organization willing to invest in kids and music. Keep up the good work Damon!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Damon is doing a terrific job with the Traveling Guitar Foundation, providing musical instruments to kids in need. This is especially important right now, with looming budget cuts, arts are one of the first programs to get cut. Damon and TGF are keeping hope alive for those kids in danger of losing possibly the only thing that they look forward to in school, sometimes their music their music is their only outlet, their only form of self expression, their only reason for going to school and their other classes in the first place. Keep up the great work with TGF, Damon!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What Damon Marks is doing is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! Music has been a life saver for my 19 year old daughter, and if not for the music program in her school I am not sure she would have graduated. The sad thing is that we are dependent on programs such as this to keep such a fundamental right to the arts alive in our public school system. More artists need to take Damon's approach and draw some much needed attention to this area.

Sarah149

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Traveling Guitar Foundation fills an important void in today's schools that are cutting back on music education. Matt Gibson is a veteran and we love it how he's using his platform for kids and veterans alike...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I just found out about this nonprofit and it sounds great! I am always interested on helping musicians or people that are interested on music. This foundation really sounds like it is needed on many places.