The Gibson Foundation Provides a Grant to The ASCAP Foundation to Support Our Summer Guitar Project at the Fresh Air Fund Camps
August 24, 2016
The ASCAP Foundation Summer Guitar Project, which takes place at the Fresh Air Fund camps in Fishkill, New York, received a real boost, in the form of a cash grant, from the Gibson Foundation. This grant made it possible for talented songwriters and musicians to travel to the camps and teach music to young people using Gibson-donated Pro-1 Classic guitars.
Over 400 New York City children received guitar and songwriting lessons this past summer during their stay at camp. For many, this was their first opportunity to work with a music teacher, learn to play an instrument and create songs. “Playing guitar for the first time was one of my favorite experiences at camp,” said William, 14, a Fresh Air Fund camper. “I’m going to figure out a way to continue after I go home.”
The ASCAP Foundation Summer Guitar Project was recently featured in the New York Times Fresh Air Fund supplement where our guest artist, Natalie Merchant, spoke of her visit with several young female campers. “Music worked its magic again,” said Merchant. “I told the girls that this was their inheritance, these songs were their gift to give to their own children. The highlight of the day was when the girls started showing me their own clapping games. I felt honored to be brought into their circle of song.”
Musician and producer, Arden Altino, also paid a visit to the camp where he discussed his career and worked with the kids to create an original song.
This year’s guitar/songwriting teachers include: Jeff Entin, Joy Jones and Tom Simmons. The Summer Guitar Project is made possible by a grant from the Gibson Foundation and The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.Thanks to D'Addario for their donation of guitar strings and picks.