Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in public schools. Little Kids Rock is one of the leading nonprofit providers of free lessons and instruments to underprivileged children in US public schools, and has served more than 250,000 students at over 1,700 schools in 25 cities nationwide. Little Kids Rock Honorary Board Members include Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Ziggy Marley and other well-loved artists.
The Les Paul Foundation is proud to be a supporter of Little Kids Rock. With recent funding from the Les Paul Foundation this school year, Little Kids Rock has already provided free training, instruments and resources to teachers in 20 Chicago Public schools, which took place on October 5th adn 6th and will result in “Modern Band” music instruction for an additional 2,000 students in the Chicago Public Schools, where Little Kids Rock is currently serving more than 16,000 kids.The nonprofit organization’s curriculum, called “Modern Band,” is rooted in teaching kids to perform, improvise and compose the popular musical styles that they know and love, such as pop, rock, hip hop, blues, country, reggae and funk.
To further the partnership, last December the foundation’s Executive Director Michael Braunstein visited Lower Manhattan Community Middle School- MS896, a Little Kids Rock school in New York City, surprising the students with a delivery of Epiphone Les Paul electric guitars. Simultaneously, supporters of Little Kids Rock’s Chicago chapter delivered Epiphone Les Paul electric guitars to Edwards Elementary in Chicago and the young rockers jammed via Skype from nearly 800 miles away! The guitars will be used to augment the successful Little Kids Rock music programs.
Little Kids Rock is hosting a songwriting exhibition honoring Les Paul. All submissions will be featured in a rockin’ online showcase from April 15th to May 8th, 2014 where teachers, students and the world will be able to listen to original compositions from across the nation!