Les Paul Foundation announces funding to music and hearing programsJanuary 26, 2015 by Les Paul Foundation
Continuing its commitment to Inspire creativity and support innovation, the Les Paul Foundation has awarded fourteen grants to organizations in New York, California, Wisconsin, Tennessee and New Jersey. Grants include funding to multiple music education programs that tell the Les Paul story and to hearing loss prevention and research programs.
Bonaroo Works Fund in Nashville is the charitable division of Bonaroo Music Festival. Its Notes for Notes music education program builds, equips and staffs after school recording studios called MusicBoxes within Boys & Girls Clubs. Funds from the Les Paul Foundation will support new studios in Brooklyn, Austin, Detroit, San Francisco and Atlanta. http://www.bonarooworksfund.org
First Stage in Milwaukee, WI is one of the nation’s most acclaimed children’s theaters. Funds from the Les Paul Foundation will support the creation and implementation of an arts-integrated teaching-through-theater program based on the life of Les Paul. The program initially will be offered to ten third grade classes. www.firststage.org
The Grammy Foundation will create the Les Paul Centennial GRAMMY Signature School Community Award with funds provided by the Les Paul Foundation. The award recognizes high school music programs that display strong curricula and teaching in the area of guitar, jazz or music technology. www.grammyfoundation.org.
Guitars for Vets continues to provide the healing power of music by teaching veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder how to play guitar and providing a new guitar and accessories to each veteran who completes the course. The Les Paul Foundation is proud to continue its support of this program. www.guitarsforvets.org
Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.) is committed to raising awareness of the irreversible damage that loud music can cause to hearing. With the support of many high profile musicians and the Les Paul Foundation, H.E.A.R. is expanding its Listen Smart program to schools in several states as it continues to develop new materials for educators. www.hearnet.com
The Hearing Health Foundation has pledged to find a cure for tinnitus. Les Paul was among the thousands of people plagued by this annoying condition. The Les Paul Foundation added its support to the Hearing Restoration Project. www.hearinghealthfoundation.org
Kid Pan Alley aims to inspire and empower students to work together to create their own music. The Les Paul Foundation has provided funding to support Kid Pan Alley’s 4 week-long songwriting residency program in several schools. www.KidPanAlley.org
Little Kids Rock restores and revitalizes music education in public schools. Little Kids Rock provides not only instruments, but also ongoing teacher training to strengthen public school music education. With support of the Les Paul Foundation, the organization launched the Modern Band Program at the Les Paul Middle School and the Les Paul Modern Band Camp at two Los Angeles schools. Additionally, the Les Paul Honorary Composition & Recording Exhibition will feature students exhibiting their own multi-track recordings. The organization also will expand its program into additional Chicago schools. www.littlekidsrock.org
Les Paul Foundation Executive Director Michael Braunstein visits Little Kids Rock in New York
Mahwah Township is building The Les Paul Plaza in the community that Les Paul called home for over fifty years with the support of the Les Paul Foundation. The plaza is scheduled to open in 2015.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) annually awards the Les Paul TEC Award to individuals, living or deceased, whose careers have best exemplified the spirit of creative and technical excellence in professional recording and sound. The Les Paul Foundation continues to support this recognition. www.tecawards.org/les-paul-award
No Limits Theater Group improves the speaking abilities of deaf children in a fun, non-academic setting. The Les Paul Foundation supplied funds for musical equipment and instruction for lower income deaf children in the greater Los Angeles area. www.nolimitsfordeafchildren.org
VH1 Save the Music of New York received funding to rebuild instrumental music education programs in public schools. www.vh1savethemusic.org
Waukesha County Museum in Wisconsin hosts one of the key exhibits on Les Paul. The Les Paul Foundation provided funding for the museum’s many educational programs that relay Les Paul’s story and for support of the exhibit. www.lespaulexperience.org
Wisconsin School Music Association is hosting its annual Launchpad garage band competition with the coveted Les Paul Launchpad Award. In addition to band competition, the organization provides training about succeeding in the music business. www.launchpadwisconsin.org