Every summer since 1999, The ASCAP Foundation has offered free, innovative, hands-on music education to approximately 3,000 economically disadvantaged New York City children at the Fresh Air Fund Summer Camps, which widens the scope of what the Fresh Air Fund regularly offers.
By donating guitars and providing top-notch songwriters and musicians for music lessons in a peaceful countryside setting, The ASCAP Foundation Summer Guitar Program picks up where school budgets leave off.
Children are familiarized with music creation through various genres and participate in fun musical experiences that encourage collaboration, present an outlet for creative self-expression, and guide them towards learning life-skills that can be used in a potential career.
The impact of the Summer Guitar Initiative on the campers is profound. According to Dr. Nina Kraus, neuroscientist and lead researcher of a recent music learning and brain development study, music instruction can make a significant difference in the academic trajectory of low-income children. Kraus’ study found that music instruction not only improves children’s communication skills, attention, self-esteem and memory, but it may even close the academic gap between rich and economically poor students.
“Playing the guitar for the first time was one of my favorite experiences at camp,” said William, 14. “I’m going to figure out a way to continue after I go home.”
This program is the very first, and for some, the only time they get the chance to lay their hands on a guitar or to be taught by a music teacher. You can become part of this life-changing experience. Make a donation today to help make innovative, hands-on music education available to New York City’s youth through The ASCAP Foundation Summer Music program.