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Jun 22 2010 12:00AM
Hermes Music Foundation Donates 600 Guitars to Milagro grantee, Little Kids Rock!
In 1996, an elementary school teacher in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, David Wish, grew frustrated with the lack of funding for music education at his school. Realizing that he would have to take it upon himself to make sure his kids got a chance to explore music, David began offering an after-school guitar class to interested students. The classes became wildly popular, and as more kids sought to enroll, he decided to take the program national.
The Milagro Foundation first funded David's efforts in 1998 with a small grant to provide each student in his classroom with electric guitars. This month, 12 years later, Milagro helped facilitate a generous donation of 600 guitars made possible by The Hermes Music Foundation.
The Hermes Music Foundation is an ambitious program which will provide support to homeless children and to the indigenous communities as well as to everyone living under poverty and health conditions because of disaster situations. The Hermes Music Foundation has an active program in place. It welcomes all supporters, ideas and donations which will allow the foundation to continue to develop these great and noble projects.
In 2002, with initial support from musical luminaries BB King and John Lee Hooker, Little Kids Rock was born. What began as an informal project led by a single school teacher and a handful of volunteers has since evolved into a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that has served tens of thousands of students across the country.
With the support of Honorary Board Members Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Slash, B.B. King, Ziggy Marley and a host of celebrated luminaries in the music industry, Little Kids Rock is poised to significantly extend its reach in the United States.