MUSACK started on Nantucket Island where the summer is fantastic but the winter is long and very isolated with not much to do. The Nantucket year-round population is a little over 10,000 mostly working class, service industry families and their children many of whom hail from places as far flung as Bulgaria, Ecuador, and Jamaica who find themselves in a strange new home with few means. Enter MUSACK which in 2009 began arming Nantucket’s high schoolers with guitars and music lessons as a way to help them tell their stories and stay focused on kid stuff like doing good in school and moving on to college. Along the way MUSACK has sponsored cultural exchanges to fight off claustrophobia and established a scholarship fund to send kids to college in pursuit of music or related degrees.
Now in its 6th year MUSACK has plans to expand to Los Angeles with guitar, drum and rap labs along with other creative activities because kids in LA need to express themselves too.
Read more about MUSACK programs here.
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And check out this cool little diddy we put together to help tell our story...