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. The island is home to a growing population of immigrant families 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.
In 2015 MUSACK expanded to Los Angeles launching two pilot programs, because, well, kids in LA need to express themselves too.
Read more about MUSACK programs here.
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And check out this cool little ditty we put together to help tell our story...
Thanks to our friends at Sugarshack Animation for contributing their talents to produce this video!