Making Music Happen Since 2009

Ok, maybe this guy was making music happen in Nantucket before 2009. But that's when we stepped in.

Ok, maybe this guy was making music happen in Nantucket before 2009. But that's when we stepped in.

Today, Musack's mission is to give kids and teens a voice through music by providing guitars, drums, and support for music teachers - wherever the need arises. 

But back in 2009, writer/producer Donick Cary (Letterman/Simpsons/Parks and Recreation/Silicon Valley) began Musack with a simple vision: raise money to fund musical programs for his hometown high school on Nantucket Island. After a rash of teen suicides on the island, Donick thought about how he and his friends got through their teen years. Music.

Enter Musack, which began providing Nantucket’s high schoolers with guitars and music lessons as a way to help them tell their stories. Taking our cue from the kids, we quickly expanded to include drums and other music and arts programs. Our programs then quickly spread to a variety of different locales:

Nantucket High Schoolers with their guitars in 2009.

Nantucket High Schoolers with their guitars in 2009.

Nantucket

Musack continues to expand right in Nantucket with guitar and drum lessons at the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club, podcast and rap programs at the Nantucket Community Music Center, and contributions to support plays like Lion King Jr. and Elf at Cyrus Peirce Middle School.

Compton + LA

In 2015, Musack was ready to expand geographically. We had just thrown our fourth Rock n' Roll Carnival and were ready to spread the music, so we helped Whaley Middle School rock out with a drumline and donated guitars and an instructor to start after-school guitar classes at Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES). Now, in 2017, we've added Larchmont Charter School and donated electric drums to them! 

Appalachia

Starting in 2016, Musack began supporting a program at Folk School JAM in North Carolina for guitar and fiddle. Some of the kids wanted banjos to express themselves too, so banjo players in Appalachia are coming soon!

Haiti

Also new in 2016 - making music happen in Haiti!  We've recently donated guitars, pianos, and an instructor to the Haitian American Caucus: Haiti to create rockers out of the students and orphans there. 

Cuba

In 2017, we began a Musack Missionaries to Cuba program. We brought a guitar to Conservatorio Amadeo Rolden in Old Havana, and the students were SO appreciative. We started sending missionaries with more guitars, instruments, and supplies because Cuba has NO music stores. Want to be the next Musack Missionary to Cuba? Find out more here

Alaska

In April of 2017, Musack braved the cold to deliver guitars to the Galena Interior Learning Academy. Galena is completely isolated and tiny and the kids come from smaller isolated native villages. GILA is a public school, with tough budget decisions to make for funding their art programs, but in a place without businesses that is so isolated, music is extra important... so Musack stepped in. 

Native American Midwest

Also in 2017, Musack delivered guitars to music Programs on Native American Reservations including Acoma, Apache, and the Native American Music Fund on the Navajo Reservation. We also dropped guitars at the Santa Fe Indian School, a public boarding school serving 19 pueblos.

 

What's Next? 

We're always on the lookout for places where we can empower kids with a creative voice and always raising the funds to make that happen. If you know of a place where there are kids in need, tell us! If you want to help us make music happen, donate here!

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