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.


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). 


Starting in 2016, Musack developed 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!


Our most recent project - 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. 


Musack is now starting a Musack Missionaries to Cuba program. We've brought a guitar to Conservatorio Amadeo Rolden in Old Havana, and the students were SO appreciative. Now, because of how things are with Cuba, we need missionaries to be able to bring more guitars and supplies. Find out more here


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. 


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!