We equip, educate and inspire the next generation of players

Equip, Educate and Inspire

Established in Sep. 2019, the Fender Play Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) solely dedicated to increasing access to music education through innovative & sustainable programs that put instruments & learning tools directly in the hands of students & teachers.

Music has the power to change lives

We are teaming up with LAUSD to fund and implement an innovative new program for music education combining direct access to instruments, teacher-led instruction and an always-on digital learning tool — Fender Play.

2021 Goals: 10,000 Students

Our goal is to provide Access to 10,000 LAUSD Middle-School Students by the end of 2021. With 5,000 students and 70 teachers currently engaged in the program, we are halfway there.

Sustainability Matters

It’s critical that we keep teachers, students and families engaged and playing. Our focus is on building a scalable, sustainable model for music education. We are starting in middle school and hope to extend the program to elementary and high school.

2030 Vision: 1 Million Students

There are over 52M K-12 students in the U.S. alone, and the vast majority have limited, or no, access to music education of any kind. Our vision is to extend the LAUSD pilot program to schools nationwide.

Funding

The lack of access to music education affects us all. We can’t solve it alone. We need your help.

Through grants, partnerships and individual donations, the Foundation is raising funds required to pay for the instruments, teachers and tools that make the program possible. Our goal for 2021 is to raise $1.5M in external funding to serve 10,000 students, and $3M in 2022 to serve 20,000 students.

$50

Your donation will provide one student with a brand-new Fender strap, tuner, picks and strings (Fender accessories pack).

$150

or $12.50/month for one year

Your donation will provide one student with a brand-new Fender instrument and a Fender accessories pack, plus music lessons and access to Fender Play for one semester.

$300

or $25/month for one year

Your donation will provide one student with a brand-new Fender instrument and a Fender accessories pack, plus music lessons and access to Fender Play for one school year.

$750

Your donation will provide five students with a brand-new Fender instrument and a Fender accessories pack, plus music lessons and access to Fender Play for one semester.

$5,000

Your donation will provide an entire classroom with brand new Fender instruments and Fender accessories packs, plus music lessons and access to Fender Play for one semester.

Impact

Benefits of Music Education

The Fender Play Foundation provides a pathway for students to reach their full potential through music education. By breaking down the barriers many children face in finding the right instructional leadership and means to purchase instruments, the Foundation helps students grow cognitively, creatively, socially and emotionally.

2020-2021 OVERVIEW

  • 4849 STUDENTS0 STUDENTS
  • 68 TEACHERS0 TEACHERS
  • 76.9% of students were newcomers to playing their instrument.
  • 84.7% of students said they would continue after completing the program.
  • 2,490 TOTAL

    Acoustic Guitars

  • 1,038 TOTAL

    Electric Guitars

  • 428 TOTAL

    Bass Guitars

  • 893 TOTAL

    Ukulele

Testimonials

“Thank you for this program. I couldn't have afforded on my own and it has been such a bright spot in our lives. Sometimes my so...”

- LAUSD Parent

“My proudest moment was early in the semester and hearing her excitement when she talked about learning chords. It opened a door...”

- LAUSD Parent

“It really has been great during the pandemic. It has given my son something to do in order to compete with himself and focus on...”

- LAUSD Parent

“Observing her trying and learning new things is always a great feeling. Even though she is not a pro yet; I am very proud to se...”

- LAUSD Parent

“Thank you so much for creating this program and offering it to the students of LAUSD. I am excited to be using your curriculum. ”

- Music Educator

“Overall, I love the program! The Fender Play app is of great quality, and it is a pleasure to teach this program.”

- Music Educator

“THIS PROGRAM IN MIDDLE SCHOOL IS AWESOME! This will get more guitar and rock band classes on the high school level. ”

- Music Educator

“I liked that my teacher made things easy to understand.”

- LAUSD Student

“I like that I am able to play with out anyone judging me and that makes me feel comfortable with everyone else.”

- LAUSD Student

Leadership

The Fender Play Foundation is led by Co-Presidents Evan Jones and Ed Magee, Vice President Gianna Jackson, and Program Director Emilia Gore. Each team member brings a unique perspective, with backgrounds in music, education and philanthropy that embody the Foundation’s mission.

Fender Play Foundation in the News

Read more about the impact that the Fender Play Foundation is already making in the Los Angeles community.

Upcoming Events

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