The Classic Guitars International ‘Play it Forward’ Program
For those of us who love guitars, there are few things better in life than sitting down quietly to play your guitar, enjoy the music, and just ‘be’. Those of us who own guitars are fortunate. Others are not as fortunate, and while they may long to own a guitar, circumstances often beyond their control, have left them unable to obtain one. The “Play it Forward” program was designed to provide a conduit from my wonderful and caring clients to individuals and organization who could benefit from the gift of a guitar. Clients donate guitars, and I do my best to find the perfect home for them. The program was started in 2009 and has gifted guitars to under funded music schools and individuals around the globe. The only requirement of any recipient of a “Play it Forward” guitar, is that they never sell it, but instead, also Play it Forward by gifting the guitar to another worthy musician in need of a guitar.
“If you have a quality guitar that you think you might wish to donate for this program please drop me an email and let me know. If you feel that you deserve to be the recipient of one of these donated guitars, please drop me an email and let me know your story! To those of you who have already donated guitars for this purpose, my heartfelt ‘thanks’ for sharing the music.” – Chris Kamen
Thanks to the kindness of one of my clients, Victor, a struggling musician with bi-polar disorder and who has struggled living on the streets for many years, was finally able to realize his dream of owning a guitar through the Play it Forward program. I am confident that music will help Victor in his life and I hope that this guitar is the springboard to a brighter future for him. Click here to read the kind article in the Santa Barbara News Press.
Chia visits my shop to accept his free ‘Play it Forward” ten string guitar, congratulations Chia!
Jennifer with her free “Play it Forward” guitar. Jennifer wrote to me and shared that some serious medical difficulties had left her basically home bound, and her singular joy in life was to play music. Unfortunately her Pharmacy expenses were so high a decent guitar was out of the question, and I was very glad that I was able to provide her with this free guitar, I hope her time alone at home is much happier in the future….
Evan is a talented young player in Canada, who quickly outgrew his beginner guitar. Evan’s father contacted me and shared that the family finances just could not support buying Evan a guitar that he could grow with as he improved. I was able to provide a fine older Manuel Rodriguez “Play it Forward” guitar to Evan, and his dad says his playing is already more inspired!
Camille is a multi talented young woman who sings in stage productions, is learning jazz piano, and is learning folk guitar on a steel string all at the same time! Recently she fell in love with Classical Guitar, and since she already understands and reads music she decided to pursue learning to play classical guitar as well. As luck would have it one of my local clients donated this nice spruce guitar made in the Candelas workshop in the ’80’s, and it seemed like it would be nice to have the instrument being used and enjoyed here locally as well right in Santa Barbara. Enjoy Camille!
Gloria is nearly 12 years old and has fallen in love with the classical guitar but was playing an inexpensive ‘toy’ guitar because she did not have the funds for anything better at this time. I heard about her from her father. I was able to provide Gloria with a free ‘play it forward’ guitar from my inventory and I know that she will study hard and practice for hours with her new guitar. Her father promised that when the day comes that she deserves a concert level instrument, that Gloria will ‘play it forward’ by gifting her guitar to another young aspiring player like herself. Enjoy Gloria….
Nadia was recommended by good friends in a local Guitar Society. She was known to be a talented and promising player but was struggling to play classical pieces because she was playing on a steel string guitar (ouch!). I was able to award Nadia a very nice Play it Forward Classical guitar (nylon strings Nadia!) donated by a very kind client of mine. Congratulations Nadia…