Guitar Center Music Foundation

Guitar Center Music Foundation and Troubadour Raise Money for Music Education

The Troubadour recently played host to The Guitar Center Music Foundation’s Inaugural Benefit Concert to Support Music Education. Hosted by Scott Goldman of the GRAMMY Museum, this very special night of music featured Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Robby Krieger (The Doors) and Richie Furay (The Buffalo Springfield); Jason Scheff, former bassist and vocalist with band Chicago; singer-songwriter A.J. Croce, son of the late Jim Croce; Claudia Lennear, legendary vocalist with the Rolling Stones, among others, and Nia Peeples, singer and actress.

Claudia Lennear

Up and coming artists including country singer Lily Meola, singer-songwriter Willie Shaw, Australian R&B soul hip hop vocalist Grace Sewell, and the all-girl group Viridian Lights showcased their talents, all giving impressive performances.

Lily Meola

Winners of a variety of music-related prizes, silent and live auction, were announced between musical acts by Guitar Center Music Education Representatives and Scott Goldman.

The concert's grand finale featured memorable sets by Robby Krieger and Richie Furay, respectively. Krieger performed a selection of classic Doors music. Furay closed out the night with his signature Americana country, which included the Buffalo Springfield classic song, “For What It's Worth.” Former Poco bassist, and long-time member of The Eagles, Timothy B. Schmit, lent his voice to the backup vocals during Furay’s set.

“Each one of the performers really believed in our Foundation and its mission,” says David A. Helfant, Chairman of the Board of the Guitar Center Music Foundation. “They supported the cause without the payment of any compensation whatsoever.”

The Guitar Center Music Foundation was started in 2005 by Larry Thomas and a Board of music industry executives interested in music education and music therapy.

“Our mission statement is to donate musical instruments to various school districts across the country and to raise money for music education and music therapy,” says Helfant. “We have provided over 300,000 musical instruments to schools, community programs, medical facilities, and rehab centers since its inception in 2005.”

David A. Helfant

“This Fundraiser will be an annual event and will build each year with more people, more sponsors, and a greater outreach,” adds Helfant. “Our hope is that The Troubadour will continue to support the Foundation and allow us to come back each year. The owners of The Troubadour donated the use of the Venue for the Fundraiser as an accommodation to the Charity.”

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