For everyone who has shown their support for our Pick Education program, thank you so much! I’m pleased to announce its official launch. As a refresher, Pick Education program lets all musicians give back, just a little bit. It’s no secret music education funding has been cut drastically in schools across the country, and all […]
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Some products are aspirational in nature. “Buy this Fender Eric Clapton Signature Strat and your blues solos will sound just like Slowhand’s.” Or “Hop on this Harley and the world will see you as the rebel you really are.”
That’s all well and good, but I like products that understand who we really are. “Sometimes you’re lazy and lean your $2,000 guitar up against your amp instead of cradling it in a stand.” Or “You tend to leave your guitar stand at home because you’ve got enough stuff to carry to a gig and the stand just doesn’t fit in your gig bag.”
For those of you not following the story, we did not win the GOOD Magazine grant, which would have funded our Pick Education program.
I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed. We could have done a lot of good with the $2,500 prize, but it was not meant to be. Nevertheless, I think this program’s potential for good is too great to ignore, and I think now is the time in my life to start giving back.
We’re within striking distance of winning the $2,500 grant that can help fund our Pick Education program. Voting ends at 12:00 PM PDT on Thursday, so we really need your vote (the public vote decides the winner). You, dear GearPipe readers, hold the future of two projects in your hands.
You already know we’re trying to change GearPipe for ‘good’ by planning a sustainable musical instrument donation program, called ‘Pick Education.’ It won’t be cheap to get this started, so we’ve applied for a $2,500 grant from GOOD Magazine to act as seed money. Voting has been going on for about a week (the winner is decided by a public vote), and our idea has been between #1 and #3 the entire time. Voting ends Thursday, March 29 at 12:00 PM PDT.
I know we have enough GearPipe readers to win this thing, so I’m sweetening the deal for you! I have a Line 6 POD HD300 multi-effects pedal that Line 6 sent me for review. If we win this grant, I will give the HD300 to one of you. If we don’t win, I’ll donate it to a music education program that needs it.
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