Pick Education is Dead, Long Live Pick Education

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.

Today is my 35th birthday, which demands reflection. I live a wonderful life. I have a loving partner. Her and I live in a nice house in a great neighborhood in a wonderful city. We have our health, great friends, and two odd, yet loving, dogs.

But I don’t perform many selfless acts, and I think this is my opportunity. Playing music is important to me, and I think it’s helped shape who I am today. I want to focus my life on giving kids the musical opportunities I had when I was growing up.

On that note, I am announcing that we will move forward with Pick Education. Expect an official launch in the next few weeks. We will be featuring the “get one, give one” model with guitar picks and, with luck, a surprise partner.

Stay tuned for more and thank for your support!

— Jeremy

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19 Responses to “Pick Education is Dead, Long Live Pick Education”

  1. Lon Hoofnagle says:

    It is a great thing that you are still going to Launch Pick Education. Keep up the great work Jeremy.

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    • Jeremy Brieske says:

      Thanks Lon! Hopefully there will be some picks in your future 😉

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  2. randy saunders says:

    My friend, this is a tremendous, selfless thing that you are doing, and if there is any way that I may contribute, let me know.
    “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3 (ESV)

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    • Jeremy Brieske says:

      Thank you, Randy. I appreciate it!

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  3. Nate says:

    I bet if you started something on KickStarter or a similar site, you’d get your funding in no time. I personally am extremely grateful for the giveaway 365 email or whatever it’s called, turns me on to a lot of giveaways and cool sites I never would’ve visited otherwise. You rock!

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    • Jeremy Brieske says:

      Thanks, Nate. The truth of the matter is that if people start buying picks, the program will fund itself. So, hopefully I can count on you to buy a dozen!

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  4. Lou Remondelli says:

    IT DOES THIS OLD ROCKER’S HEART SO MUCH GOOD TO HEAR ,AND YOU ARE TRULY A UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL . I WISH YOU ALL SUCCESS FOR ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS .THE BEST OF LUCK, AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU AND PICK EDUCATION MOVE ONWARD AND UPWARD. REMEMBER A CHILD MUST CRAWL BEFORE IT CAN WALK, AND WALK BEFORE IT CAN RUN. I CAN SEE THIS BABY GROWING , AND BECOMING A VERY SUCCESSFUL STRONG PROGRAM FOR ALL THE CHILDREN. GOD BLESS,AND KEEP YOU EVERY STRONGER . Jeremy IT IS A HONOR TO KNOW A PERSON SUCH AS YOURSELF.PLEASE KEEP UP THE FINE WORK THAT YOU DO !

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  5. Mike Carpenter says:

    Vive la pick! It’s a great idea, and I do hope you get to see it to fruition at some point!

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  6. Greg Boiarsky says:

    This is a good idea, especially as school districts lose musical funding. I recommend you do a business plan, just like you would with any new business. That way, you give yourself the best odds of success.

    Karma!

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  7. Don says:

    Jeremy,

    I am with you, if you need any help or take donations let me know and I will gladly help out. I will order a bunch of picks as soon as I post to start things out.. Keep up the great work!!!!

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    • Jeremy Brieske says:

      Don…thanks so much for the order! Your picks are shipping out today.

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      • Don says:

        It’s the least I can do Jeremy!!

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  8. Jeffrey Vastine says:

    Yo Jeremy my brother, remember that a dream i.e. vision only dies when the dreamer lets it go. Perhaps the grant was not the right venue for this venture to move forward, but I have learned in life that when one door closes another one always opens. The problem with the majority of people is that they are so foused upon the door that closed they fail to see the door that opens. Simply trust this vast abundant Universe we live in to provide the way. Then become sensitive to your intuition and follow it’s leading. As long as you have the desire, are truly motivated to help others, are available, and willing to take action you will see this grow beyond aything you could imagine. You shall see amazing happen in your life!

    Peace!

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  9. Jimmy Arcade says:

    Happy birthday, Jeremy! And Congrats on your decision to move forward, despite this small setback. Might I make a suggestion? What if you pitched your ideas to some instrument companies, hosted some giveaways, and based your donations off of giveaways or stuff you giveaway at certain levels, through kickstarter or something similar? You’ve got a very supportive community that is very appreciative of your efforts to host some great giveaways sites/pages!

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  10. Paul Lucas says:

    Please partner with cactus picks! ever since i won some ive fallen in love with them and i will support this no matter what, but id love to get some attention to the cactus pick guys while we are at it!

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    • Jeremy Brieske says:

      Paul…right now my plan is to sell GearPipe branding picks, but I’m always open to a partnership.

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  11. Peter Trott says:

    I’m glad you’re going to keep this thing going, Jeremy. I haven’t quite worn out the picks I bought from you last year, but rest assured, I’ll turn to you next time I need more. And I’ll keep your endeavor in my prayers. Let us MIG folks know how else we can help out.

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