In 2011, GSI founder and CEO Tim Miklaucic created the GSI Foundation, a non-profit company based on the very simple idea that every child deserves a musical education, regardless of his or her social background. Like most of you reading this, he was lucky enough to grow up with music in his home as well as at school; his children also have had the same good fortune. They seem to be the exception rather than the rule, as public schools in our country have reduced funding for these crucially important programs in recent years. As a result, many children have no musical experience, except as consumers or listeners. The GSI Foundation alone will not solve this long term problem, but we intend to make a small difference.
Now, with our foundation firmly in place, we hope to raise money to support music education in the public schools. Our goal is to offer assistance to pay teachers, provide instruments for students who cannot afford them, and to supply musicians for performances to help motivate kids to pick up an instrument at school.
In 2016, working again in conjunction with the Children's Music Workshop, we continued another large round of support for the orchestra programs in elementary schools at both Calvert Street Elementary and Micheltorena Street Elementary schools. At Micheltorena, this included partial funding of the orchestra program, as well as full funding of the second grade ukulele and recorder program (included instruction, books and instruments for all second graders in the school). At Calvert St Elementary, this year’s funding supplemented PTA donations that established a full orchestra program for all students in grades three, four and five. At both programs, a reserve fund was created to take care of instrument repairs.
Among this year’s notable news for the foundation, “Music Matters: L.A. Kids and their Music” - a program featuring dozens of LAUSD elementary students that the GSI Foundation contributes to - won the 68th Annual L.A. Area Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children/Youth Programming.
The Emmy award winning documentary, “Music Matters: L.A. Kids and their Music”, featured many of the students supported by the GSI Foundation. The film also included an on-camera interview with CEO Tim Miklaucic about the importance of music education in our public schools.
In addition, a scholarship fund was created in partnership with the GSI Foundation, Children's Music Workshop and The Instrument Place – where instrument rental fees were waived for scholarship recipients.
The goal is simple: to help keep these programs alive, and not lose momentum established over recent years. How can you help us raise money? Simply send your guitar to us and we'll handle the rest. If you think you may have such a guitar (or more than one), please contact any of us folks at GSI and we will assist you in packing and shipping your instrument. We will cover all expenses and provide you with a tax deductible donation letter for the tax year the donation was made.
GSI Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit organization and the Federal Tax ID # is 27-2523315
If you are interested in contributing funds directly using your credit, debit card or checking/savings account, you can do so now by going to the yellow "Donate Now" button/link at the top right corner of this page – or you can send funds directly from within your Paypal account by sending to email@example.com. Alternatively, if you want to mail in a physical check instead, please make the check out to "GSI Foundation, Inc." and mail it to:
GSI Foundation, Inc.
1455 19th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
The GSI Store offers guitars for sale which have been donated to the GSI Foundation. Like direct donations, proceeds from the sale of these guitars are used to support the music education system through the Foundation’s projects.