New York, NY – Since being formed in 2009, the main focus of the Traveling Guitar Foundation (TGF) has been to shape the future of the music industry through children’s education. The Traveling Guitar Foundation donates instruments to schools whose music programs are endangered due to budget cuts.
Founder Damon Marks, "son of Tony Marks, a vocalist that has performed with the likes of Frankie Valli and the Sentimental Four," a guitarist and songwriter himself, has performed and recorded with many top names in the music business. Together, with the foundation’s board of directors, which includes recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - David Bryan (Bon Jovi), on-air radio personality Maria Milito (Q104.3FM), and HSBC Bank VP Business Relationship Manager Vincent Moretti, Marks brings the same passion and energy he displays on-stage and in the studio to his charitable work.
The foundation’s mission is to provide assistance and support to instrumental music programs in our communities’ schools; helping to ensure that elementary, high school and college students have access to music education and musical instrument instruction throughout their educational journey.
Marks states: “I'm thrilled that Big Machine Media has taken on both me and the Traveling Guitar Foundation as one of its projects to keep music education in the schools".
In a very short time, Marks and his devotees have developed a large roster of artists and music industry manufacturers to support the cause. Each time the foundation visits a school to make a donation, they put on a show to reinforce the benefits and joy of making music. In addition to young artists, who make a big impact on school children, he also brings along renowned music personalities to help deliver the message and the goods, including Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC and music producer Kasseem “SWIZZ BEATZ” DEAN. Sponsoring guitarists include Grammy Award winners- Eric Johnson, Steve Lukather, as well as Bruce Kulick (KISS, Meatloaf, Billy Squire).
TRAVELING GUITAR FOUNDATION Events:
October 23rd, 2010
Traveling Guitar Foundation @ Guitar Con 2010, Parsippany Hilton one Hilton Court Parsippany, NJ (10am to 6pm). *Founder Damon Marks will be hosting a guitar clinic at 2PM & performing songs live with a TGF performing artist.
October 25th, 2010
Traveling Guitar Foundation in School Guitar Donation Event @ Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Teaneck, NJ
November 12th, 2010
Traveling Guitar Foundation in School Guitar Donation Event @ Family Life Academy Charter School, Bronx, NY
December 17th, 2010
Traveling Guitar Foundation in School Guitar Donation Event @ Anderson School, New York, NY
The Traveling Guitar Foundation’s name derives from the “Traveler” which is a Dean Vendetta 4F donated to the foundation by TGF'S main sponsor Dean Guitars and then placed in the hands of famous guitarists, who play and sign them. The guitars are auctioned off at the end of the year and the proceeds help the foundation fulfill its mission.
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