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Mission Statement

Notes for Notes provides youth with free access to musical instruments, instruction and recording studio environments so that music can become a profoundly positive influence in their lives.


Notes for Notes (N4N) is a national nonprofit organization which builds, equips and staffs afterschool recording studios packed with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ gear, digital music stations and full recording studio setups offering youth completely FREE access to explore, create and record music. N4N partners with Boys & Girls Clubs and other afterschool programs to build its Studios within their facilities. We currently operate 10 studios nationwide in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles area, Nashville, Brooklyn, Atlanta and coming soon to Detroit and Houston. We don't censor lyrics nor promote ourselves as an anti-gang/drug program...it is all about music and the positive bonds that form as a result.

N4N was founded in 2006 in Santa Barbara, CA on the core belief that music is the universal language of humankind, and has the power to transcend virtually any barrier--be it economic, cultural, racial, or societal. Inspired by the Big Brothers mentorship program and a lack of contemporary musical equipment in schools, N4N was created to fill the void of musical opportunities while also providing guidance for youth to help foster positive growth and development. Music offers a positive and constructive alternative to the many negative opportunities present in the hours right after school. N4N Studios provide a route via which youth may redirect their energy into activities that benefit themselves, their community and the world at large. We focus on one-on-one and small group instruction so that students receive the attention they need to excel in pursuing their musical goals. As a free program, we provide a "classless" environment where youth can try music risk-free and interact with others from all different backgrounds. N4N programs keep musical instruments in the hands of youth and provide recording studio venues for them to make music both for mastering their instruments, and for playing music with each other (even from across the cross-country).



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