“Yamaha Cares” About Sound Art Youth Program

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Students take advantage of the new Yamaha equipment donated to the Sound Art music program

Guitars, drums and audio equipment make up Yamaha Corporation of America’s latest donation of musical gear to Sound Art, a contemporary music program that encourages creativity, responsibility and self esteem in underserved youth from its base in south central Los Angeles.

“This equipment will help Sound Art reach more kids who really can’t afford music lessons,” says John Conard, a district manager for the Yamaha’s Commercial Audio Systems Division, as well as a member of the Sound Art Board of Directors.

Sound Art, which was founded in September 2002 in partnership with the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., currently brings music to more than 1,000 kids every week in schools all over Los Angeles.

“Our goal is to create an inner city location that’s free of charge to the kids in the neighborhood where they can come and experience music,” says Sound Art founder and executive director Catherine Goldwyn. “We didn’t have drums, guitars or a P.A. system before, and with this new equipment we’ll be able to offer new classes, ensembles and shows.”

Visit www.soundartla.org for more information.