Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Guitar Foundation of America Inc

  • Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
  • http://www.guitarfoundation.org

Mission Statement

To cultivate, promote, foster, sponsor, and develop understanding,
taste, and love of the musical arts, and especially to promote interest
in the classic guitar and similar string instruments; to foster the
study of the classic guitar in private studios and at the elementary,
secondary and college levels, and to encourage the development of
innovative curricula in support of these ends; to promote the guitar as
an ensemble instrument, particularly with other string instruments; to
encourage composition, arrangements, and publications of ensemble music
involving the guitar; and to support scholarly research into the
guitar's history and literature; all of the foregoing purposes being
limited to non-profit educational, cultural, scientific and charitable
ends.

Main Programs

  1. Education Initiative - After school guitar project
  2. GFA Guitar Archives

ruling year

1975

Principal Officer

Source: IRS Form 990

Galen Wixson

Keywords

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Classical, Competition, Composers, Convention, Guitar, Music, Performance,

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EIN

51-0147668

Physical Address

PO Box 4909

Garden Grove, CA 92842

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Performing Arts (A60)

Music (A68)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Education Initiative - After school guitar project

This project will provide high quality classical guitar instruction to secondary students through an after-school class?two high schools and one middle school. Secondary school students who take guitar classes are not usually enrolled in other music classes. Thus this effort will likely increase the interest in music participation for each of the sites selected. Though the instruction is classically based, other styles, including popular, are embraced since this adds relevance and enhances engagement for all parties involved. Additionally, the project will provide an avenue for valuable practical experience for advanced university guitarists. Since the after-school programs will be developed and administered through selected university programs, it is anticipated that this program will augment the music education experience for the participating university guitarists.

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Program 2

GFA Guitar Archives

The GFA Archives were established in 1973 by Dr. Thomas Heck, and are currently housed at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. The University is very committed to the maintenance and development of the Archives, and will be contributing considerable resources to the Archives. The university has recently acquired a large facility which will house the material in a climate controlled environment designed especially for archival purposes.

Scores which are digitized and made available for download through the archives website. The selections will also be performed and recorded by University of Akron faculty member Stephen Aron, and sound clips will be made available on the website. GFA will work with the University of Akron to integrate the two websites and to make this information available online to visitors worldwide. The scores and sound clips will be available at no cost to GFA members, and for a nominal cost to non-members. Future plans for the archives include eventual digitization of all significant holdings.

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Guitar Foundation of America
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Guitar Foundation of America Inc

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Principal Officer

Galen Wixson

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