Giving Back… Seymour Duncan

Notes for Notes is dedicated to designing, equipping and staffing after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs. It allows young people to access professional music-making instruments and equipment. and helps educate youth about careers onstage and behind the scenes in the music industry.

Seymour Duncan has worked closely with Notes for Notes since 2011. At that time, Phil Gilley, the Founder and visionary, set up his first two “music boxes”-safe, drop-in recording studio environments-in Santa Barbara CA. Seymour Duncan supported it with several thousand dollars and musical products. Today,there are 11 music boxes, with more launching this year. Notes for Notes has now raised more than $400,000 in five years and the annual Seymour Duncan Notes for Notes Benefit Concert has featured inspiring performanc­es from Slash, Steve Miller, Jimmy Vivino, Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton, Robert Randolph, Don Felder, Gram Parsons and many others (including Seymour W.Duncan himself).

“Our goal is to gather spectacular guitarists who might not otherwise get to play together up onstage,” Seymour Duncan’s CEO, Cathy Carter Duncan, said. “So,it’s not just a regular show. Other companies and artists in Ml, including Fender, Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa and more have supported us via donations of instruments and memorabilia. Notes for Notes is very efficient and they make every dollar count. They do it for all the right reasons and they do it successfully. I am very proud of the kick-start we have been able to give to such a great program.”

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