Guitars 4 Gifts, or G4G, was founded in 2011, to help connect people through music by providing instruments and musical teaching aids to refugees, veterans, and underprivileged youth. To date, G4G has given away about 90 instruments to youth in the US, China, Africa, and Nicaragua.
Guitars 4 Gifts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission of giving musical instruments to enable more people to share their stories and heal through the power of music.
Anna Clark started this organization in 2011 when she was eleven years old. After giving four guitars away through her Church's Christmas Basket program, she decided she wanted to provide instruments to youth more often.
To date, Guitars 4 Gifts has given away about 90 instruments to organizations such as CreatiVets, 3 Chords (part of World Relief Nashville), Kids on Stage Summer Academy, W.O. Smith School of Music, Liberty Collegiate Academy, Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Music Therapy Program at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford County.
Guitars 4 Gifts has seen how a musical instrument and education can make a huge impact on one person's life. While giving a guitar to the Ronald McDonald House, G4G was able to make a young boy smile for the first time in months, simply by playing him a Johnny Cash song. Another mother saw her child receive his guitar in tears. She later explained how much he loved music, but how they were unable to afford an instrument for him to practice on. Because of the generosity of so many people, G4G has been able to bring the joy of music to almost 90 people.
There have been multiple articles published about G4G, including articles in SixDegrees.org (http://www.sixdegrees.org/stories/playing-it-back-girl-gives-guitars-gets-her-own/) and The Women's International Music Network (http://www.thewimn.com/tag/anna-clark/). Guitars 4 Gifts also did a radio interview with Lightning 100 in Nashville, TN, and has been featured on the show Real People by Rudy on Channel 4 News. Guitars 4 Gifts partners with Corner Music in Nashville, TN.
In the next few years, Guitars 4 Gifts would like to grow to be able to give away an instrument a day to enable more people to share their stories.