I do truly wish I had hundreds of guitars to give away. So many of you have shared such touching stories! Stories of people borrowing guitars, people playing music to help them heal from difficult experiences, lost or damaged guitars, upcoming and fantastic new talented peeps who could use a better instrument, more experienced but just as talented peeps who could use a new guitar… I really wish I could give one to you all. Choosing just one of you was an extremely difficult task for me and I want you to know that I didn't take it lightly. I read every single entry and there were over two hundred! My heart and hope goes out to each of you that you will get your dream guitar some day soon!
But as for this Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500R guitar… I think it belongs to a program called Sketch.
I had never heard of Sketch before I got this simple message from Lynn Hubbs. She wrote. " Hi Meaghan, I heard about your generous guitar offer. I am a volunteer at SKETCH, an open arts studio for street engaged and homeless youth. Kids can record and jam. It's a wonderful place. Many people would benefit from your gift. All the best, Lynn."
Then I checked out their website and really saw what they are about. Art and music to help address homelessness and poverty for youth. As many of you know, I'm also a visual artist. Art and music have played a HUGE role in my life. I don't know where I would be without the opportunities I had while growing up to express myself. And knowing that this guitar is going to be played by many hands who need an opportunity to make songs and art out of their challenges makes my heart feel good.
Thank you all so much for telling me about your guitar hopes and dreams. And thank you Junos for giving me the chance to give this guitar away! I feel so lucky all the time and am always thankful for you all.