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THE ADVISORY BOARD

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom

Author | Journalist | Screenwriter | Playwright | Radio and television broadcaster| Musician

Frankie Ballard

Frankie Ballard

My Morning Jacket

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett

David and Jan Crosby

David and Jan Crosby

Crosby, Stills, Nash

Marko DeSantis

Marko DeSantis

Sugarcult

Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan

Luke Ebbin

Luke Ebbin

Producer, Composer, Songwriter

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Joe Galante

Joe Galante

Bio
Zach Gill

Zach Gill

ALO
Jack Johnson band member

Jason Goldstein

Jason Goldstein

Martin Gore

Martin Gore

Depeche Mode

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

Drew, Ellie, & Emmylou Holcomb

Drew, Ellie, & Emmylou Holcomb

Chris Jensen

Chris Jensen

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

Bio
Hale Milgram

Hale Milgram

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Nina Miller

Nina Miller

AC Entertainment
Bonnaroo Works Fund

Peter Noone

Peter Noone

Herman’s Hermits

P-Nut

P-Nut

311

Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons

Glen Phillips

Glen Phillips

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Adam Rosenbaum

Adam Rosenbaum

Bio
Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora

Bon Jovi

Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflett

Foo Fighters

Sebu Simonian

Sebu Simonian

Capital Cities

SLASH

SLASH

Guns N Roses

Bio
Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band
Conan O’Brien
Bio

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom

Author | Journalist | Screenwriter | Playwright | Radio and television broadcaster| Musician

Frankie Ballard

Frankie Ballard

My Morning Jacket

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett

David and Jan Crosby

David and Jan Crosby

Crosby, Stills, Nash

Marko DeSantis

Marko DeSantis

Sugarcult

Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan

Luke Ebbin

Luke Ebbin

Producer, Composer, Songwriter

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Joe Galante

Joe Galante

Bio
Zach Gill

Zach Gill

ALO
Jack Johnson band member

Jason Goldstein

Jason Goldstein

Martin Gore

Martin Gore

Depeche Mode

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

Drew, Ellie, & Emmylou Holcomb

Drew, Ellie, & Emmylou Holcomb

Chris Jensen

Chris Jensen

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

Bio
Hale Milgram

Hale Milgram

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Nina Miller

Nina Miller

AC Entertainment
Bonnaroo Works Fund

Peter Noone

Peter Noone

Herman’s Hermits

P-Nut

P-Nut

311

Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons

Glen Phillips

Glen Phillips

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Adam Rosenbaum

Adam Rosenbaum

Bio
Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora

Bon Jovi

Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflett

Foo Fighters

Sebu Simonian

Sebu Simonian

Capital Cities

SLASH

SLASH

Guns N Roses

Bio
Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band
Conan O’Brien
Bio

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THE MUSIC

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THE VIDEOS

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    about

    ABOUT

    Notes for Notes™ (N4N™) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for FREE. N4N Studios are packed with professional instruments – guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths – and equipment – DJ gear, digital music workstations – and full recording facilities. Beyond providing access to equipment and resources, we educate youth about careers both on the stage and behind the scenes. We are expanding throughout the country: please visit The Studios or Contact  to find the location nearest you.
    Notes for Notes was founded on the core belief that music is the universal language of humankind, with the power to transcend virtually any cultural, racial, or socioeconomic barrier. At the heart of the organization is a dedication to the relationships formed through music. N4N makes a point NOT to censor lyrics as it is the freedom of expression and respect for the creativity of others that drives an open environment in the studio. Music inspires connection and collaboration, and it is through these relationships that we can make the most impact. Learn more about how it all started at our History.

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    THE TEAM

    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO | Co-Founder View Details
    Raymond Jacob

    Raymond Jacob

    COO - Chief Operating Officer View Details
    Ross Tyler

    Ross Tyler

    CCO - Chief Creative Officer View Details
    Juliana Lee

    Juliana Lee

    Director of Community Relations View Details
    Miranda Thornbury

    Miranda Thornbury

    Director of Operational Support View Details
    Tory Carey

    Tory Carey

    Education and Development Specialist View Details
    Erin Hall

    Erin Hall

    Grants Manager View Details
    Jen Hodges

    Jen Hodges

    Education and Outreach Specialist View Details
    Jarrad James

    Jarrad James

    Director of Studio Architecture View Details
    Kristin Myers

    Kristin Myers

    Detroit and SoundBoard Relations View Details
    TJ Guardino

    TJ Guardino

    Area Director View Details
    Alex Kies

    Alex Kies

    Area Director View Details
    Charity Ward

    Charity Ward

    Area Director View Details
     Kris Ehrman

    Kris Ehrman

    Metro Director | Santa Barbara View Details
    Ryan Easter

    Ryan Easter

    Senior Program Director | Cleveland View Details
    Patrick Torres

    Patrick Torres

    Senior Program Director | Brooklyn View Details
    Keturah Brown

    Keturah Brown

    Program Director | Nashville East View Details
    Cameron Cassell

    Cameron Cassell

    Program Director | Nashville South View Details
    Dominique Cheeks

    Dominique Cheeks

    Program Director | Washington DC View Details
    Will Flores

    Will Flores

    Program Director | Nashville North View Details
    Fernando Franco

    Fernando Franco

    Program Director | Ventura View Details
    Crystal Harrison

    Crystal Harrison

    Program Director | San Francisco Don Fisher View Details
    Eldon Kruser

    Eldon Kruser

    Program Director | Twin Cities View Details
    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO | Co-Founder

    Philip grew up in Woodstock, not THE Woodstock , but a small Vermont town more known for maple syrup than music. Always interested in music, he found even at a young age that learning music via traditional methods would be a hurdle. It wasn’t until he was 17 – when he got his hands on a guitar and taught himself how to play – that music became a reality.

    He moved to Santa Barbara in 2004 in pursuit of a career in screenwriting; he still finds time to write, however, it was his desire to immerse himself in the community that led to the formation of the Notes for Notes. While participating in the Big Brothers program he found that his “little brother” was interested in learning drums. Without a kit, the local music store became the only option for impromptu lessons on the demos. It soon became apparent that this was not a sustainable model and from this experience came the idea to form Notes for Notes.

    Raymond Jacob

    Raymond Jacob

    COO - Chief Operating Officer

    Graduating from Santa Clara University focusing on Music Production and Marketing, Raymond found his path to music in the early stages of his life.

    In college he made a living by performing live shows every week and started an in-home recording studio out of his garage. After performing for 5 years, building and starting his own studio, playing a circuit of shows in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and opening for big names such as Diplo, Raymond made the decision to focus primarily on music production and recording. This was his entry into Los Angeles and how he found Notes For Notes.

    Introducing and empowering youth through music has been such a rewarding experience for him. Teaching life lessons through music and being a positive role model is what it’s all about.

    Ross Tyler

    Ross Tyler

    CCO - Chief Creative Officer

    Ross asked for a guitar for his 7th birthday and fueled by his father’s excellent collection of blues, rock, funk, motown and reggae on vinyl he taught himself to play. Growing up he spent time playing in several bands, learning multiple instruments and became obsessed with recording sound. Thanks to his mom, Ross landed a part time job at a local Hot Topic store (seriously she got him the job). The “heavy metal speed polka” band he was playing in was not going to “make it” so… he spent the next 17 1/2 years becoming a retail HR professional while working for Hot Topic and moonlighting in photo, video and audio.

    It was through Hot Topic Foundation member Joe Emory that Ross met Phil (Notes for Notes) and started volunteering to help with multimedia. Ross is a passionate artist who specializes in photography (http://arosstyler.com), video and audio.

    In 2015 Ross joined Notes for Notes officially as the Chief Creative Officer. He will create, guide and curate the aesthetic experience for the youth in our studios and the for the public. Ross believes there is something much bigger than music happening at the Notes for Notes studios. He hopes to capture this feeling and experience and find a way to share it with the public.

    Juliana Lee

    Juliana Lee

    Director of Community Relations

    Juliana serves on the Notes for Notes® administrative team, helping manage press inquires, brand recognition, funding opportunities, events, and other “building community” tasks.

    She is thrilled to be based in Music City, influenced by so many incredible friends and colleagues – musicians and their teams, artists, entrepreneurs, health care providers, and business people – all striving to make awesome things happen today and for the years to come.

    Miranda Thornbury

    Miranda Thornbury

    Director of Operational Support

    Coming soon

    Tory Carey

    Tory Carey

    Education and Development Specialist

    Tory’s first love was music. She was swept off of her feet at the age of nine, and for her, music still represents her true north. She followed that love of music with her husband all the way from the birthplace of Southern Rock, Jacksonville, FL to Music City, Nashville, TN.
    Tory comes from a long line of crafty story-tellers, and she majored in creative writing and philosophy at Florida State University. She wandered aimlessly through the corporate world before realizing her passion for teaching, which resulted in a Master’s of Education from MTSU. Tory’s love for writing combined with her passions for music and education led her to Notes for Notes where she seeks to make the world a little brighter!
    Tory’s love for writing combined with her passion for music and children led her to Notes for Notes, and she believes that she has the ability to affect the world for children in a positive way with her words.

    Erin Hall

    Erin Hall

    Grants Manager

    Erin Hall has worked with youth of all ages for most of her life. Most recently she has worked in the Nashville area with youth from diverse backgrounds, mentoring them alongside friend Kathleen Murphy (founder My Own Backyard). She plans to continue this work indefinitely, following her students through high school and into adulthood.
    Erin graduated from Belmont University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Music (Classical Voice) and a Minor in Youth Ministry. It was through friends at Belmont that Erin met her husband Jason (Jason Hall Productions) who works in the music industry as both a studio engineer as well as a monitor engineer.
    As Grants Manager with Notes for Notes, Erin is excited to blend her love for music with her love for youth. And with a passion for writing since childhood, she is excited to use her skills to help further the mission of Notes for Notes to provide youth with free access to music instruments, instruction and recording studios so that music may become a profoundly positive experience in their lives, as it was and continues to be a huge influence in her own life. Erin and Jason live in Nashville with their yorkie, Clark, and are excited to welcome their first born, Josephine, this spring.

    Jen Hodges

    Jen Hodges

    Education and Outreach Specialist

    Jen has been playing music since she was six years old. She started with classical piano, then moved to bass at age ten. At eleven she learned drums, and at twelve, guitar, and started teaching lessons in 2001.

    She took college credit courses in electronic music and recording techniques in high school and was awarded several scholarships to Berklee College of Music. In 2008 she graduated Berklee with a degree in music business with electric bass as her principle.

    She has been gigging since age ten with four tours under her belt, including one Tragic Hero tour in 2004.

    Jen started recording at age sixteen, and has worked on projects for Red Clay Records, Tragic Hero, The Mikel Knight Band, American Idol finalists.

    She now works with hundreds of young musicians through Notes for Notes: teaching, recording, and producing.

    Jarrad James

    Jarrad James

    Director of Studio Architecture

    Jarrad started his music career as an air drummer in the back of his parents yellow Z28 Camaro. Raised on a strict diet of Classic Rock radio, he taught himself to play drums and has been in a band ever since. He currently drums for Nashville rockers Hotel War.

    Jarrad graduated with a BFA in Electronic Media from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

    After working up the college radio station ranks to General Manager of Bearcast Radio, he moved to NYC and began his professional journey as Artist Development Rep with Universal Music for Interscope/Geffen developing Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Weezer, M.I.A, Pharrell & N.E.R.D, Maroon 5, and more. Drawn back to his passion for percussion and sound, he joined the Blue Man Production’s Creative Development team, coordinating their audio/video labratories.

    Jarrad’s excited be part of the Notes for Notes team and pass on what he’s learned to the next generation of great musicians.

    Kristin Myers

    Kristin Myers

    Detroit and SoundBoard Relations

    Kristin Myers has mentored youth all her life. As the oldest member of her gymnastics team while growing up, it fell to her to provide leadership and guidance to her younger teammates. After earning a full athletic scholarship to Michigan State University, she majored in Elementary Education. She taught fourth grade in urban Detroit before having kids of her own.

    As a stay at home mom, she fell in love with music when she realized a good playlist could convert chaos in the house to calm. With three kids only two years apart, there was a lot of chaos. So much so that in 2013 she published a memoir entitled: Twin Turbulence: What happened when twins happened.

    Kristin believes all youth should have the opportunity to create and express themselves through music despite a lack of means. Notes for Notes inspired Kristin to jump back into the workforce to pursue the combination of her two great passions: youth and music.

    TJ Guardino

    TJ Guardino

    Area Director

    T.J. was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up, he took careful notice of his parents’ Michael Jackson records. Though basketball was his first love, he signed up for a beginning guitar class during his freshman year of high school and fell in love with music. He went on to receive his BA in Music and spent several years after college working in production, recording, songwriting, and session work as a guitar player in Nashville and L.A. He is extremely excited to be back home in San Francisco, and is even more excited about what Notes for Notes is doing in the community.
    When he is not working on a new hip hop or jazz project, he’ll probably be watching the Golden State Warriors dominate the western division. With Notes for Notes, he hopes to pass on his passion for music to a new generation of Bay Area musicians.

    Alex Kies

    Alex Kies

    Area Director

    Born and raised in Missouri, Alex began playing the piano at the age of 6. By 13, he was teaching himself to play Beethoven and Chopin as well as pop songs from his favorite artists. Alex’s love for music continued to develop during high school when he learned to play the trumpet, guitar, and bass.

    As Alex began to spend more of his time writing and producing music, it soon became undeniable that music was his true passion. In 2013, Alex moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of a career in music. At the Los Angeles College of Music, Alex was given the opportunity to delve into other aspects of music, learning to play the drums and developing his skills in composing and music production. In 2015, Alex graduated from the Los Angeles College of Music with a degree in Music Producing and Recording.

    Alex is excited to be a part of the Notes For Notes team where he has the opportunity to work with students who share his passion for music.

    Charity Ward

    Charity Ward

    Area Director

    Charity grew up in Detroit where her love for soul music was birthed. Her adolescent appreciation for Stevie Wonder and John Mayer led her to songwriting and the guitar. She majored in English and Africana Studies and earned a minor in Commercial Music at the historically Black college Tennessee State University where her passion for culture and community grew immensely. After graduating and spending three years serving underprivileged youth in Nashville, Charity returned to her hometown to continue serving youth through the means of music in her native community as the Program Director of the Notes for Notes Detroit Studio.
    Charity is also pursuing a career in music as a performing and recording artist and is currently signed to Detroit based label Original 1265 Records where she recently released her debut EP entitled “Yellow” which offers to her beloved city and to its listeners a sentiment of happiness and of love.

     Kris Ehrman

    Kris Ehrman

    Metro Director | Santa Barbara

    Kris grew up in Seattle, WA. Coming from a musical family, he learned to play drums and guitar by the age of 6. His interests eventually led him to pursue a college level music education, completing University of Washington’s Sound Engineering program and the Music Major requirements at Santa Barbara Community College.

    His experience as a music educator began in San Diego where he worked as Music Director for the Toussaint Academy of Arts from 2004-2008. Here he taught the fundamentals of songwriting and music production in a licensed group home for youth ages 14-18. He soon realized that by taking a global empathetic approach to music education, moments would often invite lessons in both ethnomusicology and emotional intelligence.

    ​As a Notes for Notes Program Director, Kris hopes to facilitate a rite of passage for developing young musicians in the community by sharing his musical influences and experiences.

    Ryan Easter

    Ryan Easter

    Senior Program Director | Cleveland

    Ryan has been producing, mixing, and mastering music for over 18 years. He also has managed artists and performed his own compositions in that time. Originally an architecture major at Youngstown State University, he began forming an appreciation for creating music at age 19. Every weekend he would travel to Columbus, Ohio and learn various audio recording and production techniques from a friend who was a studio assistant. This heightened his interest in music and by age 21 he was doing it full time. From there he purchased his own studio equipment, landed gigs opening for national artists and opened a recording studio. To date he has worked with over 200 artists in the Cleveland area and nationally.

    Ryan is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with Notes for Notes and not only produce tomorrows musicians but respectable young adults as well!

    Patrick Torres

    Patrick Torres

    Senior Program Director | Brooklyn

    Born to Chilean parents in the land down under, Australian musician Patrick Torres has since moved to NYC to follow a career in music and education.
    Patrick’s passion for music has led him to perform as a live multi-­‐instrumentalist for over 16 years throughout Australia and New Zealand. He has recorded on several albums and played a large array of gigs from intimate shows, festivals, main supports, headline spots and ‘round-­‐the-­‐clock tours. Despite his busy schedule, Patrick also taught music and performance at an afterschool program and learned studio and live audio engineering.
    In 2011 Patrick completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music from the Australian Institute of Music and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
    Patrick now works as Regional Director, New York and Program Director at the Notes For Notes Studio in Brooklyn. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Patrick hopes to inspire and empower the future artists of New York City.

    Keturah Brown

    Keturah Brown

    Program Director | Nashville East

    Keturah is a Pop/Soul artist and songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee that has toured internationally playing venues such as Hard Rock Barcelona and playing festivals such as the Fringe Festival.

    She was the songwriting mentee of Stax Records legend and Songwriting Hall of Famer, David Porter (Soul Man, Hold on I’m Coming), and 40 times Platinum and Songwriting Guild President Rick Carnes (Reba McIntire, Garth Brooks) and is a graduate of MTSU and Berklee College of Music. Her first single, Strawberry Feels, recently debuted on iHeartRadio’s Kiss FM and continues to stay in rotation by popular demand.

    Her love for performance is only rivaled by her love of music education and music ed advocacy and she is an active member of the Recording Academy’s District Advocacy team supporting music creators everywhere.

    Cameron Cassell

    Cameron Cassell

    Program Director | Nashville South

    Cameron was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee at a young age. The fact that Nashville is Music City fueled Cam’s passion to surround himself with music.

    At the age of 15 Cam’s parents brought home an iMac which introduced him to the creative programs of Garageband and iMovie. During Cam’s years attending Hillwood Comp High School he started to produce music and videos while also attending choir and “rock band” classes in his school.

    By senior year (2013) Cam formed a duo with his friend (Current Nashville North Program Director) Will Flores. A few weeks after singing and playing music together the two were invited to the Nashville North N4N Studio. From that day on Cam was involved and totally behind the mission of Notes for Notes. His passion for music grew just as the organization did, giving both Cam and Will opportunities to perform and improve their skills as Musicians/Producers.

    In 2015 the duo became program directors of the Nashville North Studio. At this time Cam learned what it meant to be a mentor and how to direct a studio. The two worked towards running their own individual studios and now do just that. Cam is now the Program Director/Producer at the Nashville South Studio.

    “It inspires me to look back on where I have come from in my life to now and to see that same potential in each youth that enters the studio.” – Cam

    Dominique Cheeks

    Dominique Cheeks

    Program Director | Washington DC

    Dominique or as his friends call him “Dom” started his musical career at a very young age. Growing up in church Dom found himself playing drums occasionally for some worship services. Once relocating to Phoenix Arizona Dom was exposed to playing drums in bands of various genres including metal, pop punk and gospel. Dom is now a graduate of The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and using the skills he has learned as a Youth Pastor to help the youth that comes in the (WDC) Notes for Notes Studio.

    Will Flores

    Will Flores

    Program Director | Nashville North

    Will Flores started his artistic career by choosing the music pathway in high school. Before Notes for Notes, he was testing out different instruments at home and was using some computer software to produce his own music. Will came to Notes for Notes at the age of 18.

    After becoming an artist at Notes for Notes as a part of a duo called Broadway Av3nue, he continued to work tirelessly with his newfound access to studio equipment. He developed his producing, mixing, and performing skills, which have given him the opportunity to direct our Nashville North Studio.

    Will also credits Notes for Notes for much of his success. When asked, “What has Notes for Notes done for you?” He perked up.
    “I mean equipment, experience, knowledge of the industry, providing us with direction for our musical Careers, like Notes for Notes has given us the ability to play at Bonnaroo 2014, record with Slightly Stoopid, and meet Artists like Jack Johnson, Sam Smith, Joe Bonamassa, and Carlos Santana.” – Will

    Fernando Franco

    Fernando Franco

    Program Director | Ventura

    Fern’s first aspiration for music came from “The Temptations” the movie. He then realized that music was more than a sound. At the young age of nine, he experimented in recording by leaving his friends voice messages of beats made from his classic Casio keyboard. After his first encounter with a baby grand piano, his desire for music grew and compelled him to explore deeper into the world of music.

    He then pursued a deeper understanding by attending the Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he learned music theory, modern software, and recording technique. Soon after Hollywood, he found himself in Cape Town, South Africa enrolled in a leadership program for young adults. He acquired traits from the African culture that lie within him till this day.

    Today he finds himself as the Program Director for Notes for Notes™ Ventura. His desire is to impart youth to excel in life and in music.

    Crystal Harrison

    Crystal Harrison

    Program Director | San Francisco Don Fisher

    Crystal Harrison was a Compliance Specialist at a local solar company just a year ago, when she felt the unwavering desire to follow her dreams as a Music Producer. Now, Crystal has produced and made beats for various aspiring artists, she is a 2015 TFS Beat Battle Winner, and a Recording Engineer at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. In the past year, she has been empowering youth with Today’s Future Sound as a Music Production Instructor, and she raps…occasionally!!

    Eldon Kruser

    Eldon Kruser

    Program Director | Twin Cities

    In small town, Wisconsin, the lack of entertainment options forced Eldon into a lifelong compulsion to make music. He developed skills on a multitude of instruments over his hometown career. He performed in choirs, jazz ensembles, orchestras, drum lines, and fronted his own eclectic indie rock bands.

    Moving to Madison, the city’s vibrant music and night life enriched Eldon’s passion for electronic, soul and hip hop production. He DJed weddings and parties while exploring ways to be a contributing part of the local arts community. Most recently, Eldon’s work brought him to the Twin Cities, where he directed a fundraising campaign for Minnesota’s local PBS affiliate (TPT) and composed his first full-length solo project. Coming from a place with minimal opportunity, Eldon is incredibly excited to work directly with youth in the community, showing them how to make the most of their resources and continue pursuing their passions in life.

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    THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Roderick Hare

    Roderick Hare

    Board Chair/ Co-Founder View Details
    Ian Smith

    Ian Smith

    Treasurer View Details
    Jeff Cuellar

    Jeff Cuellar

    Board Member View Details
    Duncan Dashiff

    Duncan Dashiff

    Board Member View Details
    Matt Kettmann

    Matt Kettmann

    Board Member View Details
    Natalie Noone

    Natalie Noone

    Board Member View Details
    Evan Skopp

    Evan Skopp

    Board Member View Details
    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO/ Co-Founder View Details

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    Roderick Hare

    Roderick Hare

    Board Chair/ Co-Founder

    Rod serves on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, as well as their Education Outreach committee. He is Founding Board President and current board member of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to collaboration and economic sustainability for artists and arts organizations. Rod is also a board member of New Noise Santa Barbara, and Founder and CEO of Mission Ridge Capital – an investment firm – and Chairman of PulseOne Group – an IT consulting firm.

    Ian Smith

    Ian Smith

    Treasurer

    Ian Smith is an Attorney with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP. He also is President of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum.

    Jeff Cuellar

    Jeff Cuellar

    Board Member

    Jeff Cuellar has been an integral part of the AC Entertainment team for 12+ years and currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. In this role, he works to establish and build mutually beneficial relationships with all of the communities in which AC Entertainment does business, creating key connections with community leaders in government, business and civic organizations in order to ensure a lasting and positive impact. Cuellar also manages strategic brand partnerships, revenue generating programs, as well as the on-site/digital experiential components of event partnerships. A key player in the success of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival®, Cuellar oversees community relations, volunteers, catering, marketing and the Bonnaroo Works Fund (Bonnaroo’s charitable program). Cuellar is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He also enjoyed a successful stint as an account executive at the advertising, public relations and design firm archer>malmo.

    Duncan Dashiff

    Duncan Dashiff

    Board Member

    Duncan has a 20+ year career in financial services both as an investment banker and professional investor. He currently serves on the board of directors of several companies and is a member of Notes for Notes local Nashville SoundBoard. He fell in love with music as a means of personal expression at an early age through the guitar and continues to play today (just not as well as he used to).

    Matt Kettmann

    Matt Kettmann

    Board Member

    A journalist with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of media, Matt Kettmann is senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, contributing editor of Wine Enthusiast, and has written for the New York Times, TIME, Smithsonian, Wine Spectator, and other magazines.

    In 2009, he co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music conference and festival. As a N4N board member, Matt’s helped gain attention for the organization in both Santa Barbara and Nashville, and looks forward to spreading the message to other communities.

    Natalie Noone

    Natalie Noone

    Board Member

    Natalie is an accomplished singer-songwriter currently performing and recording in Nashville. A Santa Barbara native, Natalie has been playing music and singing since age 4 beginning with violin, then moving onto piano and finally guitar. Like writing a song, it all begins with a good idea. Natalie was introduced to founder Philip and his brilliant idea as Notes For Notes was being formed and became passionately involved thanks to firsthand experience of music being a transformative and positive experience that carried her through childhood, her teens, and into adulthood.

    Evan Skopp

    Evan Skopp

    Board Member

    During his two decades at Seymour Duncan, Evan Skopp headed the company’s Marketing, Sales, Product Development and Artist Relations efforts.

    He currently serves as President of Inside Track, a musical instruments sales rep firm. Committed to music education, Evan is Past-President and Advisory Board member of GAMA, the primary focus of which is integrating the guitar into school music programs. He’s also a board member of Musician’s Institute, the Hollywood-based modern music conservatory.

    Evan’s wife Doreen, who’s an accountant, serves on the Notes for Notes Finance Committee.

    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO/ Co-Founder

    Philip grew up in Woodstock, not THE Woodstock , but a small Vermont town more known for maple syrup than music. Always interested in music, he found even at a young age that learning music via traditional methods would be a hurdle. It wasn’t until he was 17 – when he got his hands on a guitar and taught himself how to play – that music became a reality.

    He moved to Santa Barbara in 2004 in pursuit of a career in screenwriting; he still finds time to write, however, it was his desire to immerse himself in the community that led to the formation of the Notes for Notes. While participating in the Big Brothers program he found that his “little brother” was interested in learning drums. Without a kit, the local music store became the only option for impromptu lessons on the demos. It soon became apparent that this was not a sustainable model and from this experience came the idea to form Notes for Notes.

    Anna Gott | Michael Marans | Jeff Theimer

    Emeritus Board Members
    Anna Gott
    Michael Marans
    Jeff Theimer

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    THE STUDIOS

    Notes for Notes™ Studios are drop-in recording studio environments where youth (6-18+yrs) can gain regular, FREE access to a wide variety of musical instruments, expert instruction, and the tools to create and record their own music. Staffed by Notes for Notes team members, the studios offer a knowledge base of engineering, instrumentals, theory, and songwriting, ingrained in a culture conducive to collaboration and communication. We DO NOT censor lyrics as it is the organization’s policy to inspire unrestricted creativity and provide a positive outlet for expression.

    Notes for Notes Studios are stocked with a variety of electric and acoustic instruments, including guitars and basses, keyboard synthesizers/electric pianos, drums, percussion instruments, turntables and state-of-the art digital recording equipment. Beyond instrument and production exploration, N4N provides opportunities to learn about professional musicianship and other careers in the industry thanks to our partnerships with local venues, universities, and companies like CAA, CMA, SESAC, and more.

    Notes for Notes membership and all related programs and opportunities are FREE, however, we ask that members also become Boys & Girls Club members at a nominal yearly fee.

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    San Francisco – Excelsior
    Nashville East
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    SUPPORT

    DONATE MONEY:

    You can “Produce Tomorrow’s Musicians”®! Click the button below to donate through a secure transaction. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

    DONATE GEAR:

    Have a dusty guitar lying around? How about a keyboard in storage? Or perhaps brand new instruments or gear that will facilitate the musical dreams of the next generation. Click the button below to get in touch with us about giving your gear new life in a studio! 

    DONATE TIME:

    Have a little time and want to volunteer in our studios or for special projects? Maybe you want to lead a workshop or do a small show for an eager young audience. Click HERE to complete a volunteer form or send us an email on the Contact page! 

     

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    SPONSORS

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    CONTACT

     1900 Church St. | Suite 300 | Nashville, TN 37203

    1.888.390.0493

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