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OUR MISSION: Notes for Notes® is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with completely FREE access to music instruments, instruction and recording studio environments so that music may become a profoundly positive experience in their lives.

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    ABOUT

    Notes for Notes® 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. Notes for Notes Studios are packed with guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths, DJ gear, digital music workstations, and full recording facilities. The Studios are packed with professional instruments and equipment ranging from Gibson to Pro Tools.  In addition to access we educate about careers in the industry on stage and off. 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. Notes for Notes 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.

    THE TEAM

    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO/ Co-Founder View Details
    Juliana Lee

    Juliana Lee

    Director of Community Relations View Details
    Jeff Theimer

    Jeff Theimer

    Strategic Partnerships View Details
    David Lee

    David Lee

    National Grants Manager| Regional Director - San Francisco View Details
    Kristin Myers

    Kristin Myers

    Detroit Relations View Details
    Dustin Balint

    Dustin Balint

    Regional Director - New York City View Details
    Raymond Jacob

    Raymond Jacob

    Regional Director - Los Angeles View Details
    Taylor Barner

    Taylor Barner

    Program Director - Santa Monica View Details
     Kris Ehrman

    Kris Ehrman

    Program Director - Santa Barbara West View Details
    Jen Hodges

    Jen Hodges

    Program Director - Nashville North View Details
    Jarrad James

    Jarrad James

    Program Director - Nashville South View Details
    Bre Wright

    Bre Wright

    Program Director- Santa Barbara East View Details
    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    Studio Engineer- Santa Barbara View Details
    Dave Hanacek

    Dave Hanacek

    Program Instructor - Santa Barbara View Details
    Dalia Khan

    Dalia Khan

    Program Instructor - Santa Barbara View Details
    Jamal Dotson

    Jamal Dotson

    Studio Assistant - Nashville North 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.

    Juliana Lee

    Juliana Lee

    Director of Community Relations

    Juliana serves on the Notes for Notes (N4N) administrative team, helping manage press inquires, funding opportunities, events, and other “building community” tasks.

    Her musical background is limited to shrieking off-key notes on the recorder in elementary school, “chopsticks” lessons with her grandmother on the piano, and being a drowned-out, off-key voice in her middle school choir. It is for those reasons that she is grateful for the hard-working musician colleagues she has who are giving youth every opportunity possibly to live out their dreams.

    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.

    Jeff Theimer

    Jeff Theimer

    Strategic Partnerships

    Jeff Theimer is Director/Co-founder of non-profit New Noise Music Foundation (NNMF), producing the annual New Noise Santa Barbara (SB) Music Conference & Festival & other community events throughout the year.

    As a Notes for Notes Board Member and now as staff, he fosters strategic partnerships and assists with artist relations.

    Theimer started playing bass and guitar when he was 13; he’s always been passionate about music. As a student at UCSB, he studied abroad in London, working as a broadcast intern for BBC’s Radio 1. After graduation, worked just about every job for 92.9 KJEE before becoming their Marketing Director/Assistant GM. In 2005, Theimer moved to LA & joined the marketing team for the World Famous KROQ. He spent 3 years at KROQ before his entrepreneurial instincts and determination to return to SB led to the formation of NNMF.

    He also serves on the board for Jensen’s Music Foundation and the SB Bowl Education Outreach Committee.

    David Lee

    David Lee

    National Grants Manager| Regional Director - San Francisco

    David’s love and passion for music began when he took up the trombone in 4th grade to follow in the footsteps of his older brother. Over the years, he participated in wind ensembles, jazz bands and eventually marching band in high school. Despite not pursuing music as a major or career, David kept music in his life by volunteering with a local nonprofit to teach music and tutor academics in local elementary schools. His experiences as a volunteer inspired him to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.

    Before coming on board with Notes for Notes, David worked for a variety of nonprofits focused on youth, education and the arts. In his downtime, David enjoys cooking, baking and eating all of the foods he cooks and bakes while dreaming of the day his landlord will allow him to have a puppy.

    David works as the Regional Director of San Francisco and the National Grants Manager.

    Kristin Myers

    Kristin Myers

    Detroit 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.

    Dustin Balint

    Dustin Balint

    Regional Director - New York City

    Dustin Balint is a San Diego-born musician currently living in New York. He joined Notes for Notes in 2013 and started out by running programming in the Nashville studios before returning to develop new studios in NYC. He’s had a deep interest in music starting from an early age when his grandmother started teaching him the piano. He then transitioned to the trumpet in 5th grade and went on to pursue classical and jazz training. Over the next several years he taught himself how to play the guitar, drums, and cello. He has been creating and recording his own music ever since, which has lead him to develop a solid fundamental knowledge of music engineering and production.

    He continues to create music in his free time and donates half of any profits from his music to Notes for Notes. He loves working with youth and gaining inspiration from their energy and creativity, as well as helping them develop both as artists and as people.

    Raymond Jacob

    Raymond Jacob

    Regional Director - Los Angeles

    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.

    Taylor Barner

    Taylor Barner

    Program Director - Santa Monica

    Originally from Houston, TX, Taylor moved to New York City at the age of 17 to attend the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. While in school, Taylor became the youngest College and Lifestyle Marketing Representative at Sony Music. There she oversaw the college marketing campaigns for artists such as The Clipse, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Sade and others. Upon graduating, Taylor was offered a position with Starpower Global Management where she worked as the Artist Coordinator for New York rapper, Fabolous. After 5 years of music business experience, Taylor decided to use her business acumen to further her career as a Songwriter/Producer/Engineer and was blessed with opportunities to write and engineer for companies and artists including Atlantic Records, Justin Bieber, Ty Dolla Sign, and Elle Varner to name a few. Taylor fervently believes that as a musical creative, it is her duty to help guide the next musical generation, and to help them realize their full musical potential. As the Program Director for the Santa Monica Notes for Notes Studio, she hopes to inspire and empower youth to do just that.

     Kris Ehrman

    Kris Ehrman

    Program Director - Santa Barbara West

    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.

    Jen Hodges

    Jen Hodges

    Program Director - Nashville North

    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

    Program Director - Nashville South

    Jarrad started his music career as a Pro Air Drummer in the back of his parents yellow ‘78 Z28 Camaro. He soon learned how to play drums for real, inspired by Classic Rock radio, and formed his first band while in college. He’s played with a band ever since.

    Jarrad graduated with a BFA in Electronic Media from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He then moved to NYC, starting his professional journey with Universal Music Distribution, then Interscope/Geffen/A&M Octone label group, helping develop Snoop Dogg, Weezer, M.I.A, Pharrell and N.E.R.D, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, and more. Jarrad then went to Innovative Artists where he directed A-list voiceover talent, before he was drawn back to his passion for percussion and sound. He joined the Blue Man Production’s creative development team, coordinating their audio/video labs.

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

    Bre Wright

    Bre Wright

    Program Director- Santa Barbara East

    Bre has experience in songwriting, performing, and recording, and is mostly self-taught in all three, having learned to read music in her childhood from taking piano lessons for years and then continuing to explore music more creatively during her time at UCLA. Bre lives in Painted Cave Community above Santa Barbara with her boyfriend, two dogs, 6 chickens and cat, keeping nature as relevant in her life as is music.

    Bre was asked to join the Notes for Notes team as an instructor and songwriter after volunteering time for the organization, and is currently the Program Director at the Notes for Notes Studio Santa Barbara East.

    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    Studio Engineer- Santa Barbara

    Coming Soon

    Dave Hanacek

    Dave Hanacek

    Program Instructor - Santa Barbara

    Coming Soon

    Dalia Khan

    Dalia Khan

    Program Instructor - Santa Barbara

    Coming Soon

    Jamal Dotson

    Jamal Dotson

    Studio Assistant - Nashville North

    Jamal Dotson is currently a studio assistant in the Notes for Notes Nashville North Studio. He started with the organization as an intern in 2013, received mentorship from the studio Program Director, and shortly thereafter earned the position as studio assistant.

    During his time with Notes for Notes, he has engineered studio sessions, produced beats and arranged music, scheduled and managed recording sessions, tracked vocals, mixed, and taught musical concepts.

    Jamal is also a full time college student at Tennessee State University, and an aspiring producer, rapper, and saxophone player.

    He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and a graduate of Hueytown High School.

    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
    Matt Kettman

    Matt Kettman

    Board Member View Details
    Natalie Noone

    Natalie Noone

    Board Member View Details
    Eric Shiflett

    Eric Shiflett

    Board Member View Details
    Evan Skopp

    Evan Skopp

    Board Member View Details
    Jeff Theimer

    Jeff Theimer

    Board Member View Details
    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO/ Co-Founder View Details
    Michael Marans

    Michael Marans

    Board Member Emeritus View Details
    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.

    Matt Kettman

    Matt Kettman

    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

    Coming Soon

    Eric Shiflett

    Eric Shiflett

    Board Member

    Eric Shiflett is Program Director for the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and as such is actively involved with their arts education initiatives.

    After graduating from UCSB, Eric has worked in promotions and marketing for KTYD and the Lobero Theatre Foundation before starting his career at the Bowl in 1995.

    Trained as a classical violinist as a child, Eric looks to share the same types of experiences that he enjoyed during his formative years through working with a variety of youth music programs including Notes for Notes.

    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.

    Jeff Theimer

    Jeff Theimer

    Board Member

    Jeff Theimer is Director/Co-founder of non-profit New Noise Music Foundation (NNMF), producing the annual New Noise Santa Barbara (SB) Music Conference & Festival & other community events throughout the year.

    As a Notes for Notes Board Member and now as staff, he fosters strategic partnerships and assists with artist relations.

    Theimer started playing bass and guitar when he was 13; he’s always been passionate about music. As a student at UCSB, he studied abroad in London, working as a broadcast intern for BBC’s Radio 1. After graduation, worked just about every job for 92.9 KJEE before becoming their Marketing Director/Assistant GM. In 2005, Theimer moved to LA & joined the marketing team for the World Famous KROQ. He spent 3 years at KROQ before his entrepreneurial instincts and determination to return to SB led to the formation of NNMF.

    He also serves on the board for Jensen’s Music Foundation and the SB Bowl Education Outreach 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.

    Michael Marans

    Michael Marans

    Board Member Emeritus

    Coming Soon

    THE ADVISORY BOARD

    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

    Zach Gill

    Zach Gill

    ALO
    Jack Johnson band member

    Martin Gore

    Martin Gore

    Depeche Mode

    Chris Jensen

    Chris Jensen

    Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson

    Hale Milgram

    Hale Milgram

    Brian Miller

    Brian Miller

    Peter Noone

    Peter Noone

    Herman’s Hermits

    P-Nut

    P-Nut

    311

    Alan Parsons

    Alan Parsons

    Glen Phillips

    Glen Phillips

    Toad the Wet Sprocket

    Chris Shiflett

    Chris Shiflett

    Foo Fighters

    Sebu Simonian

    Sebu Simonian

    Capital Cities

    SLASH

    SLASH

    Guns N Roses

    Tanya Thicke

    Tanya Thicke

    Jimmy Vivino

    Jimmy Vivino

    Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band
    Conan O’Brien

    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

    Zach Gill

    Zach Gill

    ALO
    Jack Johnson band member

    Martin Gore

    Martin Gore

    Depeche Mode

    Chris Jensen

    Chris Jensen

    Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson

    Hale Milgram

    Hale Milgram

    Brian Miller

    Brian Miller

    Peter Noone

    Peter Noone

    Herman’s Hermits

    P-Nut

    P-Nut

    311

    Alan Parsons

    Alan Parsons

    Glen Phillips

    Glen Phillips

    Toad the Wet Sprocket

    Chris Shiflett

    Chris Shiflett

    Foo Fighters

    Sebu Simonian

    Sebu Simonian

    Capital Cities

    SLASH

    SLASH

    Guns N Roses

    Tanya Thicke

    Tanya Thicke

    Jimmy Vivino

    Jimmy Vivino

    Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band
    Conan O’Brien

    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.

    SUPPORT

    DONATE MONEY:

    You can Produce Tomorrow’s Musicians! Click 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 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! 

     

    SPONSORS

    Hot Topic Foundation
    CMA Foundation
    Gibson Foundation
    Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
    Bonnaroo
    Seymour Duncan
    Presonus
    avid
    CAA
    Casio
    Stagg
    Daddario Foundation
    Audio Technica
    Sony
    KRK
    Stanton
    PulseOne
    Sonos
    iPower Resale Group
    Line 6
    Pintech
    Zildjian
    QuikLok
    SM Pro Audio
    DW
    Kala
    Dunlop
    Give A Beat
     

    CONTACT

    Notes for Notes | P.O. Box 128473 | Nashville, TN 37212

    1.888.390.0493

    hello AT notesfornotes DOT org

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