N4N Arrives in The Big Easy

It’s amazing it has taken us this long to arrive in a city so synonymous with music.  For those that have been you know that the city doesn’t know how to be quiet but it’s not just constant noise, it’s constant music! Any street corner at any time can be the scene of a rousing jazz jam from consummate professionals or young musicians cutting their teeth in the historic capital of jazz. Side note: if you’ve never been make a point of hanging around Frenchmen street for the hotspot of the aforementioned scene.

I remember a conversation Rod and I had back in 2012 about which city would be our next. The duel was between Detroit and NOLA, both worthy and musically iconic in their own right. Thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation at the time we were lucky to pursue developing Detroit first, however, our focus has never wavered to make it to this great city. On September 6th, 2016 we opened the doors to the NOLA Notes for Notes® Studio at the NFL-YET Clubhouse in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana.  We were honored to welcome our generous partners from the CMA Foundation as well as country star Eric Paslay to help upon the studio. For those that have been to an N4N grand opening you know we do things a little differently; no ribbon cutting here, we strum the first guitar!  This was the first opening in which we had a DOUBLE strum to open the studio with Eric Paslay and Matt Owens of Clark Construction.


Matt Owens and Clark Construction are the saviors of Notes for Notes® NOLA, without them the studio would still be a distant dream of ours.  We were extremely lucky in 2015 to be introduced to Clark Construction and receive their support as they built out the Ventura Studio. Clark Construction’s corporate culture is unsurpassed by any contractor we have ever seen. They’re commitment to the communities where they live and work is absolutely amazing and we are so lucky that they stepped in to help make this studio a reality. We were lucky to meet Matt thanks to an intro from our (guitar playing) friend at Clark Construction, Mike Moore.  Led by Matt and a very dedicated team including Chris Fava, Wes Nash, Andrew Bichof, Jacob Auer, Brandon Brown, Chad Smith and many more very generous contractors, the studio was transformed over 3 weeks in a hot Louisiana August into the studio you see below.


We are incredibly grateful to the Clark Construction, Matt Owens and the incredible team that made this studio a reality. We call this our first “Craftsman” studio because of the attention to detail that was paid to our original design. The stage and accents around the studio were custom made by wood burning, texturizing with a chain, and staining wood to give the studio a truly special touch. While our job is to open and run these studios, for Matt and his team this was purely a charitable gift to the NOLA community.  They were often in the studio until 10 at night if not later, let alone coming in on the weekends! The music that is coming out of and will continue to be for years and years is in huge part thanks to these guys!

This studio marked our 14th location and 6th studio supported by the CMA Foundation. We are so appreciative that Tiffany, Joe, and Victoria with the CMA Foundation made the trip to celebrate the opening as well as Eric Paslay and Wrabel. We were lucky to meet Eric this past CMA Fest where he visited our pop-up studio at FanX but glad he was able to see a full studio and hang with some aspiring musicians at the same time! While we strummed the first guitars (actually Eric and Matt did), gave out Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Records, and welcomed our very first members through the studio doors that day we feel like we will never be able to thank those who have made it possible. We only hope that as more youth enter everyday and are able to explore, create, and record music that that will be the ultimate thank you!


The NOLA Studio features many firsts; the LED lit track room, Craftsman stage, and the Presonus Mix Room. As a supporter of Notes for Notes since 2014 (and a Louisiana based company in Baton Rouge) Presonus provided their state-of-the-art equipment (16.0.2, Eres 8s, Air 10s, and AR12 Mixer) to this hometown location. To honor their support we’ve unveiled the very first Presonus Mix Room! We are very grateful for the technological sonic advances of Presonus as well as their gift to the next generation of musicians.  The NOLA Studio like all our other locations are generously equipped thanks to Casio, DW Drums, Zildjian, Audtio Technica, Native Instruments, Gibson Foundation, Dell, GIK Acoustics, and Novation.  We are also grateful for the support of Kim Bentson, Bentson Kauth Foundation, and Chevron.


eg4_0774-1At Notes for Notes® we are all about people. We are looking forward to a long lasting partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Louisiana and all of their team (Carlos, Sid, & Thomas).  Our studio would just be a room full of gear was it not for our team comprised of NOLA Relations, Shannon O’Toole and Program Director, Justen Williams.  Justen is in the studio everyday inspiring and challenging the next generation of musicians. You may recognize Justen from his very popular Youtube tutorials; needless to say we are extremely lucky to have such a qualified team member at the studio’s helm.  Outside the Studio, Shannon is building the connections that will make our NOLA presence known. She knows how to get it done and has been doing an incredible job making friends throughout the musical community. We are lucky to have such a dedicated team, partners, and supporters who all have worked so hard to make this studio available to NOLA youth… for FREE. We invite you to come check out the studio, get involved, and experience the talent that is already emerging!

Some photos courtesy of Erika Goldring


Soundcheck 2015 with Martin Gore

89.9 KCRW Presents

Notes for Notes & Sonos… Sound Check

Feat. Martin Gore  DJ Set [Depeche Mode]

W/ special guest Sebu Simonian DJ Set [Capital Cities]

Thursday, July 30
Sonos Studio LA
145 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles , CA
7pm / 21+

Hosted beer & wine // silent auction // fun

General Admission and VIP Tickets on sale now at soundcheck.nightout.com

100 % of proceeds benefit Notes For Notes. Providing free after school recording studios for youth.

5th Annual Notes for Notes® Benefit!

Please join us on June 7, 2015 at the 5th Annual Seymour Duncan Benefit Concert to support Notes for Notes®!

Tickets on sale NOW at Lobero.com

100% of proceeds benefit Notes for Notes!

5th Annual Notes For Notes® Benefit poster

Check out a recap from a previous show!

4th Annual Notes for Notes® Benefit

Please join us on October 24th, 2014 at the 4th Annual Seymour Duncan Benefit Concert to support Notes for Notes®! Tickets on sale at Lobero.com 100% of proceeds benefit Notes for Notes!


Check out a recap from last years show!


Aliyah Wins The Band Perry Songwriting Contest

Santa Barbara’s own Aliyah Rameriz (11) wins Notes for Notes’ The Band Perry Songwriting contest!

In a songwriting contest between Notes for Notes’ 5 MusicBox Studios nationwide Aliyah Rameriz writes and records the winning entry “Stand Strong” at the MusicBox Studio East in Santa Barbara, CA. The mission of the contest was to write a song around The Band Perry’s theme of being a Pioneer in your own life! As the winner, she and her mother Sagi were flown (all expenses paid) to Lubbock, TX to meet The Band Perry at an intimate ‘Pioneers’ event as well as enjoy their concert that night with Rascal Flatts. An incredible experience and could not have been won by a more deserving talented young songwriter. Check out the winning track, lyrics, live announcement, and recap of her experience!  Notes for Notes sincerely thanks The Band Perry for all their support and generosity with this experience!

Song Title: Stand Strong
Song Writers: Kris Ehrman and Aliyah Rameriz
Vocals – Aliayh Rameriz
Guitar Solo – Josh Ford
Guitar, Bass, Synth – Kris Ehrman
Final Mix: Mark Williams
Producer: Kris Ehrman

Some people walk around they don’t care

Some people greedy, greedy don’t share

But what’s the point in livin if nobody really cares?

And what’s the point in lovin if nobodys willing to share?


Stand Strong, have hope

Don’t loose your faith, stand strong.

Move on, and make the world a better place, come on.


Stand Strong, have hope

Don’t loose your faith, stand strong.

Move on, and make the world a better place, come on.

Stand Strong


Since when did people stop having fun?

I think I’ll show the world how it’s done.

So I walk into to future like a sci-fi movie line

And you’ll be wishing you’ve been livin life like this the whole time


Stand Strong, have hope

Don’t loose your faith, stand strong.

Move on, and make the world a better place, come on.


Stand Strong, have hope

Don’t loose your faith, stand strong.

Move on, and make the world a better place, come on.

Stand Strong


Guitar Solo: Josh Ford


Stand Strong, have hope

Don’t loose your faith, stand strong.

Move on, and make the world a better place, come on.


Stand Strong, have hope

Don’t loose your faith, stand strong.

Move on, and make the world a better place, come on.

Stand Strong

Guitar Solo: Josh Ford

Producer Notes: Kris Ehrman

Aliyah was really excited to be a part of this contest and luckily she liked the only song that I had prepared for her.  We weren’t sure of what to write about, we didn’t have a single idea.  We just knew that the music we were working with called for some serious sass.

So we began talking about what a Pioneer is and what it really means for an eleven year old to be a Pioneer.  Aliyah doesn’t have the resources to land on the moon or discover new land.  But she does have the ability to stay focused in school, to be aware and thoughtful of others and to set and accomplish goals.  I just began writing the verses as if I were Aliyah, who stands out amongst her peers, who always sets a good example and is determined to succeed.

Josh Ford layed down some awesome guitar work.. I love that in the middle of this pensive pop rock track you all of the sudden get an Alice in Chains-like guitar solo.  Only in 2013 and after could someone get away with this.

Are you a Pioneer?



Are you a PIONEER? Will your music change the world ? Write a song about how you and your music are Pioneering/ Leading the way for change and you could win round-trip airfare and accommodations for you and a guest to Lubbock, TX for an intimate VIP event with The Band Perry.

Contest Details:

Start/End: August 26, 2013-September 13, 2013

Submission: Delivered to any Notes for Notes’ MusicBox Studio in Santa Barbara, Nashville, or Santa Monica or emailed to pioneer [at] notesfornotes.org

Song Criteria: Write and record an original song that shows how you or your music will change the world. As musicians you are PIONEERS and have a profound opportunity to influence a part of the world around you with the message of your music. We want to hear how you are a pioneer for change so put it in a song and send it to us and you could win the Grand Prize- round-trip airfare, accommodations, and a VIP concert  with The Band Perry in Lubock, TX for you and a guest (a parent or legal guardian).

  • Radio-friendly lyrics
  • Recorded on 1 of 5 available instrumental tracks or a completely original arrangement
  • Recorded in whole or part at a MusicBox Studio in Santa Barbara, Nashville, or Santa Monica.

Judging: Notes for Notes staff will listen to all entries and pick one winner for the grand prize based on 3 criteria:

  • Lyrical Creativity: 50%
  • Adherence to Pioneer theme: 35%
  • Quality of recording: 15%

Restrictions: This contest is open to all youth age 8-19. If you are not a member of Notes for Notes already, we ask that you become one- It is FREE and there is only one document to fill out.

  • Must be available to travel between October 3-5.  Arrangements will have to be made for school absence.
  • Winning contestant must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian.

Grand Prize Details:

  • Roundtrip airfare coach for two to Lubbock, TX and two nights lodging at four diamond Overton Hotel with ground transportation to-and-from airport, hotel, event and concert.
  • Passes for two to VIP luncheon featuring acoustic performance by The Band Perry, Meet & Greet with The Band Perry, and celebration of Pioneer stories.
  • Two limited edition Pioneer necklaces courtesy of Origami Owl, and two The Band Perry PIONEER albums
  • Tickets for two to Rascal Flatts Live and Loud 2013 tour Concert featuring The Band Perry.

Download Contest Form HERE
The Band Perry poster


Holiday Soundcheck LIVE Auction-Ends 1-22-12

Bidding Ends January 22, 2012

This is your chance to win one-of-a-kind items signed by Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) during our 3rd Annual Holiday Soundcheck concert on December 15, 2012 featuring DJ Sets from Martin, Douglas J. McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) and Static Revenger. Please bid generously as all proceeds benefit Notes for Notes and New Noise Music Foundation.

Martin Gore Signed Mega CD/DVD Collection: 
CLICK HERE for eBay Auction


Martin Gore Signed Aston Martin Model Car:
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Sonos Play 3 Signed by Martin Gore:
CLICK HERE for eBay Auction.

Martin Gore Signed Electric Guitar:
CLICK HERE for eBay Auction.

Martin Gore Signed Gibson Toy Guitar:
CLICK HERE for eBay Auction.


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. Notes for Notes is based in Santa Barbara, CA; Nashville, TN; and coming soon to Detroit and Los Angeles.

New Noise Music Foundation is a non-profit based in Santa Barbara that creates a participatory creative culture through producing the annual New Noise Santa Barbara Music Conference & Festival (Fall), consistent concerts, workshops, lectures, and volunteer/mentoring programs for all ages, especially young people. In 2012/13, New Noise aims to establish a permanent home for a 300+ capacity, all ages, drug and alcohol free music venue in Santa Barbara region(“The Living Room”)

All items will be professional packed and are available for world-wide shipping. Paypal Payment ONLY!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. These items are also being promoted through Martin’s social outlets.



Holiday Soundcheck 2012 with Martin Gore

New Noise & Notes For Notes Present…
3rd Annual Holiday Sound Check Feat. Martin Gore DJ set (Depeche Mode)
w/ special DJ set by Douglas J McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) + Static Revenger

Date: Saturday, December 15th
Time: 8:00p
Age: 21+
Location: 120 Santa Barbara St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Join New Noise Music Foundation  and Notes For Notes celebrate the holiday season with a party you won’t want to miss! Legendary Depeche Mode songrwiter and guitarist Martin Gore will once again hop on the turntables for a special hand crafted DJ set. He will be joined by Douglas J Mcarthy & Static Revenger.

Douglas J Mcarthy: http://www.douglasjmccarthy.com/

Static Revenger: http://www.staticrevenger.com/

Now in it’s 3rd year, the annual holiday fundraiser supports two non profit music organizations & is always a special night.

What to expect:
No host bar featuring local wine, beer and liqour.
Amazing venue space: Sponsored by our good friends at Sonos, this year’s event space has a a distinct warehouse feel and London vibe. You may think your are in the Tube once you arrive… Mind the gap!
Select art pieces curated by New Noise Music Foundation & friends

Silent Auction: Our silent auction items are always unique and rad. Really. We will have loads of both Martin Gore and other music oriented holiday gifts! Help us raise money for two great local music organizations, and give someone a killer present! It’s a win/win!
Good times, Good Peeps: As always, we aim to help set the tone for a night of amazing night with firends new and old.
Light appetizers will also be served.


Meet & Greet with Martin Gore Pass: $100.00 (Very Limited # available)
– Entry to event
– MG signed limited edition poster of the event
– Group photo with Martin Gore
– Custom pass & lanyard for event
– 1st inside venue
– 1st look and bidding for silent auction items
– (2) free drink tickets

VIP TICKET: $50 (Limited # Available)
– Priority entry to event (front of line access)
– Limited edition signed poster of event
– (1) free drink tickets per pass

G/A Ticket: $30 (Limited # of tickets per tier. Please purchase early & often to ensure entry. Price will go up)
– General admission entry to event

There are no refunds, name changes or exhanges. All persons must be 21 years of age or older to enter. Please e mail any questions to: info@newnoisesb.com.

Thank you for your support & we look forward to hosting you for another great Holiday Party!



The 2nd Annual Seymour Duncan Benefit Concert Featuring Los Lobos with Joe Bonamassa

Tickets On Sale Saturday July 21, 2012 @ Noon! CLICK HERE

Tickets On Sale Saturday July 21, 2012 @ Noon! CLICK HERE

Support This Event!

Sponsorship Opportunities and Ad Placement available in our Program Booklet. Be a part of an incredible musical experience and help support the next generation of musicians!
For more information on ad sales and sponsorship opportunities, please contact juliana@notesfornotes.org and please check out last years Program Here.