Slightly Stoopid visits

MusicBox Studio Nashville South was lucky to host a visit from Slightly Stoopid’s Rymo, C-Money, and Paul prior to their Nashville show. The guys came in to the studio for a few hours to hang and collaborate on an original track with members Cameron, Will, Mary-Grace and Young-Way. Rymo laid down the drums: Paul added keys and organs; while C-Money laid down a ripping horn solo. Check out the video below.This track is shaping up to be our first collaborative one featuring our members with major artists.  It was and awesome experience and one we hope to duplicate in Santa Barbara this summer when the band comes through town for their SB Bowl show.

Also, starting Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10am PST we will be auctioning off a signed Slightly Stoopid SONOS PLAY:5 Wireless HiFi Speaker. Visit the eBay auction HERE.

MusicBox Studio Reports

Read, watch and listen! Get the scoop on the MusicBox Studios through these totally accessible reports on

As an organization that prides itself on transparency and constant improvement we have begun uploading monthly studio reports to to help us in our own evaluation of our programming as well as provide our audience with in-depth recaps of the studio’s activities.

So please read, watch and listen to the magic that happens every day in the MusicBox Studios. Here are a couple of reports to give you an idea…

Nashville South- November 2012

Nashville North- September 2012

MusicBox East- October 2012

MusicBox West- December 2012

Studio Update- Nashville South Sept 2012

MusicBox Studio Monthly Report

Month/Year: September 2012
Studio Location: Nashville South Studio @ Andrew Jackson Boys & Girls Club
Program Director: Jen Hodges

In-­Studio Highlights:
Dominique and DeAndre researched beats/licensing procedures before selecting and downloading a beat. They found a producer on Youtube who wants credit and gave them permission to use his beat. They also engineered the whole session, and payed special attention to make sure vocals did not clip.
Dominique learned how to make his voice sound like he’s on the TV through a distortion plug-in. He also has mastered cutting and pasting clips to lengthen and syncopate verses.

Queen teamed up with Rockstar (a producer). He is going to furnish her with beats, and guide her career. We are still working with Queen, and wish her new partnership the best!Wayford is back with a new track. As usual, it is dope!

I am beginning to introduce songwriting to my younger students. We wrote a Halloween song, and are working on a new track for November.



Cross-Country Collaborations:

Outreach/ Outside Collaborations:

I am working with Guitar Center to bring in some new kids from their recording class. Found a rapper on craigslist, he is 17, and is ready to record:)

Other Cool Stuff Worth Mentioning:
Lil Bre from the Young Squad came to visit. He collaborated on a track with Queen, and performed live for the club. The girls loved him! He had a lot of positive energy, and Queen said it was her favorite day in the studio, because he was just as motivated as she is.





Jen Hodges-Program Director Nashville

Notes for Notes is proud to introduce it’s first Program Director at MusicBox Studio South in Nashville… Jen Hodges.


Jen grew up in the 90’s listening to a mix of her parents’ collection of classic rock and pop/rap hits of the era.  She started playing piano at age 7, and quickly moved to bass guitar.  Drums and guitar followed suit, as her taste in music started growing to punk, metal, ska, grunge, and hip-hop.  She played bass in a rock band through high school.  She got great reviews in local papers, and was frequently invited to sit in on sessions. The band nominated her to do the business end of things as well.  She learned to book and promote, and even put on a music and arts festival at age 16 in her hometown. She decided to pursue these two trades as a career, and attended Berklee College of Music.  She played in a few bands through college as well; touring, gigging, sessions, booking, and writing music. She graduated with a degree in music business and principle in electric bass with a 3.7 GPA in 2008.  After spending the summer interning at Hopeless Records, she moved to Nashville. The next four years sawJenbooking at a local nightclub, bringing tours through like Fear, Agent Orange, iwrestledabearonce, Powerman 5000, Asking Alexandria, DRI, Animals As Leaders, OTEP, All Shall Perish, Deez Nutz, Emmure, Psyopus, Veil Of Maya, Dr. Know, ABK, The Faceless, Born Of Osiris, and The Murder Junkies.  Following the club experience she did some time at a label booking a European Tour for songwriters who have written hits for Jamie Johnson, Tina Turner, Phil Vassar, Kenny Chesney, Trisha Yearwood, and Brooks and Dunn.  Finally, she booked talent for an online music video channel booking acts like Yelawolf, Waka Flocka Flame, Big KRIT, MIMS, Afroman, Liquid Stranger, EOTO, Andrew WK, The Cancer Bats, Andy Shernoff, Cheetah Chrome, Chuck Ragan, The Coathangers, Lucero, and Polkadot Cadaver.

Jen is very happy to be part of the Notes For Notes team.  She hopes to bring a wealth of musical knowledge as well as business savvy to foster the kids and organization’s growth.  She believes sharing the gift of music teaches us not only academic, but life skills as well.

2011 Rewind

2011 RewindA look back at an epic year

Whether you are just joining us or have been following from the beginning let me recap the amazing 2011 year Notes for Notes had…it was a BIG ONE! We opened two studios, grew to a national organization and threw some incredible events with the Steve Miller Band andMartin Gore.

Westside MusicBox Opens!

February saw the completion and opening of the newest MusicBox to the Notes for Notes arsenal inSanta Barbara. We began talks on this studio in 2009 and active development later that year, however it would take almost two years before we would strum the first guitar and spin the first record in this new studio. Our mothers always told us…” All good things come to those who wait” Agreed! The new MusicBox also meant we needed to expand the team and we were lucky to find our new Program Director inTaylor Hurtadoand Booking Agent in Dakota Gartner. Check out some press from the Grand Opening! Click to Play (will open video in another window)






P-Nut rocks the studios!

The folks over at Seymour Duncan do so much for us from outfitting all our guitars to the big show to some amazing introductions. Our good friend Evan Skopp reached out to P-Nut (bass player for 311) considering SD endorses him and asked if he might be interested in stopping by the Notes’ MusicBox Studios when he had time. That time was in May of 2011. P-Nut came up from LA specifically to hang in both studios, jam and offer his words of wisdom on music and life! He is also one of our newest Advisory Board members. Thanks to Evan Skopp,Peter Rasplerand P-Nut for hooking up an amazing experience! Check out the video recap!

Steve Miller Band and Seymour Duncan Rock it for Notes for Notes

There were about 600 of you that had the opportunity to experience what was perhaps one of the most special concert events Santa Barbarahas seen. In commemoration of Seymour Duncan’s 35th Anniversary of making the world’s best pickups a benefit concert was conceived to support Notes for Notes and celebrate SD. Thanks to Cathy Duncan and Maricela Juarez (MJ) they were able to secure The Steve Miller Band as our headliner…Yes THE Steve Miller Band. Steve is a big supporter of youth music and stepped up to kick start what will be an annual concert with Seymour Duncan to benefit Notes for Notes. Keep your eyes out for announcements of this years show and check out the recap of the 2011 show including performance by N4N participants who opened for Steve.

Nashville Bound

Still whirling from the success of the Seymour Duncan Steve Miller Band show, Notes for Notes began the final leg of the Nashville expansion. After 3 very successful trips to Nashville over the past 8 months I packed up a Uhaul trailer and made the drive along a south bound route through Austin andNew Orleans. Now a national organization, this is only the beginning. Call it the Notes for Notes Tour, can anyone guess where the next stop is? After a few months of painting, carpeting, wall postering and equipping we opened the first of two (possibly 3) Nashville MusicBox Studios in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. The first is located at the Andrew Jackson clubhouse and is made possible by some really great folks and organizations including the Hot Topic Foundation, Gibson Foundation, KRK/Stanton, Seymour Duncan, KVB S.A.C.K Foundation, Peavey, Propellerhead, Avid, Thirdman Records and Jack White, Sheryl Crow, MV Pro Audio, SM Pro Audio and Line 6. Check out some of the pics and video from the Grand Opening (even though the official opening was in Feb 2012) Click to play (will open in another window)





Martin Gore spins the 1,2’s for Notes for Notes and New Noise again

We ended the Year as we should with a party… a fundraising party which was also especially celebratory for us considering the huge year we have had.Martin Gorewho remains one of our most influential and active Advisory Board Members (as well as a close friends) came back for round 2 to DJ the Holiday Soundcheck to benefit Notes for Notes and New Noise Music Foundation! It was another great event thanks to Jeff Theimer and the New Noise and Notes for Notes’ teams. We raised great support and awareness. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for this event! Thanks to Martin, Jonathan Kessler and all of the folks and businesses who donated to the silent auction. Check out the video recap!

N4N Participants Rock it… Everywhere!

2011 also provided opportunities for our next generation of musicians to hit the streets and pay LIVE! From opening spots at our big fundraiser with Seymour Duncan and The Steve Miller Band and Zion I at Velvet Jones to Santa Barbara’s Fiesta celebrations. One of our goals is to provide outlets for our musicians to perform, get out there and show the world the skills they have been honing in the MusicBox Studios.  Check out some footage from the Fiesta performance.

You can imagine that if I were to list every amazing thing that happened in 2011 you would have to take a few days off from work to read the full recap. I realize that you don’t have that kind of time (and that this has already eaten the better part of a lunch break) so feel please checkout the N4N Facebook for the daily updates and the video page for loads of cool vids HERE. A very special thank you to everyone that supported us in 2011 and continues to support us; The Hot Topic Foundation, The Wood Claeyssens Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation,Matthew FisherFoundation, Johnson Ohana Foundation, Towbes Foundation, Gibson Foundation, Seymour Duncan, KRK/ Stanton, Numark/ Alesis/Akai, and our dedicated Board of Directors (Rod, Michael, Anna, Ian, Matt, Eric, Jeff and Natalie) as well as our Advisory Board including now members in 2011-P-Nut and Alan Parsons.  Thank you all for a great year and here’s to looking forward to a great 2012!



Grand Opening/ Open House Nashville MusicBox #1

Please join us for the Grand Opening/ Open House of our first MusicBox in Nashville, TN in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tenneessee. It has been quite a journey from inception in 2006 in Santa Barbara, CA to the opening of our first location in a new city. We are extremely excited to be a part of the Nashville community and look forward to  showing you the future of Notes for Notes and the music resources now available to area youth… for FREE.

In advance we thank you for your support Nashville as you have embraced the organization and made it possible for us to do what we do. Stop by on February 2, 2011 between 3:30-6:30pm to learn more about Notes for Notes, see the studio and remember what it would have been like to have these resources as an aspiring musician.

The MusicBox Studio is located inside the Andrew Jackson Boys & Girls Club at 916 16 Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

AND if you have musical instruments (guitars, drums, keys/synths, turntables, computers, digital music creation tools, studio gear, or something really cool) that you would like to donate please bring them as we are currently developing a second Nashville MusicBox at the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Please contact Philip Gilley (Executive Director/ Founder) with any questions at 805-318-3657 or