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


And so it begins…

Howdy Yall ( I feel I need to settle into the local lingo) Well, I made it after a long (and hot) drive across country (to Country). I made a few extra stops in potential future cities for Notes for Notes including Austin, TX and New Orleans, LA. Very cool cities and I can see us inhabiting both very soon. The day after I arrived in Nashville, the Nashville Scene did a piece on us for their Innovations cover story, in which we were featured alongside some other great innovators such as Third Man Records Rolling Record Store, check out the post here. So much has happened in the past few weeks it is hard to process it all. Notes for Notes is now a national organization, but with a grass roots mentality and we will never change that no matter how large we grow. We are about relationships- large and small, that’s how we grow and that’s how we change lives.

Nashville is an incredible city! You can literally go anywhere at anytime of the day and see live music. Plus everyone is incredible! Our good friend Evan Skoop of Seymour Duncan (and the N4N Venture Group) introduced me to Danny Flowers; an amazing songwriter out here who has penned classics like “Tulsa Time” for Eric Clapton. I grabbed coffee with Danny last week and then got a chance to see him perform out at Music City Roots and Pucketts. He is a ripping guitarist and an extremely kind man who has already introduced Notes for Notes to some other great folks in town.

I stopped by our soon to be newest MusicBox at the Andrew Jackson Boys and Girls Club last week and am getting ready to head back in right now. I started scoping out the space and trying to figure out what changes needs to be made (i.e. paint, new carpet…) and what gear I need to bring in. It is going to be a great little space and I have already spoken with some of the kids about their wish lists for gear and instruments. It is going to be quite an adventure. We are going to have a lot of fun and help a lot of kids here!

I also wanted to announce Alan Parsons has joined the Notes for Notes Advisory Board. He stopped by the SB West MusicBox a few weeks ago and generously donated his time and expertise to fix our recording setup and tweak our console to working order. He will also be returning for some engineering sessions and workshops with our participants, what an honor for us all. Very, very nice guy and of course extremely knowledgeable (this is the guy who engineered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon) Expect a press release coming soon.

All the best,

Executive Director/Founder

Few photos of the studio and Natalie and I doing my favorite thing in the world, sanding!