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The Barry Penny Foundation

The Barry Penny Foundation is all about kids and music. Our vision is to make sure that every child who has an interest in exploring music is given an opportunity to do so. With education cutbacks in schools and our economy overall, we understand that not every child is in a situation where instruments and music lessons can be afforded.

Over the last three years, the directors of our organization have been able to deliver guitars, mandolins, keyboards and drums to a number of youngsters from Calgary to Fort St. John, BC who came to us through their parents or other recommendations. These children were set up with either a new or a gently used instrument and lessons to get them started. The foundation will continue supporting the child in lessons with continued interest.

How do we do this?
* Instruments of all kinds have been donated to the Foundation by music stores like GuitarWorks and from generous individuals who either just handed over their unused instruments or donated funding so that we can purchase new ones.

* The lessons that we set up for the kids are provided by certified music teachers, who in many cases have given us a discount in order to support our cause

* We have networked with many organizations such as the Hull School in Calgary, and other groups who have direct contact with kids in need.

* With our Annual event that includes volunteer musical entertainment by local musicians and the help of a strong force of caring folks, we have been able to raise money to support this project. Other donations have come from generous people just like you who just want to be part of giving the gift of music to children.

The Barry Penny Foundation was founded by Gary Freeman, his wife Corinne and a group of caring folks who believe that music is a universal world that in some way each of us participate in. We are all about giving the opportunity for children to explore this world and discover their own talents, whether they become singers, musicians, dancers, or just learn to appreciate music in their own way. At the Barry Penny Foundation we know that music is a commodity that doesn’t necessarily have to cost huge dollars. Six strings on a guitar and a pick to play it with is sometimes all it takes to open the door to a place where every child, young or old can discover not only themselves, but even make sense of the world around them.