Attention: Singers, Players, Strummers & Drummers

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Veterans are getting into music in a big way. It's a thing!

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There are organizations all over the country providing opportunities for vets to learn, grow, and heal by providing free lessons, free guitars or other instruments, online resources, and specialized equipment.

You can find local places to connect and just enjoy being together playing music with people who get you.

Some organizations pair veterans with professional songwriters and musicians to allow them to tell their stories.

Others help vets get their foot in the door in the music industry by assisting with writing, producing, performing and distributing their music and videos,

providing talent development, training, industry networking opportunities and studio time.

 

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Whether you are seeking relief from PTS/PTSD, TBI, anxiety, depression, just want to play or sing for your own enjoyment and relaxation,

want to be able to play side gigs to make a little extra money,

or dream of becoming a professional musician or artist, (or if you just want to be cool),

look into organizations in your area that could get you going in the right direction.

 

Have a guitar or other instrument that you would like to get into the hands of a veteran?

There are many organizations to consider donating to that would appreciate your generousity.

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CALIFORNIA

SACRAMENTO

Vet-Traxx Project Inc.

The mission of the Vet-Traxx Project is to provide veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, or other disabilties with a musical outlet in a recording studio environment enabling them to use their musical talents as a voice of expression.

Vet-Traxx has a team of studio musicians available to aid in the writing and recording process. Vet-Traxx has created partnerships with top music industry vendor's who provide musical instruments as well as provide equipment. There is no charge to the veteran for all of this!


SAN DIEGO

Music Therapy For Veterans

The mission of Music Therapy for Veterans (MTFV) is to serve those who are so valiantly serving, or who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. MTFV provides a variety of trauma-conscious sound and frequency-based wellness options for optimal healing, health and resiliency. By co-hosting post traumatic growth events such as concerts, workshops, education, mentoring, and employment programs, MTFV is benefitting active duty military service personnel, veterans, and their families nationally and worldwide.

Resounding Joy

Resounding Joy works directly with returning military service members who are diagnosed with PTSD, TBI, Alcohol and Drug Addictions and other issues related to combat stress and trauma.

They work closely with veterans and the military providing music services and promoting supportive music environments among veterans.


SAN FRANCISCO

Heroes' Voices

Heroes Voices helps veterans build confidence and community by connecting them with the power of music.

Veterans raise their voices together in song with our free music workshops, free online guitar lessons, and online resources.


SAN JOSE

Strumming For Vets

Strumming for Vets is an organization that has come up with a way to help restore the feeling of joy and self-worth that can be lost after extreme trauma. With donated guitars and teachers donating their time, these vets are given a new type of therapy that works! Donations of musical equipment (guitars, stands, tuners,etc) are greatly appreciated.


COLORADO

BASALT

Challenge America - Music Therapy

Challenge America Music Opportunties equips veterans with the tools they need to cope with the trauma of their military experience. Designed specifically for veterans who struggle with post traumatic stress and/or TBI, each participant receives three days of expert-led music therapy, a high quality acoustic guitar, and access to Challenge America's exclusive online networking tools, in addition to a growing library of free video tutorials on guitar, songwriting, and mindfulness. Challenge America provides these services to veterans for free. This is just one of the ways Challenge America works to realize it's vision that all service members, veterans and their families have access to the resources they need to live productive, dignified lives.


ENGLEWOOD

Warrior Voices

Warrior Voices is a non profit organization that exclusively trains and employs military veterans and their spouses as voice actors and voice over artists.

Warrior Voices also provides free audio recording equipment and sound booths to its graduating students!


ILLINOIS

QUINCY

Six String Heroes at Jefferson Barracks

The mission of Six String Heroes at Jefferson Barracks is to provide guitars and guitar lessons for veterans who are suffering from mental and physical injuries as a result of military service.

Six String Heroes believes that music has the power to restore the soul.


MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Music 4 Vets

Music 4 Vets is a program of Music 4 More. Our mission is to provide instruments to programs that work with our nations veterans.


MISSOURI

ELLISVILLE

Six String Heroes At Jefferson Barracks

The mission of Six String Heroes at Jefferson Barracks is to provide guitars and guitar lessons for veterans who are suffering from mental and physical injuries as a result of military service.

Six String Heroes believes that music has the power to restore the soul.


GRAVOIS MILLS

The Healing Box Project

Bringing healing to soldiers one guitar at a time.


NEW JERSEY

SCOTCH PLAINS

Voices of Valor (Music For All Seasons, Inc)

Voices of Valor provides a unique opportunity for veterans to work with songwriters to create a song based on their experiences, and reflect who they are, with no musical experience required.

This program is designed to honor veterans experiences and help them use music to ease the transition from military to civilian life.


OHIO

CANTON (and Northeast Ohio)

Warrior Beat

Warrior Beat is a non profit charity that uses professionally facilitated drum therapy to help United States military veterans who suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse or mental and physical ailments.


PENNSYLVANIA

ERIE

Music for Veterans

Music For Veterans is a non-profit organization serving the men and women who have served our country. If you have served in the military at any time, and in any branch of service, you are welcome to join us in the life long practice of attaining peace through playing a musical instrument.


RHODE ISLAND

JAMESTOWN

Operation Encore

Operation Encore is a collaboration of singer-songwriters and musicians from across the veteran and military communities. Operation Encore focuses on two primary goals:

  • First, providing opportunities and talent development for selected artists aspiring to take their music to a professional level.
  • Second, providing a unique service to the public by helping bridge the gap between reality and public perception of veterans through the powerful medium of original music. We seek out talent from across the military and veteran communityies, and offer selected artists unique opportunties, including professional networking education, studio time, distribution of music and much more.

TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE

Operation Song

Operation Song is a non-profit that pairs professional songwriters with veterans, active mlitary, and their families to help them tell their stories through song.

Operation Song holds weekly workshop in Middle Tennessee and sponsor events and group retreats throughout the US. Those we serve need no musical background, only the desire to tell their story.


TEXAS

AUSTIN

Songwriting With Soldiers

Songwriting with Soldiers pairs returning active duty soldiers, and veterans with professional songwriters in a retreat setting to write songs about personal experiences in combat. With a focus on collaboration and building trust, this innovative program offers a unique path to help soldiers, their families, their communities and our nation cope with the aftermath of combat duty and the challenges of returning home.


SAN MARCOS

Soldier Songs and Voices

Soldier Songs and Voices exists to serve our veterans with free music lessons, instruments when necessary, and a means of creative expression through music and song writing.

We are musicians, grateful to the men and women of our armed forces for the freedoms we enjoy as a result of their sacrifice. We proudly offer veterans and musicians alike an opportunity to share with each other the incredible power of expression and camaraderie that only music offers. We owe them this at the very least for all they have given us.


VIRGINIA

ALEXANDRIA

Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP)

The Armed Services Arts Partnership offers community-creating, expressive arts programs at no cost to service members, veterans, and military families by partnering with reputable veterans nonprofits and leveraging the resources of universities near areas with large military populations. ASAP's writing, music, and comedy programs foster expression, promote skill development, and form community support networks, offering therapeutic benefits to vets, reducing stress and anxiety among family members dealing with a loved one's transition into civlian life, and improving the welfare of communities facing these concerns. Weekly group music sessions for service members and veterans in the local community.


FORT BELVOIR

C.A.M.M.O. (Center for American Military Music Opportunities)

C.A.M.M.O. is committed to the principles of servant leadership with peer serving peer - American service members and veterans serving veterans.

C.A.M.M.O. builds the skills of musicianship and performance, putting our service members in touch with leading industry talent development specialists, extending career opportunities left unattainable to military personnel, and presents performances, concerts, and workshops.


WASHINGTON DC

WALTER REED MEDICAL CENTER

Musicorps

Severely wounded warriors participate in an intensive music rehabilitation program that helps them recover their life. Musicorps replicates real world music relationships so that injured veterans work on, and are motivated to work on robust goal-oriented projects many hours a day. Musicorps integrates individualized projects, regular visits by accompilshed musicians, and the use of specially-assembled computer-based music workstations along with traditional instruments.

Working in any music style they prefer, wounded warriors are able to learn, play, write, record, and produce original material.


WISCONSIN

MADISON

Warrior Songs

Warrior Songs is a non-profit organization committed to facilitating healing through the creative arts. Our mission is to assist veterans in more fully understanding and integrating all aspects of the military experience by transforming their traumatic experiences and struggles into an art form which both inspires and is life affirming, thus motivating their continued healing.


MILWAUKEE

Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce - Annual Veterans Light Up The Arts (Held in May)

Calling all veterans, active duty, and military spouse artists to sign up: We want to feature your art at our annual Veterans Light Up the Arts Event.

Music, perfomance pieces, multi-media, video, visual art, and spoken pieces are welcome.


NATION WIDE

CreatiVets

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, CreatiVets pairs up combat veterans who are struggling with PTSD and TBI's with songwriters in Nashville to give them the opportunity to tell their story through a song.

Each veteran that attends the program is paired up with another veteran who has come through the program and can relate to their experience.

CreatiVets also has two 3-week, fully accredited art courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Virginia Commonwealth University which teach veterans how to use conceptual-based art techniques to communicate their experiences from war.


Warrior Cry Music Project

Based in San Antonio, Warrior Cry is a group of volunteers who work with wounded soldiers at bases around the country. We provide soldiers with musical instruments and then teach them to play.

Working closely with therapists to create a positive educational and therapeutic music program, Warrior Cry gives wounded soldiers something positive to work toward.