Notes for Notes to Unveil its Newly Re-Vibed Recording Studios in the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Bar

May 01, 2018 - by: Shelby Pool

Grand Re-Opening Event to feature Studio Tours, Record Presentation and a studio session with Kenny and N4N Members.

Critically-heralded American Singer-Songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins will help re-open the original Notes for Notes (N4N) Studios at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara and United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County on Wednesday, April 11 with an intimate studio session at 4:00pm at the West Studio and presentation and studio tours at the East Studio at 5:30pm. 

Notes for Notes was founded in Santa Barbara in 2006 and opened its first studio in the 1235 Teen Center before moving to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara in 2008, thanks to generous support from the Santa Barbara Bowl. “Notes for Notes opens the door to a world of musical expression where kids can record music, learn how to play an instrument, and form a band with their friends, all for Free”, said Laurie Leis Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara. The second N4N Studio opened across town in 2011 in the United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County’s Westside Club. “ Notes for Notes, exposes our kids to free music lessons and exposes them to a life-long gift of music. Best collaborative partnership I have ever had in my 30 year club career”, said Michael Baker, CEO of the United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County. That same year N4N launched its first studio outside California, in Nashville, making the organization a national entity. N4N has since grown to 21 Studios in 11 states, 16 cities serving over 8,000 youth per year. 

Thanks to the support of Kenny Loggins and the Good Tidings Foundation the Santa Barbara Studios have received new paint, carpet, wood flooring, lighting, acoustic panels, flat screens and more.

“It’s my honor and pleasure to support such an important cause in my own community. Giving these kids the tools to help their creativity flourish is something I deeply value and I hope these new facilities will inspire Santa Barbara youth to pursue their musical passions,” said Kenny Loggins. 

“With this being the city and studios that launched Notes for Notes we thought it only right to upgrade the studios with all features of our newest locations and we are extremely grateful to Kenny and Good Tidings for making it possible”, said Philip Gilley, Notes for Notes Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Bay Area foundation, Good Tidings which supports the creation of youth spaces all over the country worked with Kenny Loggins to make this support possible. “We had the pleasure of partnering with legendary singer songwriter Kenny Loggins back in 2016 to raise money to build a music studio in Kenny’s hometown of Santa Barbara. It is our pleasure to join forces with Notes for Notes to actually build out two studios in the Boys and Girls Clubs. We have built over 170 athletic facilities, 10 art studios but this is our first music studio build” , said Larry Harper, Good Tidings Foundation Founder and Chairman.

The Santa Barbara N4N Studios serve over 600 youth annually and will now have upgraded resources to serve even more and at a higher level thanks to these renovations. “We have so many talented youth finding their identity, personally and artistically in the studios, and the new look of these studios will inspire them even more” ,said Kris Ehrman, Notes for Notes Santa Barbara Metro Director. In a town where there is so much talent the studios will continue to be a hub for young artists. [KENNY QUOTE ABOUT HIS SUPPORT]

“We always saw Notes for Notes as something that could grow to serve many communities however, it was Santa Barbara that nurtured us from an idea and thanks to partners like the Santa Barbara Bowl helped launch it into the national organization it is today” , said Roderick Hare, Board Chair and Co-Founder. In addition to local partners and foundations who are vital to the continuation of N4N’s programming many sponsors have come onboard with in-kind support with gear and instruments Gibson, Casio, DW Drums, Zildjian, Audio Technica, Native Instruments, Avid, Ableton, Presonus, Kala, Ovation, LP, Dell, GIK Acoustics, and InMusic Brands. N4N’s second studio at the Westside Club was also the first studio to receive support from the Hot Topic Foundation which has since grown into a national partner making the mission possible.

About Notes for Notes 

Notes for Notes® is a non-profit organization which builds, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios packed with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ gear, digital music stations and full recording studios offering youth completely FREE access to explore, create, and record music. Notes for Notes currently has 21 studios in Boys & Girls Clubs and after-school sites in Santa Barbara, Nashville, LA, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Ventura, Atlanta, Detroit, Cleveland, Memphis, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Austin, DC, Chicago, Bronx and coming soon to Harlem, Denver, and Seattle. Beyond creating music the organization also educates about the multitude of careers around the industry and the positive paths the music can be the catalyst to. Please visit for more information and to see how Notes for Notes is Producing Tomorrow’s Musicians®

About Good Tidings Foundation 

Good Tidings Foundation, founded in 1995, is a 501-(c)-3 children’s charity that looks to equally support ARTS, EDUCATION, ATHLETICS and DREAMS for youth from communities of need in Northern California. We engage in charitable partnerships with professional sports teams, pro athletes and other leaders who share our vision on how to create projects within our mission. We believe that every child deserves to have the means to achieve their dreams regardless of financial status, ethnic origin, religion or region of living. It is the Spirit of the Holiday Season, which we were founded upon, with the joy of giving in its simplest form that we look to emulate all year long. Our ‘mission over money’ philosophy is the foundation for everything we do. Good Tidings has built over 180 projects benefitting deserving youth. We build youth dreams!

About Kenny Loggins 

Kenny Loggins has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy® Awards. His songs have left his musical imprint on “the soundtrack of our lives.” Over the last four decades, his chart-topping songs have included “This Is It,” “I’m Alright,” “Footloose," “Danger Zone,” and so many more. In addition to his string of successful recordings, both solo and as a member of the famed duo Loggins & Messina, Kenny became the first major rock star to dedicate himself to recording music for children and families. His album Return to Pooh Corner remains the best-selling children’s album of the last 20 years. In 2016, he released his latest children’s project, the book Footloose (Moondance Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, October 17, 2016), inspired by his 1985 Oscar® nominated and Grammy® Awardwinning “Song of the Year.” Last summer, he was a recipient of the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award at the annual Chapin Awards hosted by WhyHunger. Last month, The Guild of Music Supervisors honored the legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist with the organization’s first-ever Icon Award for his outstanding achievements in film, television, and soundtracks. His gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled, and it's been a part of his life as long as he can remember. His generous support of countless local organizations has made a lasting impact on the causes that are close to his heart. Starting with a single donation of toys as the spokesperson for Santa Barbara’s Toys for Tots program in 1987, Kenny is recognized as a Unity Shoppe Shining Star for his work in shaping the organization’s mission. Kenny regularly lends his musical talent and generous heart to support youth-based programs like Make a Wish, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, and Little Kids Rock. In 2016, Kenny was honored with a Humanitarian of the Year Award from Little Kids Rock, for his extensive commitment to children’s causes and his core belief that “Every child should experience the healing power of music.” 

Kenny Loggins Media Contact: 

Michael Jensen and Erin Cook 

Jensen Communications 


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