Free Guitars for Future Stars provides free guitars and guitar lessons to students from low-income families in McHenry County, Illinois.

Giving the Gift of Music

Many schools that are in financial trouble begin “fixing” their funding problems by eliminating programs. Music and the Arts programs seem to always be the first to feel the pinch. But even in a healthy school system, music programs rarely include applied lessons on the guitar. This leaves many children from low-income families without the opportunity to experience the joys of playing the guitar. Our mission is to fill this void by making guitars and lessons available to children from low-income families.

A happy guitar student
A group of kids posing with guitars
Two winners of the Ed Hall Memorial Scholarship holding a check

How Our Pogram Works

Our program runs the length of the school year. During the program, students are “loaned” a new, or slightly used acoustic guitar. Upon successful completion of the program the student keeps the guitar they earned.

Classes run for an hour a week in groups of up to 15 students. Classes are taught by an experienced instructor and an assistant, if needed, to be sure the students have the opportunity to receive some individual attention.

Get Involved

Online Donations

We survive through donations by people like you. While instrument manufacturers and local music stores give us discounted prices, the price of getting lessons to our students can run over $150 per year, per student. Your donations are tax deductible. You can donate here.

Mail a Check

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation by check, it can be made out to “Free Guitars for Future Stars” and mailed to:

Free Guitars for Future Stars
P.O. Box 1781
Woodstock, IL 60098


If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, feel free to contact us with any ideas or information you would like to receive about volunteer opportunities. You can contact us here.

Our Impact

Guitars Gifted

Scholarships Awarded

Years of Giving the Gift of Music

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