New York, New York – May 12, 2020 – The Les Paul Foundation has announced special grants to support organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizations, made up of previous grantees, have received additional funding to assist during the current pandemic. 

Those receiving additional funds include: Birch Creek Music Performance Center of Egg Harbor, WI; Discovery World of Milwaukee, WI; Little Kids Rock of Verona, NJ; First Stage of Milwaukee, WI; Musicians on Call in Nashville, TN; Shell Lake Arts Center of Shell Lake, WI; Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum of Waukesha, WI; Notes for Notes, Nashville TN; and Women’s Audio Mission of San Francisco, CA.

Les Paul often demonstrated his empathy to those in need. While performing at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York, he assisted a homeless man who visited each week until the man found a job. When reflecting on his own challenging childhood, Les expressed concern for children in difficult circumstances. Recognizing that families with children are the most common food pantry clients, Les Paul Foundation trustees approved unsolicited funding for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, the Center for Food Action in Mahwah, NJ and the Center for Food Action of Bergen County.

Funding provided through the organization’s regular January grant cycle went to: Free Guitars for Future Stars of Wonder Lake, IL; Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers in San Francisco, CA; Hearing Health Foundation of New York, NY; First Stage of Milwaukee, WI; Keep Music Alive in Brookhaven, PA; Strings Attached in Ferguson, MO; The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY; and Young Audiences of Oregon in Portland, OR.

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