The Great Guitar Giveaway

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Project by Thomas Binns

We did it
On 22nd June 2020 we successfully raised £21,648 with 176 supporters in 365 days

We're bringing guitar tuition to 200 vulnerable adults in a 12 month period.

 New stretch target

Extra money would be great! With more we can do more!


What is the Guitar Social?

We specialise in teaching guitar to isolated and vulnerable communities, using the guitar as a kind of magical tool through which we can address some prominent social needs. By putting a group of people in a room together and showing them how to make music we reduce isolation, promote inclusion, punctuate an often trying and difficult week and ultimately redirect people into new settings where confidence is risen and self esteem soars. In no place is this more clear than our work with blind communities. We have Mary, a 97 year old student who played her first gig last month having discovered guitar twelve months ago and some visually impaired learners with complex mental health needs that are finding a voice and a new community through music. 

How does Crowdfunder come into this?

Now we've turned to Crowdfunder to try something new and help us continue our important work. We're going to teach for 24 hours. This will be an official attempt which will be adjudicated by Guinness World Records™

We're aiming to raise £24,000 for our 24-hour marathon, and we need your help. We can't wait to have you along for the ride.

What will the money be spent on?

£24000 will enable us to buy 200 guitars which we will give away to vulnerable client groups and provide each of those people with 20 hours of class tuition. The guitars will go to young people, people fighting homelessness, those suffering with ill mental health, refugee communities and visually impaired and blind people. 

We have been running these courses for some time and the results have been proven and incredible. We're now ready to reach more. So we're asking for £24000. One thousand for every hour taught in the 24 hour challenge. 

Tell us more about your learners...

All of our learners experience challenges in their musical development. One of our learners for example, had little to no sensation in his hands, couldn't see and was deaf in one ear. He told us 'My guitar class is my new family'. We have worked with clients that have been desperately ill and still managed to get to their class. In acknowledgement of the challenges our learners have faced, I recently broke the world record for the worlds longest ever guitar class. A challenge in exchange for a challenge seemed fair!

The Pledges 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£30 or more

Mary's playlist on Spotify + a guitar class

Mary is our oldest learner -she's 98 and since she started playing guitar last year she has become a music obsessive. We'll send you her eclectic playlist which ranges from Vera Lynn to Led Zeplin along with a brief write up, written by Mary, of each song. And of course, you'll be invited to take part in the worlds longest ever guitar class.

£50 or more

Gift a guitar + a guitar class

£50 enables us to give away a guitar along with eight weeks of tuition and classes that are based around reducing social isolation. Well give the guitar in your name. And of course, you'll be invited to take part in the worlds longest ever guitar class.

£150 or more

7 of 10 claimed

A Guitar Class with Thomas

We only ever do group classes, but with this reward you get 90 minutes of time with Thomas where you can learn whatever you want and of course, you'll be invited to take part in the worlds longest ever guitar class.

£250 or more

An acoustic Guitar and a free beginners class

As well as attending the world record attempt, you'll also be invited to a private beginners class where you will be gifted your very own guitar to keep.

£500 or more

Eight classes with The Guitar Social

The Guitar Social, when not teaching for free, runs a music school that offers hundreds of workshops every term. Eight of them are yours with this donation. See you in class! (and at the world record attempt!)

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