Heid Music has renewed its partnership with Guitars for Vets (G4V), a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides free guitar instructions, new acoustic guitars and guitar accessories to military veterans struggling with physical injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other emotional distresses.
As a G4V partner, Heid Music locations are official donation sites for all new and used guitars that community residents wish to contribute to the cause. Heid Music currently manages the online, local and event-based resale of donated guitars and musical instruments for G4V.
“Music can play a powerful role in the healing process, and Guitars for Vets truly makes a difference by improving the quality of life for our country’s veterans,” said Todd Heid, owner of Heid Music. “Heid Music is proud to partner with G4V and honored to help support of such a wonderful organization.”
This announcement comes during PTSD Awareness Month and as G4V is recognizing its 10-year anniversary. To support PTSD Awareness Month, Heid Music is also hosting two events to raise monetary and guitar donations for G4V.
During the Heid Music Summer Concert Series on Thursday, June 22 in downtown Appleton, Heid Music and G4V will “pass a guitar” to collect monetary donations for G4V.
Heid Music will also host “Vet Jam: A Guitars for Vets Benefit” at its Green Bay location (2605 S. Oneida St.) on Friday, June 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The “Vet Jam” performance lineup includes veterans from G4V’s Green Bay chapter. Heid Music will collect cash donations and used guitars during the event. Everyone who donates during “Vet Jam” will be entered to win a new guitar, courtesy of Gretsch. Anyone who donates more than $20 will also receive a free set of green and gold guitar picks, courtesy of Hal Leonard.
“With more than 800,000 U.S. veterans suffering from PTSD, Guitars for Vets provides a service that is in great demand,” said Patrick Nettesheim, co-founder of Guitars for Vets. “Heid Music’s ‘Vet Jam’ fundraising event will allow us to further our mission of bringing hope and joy to as many injured veterans as possible.”
To date, G4V has fulfilled more than 20,000 lessons and distributed more than 2,000 free guitars to military veterans, and expects to teach an additional 5,000 lessons and give an additional 500 guitars to veterans in 2017. To learn more about G4V, visit Guitars4Vets.org, or call 855-G4V-HERO.
About Heid Music
For three generations spanning nearly 70 years, Heid Music has been a community music resource, aimed at educating and entertaining students and musicians in all things music throughout Northeastern, Central and South Central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. With locations in Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, Oshkosh and Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Heid Music offers an array of new and used instruments for sale or rent, including band and orchestra instruments, acoustic and digital pianos, guitars and drums, and much more. Featuring Wisconsin’s largest selection of sheet music, Heid Music also carries a variety of amps, accessories and gift items, offers private and group lessons, and provides instrument repair services. Follow Heid Music on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, or visit heidmusic.com for more information or to purchase instruments and accessories.
About Guitars for Vets
Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2007 by a guitar instructor and his student, a Vietnam-era Marine. Its mission is to share the healing power of music by providing free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit to veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress. This unique, supportive and structured program is operated with the assistance of more than 200 volunteers nationwide, primarily through the Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and community-based medical centers. Based out of Milwaukee, Wis., there are currently more than 60 Guitars for Vets chapters in 30 states. Visit guitars4vets.org or call 855-G4V-HERO to donate or to learn more, and follow Guitars for Vets on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.