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supports initiatives for disadvantaged youth, guitar programs, and school districts throughout the Greater Louisville area, and across the state of Kentucky.


Through pedagogy and performance, the long-term goal of the LGS outreach program is to increase access to the arts for all members of Louisville’s urban and surrounding rural communities. LGS joins the University of Louisville’s Signature Partnership Program in providing music lessons at the Neighborhood House in west Louisville. Classroom instruction is currently provided at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, along with after - school programs. Additional sites will be introduced as funding allows.


The LGS provides artistic, educational, and organizational support including:


  • Free admission to the LGS concert series for Outreach students and families

  • Directing student concerts

  • Recruiting and training teachers for guitar classes

  • Collecting and maintaining donated instruments

  • Procuring texts and materials for the Outreach Program


As students faced remote learning during the pandemic, LGS started a fundraiser called “Play It Forward,” which helped provide guitars and musical equipment for students without equitable access. With overwhelming generosity, we were thrilled to surpass our fundraising goal, and were able to donate 50 guitars, cases, and tuners to schools throughout Kentucky including Bryan Station, Henry County, Western High, and Doss.


Through LGS, the Youth Performing Arts School Guitar Program has fostered an after-school program with Noe Middle School. For the past few years, students of Noe Middle school have learned foundations of classical guitar playing, performance and pedagogy, with the instruction of Michael Kagan and students of the YPAS Guitar Program. 


Partnering with other guitar societies and local non-profit organizations, we have provided free virtual concerts, with the option for viewers to donate to our partnering non-profit organizations. 

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