Guitarists for Change


We Play for Change.

About Us

Founded in 2006 by Paul Lester and Jimmy Gibson, Guitarists for Change is a St. Louis Missouri Not For Profit (501c3) organization that changes the lives of young people through music and mentorship. Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. Our goal is to give kids of all ages the chance to experience the joy of music and to promote happiness by learning how to play the guitar.

Our Values

  • Education

    Recent cuts in arts education mean that we have step up!

  • Inclusivity

    We're trying to build a community around our shared love of guitar playing and music.

  • and Fun!

    Music should be fun!

Become a Member

Becoming a member means you'll get discounts at area concert venues, restaurants and school music performances. We're in league with a bunch of stores too, so show your card and get a complimentary re-stringing!

Give Today

A gift to Guitarists for Change helps us put musicians to service, put on public concerts, repair and provide instruments. Your gift helps us make the joy of music a reality!


Are you a musician who loves children? You are? We need volunteers to help the kids we work with discover the joy of music. If you can spare an hour or two, you can make a lasting difference in the life of an area child.

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