The James Burton Foundation supports music education for those in need through guitar donations and music instruction to schools, hospitals, and community service organizations.

Student recipients


Research proves the academic and social value of music education through higher scores across study areas, and improved psychological health among students. However, national, state, and local governments under support music education.

The Foundation has given thousands of guitars to schools, and children’s and veteran’s hospitals, and will continue this effort. Now, the Foundation is prepared to expand its music education program, facilities, and partnership outreach through the following:

James Burton Foundation Museum and Performing Arts Stage

The Foundation has begun fund raising for building renovation.

Higher Education Partnership Outreach

The Foundation offers service learning and community service opportunities to high school and college students. Our goal is to lead the community in cooperation among area non-profit service organizations and educational institutions.

Music Education Program

The Foundation is now prepared to expand its music education program to include individual instruction at the Foundation teaching facilities and online. Qualified volunteers with experience in music education, performance, or studio recording will certainly be welcomed to join in Foundation efforts.

Oral History Program

Stories that James and friends share can help keep supporters engaged in our cause. Pod casts and a Foundation newsletter will distribute the collected material. This program expands our vision to include history education and video production.

Recording Studios Program

The Foundation recording studios provide music and technical education opportunities. Students will be able to record in the Studios at no charge, and receive music, technical, and instrument care instruction.

Foundation Video

The Foundation plans to produce video that describes the Foundation’s mission and vision. The video will be used for presentations and fund raising.

Online Foundation Newsletter

The Foundation will keep supporters informed through a newsletter. The Newsletter will include Foundation activities, goals, history, and music education articles.

Entertainment Events

The Foundation has held several James Burton International Guitar Festivals, and will continue. In addition, the Foundation will hold other smaller events.


Join us

Please, join the Foundaton family through a membership subscription.
For more information, contact us at (318) 424-5000 or jamesburtonfest@aol.com.

A Foundation goal is to lead the community in cooperation among non-profit service organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions through a variety of mutually beneficial programs. In addition, individual participants are most welcome.

Outreach Program

The Foundation works in partnership with colleges and secondary schools to offer service learning and community service opportunities to students by providing access to our activities and facilities. Participants work under guidance, and can earn credit for service.

Volunteer Program

The Foundation relies on volunteers to accomplish our mission and vision. Please, join us a few consistent hours weekly, and make a difference.

The Foundation seeks help in the following areas: office administration, grant management, music education, information and promotion, technical and creative writing, historical research, archival assistance, audio and video engineers and producers, and graphic rendering artists.

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