Music Education Gets a Boost from Rock Legend, Jackson Browne

Grand Vision’s Meet the Music program was given a huge boost in February of this year when legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne took to the stage of San Pedro’s beloved Warner Grand Theatre in a concert to benefit the youth education program. Young and old, from Los Angeles to Washington state, flocked to the theatre, and were transported by Jackson’s classic songs and stellar band. Jackson inspired the audience to sing along to hits like “Doctor My Eyes” and new songs like “The Dreamer” in a once in a lifetime concert the sellout crowd will never forget. From the stage, Jackson connected to the audience, laughing about how he had recently “discovered” San Pedro, and how thrilled he was that thanks to Grand Vision, local students were now being given the same opportunity to learn to play music in school that he got in LA as a young man. He even invited Executive Director, Liz Johnson to the stage, and ended the evening by played two encores. It was truly an incredible night for San Pedro!

Jackson was introduced to the Grand Annex in San Pedro when he attended a concert by long-time collaborator David Lindley, during the Fall 2017 concert season. He was entranced by the intimate Annex space and concert lineup, and Grand Vision’s Meet the Music program for over 1,600 underserved elementary school youth in the LA Harbor area, and agreed to support the program in a benefit at the Warner Grand. The show sold out in two days.

Funds raised that night were put right to work, supporting programming in Meet the Music’s eight partner schools, like Recorders in Schools for fifth graders, whose year long curriculum teaches students to read music, play their first instrument, and perform as an ensemble. It also supported Roots of Music Program (RoMP) for fourth graders, who this semester, attended three world music concerts at the Grand Annex, received music lessons in school, and are now preparing to perform their own recital in school! In addition, the brand-new Percussion Program for sixth graders was launched at Barton Hill. Students learned to play hand drums from around the world, and are now preparing for a culminating performance. Grand Vision was able to employ five expert “teaching artists” this school year, who shared their expertise and love for the arts with students, inspiring them to express themselves and share their own gifts.

This is the power of the arts to “give back” and make a difference. Grand Vision’s staff were deeply honored that an artist of Jackson Browne’s caliber would take the time to lend meaningful support to a program that gives the next generation the tools to succeed and shine, while inspiring others to do the same. We invite you to join Jackson and our funders, California Arts Council and Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, in this support, and become a member of Grand Vision Foundation or donate to Meet the Music today!


Article Posted: 4/25/2018