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gearpipe.org, a website that helps musicians donate a percentage of their musical instrument and accessory purchases to music education charities, has been launched. Each month, gearpipe.org teams with a musical instrument retailer to raise donations for a music education charity. When gearpipe.org users purchase items from the partner retailer, a percentage of that purchase will be donated to the featured charity. Jeremy Brieske, the website's founder, has worked in the musical instruments industry for over 15 years. "When I was growing up, I was fortunate to attend public schools that understood the importance of, and had the budget to offer, great music education programs," says Brieske. "Today, many kids don't have that opportunity. I'm excited that we're giving musicians a chance to give back by donating part of their gear purchases to music education charities." In the website's inaugural month, September 2009, gearpipe.org is raising donations for Little Kids Rock, a non-profit focused on bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the country. "We are very grateful that gearpipe.org has chosen to support music education for low-income kids in our public schools," says Little Kids Rock Founder David Wish. "They have developed a very unique system which will allow even more people to participate in the quest to offer music education to anyone who wants it." Musicians Friend has signed on as the retail partner for August. 6% of product purchases made by gearpipe.org users will be set aside and donated to Little Kids Rock. For more information on Little Kids Rock, visit http://www.littlekidsrock.org/ To visit Musician's Friend, go to: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/
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