Rock singer/guitar legend Steve Miller will perform a sold out show this Friday at the Fender Center in Corona, Calif. to spotlight a new donation by text campaign, which raises money and awareness for music education at the facility.
The campaign benefits Kids Rock Free programs at Fender Center, providing free and low-cost music lessons to students age 7-17. Miller, a trustee for the Fender Center KRF program, urged his fans and fellow artists to donate money to expand the Kids Rock Free school nationwide.
Steve Miller Band is expected to welcome Kids Rock Free guitar student Dillon Brown, a freshman at Santiago High School in Corona, onstage at the IE show during “Fly Like An Eagle.”
"In my opinion the Fender Museum and music school is the best designed and operated community music program in the country," said Miller in a prepared statement.
"It was built for a reasonable amount of money, it is self- sustaining and it focuses on teaching music by involving parents and children in a way that inspires and rewards good work," he continued. "That is why I have performed three benefit concerts for the school and donated substantially to the program. It works. It is the best community project I’ve ever seen and is a model for the rest of the country to emulate."
Supporters of Kids Rock Free can make a $10 donation directly from their mobile phone by texting ROCK to 50555. A one-time $10 donation will be added to mobile bills; messaging and data rates may apply.
The Fender Center for Music Education is a non-profit center dedicated to the music education of children. The 33,000-square-foot building is run by the Fender Museum of Music and the Arts Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 corporation.