CharityBuzz Winner Proposes Marriage During “Live Your Rock N’ Roll Dream” Experience @ Soundcheck Live!

Soundcheck Live at Lucky Strike Hollywood made some big rock n’ roll dreams come true on March 8th! The “rock experience” package that they donated to our CharityBuzz auction was won by Matthias Giese, a drummer from Germany. Matthias and his girlfriend flew from Germany to Hollywood so that he could perform two songs with the professional musicians in the Soundcheck Live Resident Band. The funds raised helped some very deserving kids receive much-desired music scholarships. But the “dream come true” didn’t stop there. Matthias stepped to the front of the stage after his first song, and asked his girlfriend to come closer. He climbed down from the stage, bent down on both knees, professed his love and asked her to marry him!

Check out this video of his proposal!

What a great night, and a beautiful way to raise money for kids while also creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the winner. Thank you Lucky Strike, and thank you CharityBuzz!




Guitar lovers, cruise lovers…this looks AMAZING! Check out this Guitar Workshop at sea, departing November 12, 2017 from Long Beach, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico:

“Concerts, Master Classes, Clinics, Lessons, Workshops and Wellness for Guitarists. Celebrating the preservation and diversity of the guitar through advocacy, connection and community.

Making a difference in the world through music is our goal. We invite you to become part of the larger conversation of sharing music to create change in the world.

Bring your friends, your guitar, an open mind and join us for the mystery that awaits as we escape completely on the Ultimate Guitar Cruise.”

Thank you to Ultimate Guitar Cruise for donating a portion of the proceeds to Ovation Music Fund! Prices increase on April 2nd, so book now!

Kinecta Credit Union features Ovation Scholarship Student in Member Newsletter!

Kinecta Scholarship Recipient Records with the Black Eyed Peas!

Osric (Osi) Holt, a 14-year-old scholarship student at the Paramount Academy of Music in West Los Angeles, lived what most would agree was a dream, recently. Thanks to his place at Paramount, made possible by a donation from Kinecta to Ovation Music Fund, Osi found himself recording with the Black Eyed Peas.

Founding members and Printz Board wanted to update their 2003 hit Where is the Love with new lyrics to provide a message of hope and understanding during these sometimes divisive times. Along with guest artists Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, and Mary J. Blige, and Printz Board wanted to add a children’s choir to the end of the song.

That is where our scholarship recipient Osi comes in. “It was so cool,” he said of his experience. “First we went to the studio and did the recording, and then they brought us into another room and we shot the video.”

Osi’s mom, Bootsie Holt, added, “There were 30 kids in total. All ages and ethnicities. The kids had a great time and will be featured at the end of the song.” Kinecta is proud to support Ovation Music Fund and the over 130 schools it helps support. We are also proud of Osi for pursuing his dreams, working hard and possessing a level of maturity uncommon in a 14-year-old. His final thoughts reflect that perfectly, “It was great to get a chance to help out. It’s time for a message of Hope.”

Ovation Music Fund and kids like Osi give us that hope. To find out more about Ovation Music Fund, visit

Music Alive! features Ovation Music Fund!

Music Alive!, a music education resource for music students throughout the USA, invited Ovation Music Fund co-founder Wendy Winks to share the Ovation Music Fund story with their readers. The 35 year old magazine is a sister publication to In Tune Monthly, which covered our Youth Songwriter Program with Carnegie Hall and Casterbridge Music Development Academy in South Africa, and the success of one of our scholarship students, Anthony Cullens – aka The Fallbrook Kid.

Music Alive! goes to some 400,000 middle to high schoolers across the country.

The publication has a regular article called Cool Careers, which features an interview with someone in a music-related field — typically something outside of performance that illustrates one of the many facets of the music industry.

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