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Empower Chicago's Youth through Music Education & Mentorship

Donate to support Guitars Over Guns' Haven Studio. Music education and mentorship for underserved Chicago youth.

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Haven Studio, located in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, is Guitars Over Guns' first community-based recording studio. Led by critically acclaimed artist Andre "Add-2" Daniels and in partnership with Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, this unique program is a fully equipped music studio where students are given access to industry standard equipment to develop original music and learn music production and engineering.

Students are mentored by professional, experienced musicians who guide and empower them to find healthy connections and expression through the arts. Add-2 has experienced transformational mentorship in his life, most notably from legendary Chicago-based artist, Common, and continues to pay that forward while revolutionizing what is possible in arts-based youth development. Common had this to say about Add-2:

"He is somebody who seems like he really cares about the culture and cares about uplifting people, and that's inspirational to see…" – Common

The Haven Studio aims to build students' confidence through music, mentorship, and community service. Students not only create original music, but also take part in community improvement projects and team-building field trips. The program is a safe environment for young people on Chicago's South Side who come together to make their community a safer place for others through artistic expression and outreach.