Billie Eilish and Finneas donate musical instruments and music lessons to 10 schools

August 24, 2021

Billie EIlish wants to inspire the next generation of creators.
Billie Eilish and her brother and music partner Finneas donate ukulele and music lessons to Highland Park schools in Los Angeles.

Eilish and Finneas are partnering with the Fender Play Foundation and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to provide musical instruments and weekly personal music instruction to approximately 2,500 elementary school students in ten Highland Park schools for the next three years.

The program will train 50 teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District to play the ukulele with the children in their classrooms. All students and teachers will receive a new ukulele donated by Fender.

The Grammy-winning brothers grew up in Highland Park.

"Music has changed my life and it's an incredible feeling to be able to go back to my hometown and offer other kids the same instrument that made me fall in love with songwriting from the beginning," said Billie Eilish.

"Through this program, I hope we will help inspire the next generation of creators," he added.

Billie Eilish - Fender - Signature Ukulele
"Playing music has been shown to strengthen social bonds by helping students make friends and cultivate a sense of community and creative expression," said Megan K. Reilly, Interim Inspector of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The instruments will be given directly to third- to fifth-graders in ten Highland Park elementary schools over the next three years. Students will not have to apply for the instruments, according to Fender.

The Fender Play Foundation's music program began last June, providing 5,000 students in Los Angeles with guitars, bass and ukulele from Fender. In total, more than $ 1 million has been allocated to resources and equipment.

Billie Eilish is helping to develop the program and has made a significant donation to fund it.

Fender's expanded youth music education program will also include the addition of two music teachers in the first two years and will reach high schools in the third year. Students will also have access to an online learning application.

The campaign, which began Aug. 16, is designed as a pilot project for future Fender Play Foundation programs in elementary schools across the Los Angeles Unified School District.