Give A Note Foundation & Artist For Artist Announce MUSIC MATTERS! Official SXSW Panel & Showcase Featuring Sammy Hagar & The Circle

Epic Lineup of Legendary & Breakthrough Artists Take Over the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake to Support Equity in Music Education Through Tech & Innovation


Austin, TX – March 2nd, 2022  –  Give A Note Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that provides support to nurture, grow and strengthen equitable opportunities in music education through tech and innovation, today announces its Official SXSW Panel and Showcase in partnership with Artist for Artist, a talent management, label, special projects and events agency founded BY artists, FOR artists. The two events will inform festival attendees why ‘MUSIC MATTERS!’ and raise funds for Give A Note’s work across the country. The Official SXSW Showcase is free and open to the public at the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake and the Panel Discussion is for SXSW Badgeholders to enjoy in the Austin Convention Center on a limited first-come, first-serve basis.


Sammy Hagar says,  “Music is one of the most valuable assets we can cultivate in future generations and I’m passionate about safeguarding it. At its core, music does more than entertain — it challenges, it inspires, it creates collaboration, it provides a creative and cathartic outlet for expression, comfort and joy.  I’m proud to help shine a light on Give a Note Foundation, who do amazing work for music educators and the next generation of musicians. The more accessible and equitable we make music, the better this world will be. Let’s go SXSW!”


Beth Slusher, CEO of Give A Note Foundation adds, “We know that providing innovative, culturally relevant music education programs in school attracts more students to participate in music and creates pathways to exciting music industry careers. Give A Note is thrilled for this opportunity to partner with Sammy Hagar to amplify our mission for equitable access to music in school here at SXSW.” Matthew Reich, Co-Founder of Artist for Artist says “It’s in Artist For Artist’s DNA to support impact organizations that are making a difference in underserved communities. Give A Note Foundation is the perfect partner to spotlight at SXSW along with our roster of breakthrough artists and the legendary Sammy Hagar.”


Official SXSW Panel @ Austin Convention Center (Room 12AB – ACC) 
Friday, March 18th
11:30 am – 12:30 pm  


Moderated by CNN’s Audrey Irvine, “Transforming Equity In Music For The Next Gen” panelists announced so far include Steve Molitz, Head of Music / Lead Composer, Saber Interactive (World War Z, Evil Dead: The Game, NBA 2K Playgrounds, SnowRunner), Melissa Salguero, GRAMMY Music Educator (Wings Academy NYC), Rick Van Dyne, Vice President, OWC (Other World Computing), and Dany Villarreal of The Warning who will discuss how technology is transforming and shaping the 21st-century classroom to inspire the next generation of music creators. For more information, check SXSW’s panel listings.


Official SXSW Showcase @ Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake
Friday, March 18th
4 pm  – 10 pm 


Give A Note Foundation + Artist For Artist present MUSIC MATTERS! 
4pm: Doors Open
5 pm: Jane N’ The Jungle
6 pm: The Dumes
7 pm: The Warning
8 pm: Sammy Hagar & The Circle


In addition to the stellar line-up and a bar takeover by Sammy Hagar’s Santo Tequila and Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co., attendees will have a chance to win a variety of giveaway and auction items from Gibson Guitar, OWC (Other World Computing), Virgin Hotels, JB’s Whiskey House and more.


Both festival attendees and supporters at home can text MUSIC to 707070 or visit to donate to Give A Note Foundation. For the latest event news, follow @GiveaNote and @afamgmt.


About Give A Note
GIVE A NOTE Foundation 501(c)(3) provides support to nurture, grow and strengthen music education opportunities – every student, every school, every community. Founded in 2011 with an initial investment from 21st Century Fox and TV show GLEE, and in cooperation with valued partners, including CMA Foundation, Radio Disney, and National Association for Music Education, GIVE A NOTE has awarded grants in excess of $1.4 Million in support of music education. GAN’s annual Music Education Innovator Awards (MEIA) recognize teachers who have developed creative, effective in-classroom programs and provides ongoing support to encourage lasting change within a school or district. Ninety-five percent of MEIA grants serve students from underfunded metropolitan and rural K-12 public school districts where funding for music education is deficient. Nationally recognized by music educators as an organization that passionately champions their life’s work, GIVE A NOTE delivers opportunities for students to become their best selves through learning and creating music. #MusicEdMatters


About Artist for Artist
ARTIST FOR ARTIST is a NYC-based, full-service talent management, label, special projects + events agency run BY artists FOR artists. Co-Founded by Matthew Reich and Neal Saini. @afamgmt