Friends of Fender

The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY® Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment.

In 2009, Fender will sponsor monthly events, free to the public covering topics that include the history of Fender, inside the Custom Shop experience, and live performances by Fender artists The Boxmasters, Dweezil Zappa, Willy Porter, Raining Jane and many more.

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As long-time residents of Arizona and devoted fathers, Alice Cooper and Chuck Savale understand firsthand how desperately Valley communities must address the needs of its teenagers. Together, they envisioned a Christian organization solely dedicated to helping these teens. In November of 1995, Solid Rock was founded and the dream became a reality.

The main focus of Solid Rock is creating The Rock, a teen center located on the Grand Canyon University campus in Phoenix, Arizona. The teen center will serve to honor Christ by providing a safe environment for teens to learn, grow and equip themselves for their futures.

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Explore music from around the globe at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). This one-of-a-kind museum is home to nearly 15,000 instruments and artifacts, showcasing music and culture from every country in the world. Guests will enjoy close encounters with the instruments themselves, enhanced by state-of-the-art audio that brings the sounds and sights of these instruments to life. MIM even features an exhibit showcasing Fender's rich history and legacy in the musical instrument industry.

Don't miss the Artist Gallery which features instruments, video concert footage, costumes, and other special items linked to world-renowned musicians, or the Experience Gallery where guests have a hands-on opportunity to play many of the instruments seen elsewhere in the museum.

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GuitarMania is a community public art project that has raised almost $3 million for its benefiting charities - United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's education programs, and Valley Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The project consists of large, oversize Fender® Stratocaster® guitars that were creatively transformed into works of art by local artists and national celebrities and displayed on the city streets of Cleveland and Phoenix for residents and visitors to enjoy. Corporations, organizations and individuals sponsor the guitars and select from a variety of local artists to paint, sculpt, or decorate them.

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