The David’s Harp Foundation
San Diego, California
David’s Harp Foundation uses music as a way to increase academic performance and assist at-risk youth. The organization began in Founder Brandon Steppe’s garage. The goal was to provide music production opportunities for underprivileged and incarcerated youth in San Diego. After witnessing the positive changes in people’s lives, David’s Harp transitioned into a larger studio location to serve more kids.
The David’s Harp Foundation studio hosts children experiencing homelessness in after-school sessions and workshops, but also moves around the city with their “backpack studios”. The mobile studios bring the power of music into prisons, schools and foster/shelter homes.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the David’s Harp Foundation also moved into remote teaching and music production, in order to give as many students access to their resources as possible.