Joe Bonamassa – Guitar Scholarship

We have worked with Joe Bonamassa’s team for over a decade and we have funded Guitar Scholarships in his name for 11 years. We are proud of this scheme and hope to continue to provide these opportunities long into the future

Joe-Bonamassa plays the guitar

Harmony Music School is delighted to have American Rock Blues legend Joe Bonamassa as its Patron.

2020 was Bonamassa’s 30th year as a professional musician, an extraordinary timeline for a young artist. A child prodigy, Bonamassa was finessing Stevie Ray Vaughan licks when he was seven and by the time he was ten, had caught B.B. King’s ear. After first hearing him play, King said, “This kid’s potential is unbelievable. He hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface. He’s one of a kind.” By age 12, Bonamassa was opening shows for the blues icon and went on to tour with venerable acts including Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman.

Joe is delighted to be Patron for Harmony Music School and shares our commitment to providing the highest possiblemusical education for all of our students.

Bonamassa circles the globe playing an average of 200 shows a year, and his mind-blowing guitar wizardry and electrifying stage presence are selling out progressively larger venues all the time. On top of touring, recording and overseeing the independent label J&R Adventures with his entrepreneurial partner and manager Roy Weisman, Bonamassa is a spokesperson for the Blues Foundation’s respected Blues In The Schools program, volunteering his time during tours to speak with groups of high school students about the heritage of blues music.

In May ’09, he played to a sold out crowd at London’s Royal Albert Hall, arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world. During the show, Bonamassa’s hero, Eric Clapton, joined him on stage for a joint-performance of Clapton’s hit “Further On Up The Road.” London’s The Independent said about the show, “The man has arrived, and there’s no turning back.” Shortly after, Bonamassa released a 2-DVD live set – Joe Bonamassa – Live From The Royal Albert Hall – which captures the night in full. Guitar Edge gave it five stars and also said, “It is the wallop of his emotional expression, fueled by the rocking energy he derives from that trans-Atlantic connection and driven by his devastating technical ability, that elevates him about his peers and makes him a certifiable blues guitar hero and the face of his blues generation.”

Alongside Joe Bonomassa Harmony Music School are now offering the chance for children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to obtain a years free music scholarships.

You don’t need any experience or knowledge of music and we will even provide the guitar too, you simply turn up to the school every other week for free one to one bespoke tuition. The Scholarship Program is designed to help young people who have a passion for music and motivation to learn to play the Guitar. the core aim of the scholarship  is to provide a direct educational benefit to individual, eligible students and provide access to music that they may not ordinarily get. This scheme is open to children entitled to free school meals or those in care.

Aubrey Robinson, the school’s Managing Director, started the scholarship scheme back in 2011

“I feel really strongly that music education should be accessible to all. Unfortunately, over the years we have seen a reduction in music education in schools. We feel that we can help bridge the gap. All of our teachers have experience performing and playing all over the country. I think it is important to be able to offer real experience to our students and help them to realise their own musical ambitions. Working with the ‘Count me in’ scheme made us realise how many children there are in Sheffield who want to get involved with music but are not financially able. By offering this scholarship we hope we will provide at least one young person a real opportunity in music.”

Joe Bonamassa knows the importance of children getting involved in music from an early age and continues to involve them in his shows,

“When we go on tour and pick the opening acts, I try to get young kids. I think that’s the greatest thing because if there’s not a new generation of kids playing this music, there won’t be a new generation of fans. And that will ultimately hurt guitar music and roots music in general”.

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