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Trip to South Africa for music festival a ‘once in a lifetime’ treat for local teen

anna pearlChristmas came early for a State College, PA, High School student who was one of six Americans to participate in a music festival in South Africa earlier this month. “It’s was completely surreal and one of those once-in-a-lifetime things,” said Anna Pearl Belinda, 16. Over the summer, Belinda received an email about the Route 40 Music Festival in South Africa. Read more

Charlottesville teen sits center stage at South African festival


It’s December 7, the height of the South African summer, and the excitement is palpable as the gates open at a warehouse-turned-music-venue in the popular tourist getaway of White River, Mpumalanga. Concertgoers gravitate to the largest of three stages at the Route 40 Music Festival, as the drummer of the newly formed band Cosmic River counts off into a multi-tempo, cello-driven rock song with unique Middle Eastern influences. At the center of the stage sits the song’s original composer, 14-year-old Charlottesville, VA native Carmen Day. Read more

Paul Green Rock Academy joins Rock School Scholarship Fund!

The Paul Green Rock Academy has signed up as a participating school in the Rock School Scholarship Fund! Welcome aboard!

School of Rock Hosts Fundraiser

Farmington School of Rock students, comprising of some of the most talented young musicians throughout the area, will host a Rock School Scholarship Show Dec. 15 in Novi. Read full story

ABC Talks about RSSF

November 23, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — You could help generate much-needed cash for your favorite charity, just by going to a concert or a sporting event. You could even help by seeing a Broadway play, but it depends on where you make your purchase.

These students get a kick out of “Rocking Out” at the real life “School of Rock” on the city’s Northwest Side. They get vocal training and learn to perform rock ‘n roll classics. Many of the students say the experience is unmatched. Read the full story

LA Daily News on Jackson Browne RSSF Concert

Jackson Browne to perform with School of Rock students


Singer songwriter, Jackson Browne sings at Occupy Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza on December 5, 2011. Browne has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

By Rob Lowman, Los Angeles Daily News

While some may think of him more as a folkie, don’t forget that Jackson Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. And on Sunday, the acclaimed singer-songwriter will be performing at West Hollywood’s Troubadour with School of Rock Students for the Rock School Scholarship Fund.

The student are from the West L.A. and Burbank branches of the school, which for 15 years has offered music education programs throughout the country. The scholarship fund, a public charity, provides tuition for children to attend any rock music school in the U.S.

Sunday’s concert will showcase current students, and Browne will be on hand to perform several songs.

The Nov. 24 show starts at 7 p.m. at The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood.

Limited VIP ticket, which includee early admission, balcony seating and reception, are $120. General admission is $60. Reception upgrades are an additional $80. Tickets are available at

For details, contact

New Schools Participating in the Scholarship Program!

Welcome to the new schools participating in the scholarship program. You Rock!

School of Rock Naperville, Naperville, IL

School of Rock Elmhurst, Elmhurst, IL

School of Rock Hinsdale, Hinsdale, IL


Jackson Browne Playing Benefit At The Troubadour (The Scenestar)

Here’s a intimate show for a great case coming this month Scenestar readers. On Sunday, Nov. 24, Jackson Browne will be playing at the Troubadour in support ……/jackson-browne-playing-benefit-a…

Look To The Stars: Jackson Browne To Help Kids Rock At Benefit Concert

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RSSF Benefit Concert With Jackson Browne!

Rock School Scholarship Fund Hosts Benefit Concert With Special Guest Jackson Browne At The Troubadour On November 24th

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rock School Scholarship Fund announces a benefit concert with special guest, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. The event will take place at legendary club, The Troubadour at 7:00 PM on Sunday, November 24th in West Hollywood and will benefit The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF), a 501c3 public charity. Students from the School of Rock West LA and Burbank will perform, and for several songs will be joined by singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. Limited VIP tickets, which include early admission, balcony seating and reception, will be available for $120 and general admission tickets are $60. All proceeds go to RSSF. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 2 at 10 AM Pacific Time, and are available at:

RSSF co-founders Wendy Winks and Carl Restivo created the Scholarship Fund in 2010. Years of working in private music education helped them realize how out of reach music lessons were for most families. The Rock School Scholarship Fund is the first non-profit that provides funds for kids to attend any rock music school in the U.S. The Fund provides instruments and scholarship funding to cover tuition expenses based on a student’s financial need combined with their desire to actively and passionately participate in a rock school program. Wendy Winks, Executive Director and Co-Founder of RSSF, envisions the day when they can “serve thousands of kids and hundreds of schools.” And in order to do that, RSSF continues to work with musicians, music companies and people who love music to raise funds for deserving kids in need.

“Jackson Browne is an inspiration to the students,” said co-founder Wendy Winks. “We are honored to have his support for this benefit concert.” Co-founder Carl Restivo adds, “The students from the School Of Rock are excited beyond belief! The show will include some of Jackson Browne’s greatest hits and a few surprise numbers as well. ”

Sponsors of the November 24 benefit concert at The Troubadour, include: Center Staging, Daisy Rock Guitars, Pivotal PR, 5DSpectrum, Schecter Guitars, and Utopia Entertainment.

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Beyond his music, he is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He’s a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE),, and the Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles.

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