Guitar Center Foundation & Jerry Garcia Music Arts raise funds for arts and music education

The Guitar Center Music Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on donating instruments to music education and music therapy organizations, has collaborated with Jerry Garcia Music Arts (JGMA) and Bears for Humanity to donate new objects of collection to generate funds for arts and music education programs. Each item’s design features iconic original artwork created by legendary Grateful Dead musician Jerry Garcia.

Bears for Humanity is a non-profit organization that creates “stuffed animals with a purpose”. The new collectible “JG Bear” teddy bears are certified organic, non-toxic and fair trade. As a non-profit organization and a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Bears for Humanity is revolutionizing the toy industry by creating safe and durable plush toys. Their buy-one give-one model provides teddy bears to children in need, while protecting our planet. Bears for Humanity has created 1,500 limited edition collectible organic teddy bears for this project. JG Bear teddy bears are free of any petroleum-derived plastic components.

“We commend the Guitar Center Music Foundation and Jerry Garcia Music Arts for creating this wonderful collectible in the right way. They are honoring Jerry Garcia’s legacy by creating memories that have a positive rather than a harmful impact on the planet. said Renju Prathap, co-founder of Bears for Humanity.

In addition, 1,000 organic cotton t-shirts, identical to the t-shirt worn by the JG bear, are now available. Both the JG bear and the t-shirt feature an image of Garcia’s pen-and-ink sketch titled “Mandolin Player”. “Mandolin Player” is one of many original works of art created by the virtuoso.

Fifty percent of net proceeds will go to The Guitar Center Music Foundation’s mission to support music education and therapy programs.

Garcia is best known for his signature sound as the lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead, but he was also a philanthropist who actively helped preserve the planet’s rainforests and coral reefs. His creative vision continues to serve the community and inspire new generations.

“It is an honor to work with the Guitar Center Music Foundation and Bears for Humanity on this project. My father has always encouraged budding artists to pursue their dreams. The music education programs supported by this project will provide children with creative tools to help them achieve their dreams,” said Keelin Garcia, youngest daughter of Jerry Garcia, Guitar Center Music Foundation Advisory Board Member and Chief Creative Officer at JGMA.

The limited edition JG Bear teddy bears and t-shirts are both available online at the Guitar Center website:

Both are also available at 100 select Guitar Center stores. Each item is available for $29.99.

Alice P. Darby