Asbury Park Music Foundation (APMF) has been invited to participate in Lakehouse Music Academy’s “Big Gig” event to raise funds for the “Music Saved My Life” youth music education programs. The 3-day event, running June 22, 23, and 24 at the Wonder Bar, will include raffles for new instruments, 50/50 raffles, and sales of the much-desired Music Saved Asbury Park t-shirts, with proceeds going directly towards providing music education opportunities for Asbury Park students. The goal at this Big Gig is to continue fundraising efforts while increasing visibility to the Foundation programs and the students impacted by these programs.

The Big Gig is the end-of-semester live performance event that features all Lakehouse Music Academy students showcasing the songs they’ve learned in front of a supportive crowd of family and friends. Over 65 bands of all ages will perform on the stage of the Wonder Bar, including dozens of youth who are recipients of scholarships funded through APMF. Admission is free and open to the public, offering an opportunity to experience emerging artists crafting their skills.

“This is a huge opportunity for music-lovers to give back and provide under-served youth in our city with music education and life-changing skills” said Jim Lenskold, Board Chair of the Asbury Park Music Foundation. “These kids are the next generation of the Asbury Park music scene who are writing, recording and performing music while building relationships and skills that will last a lifetime.”

“There is no admission fee for the Big Gig throughout the entire weekend,” says Jon Leidersdorff, owner of Lakehouse Music Academy. “People have appreciated this policy and have asked if there is some way that they can support the community.  The answer is simple – 100% of the donations to the multiple fundraisers throughout the weekend go directly to APMF and their efforts to support the youth in Asbury Park.”

More information about the Big Gig, The Asbury Park Music Foundation, and the Music Saved My Life programs can be found at the following websites: