The Certain Sparks Music Foundation was started with the goal of bringing musical instruments and instruction to students who could not otherwise afford them. In keeping with our mission, we were able to donate a drum kit to a music program in need!

Los Berros Elementary School were the lucky recipients of a beautiful Pearl drum kit.

Our special thanks to the following sponsors for making this happen:

  • D’Addario & Company, Inc.
  • Hungry for Music
  • Drums for Drummers

Chumash Music Donation

Youths from the Chumash Learning Center recently held a gift-wrapping fundraiser at the Santa Ynez Tribal Hall to benefit the Lompoc-based Certain Sparks Music Foundation.

The young people raised $500, and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians provided a dollar-for-dollar matching grant to create a $1,000 donation to the nonprofit organization.

With assistance from parents, the youths wrapped holiday gifts and encouraged donations to the organization that has taught them how to play musical instruments over the past year.

Education Director Niki Sandoval said the Certain Sparks Music Foundation has provided “hands-on music and character education” to more than 35 Chumash students with ongoing lessons.

“Our youth at the Learning Center have enjoyed exploring and playing different forms of music,” Sandoval said.

Mic Singh, director of youth music programs for Certain Sparks, has taught the Learning Center students the basics of guitar, drums and ukulele while promoting the values of acceptance, courtesy and respect, Sandoval said.

“It’s been a pleasure to come to the Learning Center to help the kids learn music,” Singh said. “The Certain Sparks Music Foundation is dedicated to bringing music into the lives of all children.

“This donation will help pay for music lessons for kids who can’t afford them and will also help with developing other music programs to better serve the community,” he added.

Sandoval said she has seen marked improvement in student behavior as a result of the music lessons.

“I have witnessed the power of music education to bring hope,” she said. “One student who has struggled with attention, focus and behavioral challenges now practices positive social and scholarly skills.

“(Singh) sees the potential in each student, modeling dignity and self-respect,” Sandoval continued. “This student has responded by demonstrating kindness, diligence and care for others.”

In past years, children from the Chumash Learning Center have raised funds for Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People, Care4Paws and Love on a Leash.

“Our goal is to foster a culture of service and giving,” Sandoval said.

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Article Source: Santa Ynez Valley News

Certain Sparks Music Foundation

Our mission is to provide music education, mentoring, & opportunities for enrichment to the under-served in our community.


The Certain Sparks Music Foundation (CSMF) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization founded in Lompoc, CA.

Certain Sparks Music currently provides music lessons to 100+ students of all ages per week. We’ve also created & implemented music programs for schools & other organizations on the Central Coast including The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians,
Santa Bonita School District, & Dunn School.

Certain Sparks Music students learn why music matters, & how they can have a role in creating it. Our music lessons also teach teamwork, hard work, & leadership. Did we mention they’re a ton of fun?!?

How you can help

Some projects require funding above & beyond what Certain Sparks Music can earn through sales donations alone. Grants & private support fill the gaps some, but ultimately, we need your help too!

You can help to support an organization that is committed to improving the quality of life in Lompoc through the arts for generations to come with small in-kind donations, instrument donations, and even donating your time.

When you support our organization and our teachers, the funds raised ultimately return to the local economy.

Where exactly do donations go?

  • Student Scholarships
  • Instrument Sponsorship
  • Music Centered Community Events
  • Recording Studio Sponsorship
  • Books, & Teaching Supplies
  • Teacher Time / Wages

Your tax deductible donation will help us expand our music programs further into our community! Music changes lives.

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