Guitars Not Guns Ohio is one chapter of a national organization whose mission is to provide guitars and lessons to foster children and at-risk youth in a classroom setting with qualified teachers as an alternative to violence.

Nationally, Guitars Not Guns has served 4,000 kids across 19 chapters in 12 states. The entire organization is run 100% by volunteers. All administrators and teachers donate their time, because they are passionate about the organization’s mission. Guitars Not Guns also maintains relationships with generous manufacturers to make sure we can get guitars into kids’ hands at minimal cost.

The Ohio chapter has operated since September of 2017 and currently services the Central Ohio/Columbus area. As the program grows, we plan to add more classes in Central Ohio and expand to other metropolitan areas.

For information on the national organization, visit