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Blue Guitar Project (BGP) is a charity that was founded by Music Photographer and Social Entrepreneur Roxy Lee, with the purpose of helping underprivileged teenagers realize their dreams and directing them towards a future they never thought was possible. Inspired by a homeless teenage boy who wanted his dreams to come true, Roxy set out to create social change through her charity the Blue Guitar Project, which began its journey by providing creative educational programs in high schools to help inspire underprivileged teenagers to develop, celebrate and connect to their dreams.
Supporters include Apple, Fender, Nikon, Rode, Sandisk, IMG Models, Fox Sports TV, Triple J Radio, !01 Music, Australian Institute of Music, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Seymour Duncan, True Blue Printing and Matana.
MUSIC IS OUR LANGUAGE USED TO MEND AND INSPIRE TEENAGERS
"BGP instils a belief that allows students to dream big and achieve anything they put their mind too. Without a doubt, I encourage more schools and businesses to get behind the Blue Guitar Project."
- David Haggart - South Sydney High School, Deputy Principal
"BGP is truly a life changing project that makes students realise they can be the greatest ever regardless of their background. It really lifted their spirits.”
- Rev. Dr. Natasha Francis - Campbell, Principal of Jamaican partner school Jabneh Christian Academy
"Each time I look up at our Blue Guitar I am reminded of the liveliness, creativity and dynamism of the project. I highly recommend the Blue Guitar.”
- Vivian Messimeris, Lurnea High School Head Teacher Visual Arts & Music
FOUNDED IN 2014 ON THE STREETS OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Blue Guitar Project was created by photographer Roxy Lee and inspired by a homeless teenage boy named Maguil and Katy Perry who is ‘proud to be the first artist to endorse the Blue Guitar.'
4 years ago Roxy Lee was on a photoshoot on the streets of Redfern in Sydney and out of the blue a boy wanted her to photograph him.
4 days later he called Roxy in crisis because he was homeless. She was so shocked because he was right in front of her and she didn’t see it. ALL he wanted was his dreams to come true.
4 years earlier Katy Perry had burst into her life out of the blue and became her spark to pursuing her dream of becoming a music photographer. She also inspired Roxy to create a charity that uses music as the language to mend and inspire teenagers so that they too can ‘ignite their spark’ and develop their dreams.
So it was the mix of Maguil and Katy Perry that inspired her to create the Blue Guitar Project to help underprivileged teenagers pursue their music dreams.