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Our mission is simple: to raise funds and knowledge in an effort to help underprivileged and underfunded private and public music programs, with an emphasis on rural areas, and individual students, acquire and retain the resources, education, and equipment they need to maintain a viable and successful music education program.


Every penny given helps us in our mission to save music programs in schools, support in-home and virtual music instruction and instrument lessons and donate instruments to schools and child-care programs in need.

words from our founder

A message from David Ellefson

I used to sit in that school in Jackson, Minnesota, in that high school, at those desks, and dream about the day that I could go hopefully be a rock star and come back into town, and that day has happened. And it’s interesting that when you go through the things you do in a band and just this ride to get to the top of your field, when you get there, it’s very different than when you thought it was when you’re trying to get there or when you had dreamed of being there. And for me, to be honored with the day is wonderful, but I don’t want it to be just a prideful moment. I’m proud of the moment, but I want it to be something where it gives me an opportunity to do something with all of the things I’ve collected in my career and give back, and that’s why I formed the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation.

The idea was to form a non-profit that we can use to raise money to give grants, scholarships and instruments to both individual students, and school music programs. Largely in America, when budget cuts come, the music and the arts go first, and they keep the football teams and the sports, but things like music, which is also very intrinsic with mathematics and things like that, they get cut. And, to me, when they’re taking those programs away, this is what we live for, this what turns our engine on in the morning and gets us excited. So, if our music foundation can help put instruments, education, and wind in the sails of these music programs in need, then I think that’s all we can hope for.

DEYMF partners with the The GRAMMY Music Education Coalition

Megadeth, Guns N’ Roses Icons Jam with Boston Students

It’s not every day that kids get to jam with two of rock and heavy metal’s biggest artists. But for those in the after school music program at Boston’s West End House Boys & Girls Club, that’s exactly what they did. On a recent visit to Boston, Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal spent a full evening talking with kids about their lives in the music business and sharing their hard earned wisdom. A few lucky young people beamed as they strutted around with Bumblefoot’s double necked guitar around their necks. But the hands-down thrill of the evening for all in the room was a rocking jam session.

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