Mission Statement and Philanthropy


We propose that every person is touched, moved and healed by music, which is integral to the human experience. Our core beliefs are:

The building of musical instruments by hand, primarily from wood – lutherie – is a singularly complex achievement of human culture. It is an alchemy of history, tradition & innovation; craft & sculpture; acoustics, physics & engineering; labor, passion & countless years of experience.  The first note of an instrument is an unforgettable, enriching and fulfilling experience for the maker, and opens up a whole new world for the player.

Music is unparalleled in its cultural significance and impact across civilization. It is infinite and keeps evolving across time, place, religion and culture.  It is the door into our souls, the balm for our spirit, an inspiration to feel deeply, our common language, and the heart of community.

Music is created in an intimate and symbiotic relationship between the player and the instrument. Each separate, but acting in harmony with each other, reaching out and expressing unknown boundaries of emotion and energy. The perfect instrument is a joy to see, hold, play and hear. Its creation is the beginning of an ever-growing journey which begins when the first note is struck. It is a living extension of each luthier and player, reaching out and connecting all of us through music.

The fundamental mission of SBAIC is to provide a forum at which luthiers and musicians can gather with the public to share their journeys to find common ground.


The Celebration Lutherie Education Fund (CLEF) supports harnessing the creation of stringed acoustic instruments with the making of music.  Thanks to the generous support of LRBaggs, Larrivee Guitars and Andrew White Guitars, in 2016 SBAIC raised and distributed $3,400 in travel sponsorship in order to help bring the finest acoustic teaching musicians and provide workshops to over 200 guitar players, including free clinics to students.

In 2017, our goal is to raise and grant $20,000 for travel and room expenses to support luthiers and musicians coming from around the world, and provide 50 guitars for disadvantaged and disabled kids.  In return, each recipient will be asked to make a contribution to the Pay It Forward Bank, as described below, to benefit their communities.  You can help by attending the Tommy Emmanuel benefit concert on 7/22/17 or bidding on these guitars, an exceptional Ribbecke Halfling and a Larrivee L-09, at the David Lindley headliner concert at the Lobero.

Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets to the raffle – your contribution was used to keep bringing great music to the show.  Dennis Parker was the winner of the 2016 Bodacious Guitar Drawing of an Andrew White Freda 2010 Guitar!


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The Pay It Forward Bank was founded by SBAIC and the LCollective with the intention of supporting individuals and organizations that have a heartfelt belief in the healing power of working with hands & music.


The Pay It Forward Bank is an information and resource center to encourage luthiers and musicians to share their passion and skills with individuals and organizations in their local or world-wide communities. Each grant from CLEF will be tracked with a Pay It Forward pledge so that each gift and the story that unfolds because of this generosity and spirit can be told in a continuing narrative of giving. The stories will be told via film, art, social media, word of mouth, and of course, music.


The first deposit in the bank will be from the LCollective to create an endowment.  Funds from the sale of The Legacy Trio will be donated to CLEF & the Pay It Forward Bank.  In return for supporting their hotel or travel expenses, each luthier and musician will make a pledge to the Pay It Forward Bank, sharing with us how they will use our subsidy to Pay It Forward in each of their communities, so that the growth and passion of fine lutherie and music continues.

Luthier pledges may be sharing luthier skills with novices, teaching apprentices, holding workshops, repairing damaged instruments, working with schools, veterans or those seeking to work with their hands to help themselves heal. Luthiers alternately may pledge to build a guitar to be donated to a gifted musician in need in order to take them to another level.  Musician pledges may be visiting schools, hospitals, clinics, youth centers and organizations to provide music to help people heal, or benefit concerts to raise funds for them.


As an example of the PIFB, we invite you to become a charter member of the Santa Barbara Acoustic Music Association ( and help create a community resource which will promote local year round acoustic music, education and lutherie activities to children and adults.

The primary objective will be to provide a forum to coordinate:

Acoustic Music via a calendar for the smaller venues, house concerts, promoters and non-profit benefits with an emphasis on coordinating central coast bookings of acoustic musicians in all genres

Music Education through local school & non-profit programs and private teachers to provide resources and opportunities to get into music.

Lutherie Education through lectures, local shop visits and workshops which will provide demonstrations on the science behind the creation of sound, concepts of instrument building & craftsmanship, and teaching the building of simple stringed instruments from common materials in the grade schools to more advanced instruments from precut kits in the middle schools. The modern renaissance of lutherie is truly an American story of invention and craftsmanship in need of preservation in a world of global fabrication.

Cooperation among promoters along the 101 corridor from LA to SLO so that house concerts and more can be coordinated for traveling musicians.

Share Your Passion through SBAIC from August 25-27, 2017 and SBAMA year round with local acoustic musicians, teachers and luthiers, and celebrate the healing power of music and working with hands.

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