Will Kanye West’s cash go to Notes for Notes? The Santa Barbara-based nonprofit organization, which builds music recording studio and rehearsal spaces for kids, was surprised to learn today that the money raised in a GoFundMe account set up to bail the hip-hop star out of bankruptcy will instead be directed to Notes for Notes. The account’s goal is $52 million, but has currently raised just over $7,000. Upon learning that West would not take any of the money, the account’s organizer, Jeremy Piatt, selected Notes for Notes as the beneficiary.
“As reported by TMZ, Mr. Kanye West’s camp has declined the funds raised by this GoFundMe campaign,” wrote Piatt. “Since the funds raised will NOT be going to Mr. West, we’re excited to announce that they will instead be directed toward an outstanding charitable organization, Notes for Notes. In lieu of funding Mr. West’s artistic vision, 100% of the funds will be headed to young aspiring musicians hoping to fulfill their dreams.”
Founded in Santa Barbara in 2006, Notes for Notes now runs 11 studios in Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, including Nashville, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Detroit.