Mill Town Music Hall Partners with KidsPeace to Develop a Guitar Music Therapy Program

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  • Atlanta, GA (1888PressRelease) November 17, 2020 - Mill Town Music Hall is excited to partner with KidsPeace to develop a Therapeutic Music Program for youth at the KidsPeace campus in Bowdon, Ga. For the past three years, Mill Town Music Hall has raised funds and gathered much-needed items for the non-profit organization such as suitcases, toiletries, bedding and more. The first phase of the program, a guitar class, will be formally announced on stage prior to the Marty Stuart & Connie Smith concert on Nov. 21 at Mill Town Music Hall.

    “Mill Town Music Hall has been an ideal partner for KidsPeace and a blessing to our youth,” said KidsPeace Executive Director Louis Shagawat. “They realized a need that perfectly aligned with their own organization. We are so thankful and excited about the new music program and the impact it will have on the youth at KidsPeace.”

    To help launch the program, Mill Town Music Hall season ticket holders Gene and Yvonne Cleveland generously purchased and donated 15 guitars. Others are encouraged to donate new or slightly used musical instruments to help expand the program.

    “Music has made such a profound impact on my life,” said Gene Cleveland. “I traveled the country driving artists like Hank Williams, Jr. to their concerts, and I hope that music can help these young people find the calling and healing in their own lives.”

    Local certified teachers and music professionals will volunteer their time to teach the guitar classes. Among the musicians participating in the virtual classes include Jamie Lipscomb, Chorus and Guitar Director at Bremen High School; Matthew Bass, Band Director at Bremen Middle School; Andrew Weaver, professional pop artist; Corey Pearson and Jordan Hamby, members of The Diplomats Quartet; Cynthia Videtto, Bowdon Middle School Band Director, along with other music professionals.

    “Mill Town Music Hall was honored to be in attendance at a KidsPeace music event last Christmas,” said Randall Redding, co-founder & CEO of Mill Town Music Hall. “It was inspiring to see how they responded to music, and the idea of bridging our music resources with a healing program was instinctively born. I can think of no better gift than to offer healing and inspiration to others through music. We are honored to help KidsPeace develop this therapeutic program with the introduction of a guitar class that will make a difference in the lives of these young people. We appreciate those who are giving of their time, talents and gifts to make it happen.”

    KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities. The KidsPeace Bowdon (GA) Campus offers a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to address the social, emotional, physical, educational and spiritual needs of youth age 12 to 17.The campus sits on 25 acres approximately one hour west of Atlanta. Recreational facilities offer youth the opportunity for healing, growth and fun, including a ropes course, a climbing wall, a swimming pool, and gymnasium. An award-winning accredited school meets the specialized educational needs of each child at the campus. The experts at KidsPeace give hope, help and healing in an atmosphere of teamwork, compassion and creativity. For more information, please visit

    Mill Town Music Hall is committed to providing West Georgia with a quality entertainment venue. Opened in February of 2012, it is the largest facility of its kind in West Georgia and comfortably seats 1,000 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting systems, the venue hosts numerous classic country, pop/rock, gospel and bluegrass concerts, along with other family-friendly events. The facility can also be rented for corporate events and private receptions. Please visit for the most up to date calendar of events.

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