3 Chords

$845 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 15 people in 24 months

Hi! My name is Anne, and I'm the creator of 3 Chords, an organization with a mission of helping refugee youth express themselves through music. Global displacement is at an all-time high, with over 65 million people fleeing their homes in 2015 due to conflict or persecution - that's 24 people a minute.

Distressingly, children make up over 50% of the world’s refugees, so in partnership with World Relief Nashville, 3 Chords works with high school aged refugees to teach them how to write original songs to tell their stories.

The name 3 Chords comes from a phrase songwriters often say - that the only thing you need to write a song is "three chords and the truth." I believe this truth can empower high school refugees new to America to realize that if they can simply learn three chords on guitar, that's all they need to be able to tell their story through music.


We believe that the process of writing original songs has the power to help refugee youth express themselves, process the events of their lives, and channel the emotions they feel; that the process of playing guitar and performing original music for others has the ability to help these young people share their stories with the Nashville community and broader world and to help natives develop more compassion and understanding for refugees new to America; that music has the power to heal; and finally, that it is our duty as human beings to encourage and build up one another, serve our neighbors, and love people without reserve. Music is simply our chosen avenue for doing these things.

Learn more about 3 Chords at www.3chords.org, and follow our journey on Instagram  and Facebook .


We are currently in need of funding to help us get established as an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization, as well as to help us purchase additional resources for our students including: studio time to record their songs, CD production and manufacturing, musical instruments, snacks for our weekly after-school meetings, and other supplies.

Here's a breakdown of our anticipated costs:

501(c)3 Establishment
$100 - Incorporation fee
$400-$850 - 501(c)3 IRS fee
$50 - TN charitable registration fee

Recording and CD Manufacturing
$500 - Recording costs
$500 - CD production and manufacturing (250 qty)

Materials for Students
$300 - Musical instruments
$100 - Snacks
$100 - Notebooks and other supplies

TOTAL: $2,500

If you aren't able to donate money or materials at this time, we would love to have you volunteer with us! Whether you're a songwriter, musician, or simply a human with a heart for serving these kids, you can volunteer with us. We're specifically looking for people to help teach songwriting and guitar classes, as well as to help record students' songs and find venues for them to perform. Click here to sign up to volunteer!
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We are going into the studio tomorrow to record seven of the students' songs! Thank you so much for helping make this possible! Be sure to follow 3 Chords on Instagram and/or Facebook to see photos from the day!

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$845 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 15 people in 24 months
Created December 1, 2016
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