Join Us in Giving the Gift of Music

November 16, 2015

Dear Friends:

“I love and will continue to love music because of 317. It’s that simple.” – Nico Whitlock (above, left, with his family)

During this season of giving, I’d like to tell you briefly about the gifts 317 Main Community Music Center (317 Main) has given to my family and so many other families over the last 11 years.

I write this letter with some urgency. 317 Main needs your support. I’m hopeful that you will join my wife Stephanie and me and our children, Nico and Adriana, in making a generous donation to 317 Main. Your support will help this community gem continue to shine brightly, giving the gift of music.  

I was the first in the Whitlock household to take the plunge, dusting off a 20-year-old guitar on which I could play only two chords. Thanks to 317 Main’s talented teaching artists, music is now part of my daily life, providing a welcome antidote to the overworked and overscheduled days that are familiar to so many of us.

Nico jumped in next at age 11 with his own guitar lessons. Now a senior at Yarmouth High School, Nico plays guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, drums and is a member of Flight 317, a performance group made up of 317 Main student musicians. 

Adriana, 13, followed with piano lessons. Today, she also fills our home with the sounds of her upright bass.

Stephanie and I are so grateful to 317 Main for nurturing our children’s creative lives, which might otherwise have gotten lost in a whirl of academics and sports. Music has become another positive way for our family to connect, easing some of the turmoil and conflict that can bubble up in a busy household.

317 Main has given hundreds of families a home away from home – one that is staffed by creative, nurturing professionals who are invested in their students’ lives. Nico feels so comfortable there that he’ll pick up the phone if someone steps away from the front desk. Adriana is among the many teens who ride the bus there after school to hang out with other musicians until lesson time.

This year, our family is making a contribution to 317 Main that’s above and beyond our comfort level. We’re doing it because we know how important this music community center is to our family and to other families.

Will you join us today in making a generous donation to 317 Main?

As a non-profit, 317 Main relies on donors like you to continue to provide programming and high quality instruction at a reasonable cost. Your contribution will make sure that no aspiring musician will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.

And your gift will extend far beyond Yarmouth. It will help support Partnership Programs that allow 317 Main to send teachers and instruments into classrooms and after-school programs across Southern and Midcoast Maine that otherwise wouldn’t have access to high quality music education.

A variety of giving options are available, including monthly giving, gifts of stock, and more. Visit for more information.

Let us join together during this holiday season to help 317 Main continue to deliver the gift of music. 

Thank you and best wishes,

Justin Whitlock, 317 Main Student, Parent, and Board Vice Chair

P.S. We have a great opportunity for gifts toward our Director of Music Education position to be matched by Verbena Foundation. This is a vital leadership role for 317 Main, held by Chris Moore. All gifts from new donors, and gifts from current donors above last year’s amount, are eligible for the match, up to a total of $26,500. Thank you for considering a generous gift.