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As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our mission is to provide scholarships to young people from elementary school age through college age so that they may participate in the educational experience of attending a summer music camp in the specific areas of instrumental and/or vocal music. Our mission includes the intention to promote the study and enjoyment of music and the arts, to encourage discipline and aesthetics in education, to provide opportunities for young people to share their art at a high level of excellence, and to meet with and explore ideas with other young people of various backgrounds, but similar interests. Secondarily, our mission is to promote the musical arts in performance and to give local communities an opportunity to view today’s youth in a positive and constructive light.

President's Message

Spring means that summer is not far behind. I believe that summer sleepaway camps provide a unique experience for our students. It certainly did for our own children. One comment we see consistently in the scholarship letters is how meaningful it is to them to play with peers who are as passionate about music as they are themselves. Our Mission is to provide scholarships to young people from elementary school age through college so that they may participate in the educational experience of attending a summer music camp. It is also our mission to promote the musical arts in performance and to give local communities an opportunity to view today’s youth in a positive and constructive light.  Laura and I attended the Long Beach Unified All District Honor Concert for Middle School Band and String Orchestra plus the High School Honor Orchestra in February. It was exciting to see how many young musicians were on stage. Participation in the performing arts is growing in numbers again after the dip during the pandemic. A big shout out from us to all the music teachers who are working to rebuild their programs.


Our organization continues to support young musicians in their efforts to improve their musical skills.  Our Scholarship Committee just met to review the applications. Many thanks to the Scholarship Committee members who spent the entire day reading and listening to all the applications. Because of your generous donations, we were able to award 70 scholarships to every student who applied. This totaled over $81,000 which is a new record for us.


Another program that we started last year is sponsoring private lessons for nineteen middle school students in Long Beach Unified. We are currently supporting lessons for one student at each of the Middle and K-8 schools. The students are selected by each school’s music teacher. We are adding high school students to the program in the fall. We are funding this program out of the Long Beach Gives Program and other specific donations to this effort. 


Many thanks for your support for our organization; your donations enabled us to provide scholarships for hundreds of young musicians over the past thirty-seven years.  I hope that you have fun this summer and if possible, try to visit a summer music camp, Arrowbear’s dates are on their web site at  

Cliff Kusaba


Snow and More Snow

California mountain communities experienced record breaking back-to-back snow storms in late February and early March this year. The governor declared a state of emergency in 13 counties affected by the storms. Yosemite National Park was closed for several weeks as it dealt with 15 feet of snow. In the San Bernardino Mountains, snowfall blocked the roads, trapped residents in their homes, and stranded people who work down the hill from reaching their mountain homes for days. Schools in the Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead areas closed for nearly 3 weeks due to the unprecedented amount of snowfall that sometimes towered as high as second-story windows. Disaster response and relief efforts were hampered by the amount of snow. Neighbors relied on each other until roads were finally cleared.

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Residents and businesses experienced roof collapses, cars completely buried, and trying to tunnel out of their front doors to reach the street. Even after the main roads were passable, neighborhood streets remained unplowed. Where do you put that much snow? Arrowbear Music Camp was spared any damage, but the snow level on the ground was mind-boggling.

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and worthy causes. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. It has grown into a global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Arrowbear Music Associates participated

last year on November 29, 2022. 

We raised $1,121 for summer music camp scholarships

thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Giving Tuesday 2023 will take place on

Tuesday, November 28, 2023.

Donations are processed for free through a

Fundraiser on our Facebook group page.


November 28, 2023

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Thank you to everyone who 

donated in 2023.

We raised $3,100 for

music lesson scholarships.

This year's Long Beach Gives

event was on 

September 21, 2023.

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We grant scholarships to any accredited instrumental or choral music camp in the United States. Applications are available beginning February 1 and are due in mid-April.


We publish our Newsletter in the spring and in the fall. Our database contains over two thousand alumni and friends of Arrowbear. Click below to read our latest Newsletter.

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Catch up on what Alumni are doing now, favorite camp memories, Coffee Time with Ross, and events planned in the near future. Find a link to your favorite camp songs and a photo gallery.


There are multiple ways you can support providing scholarships for summer music camps. We accept donations by check and by credit card through PayPal. For some of you, writing a check, addressing an envelope, and locating a stamp is too time consuming or just flat-out “old school.” There are lots of other ways you can help us help young musicians. Check out these additional options.

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Set up a fundraiser for our nonprofit on Instagram.

No fees for you or donors. 

Stock Donations

Donating stock directly to us can have huge tax advantages for you.

Online Banking

Set up a "bill" in your online bill pay platform to make it easy to donate.

Matching Grants

Many employers will match donations their employees make to approved charities.

Employer Plans

Many employers allow  payroll deductions to support approved charities.


Encourage your friends and family to donate in your name on Facebook.

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