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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

Welcome to the Fall edition of our newsletter. It’s hard to believe that 2022 is winding down.


Many thanks to all who attended our 80th Reunion Fundraiser on September 4. It was a memorable event. It was a day to visit with old friends and relive favorite memories. We had alumni who attended from every decade of the history of the camp from the 1940s through current campers. Over 140 alumni and their families filled Arrowbear with many staying overnight in camp on Saturday evening. There was a rainstorm and hail in the afternoon that brought back memories of our days as campers. It seems that coming back to this place brings back the memories much more than if we were to have this event somewhere else. The camp itself is the place that unites us and holds our memories of music and friendship. The day ended with performances by our Reunion Choir, Brass Choir, and Orchestra. For those of you who were not able to be there, we have pictures taken by numerous alumni on our web site. Please visit the Reunion Page to download a copy of the Reunion Photo, The Note, and a Contact List of everyone who attended.


Many thanks to the Reunion Committee and all the alumni who volunteered during the Reunion to do the many jobs that were needed to host this event.  We raised $4,260.10 for scholarships for next summer.


This summer Arrowbear ran a full summer of instrumental sessions including Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Jazz, and a choral session. Laura and I visited every session and took pictures of our scholarship awardees and videos of the performing groups in rehearsals. I invite you to join our Facebook page to see the photos and videos. Please join us on Facebook at I cannot thank all of our alumni and friends enough for your generous support. Most of the students we help would never have had the experience because of their family circumstances. 


As winter approaches, it’s time for all the holiday traditions. We are required to have a tree by our children even though they are adults. I hope your holiday plans are fun and full of celebrations.   

Cliff Kusaba


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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

this year on November 29, 2022. 

We raised $1,121 for summer music camp scholarships

thanks to the generosity of our donors.


November 29, 2022

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Thank you to everyone who 

donated in 2022.

We raised $2,307.32 for

music lesson scholarships.

Next year's Long Beach Gives

event will be

September 24, 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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Amazon Smile

Amazon discontinued

this program on

February 20, 2023.

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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