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Help send two teachers and much needed music equipment to Kabul, Afghanistan supporting the work of Rock School Kabul and Sound Studies Projects.
Michael Lewis
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Portland, Oregon
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This spring, Jerry Joseph, critically-acclaimed songwriter and international touring artist, along with Michael Lewis, a 20-year Portland music veteran, are traveling to Afghanistan to teach at Rock School Kabul, run by the Afghan non-profit, Sound Studies Projects.

Jerry and Michael are seeking $25,000 to fund their trip to Kabul. Money will be used to pay for trip/project expenses, pay for shipping and logistics expenses to bring in music gear and purchase needed equipment for the school. Any money raised over and above these expenses will go directly to Rock School Kabul.

They have set up their indiegogo campaign here to raise the money for the trip.

Jerry and Michael have been working with other prominent musicians, music equipment companies, and music stores, who are donating equipment to be taken to Afghanistan and provided to the school. They also have a major corporate sponsor who has generously donated their international logistics team to help coordinate successfully shipping music equipment into Afghanistan.

Music is a universal language that connects all people regardless of differences in culture, religion, geographic borders or political affiliation. It is a unifying force, promoting peace, dialogue and understanding.

The founders of Sound Studies Projects and Rock School Kabul are showing how the power of music can be a positive force for peace everyday through their work with students in Kabul. Follow the links below to see what they've got going on in Afghanistan. You'll see why we felt so compelled to help.

Sound Studies Projects/Rock School Kabul Background





Sound Studies Projects brings together Afghan and international artists from around the world, providing a creative platform and professional environment for current and future Afghan musicians and artists to thrive. SSP focuses primarily on music performance, art, sound recording, education, and cross cultural collaboration; with respect to expressing identity, celebrating diversity, and encouraging unity. 

Rock School Kabul (RSK) opened to provide the youth of Afghanistan a place to meet, learn music and succeed in positive ways to express and communicate. With over 35 students, aged 4-40+, RSK provides co-ed music instruction to residents of Kabul of all social and economic backgrounds.

SSP works under the non-profit umbrella of The Liaison Office (TLO), an Afghan NGO that promotes dialogue and peacebuilding via cultural and community activities throughout Afghanistan.


About the Artists

Jerry Joseph

Jerry Joseph has been writing, recording and playing music for well over three decades, and has released over 25 records as a solo artist and frontman for bands such as The Jackmormons, Stockholm Syndrome, Little Women and The Denmark Vesseys. He performs more than 150 shows a year across the globe, including recent tours in Lebanon, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua as well as Europe and the United States.



Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis has been performing for twenty years as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with Blue Skies For Black Hearts, The Very Foundation, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons and Lael Alderman. Last fall, Michael traveled to Afghanistan to volunteer as a teacher and guest artist-in-residence at the Rock School Kabul. This will be his second trip to Afghanistan. The son of a college professor and elementary school teacher, Michael has a passion for experiential education, having previously taught in Portland State University’s groundbreaking learner-driven University Studies program and worked extensively in informal education at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.



Other Ways You Can Help

Just letting people know is a great way to help. Let people know by email, facebook, twitter, etc. Indiegogo has some great sharing tools you can use. Help us get the word out!

If you would like more information or are interested in donating equipment, please contact Michael at musickabul14@gmail.com.

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This campaign ended on April 19, 2014
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  • $25USD

    We'll sing your praises and post thank yous out to the interwebs!

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $25USD

    You'll receive our thanks and a new, unreleased single of Peace Lights, featuring Jerry Joseph, Steve Drizos, Kris Deelane and Nate Query (Black Prairie, Decemberists)

    26 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014


    You'll receive our thanks and the Jackmormons' two 10" records with new, unreleased artwork. The Road Home EP and the She's Going Out 10" single.

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014


    You'll receive our thanks and will receive a pair of tickets to the Jackmormons' 10th Anniversary shows in Virginia City, MT. You can lock your tickets in before they are available for sale to the public!

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD

    You'll receive a handwritten thank you on a postcard from Afghanistan.

    42 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD

    We'll send you a big thank you, and two unreleased tracks, one from each of Jerry and Michael's music projects.

    9 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $200USD

    We'll send you a big thank you, and four unreleased tracks, two from each of Jerry and Michael's music projects.

    3 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014


    You'll have our thanks, and two tickets for all three days of the Dixie Mattress Festival (6/27-29) in Tidewater, OR including camping passes. You'll also receive two festival shirts, a signed copy of Jerry's new self-titled double LP and a signed copy of Michael's band Blue Skies For Black Hearts new vinyl LP.

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,000USD

    We'll send you a big thank you and a small gift purchased in Afghanistan.

    4 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014


    You'll receive a big thank you and two tickets plus lodging for the Jackmormons 10th Anniversary shows in Virginia City, MT this year before they are available to the public! You'll also receive two tshirts from the run, two show posters, a signed copy of Jerry's new self-titled double LP and a signed copy of Michael's band Blue Skies For Black Hearts new vinyl LP.

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $2,000USD

    You'll receive signed vinyl and cd copies of Jerry Joseph's new self-titled solo record, and Michael's band Blue Skies For Black Hearts' new self-titled record. You'll also receive a small gift purchased in Afghanistan as well as a handwritten thank you on a postcard. You'll also received six unreleased tracks, three from Jerry Joseph and three from Michael's various projects.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014


    Jerry Joseph will come to your house and put on a house concert. You pick the set. Seriously. This may be the only time Jerry ever does this, so get in while you can!!!

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
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