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What is Acoustic For A Change?

Support for your next Charity Event

Acoustic for a Change provides free live entertainment and event-planning guidance so that your next charity fundraiser is a success. AFAC has musicians & event professionals who will donate their time for worthwhile causes like yours in Southern California and Central Florida. Our goal is to take some of the worry out of your next event so that you can do what you do best!

Instrument Donation Program

Acoustic for a Change also collects gently used instruments for distribution to local underprivileged kids and/or after school programs. Often, the organizers of various Charity/Fundraising events who use Acoustic for a Change will ask their attendees to bring new or gently used instruments for donation to our cause. They find that aiding another organization adds even greater social value to the event. More...

9 Tips to Event Planning

Susan Echarte will walk you through many of your event processes, from marketing design, menu selections, silent auction, social media tips, invitations, and post event assessment. Our tips are designed to provide ideas / guidance when planning your next event. You can see Susan’s 9 tips to event planning here.

Couple Create Second Life for Instruments


Mark DeBellis happened to be walking through the Mercy Thrift Store at Vineyard Community Church in Laguna Niguel when he spotted a beat up classical guitar.

How much, he asked the clerk. "Oh, five bucks."

DeBellis bought the guitar, took it home and over a few weeks found time to strip it, refinish it and restore it to good condition. Then he gave it away to an organization that will give it to another organization that will put it in the hands of a youngster who otherwise might not get the chance to play music.

That's how Acoustic for a Change works: People donate gently used musical instruments to founders Arturo and Susan Echarte and they match the instrument to local groups that work with underprivileged children and after school programs.

Late last month, the guitar that DeBellis refurbished sat on a stand in the living room of the Echartes' 1928 Spanish Colonial home in Dana Point. They planned to send it to the San Juan Capistrano based group Mariachi for All, which also received a trumpet recently from Acoustic for a Change.

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Humanitarian Award

By Maria Sonnenberg for Space Coast Medicine

The founder of Acoustic for a Change, Echarte has harnessed the power of music to do good for local charities. The Indialantic guitarist and fellow musicians here and in California donate their time and talent to nonprofits to help them raise funds at special events. They also play for donations at weddings and other private functions in order to give all the income to worthy causes in Brevard.

The list of charities who sing Echarte’s musical praises is long, including Cancer Care Foundation, Candlighters of Brevard, Healthy Start Coalition, the National Kidney Foundation, the Women’s Center, Zonta Club, Club Esteem, Devereux, Brevard Rescue Mission, the Space Coast Early Intervention Center and even the Space Coast Symphony, for whom Echarte played Latin-themed tunes at the orchestra’s Viva la Musica fundraiser.

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