Thank you to all who submitted to the My NYC Song Contest.  Guitar Mash and the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media + Entertainment are grateful for the incredible number and depth of the entries.  Turns out, teens have a lot to say about New York.

Congratulations to the finalists:  Chloe Hennessee (First Place); Erick Dutan and Julian Kaufman/Charlie Kilgore (Runners-Up). Visit the Mayor’s Office of Media + Entertainment to listen to the winning songs.  



Date:  Friday, January 26, February 23                               

TIME: 5:30-8:00 PM

LOCATION: NYU Department of Music and Performing Arts Profession: 35 W. 4th, 6th floor, NYC, 10012. Between Greene Street & Washington Square East.


CLICK HERE to sign up for the January session.  Questions? Email

Guitar Mash Teen Songwriters Circle

An extension of Guitar Mash’s Teen Acoustic Guitar Project, the monthly Guitar Mash Songwriter Circle aims to cultivate the individual voice through songwriting. Participants have the opportunity to share songs in progress and learn basic tools in the songwriting process. Never written a song? That’s OK! We aim to help seasoned songsmiths and inspire new ones.

Led by Steve Danielsson and co-hosted by the NYU Music Experience Design Lab.

Guitar Mash Teens Co-Chairs: Evie Dolan, Brandon Niederauer, Maxwell Violet



Bringing together a group of young guitarists, the Teen Acoustic Guitar Project (inspired by “The Acoustic Guitar Project”) passes one acoustic guitar from one musician to the next within New York City. After receiving the guitar, each teen has one week to write and record an original song using only the guitar and their voice. The project reinforces the Guitar Mash commitment to the communal and aims to bolster the community of teens making and sharing music together.

The signed guitar debuted at the 3rd Annual Guitar Mash Annual Benefit Jam at City Winery on November 16th, 2014.

Before passing it off to a fellow teen, each musician signs the guitar and posts their photo online: #GuitarMash #OneWeek. These posts connect the individuals to the group and also allow our community a sneak peak into the project’s process.

Are you a teen guitarist? Do you want to be a part of this project? EMAIL



Mash Teens lead the audience in Bill Withers at the 2016 Guitar Mash at City Winery NYC.




Check Out the Project’s Teens + Their Tracks.  To hear all Teen Acoustic Guitar Project compositions, visit us on Soundcloud.





Grab your ukelele, grab your guitar, or just get out and sing…

Join people of all ages everywhere on Saturday September 24th for this annual celebration of music and its power to change the world. Where you want, when you want! For more information on how to get involved, click here: Playing for Change Day and download posters and stuff here: Playing for Change Toolkit.

    • Find a nearby street corner or set up on your front stoop. Take 20 minutes or two hours, and make some music.
    • Put out a contributions jar in support of Playing for Change, bringing music education to communities around the world that need it most.
    • Share photos and video with friends on Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook. #PFCDay #GuitarMash

Need inspiration? Download song charts from our recent teen flash mob:

Purple Rain – Prince (Music + Lyrics)

Revolution – The Beatles (Music + Lyrics)

Ho Hey – The Lumineers (Music + Lyrics)

Riptide – Vance Joy (Music + Lyrics)


Teen Mash Mob 2016

Madison Square Park, NYC

June 2, 2016.

Guitar Mash Teens with guitarist Brandon Niederauer “TAZ” and Evie Dolan from Broadway’s School of Rock.

Photos available on our Facebook Page.  Email to get involved in the next one.



Special thanks to our Teen Ambassadors, who make it all possible!

Pete Lazaron | Ellie Adams | Emma Venarde | August Stauffer | Karrieann Damon | Sydney McCarter | Megan Doyle | Ian Ackerman | Ian Stettner |  Zoe B. | Owen Ackerman | Lara Cwass | Gemma Siegler | Evie Dolan | Etai Abramovich | Auguste Perl | Ben Arauz | Brandon Niederauer | Alex Lawless | Scarlet Hili | Liam Johnson-Hill | Adam Johnson-Hill | Lara Yellin | Ella Cromwell | Ayla Huguenot | Talin Schell | Joseph Yusufov | Alexa King | Rachel Guillen | Ella Cohen | Erin Doyle | Sophia Turso | Diana Martinez

Questions? Contact Guitar Mash Teen Coordinator Remy Foussard:

Check out photos and video from Mash Mob 2014.



The Guitar Mash Teens are made up of kids from all over New York City who enjoy the experience of playing music with other people, and want to encourage their peers and the broader community to join in. The Teens help steer Guitar Mash toward events and ideas that are relevant to younger musicians.