Dave Wish is the Founder and Executive Director of Little Kids Rock. Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in the US public schools. Little Kids Rock is also a leading provider of free instruments and curriculum.
Mr. Wish has initiated and managed the launch of campaigns to restore and revitalize music education for over 100,000 low-income children in ten states. Little Kids Rock cities include Dallas,TX, Tampa, FL, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, Houston, TX, San Francisco, CA and over a dozen others.
Mr. Wish is a recognized social entrepreneur and has been awarded numerous honors for his work in the field, including prestigious fellowships from the Draper Richards Foundation, The Goldhirsh Foundation and the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation.
While working as a first grade teacher in an inner-city school in California, Mr. Wish pioneered a program to offer instrumental and vocal rock music classes to his students. Demand for the classes was steep and he founded Little Kids Rock in 2002.