First Verse began in late 2009 as local songwriters agreed to enter into the classrooms at Gainesville High School and teach students interested in becoming songwriters how they go about writing songs. Since then, the John Jarrard Foundation First Verse program has entered into multiple schools in the Gainesville City and Hall County School Systems, bringing both new and experienced songwriters in to teach students about the meanings behind their own lyrics as well as share trade secrets.
Over the coming years, we plan on extending this program into additional schools in both the Gainesville, Hall County and Northeast Georgia school systems. to support these efforts, we’re always looking for both funding and local songwriters interested in educating the next generation their methods of songwriting. If you are interested in supporting our Foundation in either of these ways, please contact us to learn how you can help.