What is 3 Chords?


3 Chords is a non-profit organization aimed at helping refugee youth share their stories through original songs in hopes of fostering global understanding and respect. We work with high school aged refugees in Nashville, TN to teach them how to write and perform original songs and play an instrument to tell share stories with the community and world.

The name 3 Chords comes from a phrase songwriters often say - that the only thing you need to write a song is "three chords and the truth." We take that phrase to heart, believing that it can empower high school refugees new to America to realize that if they can simply learn three chords on an instrument, that's all they'd need to be able to tell their truth through music.



1 in every 115 people in the world today is a refugee, meaning they were forced to leave their home country to escape war, religious or political persecution, or natural disaster. 3 Chords was founded in order to help refugee youth have an outlet to express themselves and tell their stories through original songs.

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If you are a singer, songwriter, or musician and would like to volunteer to share your talents with refugee youth in Nashville, we'd love to have you! We teach weekly songwriting and guitar classes and are looking for additional volunteers. We also welcome any monetary donations to help us develop our programs.

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