The Denstock Foundation was created in honor of Denis Downing by his daughter, Megan. He was a musician in NYC from the age of 16. He taught himself how to play multiple instruments and ended up owning Roxy Studios, a legendary rehearsal studio in Long Island City, Queens. Many local bands played there as well as famous artists such as WuTang Clan, Joan Jett, and Twisted Sister. Shows like 30 Rock were even filmed there! He welcomed all walks of life and treated everyone equally with respect. His generosity never ceased to amaze people. He took in high school students as interns to teach them the back line and behind the scenes set up of bands and instruments. He also gave kids instruments when they were interested in playing music.
When Denis passed away in October 2016, his daughter knew his generous and humble legacy couldn't end and Denstock was created! Denstock raises money for underprivileged children to have the opportunity to learn an instrument and experience the joys of music. Music is an outlet for so many people to express emotions and children shouldn't be deprived of that because of their socioeconomic status or where they grow up.
Unfortunately music programs across the country are limited because budgets have decreased and funds are going towards other academics. We want to help schools, foster homes, programs and more to continue giving children the opportunity to learn about music. Music also decreases depression and anxiety in people. The statistics show that mental illnesses are increasing in the world, especially in our children. If we can help children by giving them a positive outlet to express themselves, why not start here?!