Enhancing arts education is a cornerstone of LEPAA’s mission and outreach. Partnerships with local, state, international, private and public organizations will allow LEPAA to impact 100,400 students annually through programming at The Buddy Holly Hall.

Lubbock ISD

The Buddy Holly Hall is home to Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) Fine Arts, serving more than 24,000 Lubbock students K-12 enrolled in fine arts classes annually. The 400-seat Crickets Theater at The Buddy Holly Hall provides a unique setting for LISD student performances from elementary through high school levels, for UIL competitions, teacher education, and smaller theater productions.


Founded in 1969, Ballet Lubbock is a private, non-profit organization that strives to be an integral component of Lubbock’s cultural fabric. The partnership between Ballet Lubbock and LEPAA will have an influential impact on the community by giving a diverse body of students a rare opportunity to learn, practice, and perform in a world-class performing arts venue surrounded by world-class talent. To learn more about Ballet Lubbock and their mission, please visit

Staging The Future

Staging the Future is a partnership with LEPAA and The American Theatre Guild to enable under-served young people to experience live musical theatre. Non-profit organizations which focus on assisting children and Title I schools are eligible to participate in the program at The Buddy Holly Hall. The program is fully funded by the generosity of The American Theatre Guild season members and donors to the program. Our goal is to provide 1000 students annually the magical experience of musical theater.

Songwriters Retreat

LEPAA and The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation partner to host The Buddy Holly Songwriters Retreat, a 5-day retreat and concert held annually that honors the legacy of Buddy Holly, inspiring and cultivating songwriters in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas. Seasoned songwriters serve as mentors to aspiring songwriters during this week of professional development. Through generous donations from foundations, corporations and individuals LEPAA is able to provide this experience at little cost to the songwriters, allowing them to fully focus on developing their craft. The Songwriters Retreat was introduced in September of 2019. Endorsed by his widow, Maria Elena Holly, this songwriters retreat is the only retreat in the world to ever bear the name of Buddy Holly.

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