12:25pm PT by Shannon Ma
Wango Tango 2012: Big Time Rush Members Talk Fender Charity Project, Tease Upcoming Tour Expansion (Video)
Big Time Rush members Kendall Schmidt and Logan Henderson are giving back. The group recently announced that they are working with legendary guitar manufacturer Fender for their Fender Music Foundation.
The Nickelodeon stars will design an exclusive guitar for Fender and for every one that is sold, one will be donated to a school that doesn't have enough funding for their music program.
"Music was so huge between middle school and high school age for me, so that was my escape. It's going to be really cool to pay it forward," Henderson told The Hollywood Reporter at KIIS-FM's Wango Tango concert.
The boys also shared their hopes to be able to visit one of the schools that ends up receiving a guitar and to "Maybe teach kids songs."
"It means a lot to us," Schmidt said. "There's not enough music in schools anymore."
The duo arrived without the other half of their group members, not to perform, but to experience their first Wango Tango and see their labelmates Foster the People take the stage. "We love KIIS-FM, they've always supported us from the beginning," Schmidt said. "So we're just excited to be here."
Although Big Time Rush was initially brought together to play bandmates on their eponymous Nickelodeon show, they have received crossover success in the music industry with their debut album BTR peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard charts. The group is currently preparing to embark on a North American summer tour, which kicks off July 5 in Columbus, OH.
Not to worry international fans, Schmidt told THR that the group is preparing to add a few surprise additions to their tour. "I think we're doing 60-something dates in America and Canada, and then we might possibly be going to some foreign countries," he teased. "We are, but we can't tell you yet."
For more from THR's interview with BTR, in which they name their favorite current radio hit, watch the video above.
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