New Hampshire
Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
Trashcan Lid Productions

Jeff & Trashcan Lid Productions (TLP): A performing artist, musician, DJ and educator (M.A. / M.Ed.), Jeff Erwin is a master teacher who leads participants down a path of self-exploration. Since 1989, Jeff’s work has enriched the lives of youth and young adults ages 3 to 23 in schools and universities across America. Jeff has been called the 'Kid Whisperer' due to his uncanny ability to relate to youth of all ages while maintaining flawless classroom management. His teaching style encourages students to take healthy risks and make new discoveries about themselves while enabling them to feel successful as performing artists and musicians in a relatively short period of time. In 1998, Jeff founded Trashcan Lid Productions (not Trash Can Lid Productions), an organization that has received numerous grants. Jeff is a juried artist on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts' Artist Roster.

Set aside any preconceived notions about what a youth music performance looks or sounds like. TLP's multimedia extravaganzas, performed by the youth at your school, will exceed your expectations and make your students feel good about themselves while challenging them to make the world a better place. Both artist-in-residence programs listed below are appropriate for grades K-8 and integrate many facets of the core curriculum:

Sticks and Stones: Hailed as 'One of the most important artist-in-residence programs in schools today,' Sticks and Stones is a music and performance-based bully prevention program that has received rave reveiws for its creative nature and effectiveness. Along with muscian Skip Brunette, a classroom teacher of 20 years, Jeff is helping school communites bring about real and permanent change by creating excitment around the idea that kindness is not just an admirable trait but a force to be reckoned with! More info, testimonials and pricing here:

Junk 2 Funk (J2F): Proven to bring out the best in youth, J2F is a sensational outlet for students' creativity, physical energy and individual expression. With an empasis on making music using instruments made from found objects, Jeff leads participants down a path of self-exploration that encourages them to take healthy risks and work together as a team to prepare a rhythmic extravaganza to be performed for an assembled audience. More info, testimonials and pricing here:

Jeff's programs address (but are not limited to) the following topics: conservation & recycling, environmental stewardship, music, drumming, singing & song writing, the science of sound, stage direction & blocking, taking healthy risks, teamwork, poetry, pop culture, the power of kindness, bullies, bullying and bully prevention.

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I Have Worked With

  • January 2014

    One-week Sticks and Stones residency program

  • December 2013

    One-week Sticks and Stones residency program

  • December 2013

    One-week Junk 2 Funk residency program


  • Creative Business
  • Venue

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Founder/Creative Director
Mailing Address: 
406 Harold Dow Highway Studio 11
Eliot, ME 03903
Physical Address: 
7 Porter Road #10
Milton, NH 03851
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Additional Disciplines: 
Media - General
Music - General
Music - New
Music - Rap / Hip-Hop
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Community Arts
Performance / Concert / Reading
Preservation / Conservation
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Masters in Education, University of New Hampshire
Masters in Arts, Ball State University

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
We bring all of the technical gear that we need
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
New Hampshire
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
Certifications / Training: 
M.Ed. (masters in education); certified & experienced classroom teacher K-8
Fee Range Minimum: 

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
TLP Studios
Venue Type: 
Multi-Purpose Room
Venue Address: 
406 Harold Dow Hwy
Studio 11
Eliot, ME 03903
Venue Phone: 
Stage Details: 
Black Box
Seasons Available: 
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Dance floor
Green room
Light system / track lighting
Loading dock
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Sound system
Venue Capacity: 
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
Venue Accessibility: 
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Additional Comments: 
My black box warehouse studio is used mainly for youth parties and celebrations