Gift of Music Program
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The Gift of Music program receives donated instruments that are often old and not in working condition from community members. Friends of the Arts then sends them to a local music store for repair, and gets the fixed-up instruments into the hands of children whose families are financially unable to purchase an instrument on their own.
From its inception, the Gift of Music program has placed over 750 instruments into the hands of young learners.
This program is funded completely by individual donors and foundations. Typical inspections and repairs cost more than $50 per instrument. For as little as $50, you will make sure an instrument we receive is ready to play and be cherished by a student in our community.
If you are interested in donating an instrument, please send us a message in the form box to the right.
We will be happy to pick up any instrument, get it in playing condition and give it to a deserving youngster!
The Gift of Music is the brainchild of Jim Rhodes, saxophone player and band president. Jim developed this program because he wanted all children to experience the joy of making music. It is scientifically proven that being a musician enhances students’ learning abilities. Music participation also is a great outlet for artistic expression and is a highly satisfying hobby. Jim announces this program at Community Band concerts and encourages people to donate instruments or funds for repair of donated instruments.