SEPT 4-8: Donate instruments, cash to help local music students

 

Austin Soundwaves Students
Students from Austin Soundwaves need your help!

How cool is this? Announcing “Fall Into Music,” the first-ever donation drive to help local youth music education programs that serve more than 1,000 kids.

Each of these nine programs can tell you several stories about how learning an instrument and making music has changed a young person’s life for the better. If you believe in the power of music education, here’s your chance to support that cause.

HOW TO DONATE: From Sept. 4-8, you can donate instruments – new or used – to one of five IBC Bank branches and the studios of KFMA-FM, Austin’s classical music station.

Austin-based UShip is “Fall into Music”’s logistical partner, picking up daily donations and delivering them to a central location. Strait Music and Violins Etc. will provide repairs at deeply discounted rates.

“Fall Into Music” is a project of the Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, and will benefit the following Austin-based music education non-profits:

Anthropos Arts

Austin Chamber Music Center

Austin Classical Guitar Society

Austin Soundwaves

Austin Youth Orchestra

Girls Rock Austin

Kids in a New Groove

Round Rock Symphony Aspire program

University of Texas Elementary School Strings

These programs need help to ensure every student served has an instrument to play. Some spend hundreds of dollars a month to rent instruments. Others cannot afford to buy instruments to expand their programs and reach more children. Considering a violin can cost $1,000 and up, you can see how having an instrument to learn can be a major obstacle for these kids.

Here’s what you can donate:

  • Gently used instruments and accessories, or monetary donations to help facilitate the repair of donated instruments
  • Accepted donations include strings, brass, percussion and woodwind instruments, electronic keyboards, and accessories such as drumsticks and amplifiers

For more details on the drive, go to hispanicallianceaustin.org.

 

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