Ideas For Donating Used Instruments

If you have an instrument lying around and collecting dust, one of the best ways to put it to use again (and in deserving hands) is donating it to charity.

First off though – Save The Music doesn’t accept donations of used instruments. We purchase high-quality new instruments for schools, and we partner with local retailers to source them at a discount. If you’d like to help us with that effort, here are other ways to donate funds to and raise money for Save The Music.

That said – we want to help! So we’ve compiled some ideas as well as other organizations that take instrument donations.

Start with Your Local Music Retailer or Community Music Nonprofit

First, you should contact your local music retailer or a community music studio and ask if they accept used instruments. They are often associated with the area’s public schools so they may be able to connect you. Find a music store in your area. Other groups that might be in need are theaters, nursing homes, youth and religious organizations.

National and Regional Organizations That Accept Used Instruments (list in progress)

After looking into these options, perhaps you decide that you want to go down the charity route. Below are national and regional organizations that accept used instruments:

Band of Angels – has drop-off locations in parts of Missouri and Kansas.

Collectibles with Causes – helps social service agencies, nonprofits, shelters, schools, individuals with special and educational needs including victims of crime, discrimination, those with physical challenges, financial challenges and more.

Ellis Terry Music Foundation – helps provide students entering middle school who would like to learn music, but through no fault of their own are not going to be in a position to purchase an instrument.

Half Steps Music Foundation – reconditions used musical instruments and donates them to organizations for the advancement and benefits of performing arts and music education. They are based in North Texas, but work with organizations all over the USA.

Hungry For Music – puts quality musical instruments into hungry hands. They serve children who demonstrate a desire to learn music, as well as teachers who have students willing to learn. They have drop-off locations in parts of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Instruments in the Cloud – online giving platform that connects supporters directly with music classrooms. Donate musical instruments, supplies, and dollars to support music programs in your community. (Bonus: they’re supported by our friends at the CMA Foundation!)

Marching Mountains – creates a network to supply public school band programs in distressed areas of Appalachia and Minnesota with donated new and used musical instruments.

Mundi Project – committed to creating access to quality pianos, music education, and performance for youth and adults residing in Utah.

Pianos for Education – considers acceptance of piano donations from all 50 states.

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation – delivers supplies to young artists in need, with an emphasis on serving diverse populations of vulnerable youth in underserved communities.

The Gift of Music Foundation – dedicated to creating greater accessibility to music programs, instruments, teachers and the overall benefits of music education. They accept drop-offs at their location in NW Atlanta, or they can work with you to have your donated instrument shipped to them.

And this list is in progress! If you are, know of, or have had a good experience with an organization that accepts used instrument donations, email us at [email protected] and we may add it to this post.