While music can be a great gift to give to a friend or a loved one, there are children, hospital patients and others who could use the gift of music to make them smile. Unfortunately, music education programs and musical instruments are not always available to people who truly need them. With Give to Those in Need, we want to highlight organizations whose mission it is to brighten the lives of others with a gift of music. The following organizations accept donations to help fund various musical initiatives, whether it be to get instruments into classrooms, provide free lessons to underprivileged children, or by giving an iPod to a nursing home patient. To help these organizations succeed, they need people like you. Click on the links below to see how you can give the gift of music to those in need.
A Gift For Music
A Gift For Music (a program of A Gift For Teaching) is the only program of its kind in Orlando, Florida, teaching high-needs students to play a stringed instrument in a classroom setting, free of charge. In a community where so many children face each day without the chance to express themselves, A Gift For Music is opening the door for one more chance to shine. To donate funds to provide a child with this opportunity, please click here.
Charity Music Inc.
Charity Music Inc., is a nonprofit public service organization, whose mission is to help cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artists by providing musical instruments, on loan, to homeless students, at- risk, and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore their hidden musical talents. To donate instruments, sheet music, concert tickets, and other music related items and monetary funds, please click here.
Ear Candy Non-Profit Music Organization
Ear Candy Charity is a Phoenix, AZ based non-profit whose mission is to provide youth access to music education. They fulfill their mission through Online Instrument Drives, BackStage Class field trips and Community Partnerships. Online Instrument Drives allows music teachers to post classroom instrument requests. Donors from the community can browse the requests and donate instruments or funds to the program(s) of their choice. To learn more about this ground-breaking initiative, please click here.
Education Through Music was founded to promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students’ academic performance and general development. ETM believes that every child deserves a well-rounded education: one that includes music. ETM created a comprehensive program that incorporates music into the education of every child, including those with special needs. To donate funds towards a musical education, please click here.
Fender Music Foundation
The Fender Music Foundation believes that music participation is an essential element in the fabric of an enduring society. It aims to keep music education alive and available in our nation’s schools and communities. Founded in 2005, this public charity has reached over 147,000 people through its grants to music education programs. These grant recipients, which give more people the opportunity to make music, include school music classrooms, community based organizations and music therapy programs. To donate funds to keep music education programs alive and available, please click here.
Hungry For Music
Since 1994, Hungry for Music has provided musical instruments from coast to coast to individual children who can’t afford them as well as to underfunded schools, community programs, social service agencies, and orphanages. In 2011, they donated over 500 new and gently used instruments to children with a hunger to play. Their mission, says Executive Director Jeff Campbell, is to “embrace the positive qualities of music: its ability to create community, to express a talent, and to heal.” To donate an instrument, volunteer, or supply funds for this work, please click here
Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation
After spending over two decades volunteering and donating to various music advocacy programs, Joe Bonamassa founded his own foundation called Keeping The Blues Alive 501(c)(3) as a direct way to fund music scholarships (such as the Joe Bonamassa Blues Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute), music education programs, and to promote the heritage of Blues to the next generation. All donations to the non-profit are allocated to grade school programs all over the country – repairing music instruments and equipping music classrooms with necessary learning tools – truly giving the gift of music to children in a direct and meaningful way! To learn more about Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation and to find out how you can support music programs everywhere, please click here.
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools and communities by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving youngsters the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music. To donate funds to provide instruments to children in need, please click here.
The Music For Dreams Foundation
The “Music for Dreams Foundation” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that donates instruments to low income schools and children throughout the state of Florida. The organization also works together with music instructors who are willing to donate their time to provide these children with musical instruction. We are currently in the process of expanding across the US and are also partnered with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation as well as government officials who assist in holding instrument drives in each county throughout the state. For more information, please click here.
Musical Cares – “changing the world one note at a time” – is a non-profit organization created by teenage musicians in High School. They were fortunate enough to have a good music program and wanted to give the gift of music to all children who want to learn. These teens find schools that have a music teacher, but cannot afford instruments for the kids to play. Musical Cares raises money to buy new and used instruments for schools, based on the schools wish list and donates the instruments so these schools so they will have enough instruments for the children to be able to learn. To learn more or donate, please click here.
With the goal of inspiring a deep love and knowledge of great music, Musicopia’s programs promote the transformative powers of music, the value of musical discipline, and an appreciation of cultural diversity. Musicopia envisions a community where all students have full access to comprehensive music education and are given the opportunity to learn any instrument of their choosing, and where music is fully embraced as a key component of every student’s curriculum. To donate instruments, please click here.
Music & Memory
Music & Memory improves the quality of life of nursing home residents by re-connecting them with their favorite music. This iPod-based personalized music offers therapeutic benefits regardless of one’s cognitive or physical status. To donate an iPod, iTunes card, or funds towards one, please click here.
Music Empowers Foundation
Music Empowers Foundation is a private foundation for the purpose of providing funding to non-profit organizations that offer engaging and innovative music instruction to children in communities where music education either does not exist or is underdeveloped. Music Powers Foundation is founded on the knowledge that music ignites children’s creativity, fosters a sense of accomplishment and empowers them to achieve and succeed in all aspect of their lives. To donate funds to keep music education programs alive, please click here.
Notes4Cancer is a non profit organization who’s mission is to assist children who are battling cancer and their families, with financial aid as well as emotional support through music and musical events. Notes4Cancer has found that music doesn’t only make us happy, it is healing. Many children who are battling cancer turn to music to help them through this horrible time in their lives, whether they are musicians who write and play their own music or children who “lose themselves” in others music. We offer children who are battling cancer a chance to learn an instrument with free music lessons and an instrument to use while they are in treatment. For more information, click here.
Ryan’s Song Inc.
Ryan’s Song is a Florida non-profit that was formed in 2007 with 2 goals in mind: (1) To help distribute musical instruments to children who cannot afford to purchase their own instruments and (2) To provide scholarships towards children’s music programs. To donate funds to aid Ryan’s Song, please click here.
Studio 09 Online
Studio 09 Online is looking to share the gift of music with those who share the gift of freedom. We are offering six months of free lessons in Guitar, Voice and/or Piano to qualifying dependents of deployed Military Reserves and Wounded Warriors of any branch. Click here to give the gift that keeps on giving!
Tripolar a 501c3 non-profit music foundation that helps youth musicians whose services include providing instruments, gear or instruction to those disadvantaged youth who need it. They connect youth musicians with a desire and talent for live performance with adult mentors in music, recording, production, photography, videography, promotion and more and help them develop press kits, learn how to promote and negotiate bookings and navigate the live music scene of Maine. Tripolar’s work creates strong relationships and employment opportunities for adult musicians too, which only strengthens the music community. Click here to learn more about the foundation and donate.
VH1 Save the Music Foundation
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Since its inception in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has provided $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.8 million children. To donate funds to provide instruments to public schools, please click here.
Youth Music Education Foundation
The Youth Music Education Foundation (YMEF) is a registered non-profit organization in the state of Minnesota that works to provide funding to music education for youth on a financial need basis. They are dedicated to “Helping youth in need attain an education.” To donate funds towards a musical education, please click here.