November 13, 2017, Farmingale, NY
On November 2nd 2017, the D’Addario Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose primary mission is to bring quality music instruction programs to underserved areas partnered with Hungry for Music, Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony, Instruments in the Cloud, and Lyft to host an instrument collection drive at the D’Addario & Company headquarters in Farmingdale, Long Island.
The instrument collection event was a great success, with donations received from far and wide. Between a gentleman in Italy who purchased an electric bass from a local Sam Ash to donate, to a teacher from Riverhead, NY who drove nearly 50 miles to hand over the electric guitars that his students built, to a professional musician who donated the very first instrument he played as a child, the D’Addario Foundation collected a grand total of 97 instruments! In addition, ambassadors from Lyft were on-hand to engage participants – for every new rider who signs up and uses the Lyft app entering code “IMACHAMPION”, Lyft will dedicate $5 of the ride to the D’Addario Foundation.
On a biannual basis, the D’Addario Foundation screens and vets hundreds of not-for-profit and school music programs applying for monetary and product support. They believe strongly in supporting grassroots community efforts in areas of great need where immersive music education becomes a powerful tool for positive social change. Many of the music programs supported by the Foundation have proven positive academic and social outcomes for students participating, especially those most at-risk and in need of a safe and nurturing community to express themselves.
“Many of the programs that apply for support from the D’Addario Foundation have instrument needs. Lack of instruments equates to more children on waiting lists hoping for spots in these vital programs. So donating an instrument is a very direct way to make an instant impact,” Suzanne D’Addario Brouder says, Executive Director of the D’Addario Foundation. “We hope this was the first instrument collection event of many.”
D’Addario Foundation’s partner, Hungry for Music, is currently working on preparing the collected instruments, and together they will choose where they will be distributed. Already, an electric bass was handed off to an amazing young musician in the Hudson Valley. The goal is to have all instruments distributed to programs and students in need by the holidays.
About the D’Addario Foundation: The D’Addario Foundation bridges the gap in our education system and bring access to quality music education programs. Believing that music is part of well-rounded education, D’Addario invests in programs that plant themselves firmly into local communities and operate with the goal of having a long-term impact. Foundation-supported programs have a strong mentoring component that builds leadership skills. The D’Addario Foundation has dedicated millions of dollars over the last 30 years, making it possible for countless numbers of children to have a meaningful and long-lasting music education. For more information go to DAddarioFoundation.org.
About Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony:
Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation advocates for the moral imperative of music education for young people, regardless of socioeconomic status, geographic location, or ability by forging meaningful partnerships among music programs, corporations, individuals, and other music education non-profits.
About Hungry for Music:
Hungry For Music (HFM) is a grassroots volunteer-driven charity organization with a nationwide and international outreach. HFM collects and repairs used music instruments, purchases new ones, to distribute to school and after-school programs. Since 1994, they have distributed instruments to 48 states and 25 countries.
About Instruments in the Cloud:
Launched in 2015 by music education nonprofit Vega Productions, Instruments in the Cloud is an online giving platform that connects musical instrument donors directly with music classrooms in need. For teachers, Instruments in the Cloud is a quick way to communicate classroom needs, grow music programs, and increase access to music in schools. To learn more, visit InstrumentsintheCloud.org.