On December 1, 2017, the D’Addario Foundation partnered with Hungry For Music, Todd Rundgren’s Spirit Of Harmony, Instruments In The Cloud, and the Chicago Federation Of Musicians to to hold an instrument collection event at the Ace Hotel Chicago. The foundation reports that these organizations collected 65 instruments.
Among the donors were representatives from local music retailers and music schools, and even a young boy who generously donated the instruments he collected on his own for a community service project. The band Fernando Jones & Friends performed, and at the close of the event, volunteers loaded instruments onto Hungry For Music’s RV where, once refurbished, they will be on their way to students in need.
On a biannual basis, the D’Addario Foundation vets hundreds of not-for-profit and school music programs applying for monetary and product support. The Foundation says it believes strongly in supporting grassroots community efforts in areas of great need where immersive music education becomes a powerful tool for positive social change. 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,” says Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Executive Director of the D’Addario Foundation. “We hope to replicate these instrument drives in cities across the US with amazing community partners like the Ace Hotel.”
For those who have a musical instrument to donate but were unable to attend the December 1 event, the D’Addario Foundation encourages using Instruments In The Cloud, an online giving platform designed to connect instrument donors directly with classrooms in need. Music educators in the Chicago area have begun using this free resource to quickly communicate their music program needs.