On November 2, 2017, the D’Addario Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 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, New York. The D’Addario Foundation’s primary mission is to bring quality music instruction programs to underserved areas.
The D’Addario Foundation collected 97 instruments, from sources including a gentleman in Italy who purchased an electric bass from a local Sam Ash to donate; a teacher from Riverhead, New York, who drove nearly 50 miles to hand over the electric guitars that his students built; and a professional musician who donated the very first instrument he had played as a child.
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. It supports 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,” says Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, 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.
For more information, go to www.daddariofoundation.org.