Getting Rid of … Musical Instruments

This is another post in our occasional series called “Getting Rid of…” but somehow “getting rid of” and “musical instruments” seem like an incongruous pairing.

We get rid of stuff we don’t want and yet most of us have such heartfelt feelings about musical instruments. They remind us of the joy of playing them ourselves or listening to others play for us.

The most important downsizing tenet – keep the memories, toss the item – comes into play here. If we remember the joy, we can pass the musical instruments on to someone who will welcome them.

You can begin your quest to donate by contacting music teachers in your local school, private music teachers, a local symphony orchestra, or area arts camp to ask if someone knows of a deserving student.

For a tax deduction, organizations that accept musical instruments can provide a letter with the instrument’s value.

Here are some charities that refurbish musical instruments and donate or loan them to students.

 Charity Music

http://charitymusic.org/

 Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

http://www.mhopus.org/Get-Involved/Donate-an-Instrument

Collectibles with Causes

http://www.collectibleswithcauses.org/musical-instrument-donations.html

And some charities even accept pianos!

Instruments of Change

http://www.instrumentsofchange.com/help/instruments/

Keys 4/4 Kids

http://keys44kids.com/

88 Keys Foundation

http://www.my88keys.org/

So keep the joy in your heart and share it at the same time. Donate a musical instrument that you are no longer using and see that it gets into the hands of a deserving student.

≈Linda Hetzer is an editor and author of books on home design, crafts, and foodand coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home

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4 Responses

  1. What precisely truly inspired u to compose “Getting Rid of … Musical Instruments downsizing the home”?
    I actuallydefinitely enjoyed reading the post! Thank you ,
    Joshua

  2. Collectibles With Causes is an excellent program to donate your instruments to. It is a funding project created by the Giving Center. Giving Center is an IRS verified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, if you’d like to learn more visit one of our websites!
    Giving Center: http://www.givingcenter.org/
    Collectibles With Causes: http://www.collectibleswithcauses.org/

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