Building on the success of the 2014 Instrument Drive, WQXR is launching its second drive from April 8-17, 2016, with the goal of collecting 6,000 instruments.

Nothing compares to the magic of playing your first note of music ... except giving that experience to someone else. WQXR is leading a drive to collect instruments for public school students in New York City and Newark, N.J., who otherwise couldn't participate in music programs. Playing an instrument boosts grades, self-esteem and graduation rates.

All donors should fill out the online donation form.

Visit for a full list of drop-off locations and spread the word using #GiveMusicNYC.

Instrument Drive Events:

• Have a Brew with WQXR at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, 285 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
Saturday, April 16 from 1 pm-7 pm
Join our drop off celebration at the Rosamunde Sausage Grill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On draught at the event and all week will be WBrewXR, a special release from Yonkers Brewing Co., brewed in honor of the WQXR Instrument Drive.

• Brooklyn Flea, DUMBO, Brooklyn
Sunday, April 17 from 10 am-5 pm
Bring an instrument to Brooklyn Flea’s new location under the Manhattan Bridge Archway.

• Closing event at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., Manhattan
Sunday, April 17
The Instrument Drive culminates at Carnegie Hall, where audience members for DCINY’s presentation of Martin Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango) will be invited to donate instruments. Open to ticket buyers only.

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