Coming Soon: Details on the 2016 WQXR Instrument Drive

In March 2014, WQXR hosted an Instrument Drive. Generous music lovers donated their gently used musical instruments at drop off locations in New York City, Northern New Jersey, Westchester and Long Island.

The Drive collected more than 3,000 instruments, which were repaired and distributed to more than 100 public schools throughout New York City. Working with Sam Ash Music Stores, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, and the New York City Department of Education, WQXR repaired the instruments and distributed them to nearly 100 public schools throughout the five boroughs.  

Building on the success of the 2014 Instrument Drive, WQXR plans to launch another drive in 2016, with the goal of collecting 6,000 instruments; the station is currently raising funds to repair, provide cases and care kits. Once again, the instruments will be distributed to deserving music programs in New York City schools.

Kevin Bacon and his nonprofit group,, have teamed up with WQXR to help raise the funds that will be required to refurbish instruments that will be collected in the 2016 Instrument Drive: Please consider making a donation to help repair an instrument, and spread the word on Twitter and Instagram using #GiveMusicNYC.


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