In the spring of 2016, WQXR launched its second Instrument Drive to collect and distribute gently used musical instruments for New York City and Newark's under-resourced music and arts programs. This year, more than 2,000 instruments were collected. The donations ranged from staples of orchestra and band programs, to nearly 100 accordions and everything in between: a harp, a sitar, an erhu ... you name it!

 

 

 Still Want to Donate?

If you missed the window to drop off instruments, not to worry. Pledge your instrument online here and drop it off with our partners at Sam Ash Music Stores anytime. Don't have an instrument to donate but want to help? Sam Ash can recommend student instruments that you can buy to donate. Click here for a list of drop-off locations

Apply for Instruments:

Are you a community music program in the NYC area looking to receive instruments from the WQXR Instrument Drive? Download the application below and return it to the WQXR Instrument Drive via email at instrumentdrive@wqxr.org.

Download: Community Music Program Application

If you have any questions about the Instrument Drive, contact us at instrumentdrive@wqxr.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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