Hungry for Music is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that supports music education & cultural enrichment by acquiring & distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children with willing instructors and a hunger to play.
At Hungry for Music, our most important service is putting musical instruments into hungry hands. We serve children who demonstrate a desire to learn music, as well as teachers who have students willing to learn. Music has the ability to heal; it soothes tension and can transform sadness and aggression into hope and creativity. Music is the prayer through which the world heals itself.
We believe that by sharing instruments and musical experiences, children who would not normally have the opportunity can experience a kind of freedom and self-discovery that is often stifled in an atmosphere of economic hardship. All of our events, benefits, instrument drives, & CD production are aimed at uplifting those lives and enriching culture at-large by supporting the availability of music education.
We invite you to watch the transforming power of the gift of a musical instrument. That is what we do - invite people and organizations to donate musical instruments to our tax-exempt organization - and we match the donated instruments with the countless requests we receive. Requests from children, from parents, from teachers, from schools - from all over the world. See the miracle of music in action transforming young hungry souls into musicians.
"Hungry for Music really has its heart in the right place. As somebody that was very fortunate to have been given the gift of music at an early age, I truly know how life-changing a musical instrument can be for a young person..."
Junior Appalachian Musicians began with one program in one school & has grown to 22 programs in three states that serve more than 900 kids. A few times each year, the Hungry for Music van rolls into Galax, Va. with instruments to donate to JAM.
One of our Hungry for Music ambassadors, Bill Kirchen was reviewed by The Rolling Stone: "...impeccable and near-legendary guitarist Bill Kirchen ... A musical treasure [and] very much a pioneer. Bill Kirchen is one of our best..."
"...the more we can feed our soul's music, the closer we come to the realization that we are one human family on earth needing and wanting most of the very same things. I am extremely honored to be an ambassador for Hungry for Music!"