At Hungry for Music, our mission is putting quality 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.
In 27 years, we’ve delivered more than 16,000 instruments to children in all 50 states and 32 countries.
We believe that by sharing instruments and musical experiences, children who would not otherwise have the opportunity can experience a kind of freedom and self-discovery that is often stifled in an atmosphere of economic hardship.
What We Do
We invite you to watch the video and see the transformative power of the gift of a musical instrument. We ask people and organizations to donate musical instruments to our tax-exempt organization and then we match the donated instruments with the countless requests we receive. See the miracle of music in action, transforming young hungry souls into inspired musicians.
Who We Do It For
- We support parents who cannot afford the cost of renting or purchasing an instrument.
- We support music teachers and program directors who have students unable to participate because of the cost.
- We support established, innovative community music programs that need support.
- We have served more than 16,000 children in the past 27 years.
Check out a recent NPR interview with Hungry for Music Executive Director Jeff Campbell. It was aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, hosted by Noel King, on October 19, 2020. The brief interview also featured the director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) and several band members.
Hungry for Music donated over 1,000 music instruments in 2000, allowing many children to have an instrument while they were stuck at home during the pandemic.
We also collected an unprecedented amount of instrument donations, as many donors used their idle time at home to clean out their basements, attics, garages, and storage units. Through June of 2021, we have distributed over 600 music instruments to programs in 25 states.
Magic Music Bus Tour 2022
We have tentative plans to kick off the Magic Music Bus Tour II in Summer 2022. Stay tuned!
To help with the tour, we’re seeking volunteers across the country to act as local/regional coordinators. If you have time to give and a desire to serve, please visit our Volunteer page.
If you would like to get a more in-depth insight into our mission,
please check out our newsletter archive and see what we’ve been doing!
Like everyone, our plans were completely upended in 2020 due to the pandemic. But despite the change in plans, it was a year of opportunities, synchronicity, and growth.