We're On a Musical Mission

We're On a Musical Mission

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 24 years, we've delivered 11,000 instruments to children in 49 states and 25 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. That is what we do -- 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 11,000 children in the past 23 years.


Good News

If you would like to get a more in depth insight into our outreach,
please check out our newsletter archive and see what we’ve been doing!

In 2017 our outreach continued to grow!

We hit a milestone of over 1,000 instruments donated in 2017 in over 40 states and five countries. We reached this milestone because of new partnerships, increase in service project instrument drives, and receiving unexpected foundation grants. Look forward to increasing our outreach again in 2018!
Daddario Foundation
We received two unsolicited grants (Peachtree House Foundation & D’Addario Foundation) that supported the increase in our outreach. The D’Addario Foundation will also provide supplies such as strings, drum heads to our repair folks and luthiers. We are very grateful for this support.
Instrument drives organized by kids performing a bar/bat mitzvah, Eagle Scout, high school, consist of more than half of the instruments donated that we are able to distribute to after school programs and individual kids in school band programs who don’t have the means to rent or purchase an instrument. Jackson Ledbetter from Northern Virginia shattered the instrument drive record with close to 300 instruments collected for his Eagle Scout project!
We continued our partnership with Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation. His fans across the USA helped collect close to 350 instruments in numerous locations during the Magic Music Bus Tour. We teamed up with D’Addario Foundation for instrument drives in Long Island and Chicago that brought in almost 200 instruments, and had a successful drive at a Todd Rundgren concert in Sheboygan, WI.

Big Bertha's Back on the Road in 2017

20 Year Retrospective

In 2019, we will be celebrating our 25th year providing
the gift of music to underserved children with a hunger to play.

We can’t wait to share the 25-year retrospective with you!

Our Outreach is Growing & We Need Your Support.
How Can You Help?

A milestone 1,080 instruments delivered in 2017.

| Upcoming Events |

  • Fri
    Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY

    Summer Hoot
    Aug 24-26, 2018

    A 3-day music festival at The Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY (20 min from Woodstock.) A down-home, multi-generational celebration of live roots music, local food & crafts, and the joyful spirit of this amazing community where the Catskills meet the Hudson River Valley.  Click HERE for more information.






  • Fri
    South Bend, Indiana & Chicago, Illinois

    A Weekend of Harmony for Music Education
    September 7-9, 2018

    Click HERE for more information

    The purposes of the weekend are to enjoy great music and fellowship, to increase awareness about music education advocacy, to raise funds for the Spirit of Harmony Foundation at our House of Blues Benefit Concert, and to collect new and used musical instruments for distribution to children in need.

    Todd Rundgren’s Play Like A Champion Concert: Students Play the ’80s
    University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, September 7, 8-10 p.m.

    • DeBartolo Performing Arts Center concert by Todd Rundgren, backed by his full band and with appearances by Notre Dame student musicians.
    • Optional roundtrip transportation from Chicago via chartered bus.

    Reserved Seating: $50 per person
    To purchase tickets: Notre Dame Concert ticket sales go live at 12 noon Eastern Time on August 6, 2018. 

    Event Link: https://dpactickets.nd.edu/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10949
    When ticket sales go live, please use Promo Code: HARMONY 
    This promo code gives Spirit of Harmony supporters a two-week headstart to purchase their tickets in the first four rows of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

    Click HERE for Chartered Bus information


    93XRT Presents Todd Rundgren and the Chicago Sinfonietta – A Night of Harmony II
    Spirit of Harmony Benefit Concert
    Chicago House of Blues, September 8, 8-10 p.m.

    • Todd Rundgren and the Chicago Sinfonietta will perform a benefit concert for Todd’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation at the Chicago House of Blues.
    • Orchestral arrangements of music spanning Todd’s 50-year career will include hits, rarities, fan favorites, and some surprises. Rich Daniels of City Lights Orchestrawill be Conducting.
    • In addition to the Sinfonietta, Todd will be performing with his touring band, featuring Jesse Gress (Tony Levin Band, Mahavishnu Project), Kasim Sulton (Utopia, Meatloaf, Joan Jett, Blue Oyster Cult), Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Jefferson Starship), and Greg Hawkes (The Cars).
    • Visit resource tables for local youth music programs (in the HOB lobby).
    • This concert is made possible through the generous support of Live Nation, Alchemedia Productions, Rich Daniels, and the Chicago Federation of Musicians.

    General Admission: $85 per person
    Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. (Chicago time) on Monday, July 23. No pre-sale. No pre-sale codes.
    To purchase tickets


    Performance of the INTOXICATS, Tiki/Rock Dance Party and Instrument Drive
    Martyr’s, 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, September 9, 5-8 p.m. (Intoxicats onstage 6-8 p.m.)

    • First-ever public performance of the INTOXICATS.: Originating from Kauai, Hawaii, Intoxicats were born of a rum haze one steamy summer night at Tiki Iniki. Picture Gilligan’s Island with access to MTV, Get Smart, Hawaii 5-0 and I Dream Of Jeannie re-runs, coupled with an unlimited bar tab… You get the picture. 
    • Wild Hawaiian, Vacation, or Vintage wear encouraged!
    • Opening act: Young musicians (beginning at approximately 5 p.m.).
    • Martyr’s is a legendary venue for up-and-coming, cutting edge talent, on the north side of Chicago.
    • Cash bar and pub-style menu.

    General Admission: $20 per person 
    To purchase tickets: MARTYR’s


    Chicagoland Instrument Drive with Hungry For Music and D’Addario Foundation
    Outside Martyr’s, 3-6 p.m.

    Bring your instrument donations to the Hungry For Music RV, “Big Bertha” parked directly in front of Martyr’s at 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago from 3-6 p.m.

    Hungry For Music collects, refurbishes, and redistributes musical instruments to children in need. Help put a musical instrument into a child’s hands. As Todd Rundgren says, “….make sure new hands are learning to play music, new ears are learning to appreciate it, and new hearts are learning to love it.”

    We will accept musical instrument donations in any condition, but we DO NOT accept upright pianos or organs. We prefer instruments in playable condition but all donated instruments are welcome. In order to get an official tax deduction, donors MUST affix their name and contact information to the instrument. If you have instruments to donate at this Chicago Instrument Drive, but cannot deliver the instruments to Big Bertha on September 9, please contact us to work out alternative arrangements.


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