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 |

  • Sat

    4:00 pmThe Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX

    Breakaway Music Festival - Dallas
    Saturday, April 7th @ 4pm
    The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX





  • Sat

    12:00 - 5:00Fort Hunt Park, Alexandria, Virginia 22308

    It’s Crawfish Time!
    The 23rd Hungry for Crawfish will be held on May 12!   Tickets on sale now.
    Follow this link for more information!
    What? 2018 Hungry For Crawfish , 23rd Annual Crawfish and Music Fundraiser benefiting Hungry for Music.
    Purchase tickets HERE.
    When? Saturday, May 12, 2018 - Noon til 5 pm. Rain or Shine.
    Where? Ft. Hunt Park, Alexandria, VA
    Bands: The Crawdaddies and Scott Ramminger
    How Much?  $50.00 - All you can eat crawfish, potatoes, corn, and bread. Beer and soda served.
    Tickets are advanced sale only by May 6th or until Sold out.
    Children under 14 Free.





  • Sat

    12:00 - 4:00Cleveland, Ohio

    The 3rd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Instrument Drive and Showcase Concert will be held on Saturday, June 2.   Several programs that HFM supports in Cleveland and other U.S. cities will perform. Stay tuned for more information.    The event is listed HERE.
    Please help the Hendrix Music Academy in Renton, WA with travel expenses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and give the kids an experience of a lifetime by going to their Go Fund Me page HERE.




  • 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.