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 25 years, we’ve delivered more than 14,000 instruments to children in 49 states and 30 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 14,000 children in the past 25 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 more than 1,200 music instruments to school and after-school music programs in 2019. Through March 2020, we have distributed over 300, mostly to after-school programs.
Magic Music Bus Tour 2020
Big Bertha will be back on the road in 2020, beginning when we make it through this pandemic shutdown. Stay tuned.
To help with our 2020 Magic Music Bus 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!
2019 in Review
Looking Back on 2018
Our Outreach is Growing & We Need Your Support. How Can You Help?