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.

NPR Interview

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.

Download Our 20-Year Retrospective

In 2019, we celebrated our 25th year of 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!

Magic Music Bus Tour 2020

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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.

Good News!

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

Hungry for Music - Kids 2019
The Hungry for Music outreach continues to increase. We distributed a record 1,244 music instruments last year, supporting scores of school and after-school music programs.
With a 25-year history of organically growing with little institutional support, we are now receiving much-needed assistance. Peachtree House Foundation’s support has helped us double our outreach.
service project
Children and teenagers continue to be our biggest supporters. Through community service projects all over the country, dedicated youth collect more than half of the instruments we distribute.
hungry for music office
We opened up a new office and distribution center in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, about 90 minutes from the Washington, DC Metro area.

Looking Back on 2018

The Magic Harp
Hungry for Music was able to facilitate the donation of a $20,000 Lyon & Healy harp to the Young Musician’s Foundation in Los Angeles from a donor in New York City. Read the complete magical story here.
Daddario Foundation
In partnership with D’Addario Foundation, we held successful instrument drives in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Music instruments were donated to school and after-school music programs in those cities.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
For the third consecutive year, Hungry for Music held a week-long music instrument drive at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that culminated with a Saturday concert featuring performances by Hungry for Music supported programs.
Reverb Gives
Reverb awarded Hungry for Music with 2,500 Reverb Bucks, allowing us to purchase music instruments and gear to fill requests that are not immediately in our inventory.

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

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