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
    25
    Mar
    2017
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Instrument Drive  - part of the Porch Sale at Treasures from the Point and Family Pyrate Day in Old Algiers Point, in partnership with Confetti Kids.
    Facebook Event Page

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017
    7:00 pmGlen Head, NY

    Hungry for Music instrument drop-off

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmGlen Head, NY

    Hungry for Music instrument drop-off

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmGlen Head, NY

    Hungry for Music instrument drop-off

  • Wed
    10
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmSea Cliff, NY

    Hungry for Music instrument drop-off

  • Thu
    11
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmGlen Head, NY

    Hungry for Music instrument drop-off

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017
    12:00 pm-5:00 pmAlexandria, VA

    22nd Annual Hungry for Crawfish Boil
    Fort Hunt Park
    8999 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, Virginia
    Tickets $44  Buy Now

  • Wed
    17
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmGlenwood Landing, NY

    Hungry for Music instrument drop-off

  • Tue
    23
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmGlen Head, NY

    Hungry for Music instrument drop-off

  • Tue
    30
    May
    2017
    Sun
    04
    Jun
    2017
    Cleveland, OH

    Instrument Drive and Concert
    More info coming soon.
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Website

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017
    7 PM to 11 PM2911 Main St, Dallas Tx, 75226

  • Thu
    27
    Jul
    2017
    7:30 pmSmithtown Library Main Branch Route 25 and Route 111 Smithtown NY 11787

    Concert and Instrument Collection
    “Just Sixties”--The USA’s longest running Sixties tribute
    Smithtown Library Main Branch Great Lawn
    Route 25 and Route 111
    Smithtown, NY 11787
    Website

  • Thu
    27
    Jul
    2017
    7 PM to 10 PM EDTTim Faulkner Gallery 1512 Portland Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40203

    Hungry for Music has contributed to Louisville’s musical programs through donations of drums and other percussion to The Louisville Leopard Percussionists, River City Drum Corps and others. Big Bertha, the Magic Music Bus, will complete its U.S. tour in the city with a Staple Singers tribute concert and instrument drive on Thursday, July 27, at Tim Faulkner Gallery in downtown Louisville. The show also will benefit RiverCity DrumCorp, which is performing that night, and Louisville Public Media’s Instrumental Partners program, through an instrument drive to be held at the concert. We'll support the local Blues for Kids program.
    A donation of $10 is suggested as admission to the concert, which will include performers such as Sheryl Rouse, a gospel group, Blues and Greys, Karter Louis, Bryce Gill and Daniel Jackson (of The Tunesmiths) and other musician friends (check back for more lineup details).

    "When a child plays an instrument it gives them a healthy challenge, builds a sense of community and opens new possibilities of self-expression," said Sara Soltau, Louisville Public Media's education programs manager. "We're proud to be the organization that connects the generosity of our community with the music of our schools."

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017
    Sun
    27
    Aug
    2017
    3 Day EventThe Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY

    Summer Hoot
    Aug 25-27
    A 3-day music festival at The Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY (20 min from Woodstock.)
    http://hoot.love/

  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmSheboygan, WI - Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts

    In conjunction with his performance on December 13 at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, Todd Rundgren’s music education advocacy program, The Spirit of Harmony Foundation (SOHF), is partnering with Cascio Music, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Sheboygan, the Weill Center, and Hungry For Music (HFM) to collect new and used musical instruments for children in need.

    Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmPontiac, MI - Flagstar Strand Theatre

    George Winston Concert
    Pontiac, MI
    Saturday, December 16th, 2017
    7:30 pm
    Flagstar Strand Theatre
    12 N Saginaw St, Pontiac, MI 48342

     Please join us in support of your local food bank by bringing a donation of non-perishable food to the concert.

    Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • Mon
    18
    Dec
    2017
    8 pm - MidnightAustin, TX - One 2 One Bar

    Christmas Miracles Record Release and Party Jam
    December 18
    8pm- Midnight
    One 2 One, Austin, TX
    Price: $10

    Christmas Miracles CD Release Party Hosted by Sarah Fox & Joel Guzman featuring Jake Andrews, David Grissom, Malford Milligan & many more!

    Click HERE for more information about the event and to PURCHASE TICKETS
    Click HERE for more information and to PURCHASE THE CD