COLUMBUS, Ohio – The mission of the Columbus Music Commission is to ensure that students in central Ohio have access to musical instruments.
The commission’s efforts to ensure students have instruments continue this weekend with the third annual Gift of Music campaign, Saturday and Sunday.
Officials want community members to donate new or slightly used musical instruments and equipment to help meet growing needs that have increased in part due to COVID-19.
“Gift of Music, now in its third year, is one of the Music Commission’s most vital initiatives,” said Chief Executive Officer Bruce Garfield. “Learning to play a musical instrument is a key catalyst for the development of our children’s self-esteem, socialization skills, good citizenship, discipline and mental health. With school budget cuts and the financial hardships many families have faced as a result of COVID-19, accessing musical instruments and music education can be a challenge, and we are committed to ensuring to meet the needs of young people in our community. “
Instruments and equipment of all types will be accepted – brass, strings, amplifiers, electric keyboards, guitars, drums and accessories.
In partnership with the Columbus City Schools, donated instruments will be provided to students to ensure access to music education and development, said Audrey Adair, spokesperson for the organization.
The Gift of Music campaign has donated more than 1,100 musical instruments worth $ 125,000 to students at Columbus City Schools since 2019, Adair said.
She said those who don’t have a musical instrument can donate money by visiting the Gift of Music GoFundMe page.
Donations of musical instruments can be made by visiting one of 10 curbside drop-off points in central Ohio, she said.
The specific dates, times and address for each location are available on the Gift of Music website at www.giftofmusic.info.
The Columbus Music Commission was founded in 2017 by Donatos CEO Tom Krouse and a group of musicians, songwriters, music professionals, educators, business leaders and civic leaders.
For more information on the organization, visit www.musiccolumbus.com.