Let us find a new home for your old instrument!
Donating an instrument is easy!
Your used instrument can make a big difference in the lives of youth in the community. Your donation is tax-deductible and we will provide a receipt.
We accept donations of new and gently-used instruments in playable and good cosmetic condition, which will be used in the LPO Music for Life program.
Your donated instrument makes orchestral music instruction available at no cost to a wide range of students in the community.
How does it work?
Fill out the short form below to start the process:
- Drop it off: Please call 504-523-6530, Option 2 to arrange to drop off your instrument. All proceeds will benefit Music for Life.
- Pick up: Depending on your location, we can usualy have a volunteer pick up your instrument.
- By Mail: You may also mail your well-packaged instrument with your completed instrument donation form to:
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
2533 Columbus St., Ste 202
New Orleans, LA 70119
What instruments do you accept?
We are currently seeking the following:
Don't have an instrument, but still want to help?
What is Music for Life?Music for Life provides music education for youth at five sites in Tremé, Mid-City, Central City, Seventh Ward, and New Orleans East. Music for Life provides mentoring from orchestra musicians, developing life skills, musicianship, and relationships with positive role models for an underserved segment of the New Orleans population. Musician mentors meet twice weekly with youth after school with monthly sessions to bring all the sites together; during the summer, mentors meet daily with youth for 4 weeks. All instruments and program costs are free to all participating students. Music for Life is now in the sixth year of offering instrumental music education programs to low-income and underserved students.
Beyond the joys of music itself, music education is proven by study after study to help boost academic achievement (especially in math), creativity, and concentration skills among students. Participation in bands and orchestras fosters additional skills such as collaboration, adaptability, risk-taking, and emotional self-regulation.