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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:
 
We have several ways for you to donate your instrument:
 
  1. Drop it off: Join us on October 24, 2018 from 6-8 pm at the Eiffel Society for a "Pay It Forward Happy Hour" event presented by Trepwise, in partnership with the Eiffel Society. All proceeds will benefit Music for Life, and we will be setting up a drop off station for instruments at this event.
  2. Pick up: Depending on your location, we can usualy have a volunteer pick up your instrument.
  3. 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:

Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass
Trumpet
Trombone
 

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.

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