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Are there old musical instruments sitting in your basement or attic? Consider donating them to help Colorado students in underfunded music programs.
Now through March 15, the nonprofit Bringing Music to Life is accepting instrument donations to repair and re-home to deserving music school programs across the state for the next school year.
In its 10th year of the instrument drive, the organization estimates impacting around 15,000 students, according to a news release. More than 5,000 instruments have been donated throughout the program’s lifetime, with a total value of more than $2 million.
“Study after study shows the positive impact that learning music has on children,” Bringing Music to Life executive director Steve Blatt said in the release.
“Their listening skills improve, as well as creative thinking, self-discipline and self-esteem. Students learn the value of persevering and how to work with others toward a common goal. We’re excited about reaching even more children, schools and communities this year.”
Band and orchestra instruments in good condition, including string, brass, woodwinds, percussion, guitars and electronic keyboards are needed. Upright and grand pianos as well as organs cannot be accepted.
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Don’t have an instrument to donate? The nonprofit also accepts donations toward its repair fund. An estimated $155 in repairs is needed for every donated instrument, according to the group.
Where can I donate?
- Fort Collins: Boomer Music Company, 3761 S. Mason St.
- Loveland: Loveland Academy of Music, 1355 Cleveland Ave.
- Greeley: The Music Depot, 2318 West 17th St.
Brooklyn Dance covers breaking news and K-12 education. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @hibrookIyn.
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