Ear Candy Charity Expanding Instrument Match Service to Entire State of Arizona
Do you have a gently used musical instrument hidden behind a pile of boxes in your closet or garage?
Is your school in need of instruments to be used in music classrooms?
Ear Candy, a nonprofit organization serving the state of Arizona and “dedicated to providing youth access to music education,” created a system to match lonely instruments with eager music students.
Ear Candy’s online instrument drive program is a web based platform that gives old instruments new life by connecting music teachers and their students with the millions of perfectly good instruments collecting dust around the country.
Here’s how it works (according to Ear Candy):
Connecting Music Teachers & the Community
- Music teachers post an instrument request along with pictures and a description of their program’s need.
- Instrument donors browse requests and pledge instruments to help music programs in schools.
Shipping & Repair
- If a pledged instrument is ready to play, it can be dropped off OR shipped directly to the school.
- If an instrument requires repair, it can be dropped off OR shipped to a repair facility.
- Financial donors from the community help to cover repair and shipping costs to get that instrument to the school music program.
- Instruments are picked up from the repair facility by the teacher or dropped off directly to the school program.
- Old instruments receive new life. Kids get access to music education.
Want to get involved? Request an instrument or donate an instrument at the Ear Candy website.