Hungry for Music Notes
End of Summer 2018
Newsletter #1
Music-filled Summer!

Where did the summer go?  It’s hard to believe that fall is already here.  It will take two newsletters to catch you up with all the Hungry for Music news since our last report in early July. 


With Big Bertha on the mend, myself and Hungry for Music graphic artist, Sam Tyler, made an epic trip across the country to pick up and deliver music instruments from late July to early August.  The D’Addario Foundation/Ace Hotel Music/Hungry for Music Instrument Drive in Los Angeles on July 29 was the impetus behind the journey.


Kudos to Sam, who managed to drive all but about 100 miles of the over 10,000 miles we traveled collecting and distributing music instruments in 16 states from Virginia to California.  We started out with a cargo van loaded with instruments, which was empty by the time we reached Los Angeles.   We reloaded, and ultimately delivered instruments to over a dozen programs throughout the U.S.  Many were suggested by the D’Addario Foundation. 


I am grateful for all the old and new friends who supported us on our musical journey.   Kay Coyte in Louisville, who helped arrange distribution of the instruments we delivered there and gave us a comfortable place to sleep on the way there and back.  Susan Graham for hosting us for a couple of days in Los Angeles.  Lynn Mahar for welcoming us to New Madrid, NM and setting up a radio interview to promote Hungry for Music’s mission.  Danielle and Suzanne with D’Addario Foundation for all the support at the Instrument Drive.  Their and others support made the trip flow smoothly.


One of the most magical days of the trip was the day we witnessed two wonders of the world: the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Stevie Wonder in Las Vegas.  Witnessing the natural beauty of the canyon and experiencing the positive vibrations of love and togetherness conveyed by one of the masters of music gave me a lift that will stay with me for a long time.  Fuel for the mission.  Gratitude.

Jeff Campbell
Hungry for Music

Hungry for Music friend and volunteer, Kay Coyte,
delivering guitars to Backside Learning Center in Louisville.

One of five programs who received isntruments on this Hungry for Music delivery.

We Love LA

Thank you to D’Addario Foundation and Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles  for partnering on the fourth Music Instrument Drive event.  The Young Musicians Foundation and Neighborhood Music School, who were established in 1914, performed at the Ace Hotel’s beautiful rooftop space.  Both of these D’Addario supported groups and several other Los Angeles-based programs benefited from instruments collected during the drive.  The Music Villa in San Diego and several music schools in the Phoenix, AZ also benefited from the team effort.

The Neighborhood Youth Orchestra
after their perfomance at Ace Hotel

Garage Band from the
Young Musicians Foundation

Upcoming Events

10th Aca-versary Concert
Noteworthy a capella groups

Saturday, October 20th
Church in Bethesda, 5033 Wilson Ln
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
7 PM - 9 PM

Proceeds will benefit four local music-based organizations including Hungry for Music.

D’Addario Foundation & Hungry for Music

Music Instrument Drive & Benefit Concert
November 15th, 2018
Doors open at 6 pm

Ace Hotel
600 Carondelet St, New Orleans

7 pm - Children’s Performances 

9 pm - Sam Price & the True Believers and special guests


Proceeds and instruments collected will directly benefit New Orleans youth music programs.

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Musicnotes’ 20-year
Celebration Gives Back

To honor 20-years in business, Musicnotes chose to benefit and bring attention to three music organizations who foster a love for music through education and outreach.  Hungry for Music, Music for Relief, and Give a Note all benefited from Musicnotes’ Music Charity poll.   We were grateful to receive the top prize of $2,500 for receiving 50 percent of the vote.   We appreciate all the Hungry for Music supporters who helped us received this gift.   Congratulations, Musicnotes, and thank you for your spport of our music outreach!

Please help us continue to expand our mission.

Kathleen S. LaBella, RDN, CDN, CSSD, ACE-CMES/CPT, owner of Peak Performance, LLC will graciously donate five percent of all proceeds from the sales of her eBook and 8-part video series entitled Nutrition for Musicians to Hungry for Music.

Nutrition for musicians will help all levels of performers to understand both the impact nutrition and hydration has on the body and mind, as well as the science behind it. The program teaches about all essential nutrients and how to improve energy, strength, and prevent soreness for improved performances and recovery night after night.

Thank you, Kathleen, for supporting Hungry for Music!


Support Us at Reverb

Reverb has given Hungry for Music a platform to sell antique, collectible, and oddball music instruments  that we can turn into purchasing new instruments and equipment.  In our history, we have always sold, raffled, or auctioned instruments to purchase new ones and cover operating costs that relate to shipping and receiving instruments.  Thank you to Reverb for the support!

Instrument Petting Zoo
a Hit at the Hoot!
The weather was perfect for a Music Instrument Petting Zoo at the 5th annual Summer Hoot at the Ashokan Center.  Hungry for Music was able to distribute over two dozen music instruments that the Summer Hoot, in conjunction with the Ashokan Center, collected recently for our outreach.  We love this gem of a family festival weekend, in a stunningly beautiful location, with music, dancing, art, workshops, and community.  Thank you to Mike and Ruthy, Jay and Molly, and all of those at the Ashokan Center who make the Winter and Summer Hoots the fabulous events that they are.  Hungry for Music would like to thank our new operations manager, Amanda Connor, for keeping all those ukes and guitars in tune over the weekend for her first event with us.

An Impromptu music lesson with Victor

The Location was Perfect
Music Smiles

Kids Helping Kids

Community Fundraiser

From left to right: Ashley Caudle, Laurel Lapish, Chloe Lapish, Andrea Zamudio, Mary Raybon, Elisabeth Vohwinkel, and Emily Sandberg

Chloe Lapish planned a fundraiser just for fun, with the help of her friends, to benefit Hungry for Music. They collected raffle prizes from local businesses, organized a program for a concert, and baked a plethora of baked goods. They held the fundraiser on June 2 at New Life Church in Wake Forest, with a concert program consisting of members of Franklin Academy High School, including the FA Woodwind Quintet, Jessica Lang, Carolyn Gaug, Ethan King, and the Franklin Academy Acapella Club. Through raffle sales before and during the event, through the sale of baked goods, and through generous donations from the community, the group raised over $1200 for Hungry for Music.  Thank you so much, Chloe and friends!

Louie Nielsen of Wheaton, IL collected a van load of instruments for his Eagle Scout Project.  Way to go, Louie!  We appreciate your effort.  It’s going to make a lot of kids happy.

Bailee’s Busking Bat Mitzvah

Baillee and her family delivered music instruments from her bat mitzvah project to the LA Ace Hotel.

Baillee busking for Hungry for Music

Because of her love of music, Baillee Isackson wanted to share that feeling with others who are less fortunate.  Not only did she hold an instrument drive that included a beautiful Gibson electric bass, but she went busking on several occasions to raise money and awareness of Hungry for Music’s mission.


Thank you, Bailee!   We are very touched by your special busking effort.

An inspirational reminder at the Music Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, AZ

Since becoming a non-profit 24 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 12,000 children in 49 states and 28 countries through its musical instrument donation program. We appreciate everyone who has helped us along the way and could not fulfill our mission without the generosity of others.

If you are able, please donate funds, buy a t-shirt from our online store, or visit our website to find out about other ways you can support Hungry for Music.
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