Hungry for Music Notes | Fall 2017
Hungry for Music is an organization that supports music education and cultural enrichment by acquiring and distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children with willing instructors and a hunger to play.
D’Addario Partnership Kicks Off in Long Island
We are very excited to be partnering on a Music Instrument Drive that is being sponsored by D’Addario Foundation. Two other awesome organizations, Spirit of Harmony Foundation and Instruments in the Cloud are also partnering on the event. Big Bertha will be parked at the D’Addario facility located in Farmingdale, NY from 1-4 pm on Thursday, November 2nd.

This drive will kick off the Autumn Magic Music Bus Tour that will make its way to Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Sheboygan and other mid-west locations. See below for more events on the Magic Music Bus Tour and our facebook page and website for updates.

Lyft brand ambassadors will be on-hand giving away swag and supporting efforts. For every new Lyft passenger who takes their first ride using code, IMACHAMPION, Lyft will donate $5 to the D’Addario Foundation.
Other Instrument Drives
& Events Coming Up:

November 9-13, Detroit


7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST
Tangent Gallery & Hastings Street Ballroom
715 East Milwaukee Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

Live music from Gabriel Brass Band and ONEFREQ.
Tunes from Good Music Gentlemen

November 14-16, Cleveland

*Picking up collected instruments at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

*1-4 pm: Instrument delivery and site visit to new program partner, Global Voices - Sheela Das, Creative Concepts in Music, Program Director

The mission of Global Voices is to provide resources and create opportunities for students to be heard about worldwide concerns through original songs, poetry and performances. The program is currently at Lincoln West High School in Cleveland.

Instrument Delivery:
Campus International School
Girls Rock Camp
Salvation Army Youth Band
The Music Settlement

November 17, Northern Virginia

Eagle Scout Jackson Ledbetter’s Service Project Event - a benefit concert to conclude his 5 month instrument drive

Friday, November 17th 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Contemporary Music Center
4410 Costello Way, Haymarket, VA 20169

To support Jackson's efforts, bring an instrument donation to the concert or email him at

November 22-26, Chicago

Spirit of Harmony Music instrument Collection

Instrument Delivery:
Intonation Music Workshop

D’Addario Foundation Meeting

November 28-30, Milwaukee


December 1-3, Minneapolis-St. Paul

Meeting with Instruments in the Cloud


December 13, Sheboygan, WI

Todd Rundgren Concert

In conjunction with his performance on December 13 at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, Todd Rundgren’s music education advocacy program, The Spirit of Harmony Foundation (SOHF), is partnering with Cascio Music, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Sheboygan, the Weill Center, and Hungry For Music (HFM) to collect new and used musical instruments for children in need.

December 16 , Pontiac, MI

George Winston Concert

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We have repair folks for all our instruments except accordions. That is, until now! Please give a like to Accordionology in Decatur, GA who will be assessing and repairing all the accordions that come our way. Director Jeff Campbell dropped of eight with owner Jack Brantley last week. The accordions will be donated to an appropriate programs and at least one of the vintage models will be auctioned to raise money for music education in Decatur, GA. We look forward to working with Chief accordion healer Jack Brantley to support music education!

Creating Smiles, One Instrument at a Time

"This is Frank, a 4th grader at Walnut Street Elementary School in Toms River NJ. Thanks so much for the baritone horn donation. He's so excited and happy to be playing it. He's getting a beautiful sound and is excited to practice it every day. Your donation of this instrument has given Frank an opportunity that might not have been there. I can't tell you how happy I am for Frank and how thankful I am to you and your organization. Your work has a profound effect on young people's lives. " Ron Olender, Frank's music teacher

We are excited to be partnering with Auction Cause to help us fundraise through auctioning music memorabilia and other items.

Check them out!

We will be adding listings on our website and facebook pages.

This Paul Simon/Bernie Williams autographed guitar listing can be found HERE!

Hungry for Music ambassadors Joel Guzman & Sarah Fox,
producers of benefit Christmas project
Christmas Miracles

Do you believe in miracles? Hungry for Music certainly does! We are excited to be the beneficiary of a CD project produced by Sarah Fox and Joel Guzman entitled “Christmas Miracles.” This labor of love combines original works as well as traditional Christmas tunes and will be released next month. Besides Guzman and Fox, the CD will feature Delbert McClinton, David Hidalgo, David Grissom, Jake Andrews, Nakia, Carolyn Wonderland, Ram Herrera, Jon Dee Graham, Malford Mulligan, and Jay Perez. Check out for more information.

Wayne “Woody” Mesker and HFM Director Jeff Campbell in downtown Cleveland

Music Community

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of others. We have volunteers who pick up, repair, ship, organize/promote events, and support our cause of providing music instruments to underserved individuals and music programs. Each newsletter we like to give a shout out to folks who help manifest the Hungry for Music mission.

Wayne Mesker dedicates his life to helping others. He is an integral part of the Stay Alive Foundation and supports many other music-related charities. Last month, Wayne organized an event at Quaker Steak & Lube, promoting and fundraising for music education and Hungry for Music. We appreciate your support, Wayne!

Luthier’s Marc Glickman & Kelly Criscuolo-Debutts helped create the smile seen in the photo to the right. Marc & Kelly repair and set-up stringed instruments for Hungry for Music. We couldn’t donate to string music programs without them.

"Thank you so much for the violin
for my son. The violin is beautiful."
Mom in Williamsburg, VA
Since becoming a non-profit 23 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 10,000 children in 48 states and 20 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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