Hungry for Music Notes
Winter Into Spring 2020

2020 Vision

In 2019, the 25th year of Hungry for Music’s musical instrument outreach, we distributed over 1,200 music instruments, giving us a grand total of over 14,000 donated in our history. 


In 2020, our distribution goal is 2,020 music instruments and establishing at least ten Hungry for Music chapters. 


We are excited about the continued growth of our outreach and look forward to another year of spreading the gift of music to individuals and communities in need.  


Thank you for spreading the word and your continued support.


Jeff Campbell

First Donation of 2020

Rock to the Future in Philadelphia received the first instrument donation of 2020 with three drum sets and 10 electric basses & guitars!  Rock On!

Mid-West Holiday

A trip through the Mid-West in late December helped push Hungry for Music’s distribution total to over 1,200 in 2019, with stops in Louisville, St. Louis, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Cleveland.

Travis at St Louis Classical Guitars with a collection of 30 guitars that will go directly into the hands of kids in need, allowing them to participate in their program.

Fernando Jones collects another
donation from Hungry for Music In Chicago for the blues camps he runs around the
United States.
Besides the donations shown above, Hungry for Music distributed music instruments to River City Drum Corps in Louisville, Detroit Public Schools through Gabriel Music Society, as well as Center for Arts Inspired Learning and Sheela Das’ Voice for Change Project in Cleveland.  We also connected with our newly hired Operations Manager, Dawn Nelson, in Ann Arbor, thanks to our friends at Conscious Cafe.

A Southern Music Trail

Hungry for Music distributed  over 100 music instruments in January.  Most were donated  on a music mission through the South, with stops in Southern Virginia, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Shreveport, New Orleans, and Austin and multiple programs.

We also picked up an additional 24 electric guitars from Make Music NOLA, who we regularly donate fractional violins and cellos for their after-school string orchestra program.  We looked forward to finding homes for all these guitars.  We’ve already distributed a few!

The recipient of a tuba at Cordova High School, which will help him obtain a college music scholarship.  This donation was made in partnership with Successful, Inc. in Memphis.  More below.
Band Aid School of Music founder,
James Mays, receiving guitars that will
be used for financial scholarship kids at his rock school in Austin.

Music teacher Ardis Case at Magnolia School of Excellence in Shreveport, met Director Jeff Campbell during halftime of the LSU-Clemson National Championship game to pick up brass and woodwind instruments that will allow ten kids to participate in band, who otherwise would not have had the opportunity.
Scott Revo, Executive Director, of Music City Youth Orchestra
receiving eight fractional violins for their programs. 
In addition to the donations above, Hungry for Music made music instrument deliveries to Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) in Virginia, Rock City in Little Rock, Make Music NOLA, The Embassy in New Orleans, and Noel Community Arts Program in Shreveport.

New HFM Team Member

Last newsletter we recognized a volunteer who has been supporting us for over 15 years, Alan Friedman.   


This time we want to welcome our newest team member, Dawn Nelson.  Dawn is based in Ann Arbor and is Hungry for Music’s new Operations Manager.  We are lucky to have her on the team.  Welcome aboard, Dawn!!  We are grateful to Miko Fossum at Conscious Café for the referral.

The NAMM Experience

A visit to the massive NAMM Conference in Anaheim was long overdue for Hungry for Music.


It was an opportunity for us to connect with old friends and make new ones.  These connections and partnerships are imperative so more kids can experience the joy of music in their lives.

Music makes the world go round!  HFM made many essential music connections at NAMM that will help us continue to expand our mission of providing quality music instruments to children in need of assistance.
Please help us continue to expand our mission.

Mark Your Calendars

Hungry for Crawfish

May 16, 2020

Ft. Hunt Park

Alexandria, VA


More info to come

Check out:
 for updates

Community Connections, Making a Difference

Hungry for Music recently established a partnership with Successful, Inc. in Memphis that will put instruments into the hands of kids in several different school and after-school music programs.

Successful, Inc founder Erskin Mitchell (r) and music teacher Carter Threlkeld (l) with the twenty instruments donated by Hungry for Music that launched the partnership.

Hungry for Music is excited to help Keep Music Alive celebrate Teach Music Week! 
Keep Music Alive will celebrate the 6th Annual Teach Music Week from March 16-22 by partnering with over 750 music schools around the world to offer a free lesson or class to new students for children or adults.   Music schools and music retail outlets are encouraged to Signup to participate on the Teach Music Week website at  There is no fee to participate and all locations will be listed on the website by zip code beginning in mid-February where prospective students can search out music instrument and education resources in their community.   For questions about Teach Music Week, please contact Keep Music Alive at or call (610) 874-6312.

Hungry for Music had another fun time hosting the Instrument Petting Zoo at the Winter Hoot.  Thank you to music therapist, Maiko Hata, for helping all day and keeping smiles on faces.

We picked up another collection of instruments,  and appreciate the Ashokan Center being a music instrument drop-off center year-round for donations. 

Hungry for Music appreciates the support of everyone at The Hoot and Ashokan Center.  Looking forward to the Summer Hoot!
Creating Smiles, 
One Instrument at a Time

A young rocker in Detroit is happy with his own Pearl Drum set.

Thank you to accordionists extraordinarie Joel Guzman, who placed the instrument for Hungry for Music,  “This little guy has strong hands and learns fast...” says Joel.

Triple Play!  Three upright basses to Junior Appalachian Musicians.


“Last year, Hungry for Music donated seven violins to jump start our new program; we now have enough for the entire 2nd grade!  This year, we received three trumpets, two clarinets, and two alto saxophones to support our growing wind instruction program. They will be loaned each year to students whose families experience difficulty renting or buying an instrument themselves.“
~High Meadow School, Stone Ridge, NY

“Thank you for your time and efforts. I greatly appreciate your support. Our students have significantly benefited through the gift of music and instruments because of Hungry for Music!”
Collette Hebert, music teacher

 Yonkers Public Schools


“Thank you for your support.  The timing is perfect as we are planning on shipping the container to Uganda  on Monday, February 10.  I will be traveling to Uganda in early April and I will have the opportunity to see the band and meet with the students.  Thank you again. I don’t think we would have been able to have the music program as it exists today  without your support. Truly appreciated.”

~Louis Buonomo, Building a Bridge to Uganda

Since becoming a non-profit 25 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 14,000 children in 49 states and 30 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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