Hungry for Music Notes
December Newsletter 2020
Last year at this time, I was preparing for an early 2020 music instrument pick-up and distribution trip in the South before we began planning for the chapter set-up tour that was kicking off at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in June 2020.  Like everyone else, our plans changed.
The trip to the South was cut short in March and priorities rearranged, as well as the course of Hungry for Music’s year.  The adage “when one door closes, another opens” certainly applies.  Gifts and opportunities seemingly came out of nowhere.   Hungry for Music’s outreach continued to grow, but in ways I never imagined when 2020 began.
As 2021 is about to start, there are exciting new challenges Hungry for Music is facing.  Growing pains!  Again, plans are being made and goals set.  It’s a place to start, but I know you ultimately have to go with the rhythm of the flow and it starts with letting go.
Wishing everyone a musical and magical 2021! 
May you always find comfort in music, 

Jeff Campbell
Hungry for Music
Strings Across the United States
An audience of strings. Some of the violins and violas donated by The Strad.
The monumental donation of violins, violas, and cellos we received from The Strad Rental Company in Redding , CT have begun being distributed across the United States.  So far, Hungry for Music has distributed over 500 of the over 1,000 that were donated.  We are so grateful to Rebecca Lovalvo at The Strad for this donation! 
The strings have found homes at more than 35 music programs in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. 
Thank you to Danielle Hall and Suzanne D’Addario at D’Addario Foundation, Terry Miles at String Wizards, and Kay Coyte for assisting with distribution of this incredible gift. 
Creating Smiles During the Holidays
In 2020, Hungry for Music has donated nearly 1,500 music instruments to individuals and music programs.  One program that has received the most instruments from us this year is Rock to the Future in Philadelphia. 
The team of Jessica and Josh Craft and their staff are ensuring kids are getting music instruction during the pandemic. We have helped them distribute more than 100 music instruments (drum sets, keyboards, guitars, basses, amplifiers) to kids, allowing them to practice at home.  They recently donated some Hungry for Music instruments (see photos) for the holidays.  Keep up the awesome work, Jessica and Josh! 
Please help us continue to give the gift of music.  Your support helps us with repair and distribution costs, as well as purchasing new instruments. 

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Hungry For Music was honored at Muriel Anderson’s annual Saturday-After-Thanksgiving concert with special guest Tommy Emmanuel. HFM will receive a grant from Muriel’s foundation, the Music for Life Alliance. For more info, visit


Muriel Anderson is an American fingerstyle guitarist and harp guitarist who plays in many genres. She is the first woman to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship.

The Joy of Having Your Own Instrument 
Lizbeth at Backside Learning Center in Louisville loves playing the violin.  She has been playing for over a year. Because Lizbeth was renting a violin, she was only able to play it during the school year. 
With a violin of her own, she says, “Now I can play whenever I want!” She is excited to learn new songs and practice with her own instrument.  “I want to play in an orchestra when I’m older,” she said.  Hungry for Music is happy to assist!

Thank You, Mark and Sarah!

A proud supporter of Hungry For Music, Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs (MASTAS) is a pop music project that includes a weekly podcast and the recent book Madonna: A to Z.
Hosted by journalists (and friends) Mark Blankenship and Sarah D. Bunting, MASTAS digs into every kind of popular music with nerdy enthusiasm and unvarnished candor. Learn more at
A Milestone Reached
With a recent shipment of eight violins to the Kauai Opio & Keiki Orchestra in Kalaheo, Hawaii, Hungry for Music made its first donation to an Hawaiian music program.  We now have donated music instruments in all 50 states!!!  Thanks to Jeff at FedEx in Harrisonburg, VA!
A milestone shipment.
More Repair Help
Thanks to Steve Cramer and his staff for helping us keep up with the repairs of the myriad of recent donations. Steve is a true professional and Hungry for Music enjoys working with him. His thoroughness and expertise are appreciated.
Mr. Cramer has been a member of NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians) since 1991.  Aside from his repair work, he is known for theatrical and dance lighting designs, the Cramer Center Theatre, and adaptations of scripts.  He has also trained an Apprentice, passing on his skills to Heidi Baisch, who now specializes in re-padding flutes and clarinets, as well as detailing silver trumpets. 
Photos: Left, Steve buffing keys on a clarinet; Right, Heidi repairing a clarinet

A Hand with Guitar Repairs

Eugenio Ibarz was looking for something to do during his winter break, so his friend Christian Perez suggested the he help Hungry for Music guitar repair duo, Alan Harrington and Jim Gormley with repairs. They happily obliged.  Thank you for the repair help, Eugenio! 
Since becoming a non-profit 26 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 15,000 children in 50 states and 31 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.

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