Spring Cleaning Appeal & Newsletter

March 4th marked Hungry for Music’s 30th anniversary of providing the gift of music to underserved individuals and communities.  


Realizing the healing and inspirational power of music in my own life, I began the non-profit entity of Hungry for Music with the goal of supporting music education programs for youth.


In our history, which was a part-time endeavor for the first dozen years, Hungry for Music has distributed over 22,000 instruments to hundreds of programs in all 50 states and 34 countries supporting school and after-school, as well as social workers who have clients who can benefit from music therapy.


I remember selling my old Honda Civic to pay for the initial start-up costs.  It has truly been an organic grassroots build, taking baby steps all the way.  There were many times along the path when I felt like giving up, but something always happened that kept me going.   


I am extremely thankful for those friends and supporters who believed in me, and the Hungry for Music mission, that have kept our outreach alive.    


Now, it’s already time for our first fundraising appeal of 2024, our annual Spring Cleaning Appeal. Clean out those closets, garages, attics, storage units, and look under your bed for music instruments to support Hungry for Music’s program.  


If you don’t have an instrument to donate, please consider a monetary donation to help us cover the costs of repairs and distribution.  Another way to help is to spread the word of our mission to others.  


I am 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 your continued support. 


May you always find comfort in music, 


Jeff Campbell 

Founder & Director 

Hungry for Music in Action

Hungry for Music not only accepts requests from school teachers and after school music program coordinators, but also social workers who have clients who can benefit from music therapy. 


We received the following testimonial this week from a social worker in Portland, Oregon:


“I met with Korray and his family yesterday to deliver the incredible bass and amp Hungry For Music had generously provided. Korray was ecstatic! He asked me to please share his heartfelt thanks; I've worked with this family for years and this is the happiest I have ever seen him! Thank you from both of us.


He was especially thrilled that the bass came with a carry bag so he can safely transport it to his one-on-one lessons at his middle school.  Korray plans to continue his music lessons throughout his schooling and hopes to join the high school band in a few years. His ultimate goal is to earn a college scholarship via the music program so he can be the first college graduate in his family. A condition of the free individual lessons provided by his music teacher is that he has to keep his grades up, he's really dedicated himself and has been on the Honor Roll all year. All of this was inspired by his passion for music.


It's a life changing gift for this young man; His family and I cannot thank Hungry For Music enough!”

Hungry for Music delivered another round of violins & violas (over 100) to the D’Addario Foundation. These instruments will be used to support the D'Addario Foundation’s Immersive Music Challenge that will help school districts and charter systems throughout the country implement effective music-based mentoring programs.


Thank you to the D’Addario Foundation’s Danielle Hall and workers at the D’Addario plant for helping us unload the van!

Thank you to Garfield at Save Our Brass Culture Foundation for finding a good home for this trumpet!

The $10,000 Violin Story

In our last newsletter, we told you about the very special violin donation we received from New York. With the help of the D'Addario Foundation, a talented recipient has been found!  His name is Joseas, and he performs with UpBeat NYC.


Richard Miller, Co-Executive Director of UpBeat NYC, says this about Joseas:

" In his role as 1st violinist and rotating concertmaster, Joseas has led his section in string ensemble and full orchestra public performances at all UpBeat annual events as well as the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and the NY Philharmonic / Interlochen Collaborative Concert at Merkin Hall. Joseas is an avid violinist and is eager to take on ambitious challenges with a curious mind, positive attitude, and playful dexterity."


Read the full story on the D'Addario website here

Hungry for Music is grateful for these kids who dedicate their service projects to our mission. Thank you!

Jonah Black created an instrument drive for his Bar Mitzvah project at Temple Beth Shalom, in Needham, MA, and collected over 20 instruments across 3 states.
He decided to do this because of his love of music, and wants other people to have the same amazing experience of learning an instrument that he had.
Jonah plays the cello, and has played it since 3rd grade.
Ethan Greenberg collected some nice instruments for his bar mitzvah service project.
Zach Spindler performed a benefit concert and collected instruments for his bar mitzvah project. 
Jacob Blitstein from Bethesda, MD collected music instruments and funds for his bar mitzvah service project. 

The most creative service project is Andy Mays’ tubagrams he did for his bar mitzvah. Andy’s mom says, “Andy recorded several different songs, including this one which is a favorite, and he customized videos with personalized messages for Valentines Day, birthdays, get-well cards, or, to be honest …pranks, because getting a tubagram isn't necessarily serious business...”

Check out Andy's tubagram.
Students from the Tri-M Music Honor Society at the William Fremd High School in Palatine, IL held a fundraiser to support Hungry for Music earlier this month. 
International Donations
It’s only March and we have already donated to four different international programs. The countries are Lebanon, Haiti, Uganda, and Guatemala.  
Naomi with Holistic Haitian Alliance dropped by the Hungry for Music Distribution Center this week to pick up over two dozen music instruments for their outreach at a newly built school in Haiti.

Belltone Guitar Raffle

The winner of the Belltone Raffle:

Bernard Stuchenko of Edmonton, Canada


Hungry for Music is grateful to Stephen Harriman at Belltone Guitars for organizing this guitar raffle that raised over $6,000! 

2024 Instrument Request Application Dates

Title One School Music Teachers
August 5 – October 18


After-School & Summer Programs
March 11 – June 11 ( Requires a site visit)


Social Workers & School Counselors
Open all year

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Since becoming a non-profit 29 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 20,000 children in 50 states and 32 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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