Hungry for Music Notes
Milestones, Memories and Moving Forward
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.
Another Record-Breaking Year!

It was truly a magical year for Hungry for Music and our outreach in 2017. For the first time in our 23-year history, we topped 1,000 music instruments distributed in 2017! Big Bertha and myself traveled to forty-seven states and over 100 cities spreading musical gifts, forming alliances, building community, and the message of music education’s importance in the development of our children.

One of our strengths is doing a lot with a little. We have built a sizeable outreach on a shoestring budget because of a community of supporters and partners we have built over the years. Your support is needed to help us continue and grow our outreach in 2018. You can help our mission in numerous ways. Please consider donating an instrument, organizing an instrument drive, or making monetary contribution. Funds are needed to cover costs of repairing, shipping, and delivering instruments.

Thank you for helping us manifest our dream of providing music instruments for kids to succeed. We are looking forward to more positive musical adventures in 2018 in support of music education.

Happy New Year!

Jeff Campbell
December 2017

The music instruments collected at the Todd Rundgren concert in Sheboygan with Spirit of Harmony Foundation. The SoH and Todd fan’s assisted Hungry for Music in obtaining over 400 instruments in 2017. Needless to say, the 1,000 instrument milestone would not have been possible without their support. Thank you!

Looking forward to more successful instrument drives with The D'Addario Foundation and Spirit of Harmony in 2018!!

Fernando Jones Blues Band in front of Big Bertha before they performed at D’Addario Foundation sponsored Instrument Drive at Ace Hotel in Chicago.

Fernando’s Blues Kids Camp received ten instruments for his program that put Hungry for Music over 1,000 instruments distributed in 2017.

A young man brings in his music instrument haul that he collected for his Bar Mitzvah Service Project at the D’Addario Instrument Drive at Ace Hotel in Chicago.

As you can see, he was really happy to help put an instrument into the hands of someone less fortunate.

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We recently picked up this haul of instruments from our brass and woodwind repairman, Mark Palasik, in Cumberland, MD.

Nice job, Mark! It give us a nice inventory of brass and woodwind to start the new year!

If you have a brass or woodwind instrument that needs repair and you don’t mind shipping it, please send to Mark here:

Mark Palasik
Hungry for Music Repair
11115 Locust Grove Road
Cumberland, MD 21502

A happy violinist with her very own violin from Hungry for Music at Campus International in Cleveland

Please help us continue to expand our mission.

A young guitarist that realizes the opportunities that he has been given and wants to give back through his Mitzvah project. Thank you for your support, Paul Collelo!

Young Guitarist Wants to Give Back

Paul Collelo is not only grateful for his parents' love and support, but also for the opportunity they've given him to play the guitar and drums. He realizes that music is a great way to relieve the stresses of school and homework. He also knows that there are children who are not so fortunate.

Paul will become a Bar Mitzvah in March 2018 and for his project, he has chosen to support Hungry for Music. About this, Paul said, "This organization helps to provide musical instruments to children that have a desire to learn music, or teachers who have willing students, but no instruments or are unable to afford musical instruments. By sharing instruments and musical experiences, children who would not normally have the opportunity, can experience a kind of freedom and self-discovery that is often stifled in an atmosphere of economic hardship."

To learn more about Paul's project, or to contribute, please click HERE.

Jackson Ledbetter’s band, Mercury Avenue, performs at Contemporary Music's performance space in Haymarket, VA to culminate his Eagle Scout Service Project for Hungry for Music. Jackson is on the drums. He broke an all-time record for instruments collected in a drive. Way to go, Jackson!

I think most people did not know that more than half of the instruments that we distribute, after assessment and repair, come from other kids performing their service projects in support of Hungry for Music. Bar/Bat Mitzvah, highs school, church, Eagle Scout, and other organizational/group service projects are a major contributor to our outreach and the reason that we are able to continuely grow our outreach on a shoestring budget.

"My student is absolutely thrilled with the keyboard and is progressing extremely well. Thank you from me too!"

~ Julie, Music Teacher in NYC
"Thank you again, so much, for the donation!
You helped my students become clarinetists!!!"

~ Ms. Billmaier, music teacher, San Jose, CA
Since becoming a non-profit 23 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 11,000 children in 49 states and 25 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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