Hungry for Music Notes | Summer 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.
From the Road
Magic Music Bus Tour 2017
Sometimes you get a hug that's so energized it can carry you. Last month I received such a hug.

One of the planned stops on the Magic Music Bus Tour was the Hendrix Music Academy in Renton, WA, a suburb of Seattle. This after-school music program is run by Tina Hendrix, the niece of Jimi Hendrix.

What Tina is doing here is a very beautiful thing. She has turned her family's large basement into a music studio for children in her area that come from challenging home situations. Some have been homeless or are on the cusp. If it wasn't for Tina and her instructors, these kids would not have the opportunity of music education. Not only does she feed their musical soul, she feeds their tummy. This place is a sanctuary for these kids. It's a very warm and inviting place with a high level of positive energy. It's smartly decorated with Jimi Hendrix photos, quotes, and hip art; including Tina's dad, Leon Hendrix. She gave me a Jimi tee designed by him that I will cherish.

Tina embodies the quote of her uncle, "when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." She is love in action. Tina gives me hope that this world will know peace one day. If enough people act from their inner spirit and not react to negative ego then it can happen. Just believe it.

Please help us continue to expand our mission.
The Magic Music Bus Tour is culminating with a Staples Singers tribute and benefit in Louisville, KY on July 27th . Stay tuned! Check out other upcoming events here: Hope to See You On The Road!
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Rock and Roll Showcase
Rock to the Future House Band in the van, heading to the Rock and Roll Hall Fame. Josh and Jess Craft, the directors, in the foreground.
L Intonation Music kids and staff pose in front of the Rock Hall.
R Campus International performs at afternoon concert on beautiful day in Cleveland

Several programs that Hungry for Music supports converged on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on June 3 to culminate a week-long instrument drive that supported several Cleveland programs including Campus International School, Salvation Army youth music program, The Music Settlement, and Girls Rock Camp.

Students from Campus International School kicked off the concert with a beautiful string orchestra set.
Many of the students performed with instruments they had received last year from Hungry for Music. We donated over three dozen instruments to the school last year.

Intonation Music Workshop from Chicago had two of their all-star bands perform, T.I.OT.E. and COCOYOYO. They both presented stellar sets.

Philadelphia’s Rock to the Future House Band also turned in another rocking set

We are grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame staff, especially Kathyrn Metz, for another successful year. We are already looking forward to the next one!

The People’s Music School in Chicago are all smiles after receiving a dozen string instruments.
Tom Asher's Violins

Tom Asher, a violin shop owner, woodworker, and luthier, recently provided Hungry for Music with over 70 violins and cellos. Tom is nearing retirement and wanted to downsize his shop. What a blessing for programs that Hungry for Music supports! Most of his donations have been distributed along the road on the Magic Music Bus Tour. Programs that have benefited from Tom’s generosity are:

The People’s Music School, Chicago

The Music Settlement, Cleveland

Campus International School, Cleveland

Rhode Island String Project, Newport

St. Luke’s Youth Orchestra, New York City

Hungry for Crawfish 22
The rain held off and another successful Hungry for Crawfish took place at Ft. Hunt Park in Alexandria,VA on May 13.

Of Tomorrow opened with a jamming set and the Ron Holloway Band had the pavilion shaking with their high energy performance.

Massive quantities of crawfish, corn, potatoes, bread, and beverages were consumed and much fun was had.

Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and energy into this another successful year!
McLerran Journal
The McLerran Journal is an online non-profit magazine with an emphasis on music education and performance. Established in early 2017, the purpose of the magazine is to serve as an educational resource and provide its readers with a voice. Also available in the McLerran Journal, are multiple paths to philanthropy. View the "Support a Cause" page to participate in or donate to a musical charity. Hungry for Music is honored to be one of the beneficiaries of The McLerran Journal's "Support a Cause" initiative. Thank you, Marina!
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Summer Hoot at Ashokan
Always look forward to this quaint music festival in the Hudson Valley. Hungry for Music will be holding a music instrument drive the month of August in the Hudson Valley culminating at the Summer Hoot, at 3-day music festival (August 25-27) at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY (20 minutes from Woodstock).

Once again we are sponsoring an instrument petting zoo, with our co-host Hudson Valley Musician Collective, during the festival. This has been a popular fixture at the last several Winter and Summer Hoots.

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In the Spotlight

Hungry for Music have been donating string instruments to Austin Public Schools since 2009, in honor of violinist Amy Farris. Amy's best friend, music teacher Elizabeth Whitehead Chappell, identifies kids who she knows deserve to have their own violin or viola.

"These are our latest recipients of Amy violins. These hard working and deserving students attend Bedicheck MS (where Amy attended). They are so happy to have their own instruments!" Elizabeth Chappell, music teacher

Thank you, Elizabeth!

Call for Artists

We have a growing number of instruments that, after being assessed by HFM repairmen and luthier’s, are deemed not repairable. These instruments are given to artists to transform into works of art.

We have done two previous art shows auctions (DC & NY) that raised funds to purchase new instruments. The next one will be at the Winter Hoot 2018.

If you are an artist and would like to transform and an old instrument into an art piece, please contact Jeff at

These are a few instruments we dropped with Ruth Merenda, one of the Hoot organizers.

Spirit of Harmony

We are so grateful for the support that we have received from Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation during the Magic Music Bus Tour. Todd’s fans have been awesome. Thank you to SoH Directors Ed Vigdor and Jean Lachowicz for their ongoing support. We will specify the impact the Spirit of Harmony had on the Magic Music Bus Tour in the next newsletter.

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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