Where to Recycle Musical Instruments


I have memories of my brother learning to play the tuba in middle school. He didn’t keep up with it. It was borrowed from the schools’ music department back when schools had budgets for that. Whether you’ve bought an instrument to fulfill a child’s school requirements or for your own hobby, what do you do with it once the novelty has worn off, or that high school course ends?

Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation accepts donations of used musical instruments (except pianos, organs, accordions, guitars.) You are responsible for appropriately packaging and mailing the instrument to them. Their address is 4370 Tujunga Ave., Ste 330, Studio City, CA  91604.   They refurbish the donated instruments and add them to their inventory. Donations go to schools with an existing musical program and a demonstrated financial need who have applied to and been selected by the grants program the organization runs.

Music Go Round is a retail chain that pay you for your musical instrument or accept a trade of your instrument for something in their store. Locally, they are located at 843 Worcester Road, Natick, MA 01760.

Donate your musical instrument to Jazz for Peace so it can be given to an underprivileged child. Call or email (212-202-0515 or email info@jazzfor peace.org)to find how and where to donate.

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation Band accepts donations of band instruments, keyboards, and guitars. Instruments can be in need of slight repairs, as they have community help in making the repairs. he organization distributes donated instruments across the country, particularly to those organizations that are in greatest need. To donate, call 503-206-6400, contact donations@dreamingzebra.org, or mail your donation to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, 5331 SW Macadam Ave., Ste. 258-522, Portland, OR 97239.

Spirit of America, a musical ensemble out of Orleans, MA, refurbishes and donates musical instruments to those who need them. Ship your unused instrument to their Re-Sound program via UPS. Their mailing address is Re-Sound, c/o Spirit of America Band, 5 Bay View Drive, Orleans, MA 02653. Access their Instrument Donation Form and more information on their website.

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