Perhaps you tried learning the keyboard during lockdown and have since given up. Or maybe your child just really doesn’t want to play the flute. If you’ve got unused or unwanted musical instruments lying about your home that could be put to better use, here’s your chance to donate them to a good cause…
Photo: Ronnie Scott
Iconic Soho jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s is calling for Londoners to donate any abandoned, forgotten about and unused musical instruments to the club’s Musical Instrument Amnesty.
The Amnesty will take place on Saturday, January 22 at the venue, and donated instruments will go to school-aged children, either in the UK or overseas, who have limited access to musical education.
This year, Ronnie Scott‘s Charitable Foundation has partnered with charities Music For All and Sistema England to ensure donated instruments find the best new homes and go to enabling musical education amongst communities across the world.
Instruments don’t have to be the latest piece of equipment, top-of-the-line or in mint condition.
As long as the instrument is functional – even if it is missing a couple of strings or needs a bit of love in some way – and easily transportable (no pianos or organs), all instruments are welcomed, from plastic recorders to violins and state-of-the-art mixing desk.
Instruments are given a tracking number so donors can follow the journey of their maracas or tambourine to see first-hand where in the world it will find its second lease of life.
The 2019 Musical Instrument Amnesty saw more than 300 donations pledged to new homes. Happy recipients included the London-wide musical charity World Heart Beat Music Academy, which provides music tuition and personal development opportunities to children and young people.
Croydon based Play for Progress, which provides accessible arts, play and therapy opportunities, also received donations from the amnesty.
Over the years, the amnesty has welcomed several high profile donors. Grammy and Brit Award-winning Sam Smith donated a white violin from his 2015 Brit performance of ‘Lay Me Down’.
His violin travelled from London to the Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club along with other donations which were then shipped to the MusicArt Society, a charity in Nepal which teaches disadvantaged children to play donated instruments.
British multi-instrumentalist Nithin Sawhney donated a guitar, Neil Cowley gave the appeal a violin, and two specially commissioned trumpets have been made courtesy of two-time Edison Award-winner and American trumpeter Christian Scott.
Swing by Firth Street venue between 10am and 3pm to drop your stash off, have a cup of tea or glass of fizz, potentially spot a celebrity or two, and to learn more about the impact your donation will make.
To express interest in donating email email@example.com.