Following a successful 2017 instrument drive at the Ace Hotel in Chicago, the D’Addario Foundation, Hungry for Music and Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation, are back for an encore performance—and a nationwide tour.
The not-for-profits are expanding their partnership with Ace properties in 2018, with multiple Ace Hotels hosting instrument drives and performances to raise awareness—and funding—to bring music education into underserved communities.
Starting in Pittsburgh on June 8th, the D’Addario Foundation and Hungry for Music will be on hand to collect gently used instruments to refurbish for students in need in music programs nationwide. Next stop is the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on July 29 followed by Chicago on September 2 and New Orleans on November 15.
“Many of the music programs that apply for support from the D’Addario Foundation have instrument needs,” says Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Executive Director of the D’Addario Foundation. “Lack of instruments means children on waiting lists, hoping for spots in these vital programs. Donating an instrument is a very direct way to make an instant impact.”
D’Addario Brouder adds: “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Ace Hotels and appreciate their commitment to supporting efforts music education.”
Twice a year, the D’Addario Foundation vets hundreds of non-profit and school music programs that need monetary and product support. They believe strongly in grassroots community efforts in areas of great need where immersive music education becomes a powerful tool for positive social change. Foundation-supported programs are proving their worth—with positive academic and social outcomes for students, especially those most at-risk and needing a safe, nurturing community to grow and express themselves.
For those with instrument donations unable to attend these events, the foundation recommends Instruments in the Cloud, an online giving platform that connects donors directly with classrooms in need.