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Puget Sound non-profit announces record year for providing free musical instruments to students

Seattle-based non-profit Music4Life provided 2,036 ready-to-play musical instruments at no charge for use by students at eight Puget Sound public school districts in 2017-2018. This is an increase of 12 percent in the number of instruments delivered the previous school year.
Music4Life™ gathers “lovingly used” musical instruments, repairs them, and provides them to students in participating public school districts. Image courtesy of Music4Life™.

From a Music4Life™ news release.

Music4Life™ closed another record year by providing 2,036 ready-to-play musical instruments at no charge for use by students at eight Puget Sound public school districts in 2017-2018. The instruments are valued at nearly $183,000. This is an increase of 12 percent in instruments and nine percent of the total value of those instruments from those delivered the previous school year.  Included were 311 full-size instruments and 1,725 recorders (the little flute-like instruments that stick straight out of the mouth) to third- and fourth graders to two public school districts.

“We are very grateful to all those donors of ‘lovingly used’ musical instruments who make our work possible,” said David Endicott, Music4Life Co-Founder and President.  

He went on to say, “It is people who have a trumpet, flute, clarinet, violin or other used musical instrument in their garage or attic and donate it to Music4Life who make participation in school-based instrumental music activities available for students in need.”

Endicott explained, “The reason we do this is because research show that students who participate in instrumental music activities do better in math, science, history, literature, international languages, reading & writing, even in computer science, in addition to what it teaches in terms of teamwork and self-discipline.  These are advantages that should be available to all public school students regardless of a family’s ability to provide them a musical instrument.  The sad fact is that many families today can’t even afford to rent a musical instrument for a son or daughter to play.”

Music4Life provides ready-to-play musical instruments at no charge to public school districts for use by students in need.  

The Seattle-based non-profit acquires instruments from adults who no longer need them and decide that their highest and best use is to put them back into play.  They operate programs supporting Auburn, Bremerton, Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Northshore, Seattle and Shoreline Public Schools.  

Music4Life also accepts donations to help pay for instrument repairs.  At least two other local public school districts are being considered for the program.

Music4Life enjoys the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders.  Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, endorsed the program, saying, “This wonderful program begins with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me of the impact that direct knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this advantage to all our children.”

Music4Life™ is supported in part by grants from the following organizations and businesses:

  • 4Culture (formerly the Seattle-King County Arts Commission);
  • Highline Schools Foundation;
  • Everett Public Schools Foundation;
  • OpenSquare;
  • Knossos Foundation;
  • Hazel Miller Foundation;
  • Various local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs;
  • Community Foundation of Snohomish County;
  • Auburn Schools Foundation;
  • Garvey Schubert Barer law firm;
  • Seattle Symphony Orchestra;
  • Seattle Folklife Festival;
  • Rafael Carrabba Violins;
  • Encore Media Group;
  • Lamar Advertising;
  • 98.1 Classical KING-FM;
  • KNKX Radio;
  • GMA Research;
  • Early Music Society of Seattle;
  • Cascade Symphony Orchestra;
  • Washington State Blues Society;
  • Randy Oxford Entertainment;
  • Stacy Jones Band;
  • Edmonds Center for the Arts;
  • Kennelly Keys Music stores;
  • Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah;
  • Ted Brown Music;
  • and others.