Instrument Drive


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Pass along your love of music during the WCM Instrument Drive!

The inaugural Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Instrument Drive is planned for September 22-24, 2017.

This community initiative will give residents of southeast Wisconsin an opportunity to pass their love of music onto another generation by donating an instrument that they no longer use.

Donated instruments will be repaired then given to schools and individuals that have demonstrated need.

Today, hundreds of area students are unable to reach their musical potential simply because they lack an instrument. Since 2008, 80% of U.S. school districts have experienced funding cuts, leaving music students in dire need of your support.

Help students reach their musical potential

Each year when school districts publish budgets, students, parents, teachers and community members anxiously wait to see if funding cuts are made to music programs. This occurs all across the country, not just in southeast Wisconsin.

Since 2008, 80% of U.S. school districts have experienced funding cuts, leading to fewer music programs including band, choir, orchestra, general music, and opportunities to further students’ music education through private lessons, festivals, and summer camps.

For schools that are fortunate enough to have their music programs remain in place, funds for instruments, instrument repair, and other equipment continues to be practically non-existent. While students may have access to a music program in their school, they may not have the opportunity to reach their musical potential because of this lack of an instrument.

What can I do?

You can help impact the lives of hundreds throughout the region by donating an instrument, supporting repair efforts, volunteering, and more.

We currently seek support from school and community organizations, media and corporate sponsors, instrument repair companies, and especially philanthropic community members.

As we continue to face cuts to music education programs in schools, it will take the entire community to play our part and support the future of music education.

Volunteer Opportunties

We anticipate over 300 instruments will be donated from Sept. 22-24, and the support of volunteers will be crucial to assisting all donors and sorting instruments. Opportunities are broken down into 2-3 hour shifts. Individuals are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts, if interested. Volunteer position descriptions listed below.

In-Take Attendee: This person will serve as the first point of contact for all individuals looking to donate instruments. They will assist donors in filling out in-take forms which captures the donor’s contact information, recognition preferences, and details about the instrument being donated.

Instrument Sorter: Once a donor has completed an in-take form, they will then work with this individual who will take the donated instrument, label it, and keep it sorted by instrument family and type.

Questions about our volunteer opportunities or schedule? Contact Danielle Wrobleski, Manager of Development, at dwrobleski@wcmusic.org or 414-459-3450

Sign-Up by Location

Brass Bell Music Store
210 Silver Spring Dr., Milwaukee
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Doors Open Milwaukee – Block Party
235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee
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88.9 Radio Milwaukee
220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee
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Melk Music
235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee
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Wisconsin Conservatory of Music – Audubon Court
333 W. Brown Deer Rd., Ste. 2, Bayside
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Wisconsin Conservatory of Music – McIntosh|Goodrich
1584 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee
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Brass Bell Music Store
210 Silver Spring Dr., Milwaukee
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Doors Open Milwaukee – Block Party
235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee
Get Directions >

88.9 Radio Milwaukee
220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee
Get Directions >

Melk Music
235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee
Get Directions >

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music – Audubon Court
333 W. Brown Deer Rd., Ste. 2, Bayside
Get Directions >

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music – McIntosh|Goodrich
1584 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee
Get Directions >

More information coming soon

> Please contact Rachel Fritz (COO and Instrument Drive Coordinator, rfritz@wcmusic.org) or Adam Shafer (Director of Development, ashafer@wcmusic.org) for further information.

Current Partners

Doors Open Milwaukee
88.9 Radio Milwaukee
OnMilwaukee.com
Milwaukee Public Schools
Badger State Repair School
Baird
PNC Bank


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