Instrument Drive


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You can help Milwaukee’s young musicians pursue their dreams!

Be Instrumental by donating gently used musical instruments and equipment, or by making a gift to the Instrument Repair Fund.

Following the drive, donated instruments will be cleaned, repaired, provided with new cases, and given to at-need schools and individuals throughout Southeast Wisconsin.

Free 2018
Summerfest Ticket

Available to the first 300 households who donate a repairable instrument, courtesy of Summerfest Foundation, Inc.

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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.

Donate an Instrument >
Donate to the Instrument Repair Fund >

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.

Needed Instruments & Supplies

Acoustic Guitar
Bassoon
Cello (all sizes)
Clarinet
Classical Guitar
Double Bass
Drum Set (complete)

Electric Bass
Electric Guitar
Euphonium
Flute
French Horn
Oboe
Piccolo

Saxophone
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
Ukulele
Viola (all sizes)
Violin (all sizes)

Instrument Cleaning Supplies
Music Stands
New Instrument Cases
Valve Oil

* We are unable to accept pianos, organs, handheld percussion instruments, incomplete drum sets, kazoos, and recorders.

* Please note that drop-off sites have varying days and times. Please consult each site’s listing below. *

Brass Bell Music Store >
210 Silver Spring Dr., Milwaukee
•  Fri: 12pm – 6pm
•  Sat: 10am – 4pm
•  Sun: 12pm – 6pm

Doors Open Milwaukee – Block Party >
235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee
•  Fri: CLOSED
•  Sat: 10am – 5pm
•  Sun: 10am – 5pm

88.9 Radio Milwaukee >
220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee
•  Fri: CLOSED
•  Sat: 10am – 5pm
•  Sun: CLOSED

Melk Music >
12805 Janesville Rd., Muskego
•  Fri: 10am – 5pm
•  Sat: 9am – 2pm
•  Sun: CLOSED

Milwaukee Public Schools – Central Offices >
5225 W Vliet St, Milwaukee
•  Fri: 9am – 4pm
•  Sat: CLOSED
•  Sun: CLOSED

WCM – Audubon Court >
333 W. Brown Deer Rd., Ste. 2, Bayside
•  Fri: 10am – 5pm
•  Sat: 10am – 5pm
•  Sun: 10am – 5pm

WCM – McIntosh|Goodrich >
1584 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee
•  Fri: 10am – 5pm
•  Sat: 10am – 5pm
•  Sun: 10am – 5pm

Donate to the Instrument Repair Fund

Help each student achieve more with a quality instrument! Each donated instrument will require repairs before it is placed into the hands of its new owner. Necessary repairs are estimated at $125-150 per instrument. Your gift will directly support a child in need.

Donate to the Instrument Repair Fund >
or make your gift by calling 414-276-5760.

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Download Resources

View and download posters, fliers, press releases, and other official materials for the 2017 Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Instrument Drive.

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Sponsors & Community Partners

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