Instrument Drive

All year long.

Instrument Drive

Your gently used instruments will help area kids

#BeInstrumental by donating gently used musical instruments and equipment for Milwaukee’s young musicians! Throughout the year, donated instruments will be cleaned, repaired, provided with new cases, and given to at-need students and schools throughout Southeast Wisconsin.



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Throughout the Year

How to Donate

1. Anyone who would like to make a difference in the lives of Milwaukee’s young musicians are encouraged to make a donation to the Instrument Repair Fund. Donated instruments require an average of $180 in repairs before they can be awarded to a student.

2. Bring your donated instrument to our downtown location. At any point throughout the year, you can bring your instrument to our downtown location on Prospect Avenue during operating hours and we will process your donation.

3. Feel great & celebrate! Because of your generosity, a young musician will now be one step closer to realizing their musical dreams.

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Don’t have a musical instrument?

Your gift will repair donated instruments.

Each donated instrument needs necessary repairs before it can find new life with a young musician. Repair costs are estimated at $180 per instrument. By making a gift to the WCM Instrument Repair Fund, you have the power to shape a musical journey.

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Your donation helps students in greater Milwaukee

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Donated instruments, like cars, need tune-ups

Feature Story

Nick Miller plucks a donated, vintage saxophone from its musty case, and gets excited when he spots the fancy engraving on the instrument’s bell. “That’s cool man!”



Mekdes' Story

From One Repaired Harp, Many Cultures Can Unite

Mekdes’ Story

Music is more than just beauty. It’s the lifeblood of her culture. Mekdes isn’t interested in instruments found in school band. She wants a harp, and vividly remembers the first time she heard it.


Mekdes’ Story

Instruments Needed


Euphonium / French Horn / Trombone / Trumpet / Tuba / Various Horns



Acoustic Guitar / Classical Guitar / Electric Bass / Electric Guitar / Ukulele



Complete Drum Sets



Cello / Double Bass / Harp / Viola / Violin


Bassoon / Clarinet / Flute / Oboe / Piccolo / Saxophone – All Types


New Instrument Cases / Instrument Cleaning Supplies

Although we love pianos, organs, kazoos, recorders, hand drums, cajons, frame drums, congas, and bongos,
we unfortunately can not accept these instruments at this time.