Due to increased demand, we need to engage additional help to process donations. The ironic dilemma faced byThe Music Guild is that our subscriptions and donations are significantly lower because of the inexorable aging of our audiences and, at the same time, there is a growing increase in the costs of presenting concerts and handling the rapid expansion of our outreach activities. It is well established that revenue from ticket sales of all organizations presenting concerts and outreach activities does not come close to covering the costs incurred. Time expended on our outreach activities now exceeds the time expended to produce our regular 24 concerts.
Our outreach program, Partners in Education resulted from a very surprising large number of calls during a two week period by visitors to this website wanting to donate 15 pianos on condition that the pianos be picked up in a very short time from donors needing to vacate their homes. In addition, we have received many offers to donate violins, cellos, bows, flutes, saxophones, clarinets, etc. which necessitated changing our website to include other instruments. Donations of pianos and other instruments now exceed 200.
Because placement in and locating of public schools takes considerable time, we found 20 marvelous music teaching organizations like YOLA (LA Phil Youths) at HOLA (Heart of LA), YMF (Young Musicians Foundation), YOLA at LACHSA (LA County High School for the Arts), Harmony Project, Education through Music, and The Neighborhood Music School that can take pianos and instruments quickly. Unlike public schools, such organizations have a constant need and continuing use for pianos and other instruments.
La Sierra University in Riverside, California is adding a program for children in the community which would not otherwise have access to music education. This separate nonprofit endeavor is called Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. The program had enlisted teachers but was unable to fund the purchase of student violins for the program. The Music Guild gifted seven violins, bows and cases to help La Sierra University start this program. The Director of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts reports: "We will loan these instruments to children in the community who will freely participate in our start up string program. The generosity of The Music Guild will allow these children an opportunity that, up until now, is only available to children with financial means. On behalf of those children, thank you."
Around Southern California, The Music Guild's Piano and Instrument Donation Program in Los Angeles is making a difference in music education.
* L. A.’s Edison Elementary: "The piano sounded AMAZING at the Edison Winter Concert! The audience cheered when we announced The Music Guild donation, and the students had HUGE smiles on their faces.”
* Santa Monica-Malibu USD: “. . . many music teachers, students and concert attendees will enjoy the music . . . from such a beautiful piano for many years to come!”
* Education Through Music: “Thank you so much . . . (for) the placement of the baby grand . . . piano at El Sereno Middle School. Thank you for helping to restore lasting music education in a school that would otherwise stay silent. Thanks to you, a student can learn music in school, increasing their creativity and focus.”
* Saturday Conservatory of Music: “our organization is extremely grateful to receive this gift as it will further our mission to provide affordable music education to students in the greater Los Angeles area.”
The Music Guild's Piano and Instrument Adoption Program can help you place your piano, violin, viola, cello, harp, trumpet, clarinet, flute or any instrument with a nonprofit or music education organization in your community. Many families are downsizing as the kids grow up and leave the nest and find they no longer have room for or need of pianos or instruments played by their children. Many Seniors move into retirement residence and have no place to put their pianos. Meanwhile, students need these instruments! From its Southern California headquarters near the historic MGM/Sony Pictures studios, The Music Guild, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, will place your piano or other instrument with a not‑for‑profit organization, school or other music education program to be used for students for years to come. These organizations find it increasingly financially difficult to purchase the needed instruments for their programs and cannot afford to replace their aging, broken pianos and other instruments.
Veteran's Administration professionals also use pianos as part of their rehabilitation programs. Musical therapy has long been proven to aid in recovery.
The Piano and Instrument Adoption Program is part of our "Instruments for Students" and "Keyboards for Kids" programs that The Music Guild has operated for years. Classical music education has been scientifically proven to help students in all areas of their education by developing habits of concentration and increasing self‑esteem, which result in higher scores on college entrance exams.
Be a part of this tradition by allowing a nonprofit or other music education organization to adopt your musical instrument and receive a charitable deduction. However, The Music Guild does not give tax advice; please contact a tax professional.