...Hungry for Music has donated over 8,000 instruments to organizations in 12 countries for 22 years...


Hungry for Music is an organization that supports music education and cultural enrichment by acquiring and distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children with willing instructors and a hunger to play.

At Hungry for Music, our most important service is putting musical instruments into hungry hands. We serve children who demonstrate a desire to learn music as well as teachers who have students willing to learn.

Music is the prayer through which the world heals itself. We believe that by sharing instruments and musical experiences, children who would not normally have the opportunity can experience a kind of freedom and self-discovery that is often stifled in an atmosphere of economic hardship.

All of our events, benefits, instrument drives, & CD production are aimed at uplifting those lives and enriching culture at-large by supporting the availability of music education.

How did Hungry for Music get started?

Enrolled at The George Washington University, Jeff Campbell had an idea was to have a benefit concert for the Coalition Against Homelessness, using talents of street musicians and other local bands. The concert was held in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, Jeff began to understand and observe the healing and transformative powers of music in his life and others. Campbell went through the process of making Hungry for Music a 501(c) non-profit organization and was granted that status in March of that year. See our cool HISTORY TIMELINE!

How can I help Hungry for Music?

Donate an instrument. ...click for more info

Donate funds. ...click for more info

Donate your time. ...click for more info

Spread the word through social media.

How do I donate an instrument?

You can donate an instrument by filling out our short application. Depending on your location, we will provide you a drop off location or a volunteer will arrange to pick up. In some cases, we will ask you to ship the instrument to us. You can either choose to donate the shipping costs (which is tax deductible) or we will be happy to reimburse you for shipping costs. We are primarily in the Northeast, but can provide drop-offs and pick-ups throughout the country.

Do you take broken instruments?

Yes, we will take instruments in any condition. We will have them repaired if it is cost efficient. If not, we will donate them to Landfill Harmonic's program so they can repair or use for parts. Also, occasionally we will give them to artists to transform them into works of art. We have held two auctions using this kind of art and used the proceeds to purchase new instruments!

What kinds of organizations do you help?

We support innovative music programs throughout the United States and abroad. Some of our programs include: Intonation Music Workshop in Chicago, Roots of Music in New Orleans, Road Recovery in New York City, El Sistema music programs in New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC. Please check out the amazing programs around the world that we support on our Partners Page.

Do you help individual children?

Yes! We support children whose parents cannot afford to rent or purchase an instrument for a school or after-school music program. Parents should have the school music teacher request the instrument though our website application process. To request a donated instrument, fill out the short form on our Request Instrument page.

Can I request an instrument if I don't know how to play?

Yes! If you are in a music program at school, in another music program or have a music mentor/private instructor that will be responsible for requesting the instrument.

How do I get an instrument?

By filling out this short application. For individual children, we require the school or music program teacher to make the request. If you are requesting for a school or after-school music program, please fill out this short application. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at contact@hungryformusic.org or fill out the contact form on this page.

How many children have you helped?

Hungry for Music has donated over 7,000 instruments in the last 20 years and impacted many thousands more. HFM has donated music instrument in 42 states and over 11 countries in its history. Our vision is to facilitate the donation of music instruments to all those who wish to play. Giving the gift of music has the potential to change lives.

Do you send instruments overseas?

We partner with international organizations such as Bridges Across Borders, Haiti Outreach, and Montgomery County Sister Cities. Through these organizations we are able to facilitate the donations of instruments to other countries.

Where do you get your instruments?

Music instruments are donated to us from a multitude of places. Ironically, more than half of the instruments we receive every year come from other children holding music instrument drives for their bar or bat mitzvahs, boy scout service projects, high school service projects and also support from college music organizations and high school music organizations. We also receive instruments from individuals who are cleaning out their attics, garages and closets. Even some professional musicians have helped us acquire instruments. Finally, we purchase musical instruments from various sources that are funded from individual donations, business contributions, organization support, benefit concert proceeds, merchandise and raffle sales.

How can I learn about your events?

By signing up for our mailing list, checking the events page on this website, or through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

--- Jeff Campbell -- Founder of Hungry for Music

"...we have been privileged to give the gift of music over 8,000 times during the last two decades..."

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