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Play it Forward

About Play It Forward

As of Nov. 30, 2013, the donation period for Play It Forward is closed. Classical Minnesota Public Radio wants to keep music education strong in Minnesota. That's why there's Play It Forward, the statewide musical instrument drive organized by Classical MPR in partnership with the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA). In November, people across Minnesota will be encouraged to donate clean, gently used and playable instruments to Play It Forward. The donations will be given to school music programs in need of instruments, especially as a help for kids who can't otherwise afford them.

Donate your once-loved but no-longer-used musical instruments

Breathe fresh life into once-loved instruments by donating them to Play It Forward, the statewide used-instrument drive created by Classical Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA).

Donate an Instrument

Browse our map or list to find schools near you, and the types of instruments being accepted for donation.

Bring your clean, gently-used and playable instruments to Play It Forward sites across the state. Schools are in need of any classroom instruments: woodwinds, brass, strings, snare drums, acoustic guitars, recorders, hand drums, etc. We'll put them in the hands of kids at schools throughout Minnesota.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We have answers. Find out more about tax receipts, slightly damaged instruments, or just how the whole process works in our FAQ section.


Short stories about donating and receiving instuments, shared by you. Read them here.

Resources for Participating Schools

Tools to help promote and track your participation in Play it Forward.

Drop Site Poster (PDF)

Editable Poster: Drop Site Information (PDF)

FAQ for Schools (PDF)

Donation Receipt (DOC)

Instrument Tally Sheet (PDF)

Mn Legacy Fund Play it Forward: Classical MPR's Musical Instrument Drive is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

Created and executed in partnership with the Minnesota Music Educators Association, with assistance from Vega Productions.

Minnesota Music Educators Association

Vega Productions


Jim Lupient Infiniti
Jim Lupient Infiniti is also accepting instruments at its Golden Valley location. (See map)