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Join us by participating in Play It Forward: Classical MPR’s Musical Instrument Drive™. Your donation will directly benefit a Minnesota school music program when you give your used (or new!) instrument through Classical MPR’s fifth annual instrument drive campaign.

Most schools throughout Minnesota have a great need for more instruments so that motivated and talented students have opportunities to participate in band or orchestra. In today’s economy, schools lack the funds to buy new instruments and many families cannot afford to rent instruments for their children.

Classical MPR encourages you, one of more than 850,000 listeners, to donate used band or orchestra instruments to their community's schools. Classical MPR and our partner, the Minnesota Music Educators Association, hope to collect as many instruments as possible and get them into the hands of hundreds of eager and talented children.

WHERE CAN I DONATE MY INSTRUMENT?

Donors will give their instruments directly to the school of your choice. (MPR will not be accepting instruments at our headquarters or network stations.) To donate, submit your information via our Instruments in the Cloud form on the Play It Forward homepage. There, you can type the name of your nearest school district or school to find out if they are accepting instruments.

WHAT KINDS OF INSTRUMENTS ARE ACCEPTED?

Instruments in the Cloud will match the school with the instrument needed, use the form om the Play it Forward homepage to find the right match for your donation.

WILL SCHOOLS WANT MY INSTRUMENT IF IT’S IN NEED OF REPAIR?

If your instrument is in need of minor repair, please bring the instrument to the school you would like to receive the donation. It’s likely they can repair the instrument.

WILL I GET A TAX DEDUCTION FOR MY DONATION?

When you submit your information in the form, check the "donation receipt" box and you will receive a receipt. It is your responsibility to determine the value of the instrument. Donations of an instrument with a value up to $5,000 will not need an appraisal. If an instrument is valued at more than $5,000 you should secure an appraisal from a qualified music store.

WHAT IF MY INSTRUMENT IS WORTH MORE THAN $5,000?

When receiving in-kind donations like musical instruments, the school is responsible for providing a receipt that describes the donation (for example: 1 baritone saxophone and case), the date the instrument was received, and the school/organization that is receiving the donation.

If the fair-market value of the instrument is more than $5,000 and you would like to deduct the donation on income taxes, it is the responsibility of the donor to get an appraisal and to complete certain tax forms (F8283). Individuals should consult their tax advisor with any questions about deductibility.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE AN INSTRUMENT, BUT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION?

Most schools are capable of receiving financial contributions; please check with the school about their policies. You may also consider a donation to Vega Productions, a Minnesota-based non-profit organization that helps rebuild and revitalize music and art programs in Minnesota public schools.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Instrument donors can choose to donate their instruments to their favorite school or a participating Instruments in the Cloud site that is in close proximity to them. Donors fill out an online form that is sent directly to the music instructor and school administration alerting them that a donation is on it's way. The donor then delivers their instrument to their chosen school and has their printed donation form signed by school administration for their tax records. Smooth and simple! More information is available at Instruments in the Cloud.

WHO IS MPR WORKING WITH ON THIS PROJECT?

We have partnered with the Minnesota Music Educators Association on Play It Forward: Classical MPR’s Musical Instrument Drive™ to ensure that this project is as effective as possible at getting instruments into the hands of students. The MMEA, along with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, has been a key resource in helping us identify the needs of K-12 music programs across the state and activating its members so that they are open and ready to receive instruments from their community. Additionally, we have partnered with Vega Productions to power Play it Forward with their project Instruments in the Cloud to ensure all donated instruments get into the hands of needy Minnesota students.

FINAL NOTES

Thank you for your interest in Play It Forward: Classical MPR’s Musical Instrument Drive™. If you have any further questions, please e-mail playitforward@mpr.org.

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.

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.

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