Cleveland's New Musical Instrument Donation Drive Kicks Off MLK Day


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Thanks to expert tidier Marie Kondo's new Netflix series, people everywhere are purging their homes of unused and unneeded things this new year. And in Cleveland, there's a new way to donate your dust-collecting musical instruments (think: that trumpet or violin you haven't touched since high school).

Starting Monday, five non-profit/public groups, including Arts Cleveland, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Cleveland City Council, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Orchestra, have come together for a city-wide instrument drive for kids called Play It Forward. This year, all gently used instruments will go to children involved with rec center music programs in the Glenville neighborhood, but expansions are planned for the future.

Donation drop off days at Severance Hall in University Circle are scheduled for MLK Day (the same day the orchestra is hosting a free community open house), Feb. 17, both from noon to 5 p.m., and March 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Only real, gently-used musical instruments will be accepted, and larger instruments, such as pianos and harps, need to stay at home. All instruments will be inspected and repaired before being gifted. 

Of course, if you don't have any extra instruments lying around, Play It Forward is taking donations for repairs right here.

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