It’s not news.
School budgets are being slashed dramatically, and the arts always seem to be among the first targets of the budget-cutters.
But the volunteer organisation Schenectady Friends of Music is doing something about about it with their Musical Tools for Schenectady Schools program, which seeks donations of musical instruments for the Schenectady City School system.
The Musical Tools for Schenectady Schools program began a year ago to help encourage donations of pre-owned instruments for use by local students. Last year’s campaign resulted in more than 150 donated instruments.
“There are so many children in Schenectady with musical dreams,” says Steve Weisse, president of Schenectady Friends of Music, “and the need for instruments continues to grow each year. We know there are good quality instruments tucked away in attics and storerooms that are just collecting dust, and we’re hoping to put them to good use.
“We’ve got kids on waiting lists who can’t afford to rent or own their own instruments.” Weisse continues. “Give us an instrument today, and someone will be playing it tomorrow.”
Of particular need are wind and brass instruments including clarinets, flutes, trumpets, trombones and French horns; also string instruments such as violins, violas, cellos and upright basses, but instruments of almost every type are welcome, as well as instrument cases and music stands.
All donated instruments are tax deductible, and can be dropped off at Proctors box office or Hermies Music Store in Schenectady. There will also be a special collection location at Proctors’ Robb Alley from 5-9pm on Friday in conjunction with the Art Night Schenectady arts walk.
If it’s not convenient for you to drop off instruments, arrangements can be made to have the instruments picked up. Please contact Steve Weisse at (518) 346-4266.