Donate Your Unused Musical Instruments during the Jazz Fest for City School Students

June 7, 2017

Rochester, NY -- June 7, 2017--If you have a new or used musical instrument or accessories you no longer need, please bring it to the festival at the Merchandise Tent from 5-7:30 PM daily where Rochester Education Foundation will be collecting them for city school students. If the instrument can't be brought to the festival, REF collects them year round. Donors receive a letter stating that their donation is tax deductible as allowed by the law. Please contact REF for more information:, or 585-271-5790, or drop instruments off at 250 Mill St., Rochester 14614. Please call ahead for any large instruments. 

For the past 10 years, Rochester Education Foundation has collected used musical instruments for Rochester city students at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, thanks to the generous support of M&T Bank. 

Since the launch of our Spring for Music Opportunities program in 2005, REF has collected 1600 musical instruments, giving all of them to the city school district to be used by students.  

When REF launched this campaign, some schools had only 14 musical instruments. Some students were prevented from playing due to so few instruments. This has changed thanks to our program and the generosity of the Rochester community. Playing a musical instrument is linked to academic advancement in young people and a lifelong appreciation of the joy of music.