The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is collecting musical instruments this month to give to kids in Detroit.
The goal is to collect 2,500 new and used instruments through the orchestra’s new nonprofit Detroit Harmony, a citywide collaborative effort between the DSO and other arts nonprofits, schools, community organizations and civic leaders.
Managing Director Damian Crutcher says there are 120,000 school-aged children in the city.
“It’d be great if all of them had the opportunity to play an instrument, to learn music production, to be in a band, be in an orchestra, know what it’s like to play the first note, to play in an ensemble … We would like music education to be a part of everyone’s life.”
Crutcher says the organization has instrument donation sites across Michigan.
He says Detroit Harmony accepts many types of instruments, but not organs or pianos because of their size.
To learn how to donate or to find locations to drop off an instrument, go to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s website.