Music4Life™ will be resuming delivery of ready-to-play musical instruments to our school district-based representatives who are available to receive them. These senior-level instrumental music teachers, appointed by their respective superintendents, will hold the instruments until they can be delivered to the schools and ultimately to the students who need them.
As of now, we have delivered 224 donated and repaired full-sized musical instruments since Sept. 1st to our ten public school districts for use by students qualifying for free or reduced cost school meals. The total "fair market value" of these 224 instruments and related materials is $127,909. This is 81 percent of last year’s total. All instrument values are according to our independent third-party vendor-experts.
"Virtual" Wine Fest
The Poverty Bay Wine Festival, originally scheduled for March 7th, is being held "virtually" (online) on July 25th (that's this coming Saturday) from 4 to 8 p.m. The wines of 12 local wineries are expected to be featured. Each winery will be asked to present up to three of their wines, but all wines they have available can be purchased. You can select and reserve the wines, pay for them online and then go to curbside pick-up at the wineries. Presented, as always, by the Des Moines / Normandy Park Rotary Club. Join us online, if you can!
Vendors Resume Limited Deliveries
Music4Life works with respected local vendors who provide discounted repairs for the instruments we receive from donors. Among them are Kennelly Keys Music with several stores based in Lynnwood; Ted Brown Music with several stores based in Tacoma; Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah; Rafael Carrabba Violins on Queen Anne; and Bigfoot Music in Arlington. Others, including Olsen Violins in Ballard, provide convenient drop-off points making it easier for instrument donors to help. Most of these are still operating at reduced hours but are accepting curb-side drop-off of instruments being donated toMusic4Life. Facemasks and other measures to protect staff and visitors are appreciated. We provide you the hyperlinks to their websites so you can check their hours of operation and other details. If you're donating a musical instrument, please be sure to fill out the Music4Life Donor Form (below) and put it inside the case with the instrument.
New Instrument Drop-off Locations
We try to make it as convenient as possible for people to donate their "lovingly used" musical instruments toMusic4Life.Besides our vendors and school district headquarters, we are now in the process of identifying other convenient locations, such as the office of the Kent Chamber of Commerce.
A new poster promoting drop-off points in the community is now available. It's intended for display in store windows, such as businesses, chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations and others willing to accept instrument donations. This example can be changed to fit your community's needs.
Booster Club Feature: Highline
The Music4Life booster club supporting Highline Public Schools continues as our largest and (arguably) most successful public school district-based Program. Ably led by Interim President Catherine Carbone Rogers, other members of the Highline Music4Life Booster Club include (by last-name alpha) Jordan Beckman, Paul Casperson, Claudia Dickinson, Bud Jackson, Dan Johnson, Dave Peterson and Mark Ward. Special mention is reserved for Steve Swank, who served as president during this booster club's first ten years. MANY THANKS to all our Highline booster club friends!