Message from the Community: Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Hosts Instrument Drive for Children in Need



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The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (WCM) will be hosting a regional instrument drive this Saturday, October 2 for families in Southeastern Wisconsin who cannot afford to rent or buy an instrument on their own. WCM accepts donations of lightly used instruments which will be cleaned, repaired, and then given to students and community members who have expressed an interest in learning to play music.

Since 2017, WCM has collected and relocated over 300 instruments thanks to the generosity of the Milwaukee community. There will be four collection centers in Southeastern Wisconsin where instruments can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (locations listed below). Those interested in supporting this effort but without an instrument to donate can donate to the Instrument Repair Fund online, by phone or by mail.

More information or to donate:

“Our mission is to break down barriers and provide access to music education,” said Shalisa Kline Ugaz, executive vice president of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. “One of the ways we do this is by reaching out to the community, repairing donated instruments and providing them to students who want to learn to play but cannot afford it. “

The necessary instruments include:

  • Brass (Trombone, Trumpet, French horn, Tuba, Euphonium, various horns)
  • Strings (Cello, Double bass, Harp, Viola, Violin)
  • Guitar (Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar, electric bass, ukulele)
  • The winds (Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Piccolo, Saxophone – all types)
  • Percussion (Complete drum sets)
  • Accessories (New Instrument Cases, Instrument Cleaning Supplies)

There is currently no need for pianos, organs, kazoos, recorders, hand drums, cajons, frame drums, congas and bongos. WCM prefers that donated instruments come with a case.

After the October 2 campaign, donations will continue to be accepted at McIntosh | Goodrich Mansion.

Locations of collection centers:

McIntosh | Goodrich Mansion
1584 N Prospect Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Audubon Court Shopping Center
333 W Brown Deer Road,
Fox Point, WI 53217

Brass Bell Music Store
210 W Silver Spring Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Music & Arts
12805 West, Janesville Road
Muskego, WI 53150

About the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Founded in 1899, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is a Milwaukee-based, non-profit community music school. The school provides high quality music education to over 16,000 students of all ages and experience levels, many of whom live in the city’s most disadvantaged areas. Their mission is to inspire individuals and communities through exceptional musical education, accessible to all. The fall semester at WCM began on September 13.


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