Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the Colorado Public Radio Instrument Drive?

It is what has evolved from those first instrument drives. Steve Blatt, who established and managed the drives at CPR, founded the nonprofit, Bringing Music to Life, so that the instrument drive could continue.

What difference does learning to play an instrument make?

In addition to learning the value of teamwork, listening skills improve, along with critical thinking, self-discipline and self-esteem. Children become better students and more creative, compassionate people.

What instruments are needed?

We welcome donations of band and orchestra instruments, including strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and guitars. With the exception of upright pianos and organs, we accept all instruments in good condition.

My instrument needs a tune up. Can I still donate it?

Yes. Almost all instruments need some work so they are in the best, playable condition when schools receive them. The Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology (CIOMIT) repairs donated instruments for us at a greatly reduced cost.

Is my donation tax deductible?

After the instrument has been appraised, Bringing Music to Life will send a formal thank you letter with the appraised value of your instrument that you can use for tax purposes. Your donation will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Who will receive my instrument?   

The majority of donated instruments go to Title One Colorado schools that have underfunded music education programs. For a list of schools that have received instruments, click here.

How do you give new life to old instruments?

The Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology, a repair facility serving many professional musicians and school districts, appraises and repairs donated instruments at a greatly-reduced cost. This video shows you how CIOMIT gives new life to donated instruments:

How are the schools selected?

Bringing Music to Life works diligently to meet the needs of deserving schools. Click here for the online application form.

What if I want to help, but don’t have an instrument to donate?

You can give money to help repair donated instruments. Instrument repairs are the single greatest expense of the drive.  Click here to learn more.

Bringing Music to Life is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center