Instruments in the Attic Donation Program

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Instruments in the Attic Donation Program

Give an invaluable gift today through our Instruments in the Attic (IiA) donation program,
and recycle the love of music.

Your gently used instrument donations and financial contributions toward instrument maintenance and repair are critical for maintaining an inventory of quality instruments for students in need.
You are instrumental to our success!


Established in Fall 2008, the Instruments in the Attic  program collects gently used musical instruments generously donated from members of the community. It’s “Going Green” in the most musical sense of the phrase!   New and gently used instruments of all types are accepted. Used instruments should be clean and in functioning or near-functioning order. (Please see below for more details regarding instrument state-of-repair definitions and pianos/organ donation rules.*)   The Mason Community Arts Academy gives these instruments a “second life”  by using them in the following ways:

  1. Providing Music Education majors and other Music students at Mason’s School of Music with instruments to borrow to complete their required degree coursework
  2. Providing challenged Mason Community Arts Academy students (kids, teens and adults) with instrument loans to begin their music studies
  3. Supplying instruments for the Academy’s community initiatives, including   Teaching Scholars , Musical Ambassadors , and Instrument Petting Zoos
  4. Loaning out instruments to local public schools to assist band/ orchestra directors with sustaining their funding-challenged music programs
  5. To supply Mason visual art students with materials for instrument-based art projects (ONLY  with instruments deemed no longer musically capable)

*Monetary donations are also needed to support repair, restoration, and basic upkeep of instruments.

Here’s how it works:
Contact the Mason Community Arts Academy office – (703)993-9889 or – and arrange a time to drop-off your new or gently used instrument (GET DIRECTIONS NOW).  Upon delivery, we have you fill out a short donation form, and you leave knowing that you have contributed to the musical vitality of the community in a very real way.   You will receive a letter from Mason Community Arts Academy acknowledging your gift.  This letter  serves as a donation receipt for income tax purposes.

Don’t have an instrument to donate?  Financial gifts are also critically needed in order to repair and maintain the donated instruments.

“The donated instruments from the Academy [are] a huge help. We [are] able to include more kids in the band program, which not only helps them musically but also boosts their academic engagement,” says Michael Utell, former band director at Woodburn School for the Fine & Communicative Arts in Falls Church.


*We will gladly accept “gently used” instruments needing slight repairs. Examples of light repairs are replacement strings for violins or guitars, slide or valve lubrication for brass, or pad/cork replacements for woodwinds. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept instruments with severe damage requiring heavy repairs. Examples of heavy damage are severe breaks or cracks in wooden instruments, surface damage sufficiently severe to require new lacquering, needed replacement or repair of electronic components in electronic instruments, or damage resulting from decay during long-term storage such as mold, mildew, and strong odor.
Regarding piano/ organ donations, t
he Academy can only accept piano/ organ donations if there is an immediate need (and piano moving funds are available).   If you have a piano you would like to donate, feel free to email with a description and photo(s) of your piano, plus your preferred contact information. If we do not have an immediate need, we will be happy to make an announcement in our weekly E-Newsletter that goes out to our Academy community.


See our Instruments in the Attic program in action:


We depend on donations to help fund this program.
Make a difference by giving to Instruments in the Attic!



Program Sponsors:
Thanks to our special Instruments in the Attic sponsors for donating time, talent and funds to this great program!





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