MAKE A DONATION keep the music playing
The Leave a Legacy campaign is part of SOMF’s Music Education Program, encouraging individuals to donate their used instruments. Most band and/or orchestra programs simply do not have enough instruments for each student. Music instruments donated by individuals not only helps to supply instruments to students exhibiting musical talent, but also to those who may not be able to afford an instrument of their own instrument. Without these generous donations, many students’ talents would never be realized, nor would they be motivated to learn.
Motivation to Learn
The opportunity to earn ownership of an instrument provides incentive to re-engage students’ interest in school. Before they are even assigned an instrument, a student must meet the following requirements: maintain an academic grade of C+ (70%) or higher and an attendance record of at least 70% for one full semester. During music instruction, they must maintain the requirements throughout the remainder of the school year. If they do, the instrument is theirs to keep.
Improves Academic Performance
There is measurable data that music education improves both academic performance and brain function. “Researchers have found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin; they found that playing music also helped kids’ brains process language.” (Source NPR) Statistics also indicate that the grade point average of students who participated in music education increased one full point higher. Additionally, after just four months of music instruction, students scored 15% to 41% higher when tested on math ratios and fractions. (Source Sharon Begley, “Music on the Mind,” Newsweek, July 24, 2000).
We believe in helping our community youth, one instrument at a time. If you don’t have an instrument, any monetary contribution, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can make a significant difference in one student’s life. Tom’s Guitars in Medford will accept your instrument on our behalf, even those needing repair. Many donated instruments are 100% tax deductible. Donate an instrument, today. Arrange a pick up by calling us at 866-448-1948 or contact Tom’s Guitars .
How to donate and FAQs we can arrange to pick up instruments
How to donate an instrument:
During the Festival
Bring your instrument to our Festival Headquarters, Inn at the Commons 200 North Riverside Avenue in Medford, anytime during the three days of the Festival. The staff at the registration desk in the main lobby will happily receive them and help you fill out a donation form.
Call SOMF to arrange a pick up
Call our toll free number 866-448-1948, Music Education Committee members, Joe Diamond at 541-499-0968, Steve Thatcher at 541-499-0134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Via Parcel Delivery
Instruments may be sent to the Tom’s Guitars at the address shown above. Please include your name, email address and phone number, plus anything else you would like us to know about you or your instrument. We will be in touch to let you know the value of your donation and supply you with a receipt.
Frequently asked questions:
Is my instrument donation tax deductible?
The Southern Oregon Music Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so the value of your donation may be 100% deductible. After your instrument is assessed, you will receive a receipt from Southern Oregon Music Festival with an estimated value of your instrument.
Will my donation be recognized?
It is our policy to collect contact information of our donors so we may track its history and story. If there is interesting story or history associated with your instrument, we’d like to be able to share it. Occasionally, we may extend an invitation to our donors to special performances by student recipients of donated instruments. It’s your choice to be recognized or remain anonymous. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, we will honor your anonymity and your data will only be accessible by our Music Education committee.
What will happen to my instrument?
Each instrument’s condition is assessed by Duane Hess, owner of Tom’s Guitars in Medford. Those needing repair remain at his shop (with grants covering the costs for those repairs). The rest are distributed according to wish lists submitted to SOMF by Jackson and Josephine County School band and orchestra instructors.
Will the Southern Oregon Music Festival administer a loaner program?
Through the Instrument Donation Program or Loan-to-Purchase Instrument Scholarship Program, students are assigned their own instruments, allowing them to practice at home. Free instrument rental and Loan-to-Purchase programs are funded through foundation grants. Those that qualify for scholarship funds can credit the purchase of their instrument through the scholarship awarded to them.
How do I know my instrument will go to a student and not part of the school districts inventory?
We work directly with music teachers and band and orchestra instructors to identify which instruments qualified students are interested in learning to play. The instruments are managed by the teachers until students have earned ownership. If they don’t meet the requirements of ownership, the instruments are returned to SOMF and are made available to another student.
Can I talk to someone about donating?
Absolutely. We understand how meaningful your instrument may be to you, its history, and how important it is to trust the hands in which you place your instrument. If you would like to have a more personal conversation, feel free to contact Music Education director, Joe Diamond, at 541-499-0968 or email email@example.com