How to Donate Musical Instruments to Columbus Students with The Gift of Music

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – NBC4 partners with the Columbus Music Commission for its fourth edition Gift of Music Instrument Player.

The commission accepts new or gently used instruments, amplifiers, strings, and accessories that will then be donated to hundreds of students throughout central Ohio.

Bruce Garfield, executive director of the Columbus Music Commission, said putting instruments in the hands of students goes beyond helping them play music.

“Giving a youngster an instrument and teaching them how to play it can change the course of their life,” Garfield said. “It helps with socialization skills, self-esteem, hand-eye coordination and math.”

The Instrument Drive runs from August 27 through September 4, with special one-day deliveries also scheduled.

In the past three collections, the commission has donated more than 2,200 instruments to needy students in Columbus City schools, charter schools and after-school programs.

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The full schedule of drop-off locations and times is below.

CD92.9FM (deposits start 8/29):
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday
1036 S Front Street, Columbus, OH 43206
Ring the doorbell!

Columbus Radio Group:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
4401 Carriage Hill Lane, Columbus, 43220

The music turns (Bethel):
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
2630 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220

The music is turning (Gahanna):
August 27-September 4:
12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
1329 Stoneridge Drive, Gahanna, OH 43230

Musicology (Grandview):
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday
1400 W 3rd Ave, Columbus, OH 43212, USA

Royal Music:
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday
480 W Olentangy St, Powell, OH 43065

School of Rock (Dublin):
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday
6727 Dublin Center Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday
540 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

Early removals/deposits on the first weekend only:

Vaughan Music Studio (8/22-8/28):
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday
3280 Riverside Drive, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Downtown Easton (8/27 ONLY):
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday
Drop-off area in parking lot near 3950 Regents St, Columbus, OH 43219, accessible from Regents St. in downtown Easton, across from West Garage.

Shadowbox Live (8/28 ONLY):
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday
503 S. Front St. #260, Columbus, OH 43215
The drop off location will be in the Up Front performance space at the front of the Shadowbox Live building. When you arrive, enter through the double doors from the theater driveway through the ticket office and parking lot.

Columbus Clippers Game Day Special Deposits:

8/28 (away game)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Donate an instrument and get a coupon for a Columbus Clippers game to use 8/31-3/9 and a $5 Donatos pizza gift card.
Drop off location on Huntington Park Lane, far west of the ballpark. Located between Nationwide and Brodbelt in the small car park.

9/4 (home game)
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sunday
Donate an instrument and get 50% off entry to the game that day. The first 100 people to donate receive a coupon for a free Donatos pizza at the ballpark that day!
Drop off location at center field gate.