CMA Extends Band Instrument Drop-Off
June 15, 2009 at 1:01 PM (PT)
The CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL and the NASHVILLE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION have teamed up to put some old instruments to good use. They asked for fans that attended CMA MUSIC FEST this past week in MUSIC CITY to bring along any gently used band instruments to put in the hands of local school children. According to the CMA they had great response. Among the donations were a 1905 silver-plated saxophone and a mint-condition clarinet that belonged to - and was personally delivered by - "AMERICAN IDOL" finalist BO BICE.
"We are so grateful to the residents of this community and the music industry who donated instruments for this campaign," said TAMMY GENOVESE, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "I have seen firsthand the impact having an instrument has on a child. Getting these long-forgotten flutes, trumpets, and clarinets into the hands of these deserving music students is something we can all be proud of. This is only the beginning of what we can accomplish in the future."
The level of interest from the community compelled the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM to offer to be a drop off location through the end of the month for anyone who wasn't able to donate during the Festival.
Anyone can drop gently-used band instruments off at the HALL OF FAME during regular business hours from 9:30a to 5:00p (CT) (no guitars please). You may drop them off at Guest Services in the Conservatory and receive a coupon for $5 off your admission to the Museum for up to five family members. Forms will be provided so donors can receive tax credit for their donation. For info call (615) 416-2001 or visit www.countrymusichalloffame.com.