Supporting Music Education with the #GiveMusicNYC Instrument Drive

April 6, 2016 / New York City
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Music enriches lives; however, many public schools in New York City and New Jersey have underfunded music programs, making access to instruments a big challenge for music teachers.

WQXR, NYC’s classical radio station, is committed to helping make music education available to all students. That’s why on April 8, the station kicks off a 10-day instrument donation drive to benefit public schools with underfunded music programs.

To support WQXR’s efforts, we’re encouraging Uber users to take part and donate. On Saturday, April 9, request GIVE in your app and we’ll pick up your gently-used instruments, and help WQXR put them in the hands of eager students.

Enter code GIVEMUSIC and request GIVE on Saturday, April 9, to donate gently-used instruments to underfunded music education programs

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open your Uber app
  2. Tap the menu icon on the top left-hand side of the app, select the Promotions tab, and enter the promo code GIVEMUSIC
  3. Request GIVE on Saturday, April 9, between 10am and 3pm. You’ll be connected to a driver who will arrive at your location and collect your donation.


Here’s what you need to know before donating:

When is Uber collecting donations?
Saturday, April 9, between 10am and 3pm

Where is Uber accepting donations?
NYC: Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Park Slope
NJ: Essex, Bergen, and Hudson Counties

Are all instruments accepted?
Though we’d love to accept all instruments, pianos, timpani, or other large instruments that can’t be carried by hand will not be accepted. For sanitary reasons, recorders and harmonicas are also not accepted.

If my instrument needs repair, can I still donate?
Yes! Even instruments that are not in playing condition will be accepted. They will either be repaired or used for parts to repair other instruments.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! You’ll be asked to fill out a form when your driver arrives to pick up your donation. A copy of this form is yours to keep, and will serve as your tax deduction receipt.

Where will my donated instruments end up?
Most donated instruments will go to NYC and NJ public schools that have underfunded music education programs. Some donations will go to non-profit programs or community music schools.

For more information about WQXR’s instrument donation drive, visit