The 2016 WQXR INSTRUMENT DRIVE, which aims to collect at least 6,000 instruments, kicks off with an event at Lincoln Center on Friday, April 8 from 12:45-1:30 PM. Carmen Fariña, the New York City Schools Chancellor, will provide remarks, and the event will feature a performance by students from the Long Island City High School, a school that received instruments through the last drive. From April 8-17, the initiative invites people throughout the New York City metro region and New Jersey to donate their gently used musical instrument, for distribution to music programs at New York City and Newark public schools, as well as community music programs. The drive is held in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and Newark Public Schools. WQXR is collecting gently used instruments to be distributed to New York City and Newark, New Jersey under-resourced music and arts programs. Between April 8–17, 2016, WQXR will be accepting instruments at drop-off locations in NYC, Northern New Jersey, and Long Island.
Donors can also mail instruments to: https://giveinstruments.org/about
WQXR is partnering with Uber to provide free instrument pick-ups within Manhattan and Northern New Jersey on Saturday April 9th from 10 AM-3PM. Uber riders will be able to enter the promo code GIVEMUSIC to request a vehicle on demand to come pick up their instruments.