92Y Instrument Drive

WQXR Instrument Drive

March 28-April 7

Donate your used instrument and change a student’s life.

Please bring your gently-used instrument to 92Y’s lobby (1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street) during these times.

Mon and Tue: 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Fri: 9 am-5 pm
Sat, Mar 29: 10 am-5 pm; Sat, Apr 5: 10 am-8 pm
Sun: 1 pm- 8 pm

As a strong proponent of music education, 92Y is proud to serve as a collection site for the first annual WQXR Instrument Drive, which aims to provide under-resourced public school music programs through New York City with more than 1,000 instruments collected from donors in the tri-state area. Working with partners Sam Ash Music Stores and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, WQXR will repair the instruments and distribute them to deserving music programs in New York City Public Schools this fall.
Donate your instrument and change a life. Pass it on.



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Q: Why are you doing an Instrument Drive?

A: Students who study music in school have higher grades, self-esteem, and graduation rates. New York City public schools are dedicated to providing arts education, but have suffered budget cuts over the years including an 85% cut in funding for art supplies and musical instruments over the past 6 years. Teachers have said that access to supplies is one of the biggest challenges they face.

Q: What instruments are needed?

A: We encourage donations of instruments that can be used in band and orchestra programs including stringed instruments, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and guitars.

Q: Are there instruments you will not accept?

A: We cannot accept pianos, organs, timpani, harps, or any other instrument that cannot be hand-carried.

Q: My instrument needs a tune up. Can I still donate it?

A: Yes. Almost all instruments need some work so they are in the best, playable condition when schools receive them. WQXR has partnered with Sam Ash Music Stores to repair donated instruments at a reduced cost. WQXR will cover the costs of instrument repair.

Q: What if my instrument is irreparable?

A: We encourage you to drop off any instrument, even if you think it is beyond repair. If we are unable to get the instrument in working order, we will let you know and either return it to you if you would like it back or use the instrument for parts to help us lower the costs of repair on other instruments.

Q: How do I know what my instrument is worth?

A: We will leave it to you to estimate the value of your instrument. If we believe the value is significantly higher than the value you determined, we will let you know immediately and will return the instrument to you if you desire.

For answers to more FAQs, please visit WQXR.org/Kids.


92nd Street Y offers many music education programs for children and adults.

  • 92Y School of Music
    “The 92Y School of Music has been a big part of my life, and I will never forget the great experiences I had within it.” —David Alvarez, Tony Award® winner for Billy Elliot
  • 92Y Majors for Minors—Free tickets for children ages 8 to 18 with the purchase of an adult 92Y Concert ticket. To order, call 212.415.5500 (subject to availability).
  • Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts offers full, 100% merit-based scholarships, opening doors for exceptional students ages 7 to 17 in Greater New York City to hone and develop their creative potential as artists and performers.
    Applications are due Fri, May 23, 2014.
    Learn more about the program and application/audition requirements here.