Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Hosts Instrument Drive

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Instrument Drive

Community Need

Each year when school districts publish budgets, students, parents, teachers and community members anxiously wait to see if funding cuts are made to music programs. This occurs all across the country, not just in southeast Wisconsin. Since 2008, 80% of U.S. school districts have experienced funding cuts, leading to fewer music programs including band, choir, orchestra, general music, and opportunities to further students’ music education through private lessons, festivals, and summer camps. For schools that are fortunate enough to have their music programs remain in place, funds for instruments, instrument repair, and other equipment continues to be practically non-existent. While students may have access to a music program in their school, they may not have the opportunity to reach their musical potential because of this lack of funding.

Who We Are

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is one of the premier community music schools in the Midwest. We educate 9,000 individuals annually in schools and community organizations in southeast Wisconsin through weekly and daily music classes and rehearsals, mentor and teach over 2,000 students of all ages through private lessons, classes, camps, and festivals. Areas of study include classical, jazz, rock, blues, early childhood, Suzuki, lifelong learning, and general music.  Financial aid and scholarships are available to students in order to increase access to quality music education and the benefits that ensue from studying and performing music.

Meeting A Need

Through our mission, we meet the music education needs of our community on a daily basis. We now have an opportunity to solve one other issues our region faces. Our inaugural Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Instrument Drive is planned for September 22-24, 2017. The Instrument Drive will give residents of southeast Wisconsin an opportunity to donate their instruments they no longer use and pass their love of music onto another generation. Donated instruments will be repaired then given to schools that have demonstrated need. An instrument in the hands of a child is infinitely more powerful than an instrument wasting away in a closet.


The Instrument Drive has the potential to impact the lives of hundreds throughout our region. We currently seek support to help reach this potential. Each instrument donated will require repair, cases replaced, and new homes to be found. To make this drive a success, we will need the support from school and community organization partnerships, media and corporate sponsors, instrument repair companies, and especially philanthropic community members. As we continue to face cuts to music education programs in schools, it will take the entire community to play our part and support the future of music education.

Current Partnerships Include: Doors Open Milwaukee, OnMilwaukee.com, Badger State Repair School.

Drop off sites include: DoorsOpen Block Party, McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion 1584 N Prospect Ave, Audubon Court Location, 333 E. Brown Deer Road,

Please contact Rachel Fritz (COO and Instrument Drive Coordinator, rfritz@wcmusic.org) or
Adam Shafer (Director of Development, ashafer@wcmusic.org) for further information.

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