Playing It Forward


Studies show that participating in a music education program can have a meaningful impact on how well children do in school and on their ability to solve problems as adults. Too many schools have noted their lack of instruments for music programs, and WQXR set out to do something about it.

March 28 through April 7, WQXR held its first-ever musical instrument drive. Held in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Sam Ash music stores and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, the initiative reached out to the community and encouraged people to donate their used instruments. The instruments were then refurbished for distribution to underfunded New York City school music programs. With a strong on-air, social media and community engagement plan, and drop-off locations in all five NYC boroughs, Westchester, Long Island and Northern New Jersey, the goal was to collect 1,000 instruments. During the course of the drive, WQXR collected more than 3,000 instruments. Selected New York City schools received the instruments for their music programs in the fall of 2014.

The WQXR Advisory Group advises WQXR on its growth and development as a public radio station and destination for classical music. It is composed of New York Public Radio trustees as well as other supporters from cultural and philanthropic organizations in New York. Members include:

Martha J. Fleischman*, Chair President
Kennedy Galleries, Inc.

Judith M. Carson*
Arts Educator

Alain Coblence

Alexander Kaplen*
Executive, Time Warner
President of The Kaplen Brothers Fund

Marianne C. Lockwood
Co-Founder, Orchestra of St. Luke’s & DiMenna Center for Classical Music Arts Advisor, The Enoch Foundation

Joanne Banks Matthews*

Christina McInerney
Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Bethany Millard*

Richard A. Pace*
Executive Vice President
Bank of New York Mellon, Retired

Ellen Polaner*

Susan W. Rose

Roberta Schneiderman

Anne Spitzer
Faculty Marymount
Manhattan College

Nicki Newman Tanner*
Oral historian; speaker and writer on women’s philanthropy

Cynthia King Vance*
Advanced Strategies LLC

Grace Lyu Volckhausen
Tiger Baron Foundation

Alan G. Weiler*
Weiler Arnow Management Co., Inc.

Joseph A. Wilson

*New York Public Radio Board of Trustees