WQXR INSTRUMENT DRIVE
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*
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*
Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Richard A. Pace*
Executive Vice President
Bank of New York Mellon, Retired
Susan W. Rose
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