In loving memory of Van Lawton, we started collecting used instruments and gifting them to kids who wanted to play, keeping Van's "music and magic" alive. We have now served over 200 families with the gift of music.
With the help of "magic makers" like you, we collect gently used instruments, fix them up and gift them to families all across Maine and New England. We work with partners: Maine Public, and KindKids Music as well as several other music educators, social workers, and small organizations to continue this work.
if you would like to make a donation of a gently used instrument please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text Amanda at
207 956-3019 to make arrangements. Thank you!
If you are financially able to make a donation, all funds collected are used for the purchasing, repairing, and delivering of instruments to families.
If you would like to nominate a child to receive an instrument from us please send and email with the child's request, age, parent contact info, and town along with any other relevant info you think makes them a candidate to receive a gift. We have a running list of nominations. We try our best to follow up within a few months of requests. thank your for your support and patience.
Guitars, Keyboards, Violins, Drumsets, Clarinets, Flutes, Trumpets, Trombones, Saxophones, Ukuleles, Cellos, and so so many more instruments have been gifted with your help.
Imagine a young person with a passion for music and a family that just cannot afford the expense of renting or buying an instrument. That is the family we serve. We know from our work with teachers, parents, and social workers what a HUGE impact having a music instrument can have on a young person.
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Please reach us at if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Yes. Any child or young adult may request an instrument and if we are able to find it for them it is gifted for FREE.
We accept ANY instrument in "playable" condition. The only instrument we cannot take is a piano. Requests can be made for ANY instrument, however, we can only offer what we receive through donations.
Families may request one instrument per child per year. If a child changes their mind though, they are welcome to exchange at anytime, if we have something else they would prefer.