Fire Department’s instruments drive to help Minneapolis schools music programs

The Minneapolis Fire Department is partnering with the non-profit organization Ear Candy to help get residents to donate musical instruments for students who can’t afford them.

From March 8 until March 13, people can drop off unused, unwanted and/or damaged musical instruments at any of the 19 fire stations throughout Minneapolis. Ear Candy will refurbish those instruments and make them available to students in Minneapolis Public Schools.

Anyone donating an instrument will be asked to complete a donation card for tax purposes. Ear Candy staff will offer to update the donor on the progress and final disposition of their instrument.

Headquartered in Arizona, Ear Candy has successfully held instrument drives with the Phoenix Fire Department. The organization is eager to expand its affiliation with other fire departments around the country. The Minneapolis Fire Department is proud to explore this unique method of engaging with the community in a way that will ultimately benefit the Minneapolis Public Schools arts program.

The donation period with culminate with the project being highlighted at the "Yo Gabba Gabba" show at Target Center on March 13.

Published Mar 4, 2010