This year ...

Colorado Public Radio teamed up with Bringing Music to Life to help share the power of music with children and foster music education in Colorado.

More than 1,000 instruments were collected from March 16 to 28. These instruments will be cleaned up and repaired, then distributed to schools around the state to support the next generation of Colorado musicians.

Visit to learn about ways to get involved

Watch this video to find out more about the instrument drive.


Since launching in 2009 …

Over 1,900 instruments have gone to more than 100 Colorado schools and music programs. Started by CPR to promote and strengthen music education and appreciation, the mission continues with the new non-profit Bringing Music to Life.

Read these stories about the power of musical instruments:

    ● Donated instruments make Colorado teacher's music program more effective

    ● Donated instrument fuels Colorado high schooler's dreams

    ● Longmont teacher's film highlights the intangibles of music education

    ● Bringing Music to Life founder believes free instruments keep kids motivated

    ● Why the bond between musicians and their instruments is so powerful

    ● Denver student Dominic Ellerbee finds solace in guitar after homelessness