Duval County Public Schools is partnering with the Jacksonville Symphony, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jacksonville Public Library and Florida Blue this holiday season for the first-ever “Instruments for Change” drive to collect and distribute new or gently used musical instruments to students. This program will help ensure more students in Duval County Public Schools have access to high-quality instruments. The Instruments for Change drive begins December 1 and continues through December 19.
With more students becoming interested in musical offerings due to expanded programs, it is crucial they have the necessary instruments to continue their musical education. A variety of instruments are needed, in particular band instruments like flutes, clarinets, trombones, trumpets, saxophones and more. Most of the instruments collected will go to middle or high schools as they have the greatest need.
Many partner collection centers located throughout Jacksonville will accept the instruments during the December 1 - 19 timeframe. Donation drop-off boxes will be located at Duval County School Board (1701 Prudential Drive), The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts (300 Water Street); Jacksonville Public Library Southeast Regional, Pablo Creek Regional, West Regional, Bradham-Brooks, South Mandarin, and Main Library branches; Florida Blue located in the St. John’s Town Center; and at the offices of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (Jessie Ball DuPont Center at 40 East Adams Street). In addition to collecting new or used musical instruments, monetary donations to purchase new instruments will be accepted. Checks should be made out to Duval County School Board with "Instruments for Change" in the memo line. All donations made will be used to provide instruments for students to use in instrumental music programs.