The Gift of Music!
Music is all around us. It permeates our everyday lives and, whether we recognize it or not, it is fundamental to who we are.
A childhood without access to a musical education is a denial of that fundamental truth.
Thank you for helping us to teach the whole child, by removing barriers to their musical education.
OR….You can play a major role in removing barriers to music education! Thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my donation tax deductible?
Play it Forward is a qualified charitable organization under IRC Sec 501c(3).
Our Tax ID # is 82-1708155. All monetary and instrument donations are tax deductible.
It is the responsibility of each instrument donor, per IRS guidelines, to provide an appraised value of each instrument to the IRS. The appraised value is then tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
We appreciate your support of the musical education of the next generation!
How can I donate?
How does piano donation work?
Play it Forward accepts gently used instruments for children who desire to study an instrument but lack the resources to purchase an instrument. Because our goal is to gift instruments that can be used by a student for up to 5 years, practicing 2 hours per day we do not accept pianos with the following flaws:
*missing music rack
After donors have checked their pianos, they are required to fill out our intake form. This form gets sent directly to a piano technician, who will contact the donor for appraisal appointment. This appraisal will ensure the viability of the instrument and provide the donor with a valuation that can be used on their taxes. Donors are asked to pay the $50 fee directly to the technician, but PIF can pay his fee if donors are unable to afford the cost.
Once the piano is approved for Play it Forward, we pay to have the piano moved and tuned before it arrives at its next home.
If your piano does not meet our criteria, I will send you a resource list that may help you to find another option.
I look forward to taking the next steps towards getting your piano into the home of a student.
Thank you for Playing it Forward!
How does non-piano donation work?
Play it Forward accepts gently used instruments for children who desire to study an instrument but lack the resources to purchase an instrument. Because our goal is to gift instruments that can be used by a student for up to 5 years, practicing 2 hours per day we do not accept instruments with the following flaws
After donors have checked their instruments for viability, they are required to fill out our intake form. Donors will then be contacted to set up an appointment with our pick-up staff who will pick it up from your home and deliver it to our offices.
I look forward to taking the next steps towards getting your instrument into the home of a student.
Thank you for Playing it Forward!
What locations do you serve?
We serve the greater Portland area as well as Eugene, Albany, Corvallis and Salem.
We also have service to Vancouver, Washougal & Camas as well as a team in Seattle, Washington.
Donate An Instrument
We make it as easy as possible for you to gift your instrument to a young student in need.
Once this form has been submitted, the next step is to have the piano assessed.
You will be contacted soon to make arrangements with our preferred service provider.
His fee to assess the piano is $50. If you are unable to pay the $50 appraisal fee, we will cover the expense for you. Once the piano is approved for the Play It Forward program, we pay to have the piano moved and tuned before arriving in its next home.
We look forward to taking the next steps towards getting your piano into the home of a deserving student!
Your gift to Play It Forward is a direct gift to a young musician. Our easy-to-use paypal donation form is secure and accepts all major credit cards. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.
What does my donation money do?
$25 pays for One Piano Lesson
$100 pays for one month of piano lessons
$125 pays to have the piano tuned & cleaned
$200 pays for a piano to be moved one way
$500 pays for a piano to be moved, tuned, cleaned and sent to the home of a student in need
$1000 pays for piano lessons for one school year
$1500 pays for one child to be gifted a piano and lessons for one year
$5000 pays for students to continue lessons for one calendar year
$10,000 pays for 10 students to continue lessons for one calendar year
$15,000 is the cost to start a piano lesson program in a school, serving 10 students
"Gus started playing on a toy Christmas piano when he was little, his parents soon noticed he had an ear for picking out a tune. Thanks to the gift of a new piano and lessons his progression has been phenomenal!" Gus is a 5th grade student at Kairos and very...
The gift of music can change a child's life.That was the case for Sandra Gangle, 74, of Salem. "I was a lonely child, and I was somewhat troubled," she said. "My parents had gone through a separation of their marriage when I was 7½ and there was a lot of...
... Another local nonprofit aimed at helping kids is Play it Forward. It's an offshoot of musician Michael Allen Harrison's Snowman Foundation. That nonprofit donates money to musical programs and gently used musical instruments to kids. “Music is a way out for many...