Instrument Giving

We donate instruments to in-need families, schools, and organisations across Australia.

Simply for Strings oversees its own instrument donation program. We provide families, schools, and organisations in need with quality string instruments that have been donated by generous members of the public and suppliers. Simply for Strings takes care of the setup, repair or restoration of instruments before carefully packaging and shipping them to new homes. We believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to experience the gift of music. With the incredible support of our local community and the Australian public, we are helping make this core value a reality.

Since the program began, we've received instruments from all over Australia, although the first instruments were from the Brisbane region, we have since received instruments from every state in Australia - even Tasmania! To date, Simply for Strings has completed repairs on our donated instruments totaling upwards of $10,000. So far we have rehomed over 50 instruments including violins, violas and cellos.

Why We Believe in Giving Back

The program began in earnest after the devastating impact of Cyclone Debbie. With countless homes, community organisations, and schools damaged or destroyed the need for a donation initiative had never been so imperative. We put the word out to our local community to donate any unwanted or retired violins, violas, cellos or double basses - and the response has been truly overwhelming.

After our initial call-out to the Brisbane music circle, we were blown away by the amount of support for the initiative. Within a week we were housing 25 instruments, gifted to us by the public. Each time an instrument is donated our head luthier, Adrian Petrino, has the task of individually assessing each instrument to bring it back to its playing potential. Many of the instruments need a lot of TLC. Simply for Strings provides the materials (strings, bows, rosin, bridges) and the know-how to get the instruments in their best condition before being donated to new owners.

Since Cyclone Debbie our net has widened to include disadvantaged families, regional communities and organisations, and schools, within Australia and as far-flung as Vanuatu. This expansion was due to the realisation that the accessibility of music programs in regional areas of Australia is limited. Due to the sheer amount of instruments donated to us, we are able to broaden the reach of our instrument donation program.

If you have an instrument that you would like to donate to the program, then please get in touch with our friendly team. Who knows - your unused instrument might inspire a musician of the future. To find out more visit our contact page and get in touch with the Simply for Strings team.