Ronnie Scott Musical Instrument Amnesty 2022

Maybe you tried to learn the keyboard during quarantine and have since given up. Or maybe your child really doesn’t want to play the flute. If you have unused or unwanted musical instruments lying around your house that could be put to better use, here’s your chance to donate them to a good cause…

Photo: Ronnie Scott

Iconic Soho jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s is calling on Londoners to donate all abandoned, forgotten and unused musical instruments to the club’s Musical Instrument Amnesty.

The amnesty will take place on Saturday 22nd January at the site and the donated instruments will go to school-aged children, in the UK or overseas, who have limited access to music education.

This year, Ronnie ScottThe Charitable Foundation of has teamed up with charities Music For All and Sistema England to ensure instruments donated in this year’s amnesty find the best new homes across the UK.

Instruments don’t have to be the latest, top of the line, or in pristine condition. From plastic recorders to violins and state-of-the-art mixers, all instruments (except large objects such as pianos or organs) are welcome and will contribute to the musical education of communities around the world.

Instruments are given a tracking number so donors can follow the journey of their maracas or tambourines to see for themselves where in the world they will find their second life.

The 2019 Musical Instrument Amnesty saw over 300 donations pledged to new homes. Among the lucky recipients was London-based music charity World Heart Beat Music Academy, which provides music lessons and personal development opportunities for children and young people.

Croydon-based Play for Progress, which provides accessible arts, games and therapy opportunities, has also received donations from Amnesty.

Over the years, Amnesty has hosted several prominent donors. Grammy and Brit Award winner Sam Smith donated a white violin from his 2015 UK performance of ‘Lay Me Down’.

Her violin traveled from London to the Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club with other donations which were then sent to the MusicArt Society, a charity in Nepal that teaches underprivileged children to play donated instruments.

British multi-instrumentalist Nithin Sawhney donated a guitar, Neil Cowley donated a violin to the roll call, and two specially commissioned trumpets were made courtesy of two-time Edison Prize winner and American trumpeter Christian Scott.

Drop by Firth Street between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to drop off your stock, grab a cup of tea or a glass of bubbly, possibly spot a celebrity or two, and learn more about the impact of your donation.

To express your interest in making a donation, send an e-mail to [email protected]

When: Saturday, January 22
Time: 10am-3pm
Address: 47 Frith Street, Soho W1D 4HT
Contact: [email protected]

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