Inspire the next generation
Air-guitar is great for parties, but it won’t do children any good. They need real instruments – and there are many out there sitting silent. Play it Forward brings young musicians and unused instruments together. Grandma’s piano, the flute you haven’t played since high school, that old guitar under the bed. you donate it, we fix it up, and a deserving child gets a gift that will help him or her improve their musical abilities, their cognitive powers, and their future.
The Play it Forward program brings together donors and music students in a unique and compelling way; our donors give instruments that have a family history and sentimental value and feel good knowing that the recipient is a child who will love the instrument as much as the family before them. Community members donate their instruments, often having sat in their homes unused for decades, donors wanting their well-loved instrument to go to kids who will happily benefit from its use.
Recipients are asked to make the same pledge that The Snowman Foundation has committed to; that through their passion for music, they will Play It Forward. Whether that means mentoring a younger, aspiring musician, playing a concert for someone who will appreciate the gesture, or simply committing to volunteering on a regular basis, devotion to improving the beauty of our community is important to the growth as a young person and as a musician.
The Snowman Foundation will review the applications based on the following criteria:
**Existing relationship with The Snowman Foundation
**Demonstrated talent and/or strong desire to learn the instrument
** Age and age group (we focus our resources on students ages 18 and younger, with some exceptions)
DONATE AN INSTRUMENT
*WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING PIANO DONATIONS, UNLESS YOUR DONATION IS ACCOMPANIED BY AN APPRAISAL (these will be accepted on a case-by-case basis). We are still accepting all other instruments.
*We accept pianos after review by our technician and West Coast Piano Moving will coordinate pick-up directly with you. To donate a piano, please contact our program manager, Jenica, at 503-933-5756 or Jenica@SnowmanFoundation.org
Other Instrument Donation (including music equipment such as drumsticks, guitar strings, sheet music, etc)
We accept most other instruments and music equipment without exception. To donate an instrument or other music equipment, please fill out our information form:
Instrument Donation Authorization Form
Public Piano Placement Initiative
Besides putting instruments directly into the hands of kids, through Play It Forward, The Snowman Foundation has launched an initiative that makes pianos available in public spaces for kids to play with, explore, and practice on. This initiative will also engage children’s artist groups, local businesses and our existing partners in order to maximize our outreach. If you are interested in being a part of the public piano placement, please contact Amy Johnson, 503.318.3582 or Amy@SnowmanFoundation.org.
PLAY A PIANO AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
16126 SE Stark Street
Portland OR 97233
Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct
1111 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland OR 97204
Lobby open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
4015 SW Canyon Road
Piano is located directly outside front doors
446 NE Killingsworth,
Portland OR 97213