Play It Forward


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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 and we find a deserving child who 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 ForwardWhether 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:
**Financial Need
**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)


Contact our “Play it Forward” director Marietta Harrison –, 503-593-7727

We are accepting piano donations but we must be sure that the piano is in good working order for a young musician to enjoy and learn with. The instrument should be functional and not in need of repair to play.  Keys, hammers, strings, pedals and cabinet should be in good order.  If your piano has been appraised it would be helpful.  A video of the instrument being played would be very good as well.  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 Marietta Harrison –, 503-593-7727

Other Instrument Donation (including music equipment such as drumsticks, guitar strings, sheet music, etc)
We accept most other instruments and music equipment without exception. All instruments should be in good condition and not in need of repair.