88 Keys to Inspiration

Giving access to music

The piano is an amazing product of the industrial revolution!  Its history goes back to the end of the 18th century and much of the greatest music ever written was created for this instrument.  The piano has enjoyed a steady place at the centre of many households as the centre for entertainment and family engagement.  Although it has experienced some decline in popularity in the past fifty years, it is still at the heart of music performance and composition.  Providing opportunities to place pianos into homes where the means to purchase them is not available gives joy to countless young people and their families.  Pianos donated from this program are permanent donations!

Program Overview

88 keys to Inspiration is a collaborative program made possible between D&S Pianos and The Aeolian. Both organizations and the community members that donate the pianos believe that every child should have access to a quality education including a rich arts education. Therefore, the Aeolian and D&S Pianos have joined efforts to form a music community-building program bringing quality donated pianos back to life in new homes with young musicians.

88 Keys to Inspiration is about creating music learning opportunities for individual and community growth through the arts. Pianos are donated through The Aeolian, a registered charity. D&S pianos look after the initial assessment, tuning and delivering of these pianos to the homes of applicant children and their guardians. By providing good quality used pianos to homes of children who cannot afford them, this program fills the gaps between those having access to a quality musical opportunity/education and those who would not otherwise.

PlEASE Note: We recognize the generosity and intent of every donor to support this program. The Aeolian is being extremely selective of piano donations at this time.  Pianos, unlike violins have a limited lifetime before they need substancial investments such as new hammers, strings and many other vital reconditioning.  We are looking for pianos that need limited repair work to ensure no costs are burdened by either the aeolian or the piano recipient.  Please fill out the form and we will get back to you about suitability of your instrument for this program.


Please fill out the form below.  Do not contact D&S Pianos directly.  We will make arrangements for the piano to be inspected.  If the donation is accepted, D&S Pianos will appraise the instrument and give a Charitable Tax Receipt for the full value of the appraisal.

88 Keys Piano Donor Form

Email, Phone Number, Address,
Include address, floor of building
Brand (name), Upright or Grand, Age, Condition (if known)


  • Homes of children and youth who don’t have the financial means to purchase a piano.
  • Students committed to the El Sistema Aeolian program will be given priority.
  • Community spaces which are not commercial businesses and aren’t supported in a large way by public funding (Religious organizations of all denominations that are registered charities or incorporated not-for-profits may be considered in a case by case basis, provided that they offer a music program that benefits the broader community).
  • 88 Keys to Inspiration recipients agree to keep the instrument in as good condition as they received it, and understand that regular tune-up and maintenance will need to be scheduled and budgeted for once per year.


88 Keys

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Thank you for the Magical night! I am spoiled beyond belief for any other performance space.
June Garber – Musician

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