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.

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.


  • 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.

PlEASE Note: We are not accepting piano donations at this time.  This page will indicate when donations have been re-opened


The criteria for accepting donated pianos:

  • approval by aeolian hall. please do not contact d&s pianos directly.
  • The piano must be less than 50 years of age
  • It must be in excellent condition (we want to give the best possible start to young people’s music education)
  • D&S Pianos will inspect the piano and determine if it is suitable for donation
  • D&S Pianos will give an appraisal for the value of the instrument and The Aeolian will issue a tax receipt


The Aeolian
795 Dundas St. E., London ON., N5W 2Z6


  • Alana Trimmer
  • Brenda Sutton
  • Dave Sanders
  • Donna Dickson
  • Gary McCaulay
  • Gerry Box
  • Gordon Vogt
  • Harold and Kim Dolan
  • Kibby Brooks
  • Larry Fitzpatrick
  • Leslie and Peter Miller
  • Mhairi Sian Colgate
  • Ramona robinson
Thank you for the Magical night! I am spoiled beyond belief for any other performance space.
June Garber – Musician

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