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
- 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.
- pianos are donated permanently and cannot be returned to the program.
Murray and Beverly Abbott
Carol Anne Barre Lazzarin
Sandi & Paul Caplan
Mhairi Sian Colgate
Sandy Hay Glass
Ron Holt & Max Brigden
Kathy & Alexander Lewis
Mary Jane McLeod
Debbie Oates c/o Joseph Zezulka
Letty Stork c/o Myra Legroux
Jason Van Rys
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