Frequently Asked Questions

Is Music4Life recognized by the IRS as a non-profit organization?

Yes. Our federal EIN is 26-4733898 and was granted on of April 23, 2009. A copy of our letter from the IRS is available upon request. Our state of Washington UBI number is 602-919-066.

Is Music4Life recognized by the IRS as a non-profit organization?

Yes. Our federal EIN is 26-4733898 and was granted on of April 23, 2009. A copy of our letter from the IRS is available upon request. Our state of Washington UBI number is 602-919-066.

Which school districts participate in Music4Life?

Music4Life started in 2007 as a demonstration project to help kids in the Seattle Public School District. Since then, additional programs have been started at the request of the school boards in Highline, Shoreline, Edmonds, Everett, and Mukilteo Public Schools.

What kinds of musical instruments are needed most?

Trumpets, clarinets, flutes and violins are needed most. But we can use all musical instruments right now, including trombones, guitars, cellos, saxophones, baritones and others. The need out there is so great that we rarely turn down any musical instrument.

Can any student participate in Music4Life?

Not all students want to participate in instrumental music programs, of course.Music4Life is for those who do.

Music4Life provides useable musical instruments to participating public school districts, and ask the Superintendent to identify a primary contact (usually a music teacher) with whom we can coordinate district needs with available resources.

We provide musical instruments to public school districts and encourage that they be devoted to students in need.

How is Music4Life managed?

The consolidated Music4Life organization is run by a Governing Board that has legal responsibility for the organization. The Governing Board appoints a President/CEO who runs the day-to-day operations.

Each of the school district-based programs (i.e., Highline Music4Life) is run by a Program Management Team comprised of community leaders who understand the unique value of instrumental music in the life and education of a child.

A group of local community leaders comprises the Music4Life Advisory Board. Each member is selected based on his / her special knowledge and advises the President on an on-call basis.

How can a new program be started for our school district?

Music4Life is dedicated first to making each of its existing school district-based programs (Edmonds, Highline, Seattle and Shoreline) enormously successful. Still, we have received requests from about a half dozen superintendents in the area to start programs for their school districts. Each is evaluated on the bases of local need (the higher the rate of free-and-reduced-lunch population in the school district the better), likely local support for the effort, the ability to establish an effective Program Management Team to energize the program, the willingness of local Rotary clubs to endorse and financially support the program and other factors.

Why would we send musical instruments to help kids in a different school district?

You don’t. Resources that are raised within a school district are used for the benefit of students within that school district. About one-third of the time, donors put no restrictions on the use of resources, so we use them where they’re most needed.

Who owns the musical instruments that Music4Life supplies?

Musical instruments that are donated to or purchased by Music4Life are provided to participating public school districts.

What do musical instruments cost to buy?

Good quality beginner instruments (often referred to as “student-level”) usually range from $300 to $3,000. Large or unusual instruments may cost even more.

Does Music4Life provide musical instruction to young students?

No, this is the responsibility of each participating school district. Most school districts now recognize that instrumental music instruction is a core component of any child’s basic education.

Who repairs and maintains the instruments provided by Music4Life?

In most cases, Music4Life has repaired the donated instruments, but some are simply beyond repair. That’s okay, we like to try. Generally, the school district maintains the instrument. But we never want to see a student trying to play a broken instrument. We can try to make arrangements to provide another instrument to him / her while the instrument is being repaired. Just contact your school district’s music coordinator.

Does Music4Life also support middle school and high school instrumental music programs?

Yes. Most students start instrumental music programs in the fourth, fifth or sixth grades. By expanding instrumental music programs at the elementary grade level, we also help secondary music programs to grow. Some musical instruments we get are so sophisticated that they should only be provided to older, more musically accomplished students.

What about other kinds of music supplies?

The basics for a student who wants to participate in instrumental music are a working musical instrument, in most cases either a mouthpiece or bow and a case to carry them in.

Beyond that, Music4Life does supply other equipment when it is donated to us, such as amplifiers, strings for violins and other stringed instruments, even reeds for woodwinds or cleaning equipment. The key here is that, in most cases, we can only supply that which is given to us by adults who want to pass on the gift of music to the next generation.

What about choral music?

Choral music is important, too, and we do support it. For instance, we have provided pianos and keyboards to the choral music departments of public school districts. But most students arrive at school already equipped with the instrument required to sing. After we accomplish our immediate Music4Life goals, we can expand to other forms of music.

How does Music4Life address the wealth of cultures in this area?

Like choral music, world music is also important. Music defines generations and cultures, and is an important part of our heritage and our diverse communities. A number of schools here have hip hop, jazz, mariachi, marimba, steel drum bands, electronic music and other instrumental ensembles. We like to see these thrive, based on student interests, and support them as best we can.

Who handles the donor recognition letters that may also be used for tax purposes?

Music4Life tracks all donations of musical instruments and funds and provides a personal thank you letter to each donor that can be used for tax purposes. We do not get into the business of evaluating the worth of any instrument. That is between the donor and the IRS. To make this possible, it is critically important that a donor fill-out the donor form that is available on the Music4Life Website and attach it to the donated instrument. This form not only allows us to track the instrument through the repair process, but to generate the thank you / tax letter, as well. Donors are advised to consult with their personal financial advisors regarding individual tax benefits.

Where can I purchase a musical instrument for my child?

The Seattle area is fortunate to have many fine music stores and instrument makers. Music4Life is proud to recommend Kennelly Keys Music and Music & Arts for any and all musical instrument needs.

Contact Us

David Endicott
President, Music4Life

422 First Avenue West #101
Seattle, WA 98119

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