Louisiana Instrument Repair Initiative



The Instrument Repair Initiative will strengthen the Instruments A Comin' program, allowing Tipitina's Foundation to collect, analyze, repair, and refurbish donated instruments before placing them in the hands of children throughout the state of Louisiana.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Children and teens who actively play music do better socially, academically, and developmentally. However, many Louisiana band directors turn children away due to a simple lack of instruments. Tipitina's Foundation can increase the number of students who have access to music education by placing more instruments in Louisiana schools.

How will this project solve this problem?

For more than a decade, our Instruments A Comin' program has placed new band instruments in needy schools. With our Instrument Repair Facility and used instrument donations to the Foundation, we can expand our reach to include gently used and refurbished instruments in what we award to Louisiana students. For the first time, we will be able to confidently place used instruments in school band programs because we will assure the instruments' quality before putting them in a child's hands.

Potential Long Term Impact

After-school music programs will provide youth development opportunities in a constructive and enriching environment. Through participation in music education programs, Louisiana students will be better equipped to succeed in their academic and personal lives.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,132

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,132 .  The original project funding goal was $50,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Nathan Wendte

Mktg & Development
New Orleans, LA United States

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