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.
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.
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.
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.