Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wqxr Holding Instrument Drive

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wqxr Holding Instrument Drive

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This should be music to everyone's ears: Classical music station WQXR-FM (105.9) will hold its second instrument drive today to April 17.

The initiative invites people throughout the metropolitan area to donate their gently used musical instrument, for distribution to music programs at New York City and Newark public schools, as well as community music programs.

WQXR's inaugural instrument drive in 2014 collected 3,000 musical instruments, tripling the initial goal of 1,000 instruments.

The instruments were then refurbished and distributed to more than 100 public schools. They have provided music education for more than 10,000 students and will ultimately serve more than 50,000 students.

The 2016 drive, which aims to collect at least 6,000 instruments, kicks off with an event at Lincoln Center today from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

WQXR is partnering with Uber to provide free instrument pickups within North Jersey and Manhattan on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Uber riders can enter the promo code "givemusic" to request a vehicle on demand to come pick up their instruments.

Throughout the campaign, donors will also be able to bring their instruments to drop-off locations in all five New York boroughs, Westchester, Long Island and North Jersey.

In North Jersey, instruments can be dropped off at Sam Ash stores in Paramus, 50 Route 4 east; Edison, 1831 Route 27; and Springfield, 155 Route 22.

Information: wqxr.org/kids.

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