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Instruments In The Attic - Outreach

Instruments in the Atic
INSTRUMENTS IN THE ATTIC Donation & Outreach Program

Give an invaluable gift today through our Instruments in the Attic donation program, and recycle the love of music. You are instrumental to our success!

Established in Fall 2008, the Instruments in the Attic (IiA) program collects used musical instruments generously donated from members of the community. It's "Going Green" in the most musical sense of the phrase! All instruments, new and used, or needing repair, are gladly accepted. (Pianos/organs are a special exception, please read below.) The Potomac Arts Academy gives these instruments a "second life" by using them in the following ways:

  • To give affordable access to the required number of instruments to Music Education majors at GMU's School of Music
  • To supply instruments for two IiA-driven community initiatives - Teaching Scholars & Musical Ambassadors
  • To provide a hands-on, interactive experience to young children via Instrument Petting Zoo events
  • To loan instruments to Potomac music students in need (as inventory allows)
  • To loan instruments to local elementary school music programs in need (as inventory allows)
  • To supply Mason visual art students with materials for instrument-based art projects (ONLY instruments deemed no longer musically capable are used)

Here's how it works:
While going through your attic or other storage compartment, you uncover a lovingly used instrument from your musical past. After a moment of fond reminiscence, you decide that you would like to see your instrument put to good use by someone who really needs it. You contact the Potomac Arts Academy office - (703)993-9889 or - and tell a Potomac staff member about your musical treasure, and drop-off arrangements are made (GET DIRECTIONS NOW). Upon delivery, we have you fill out a short donation form, and you leave knowing that you have contributed to the musical vitality of the community in a very real way.
You will receive a letter from GMU's Potomac Arts Academy acknowledging your gift and thanking you for your generosity - the letter also serves as a donation receipt for income tax purposes.

"The donated instruments from Potomac [are] a huge help. We [are] able to include more kids in the band program, which not only helps them musically but also boosts their academic engagement," says Michael Utell, band director at Woodburn School for the Fine & Communicative Arts in Falls Church.

GMU's IiA program assists DC school:
Through a recent, ground-breaking agreement between Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy and J.H. Johnson Middle School (DC), Potomac has given JMS over 20 musical instruments (on extended loan) to assist in the initial start-up of the school’s band program in Fall 2012!
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Instruments in the Attic goes global:
In Fall 2010, the Potomac Arts Academy coordinated with the DC-based "Shelter 4 Haiti" effort, providing musical instruments to be delivered to families directly affected by the devastating earthquake. Look for more global initiatives in the near future!
Follow the "Shelter 4 Haiti" effort

We need your help!
Along with instrument donations, we also raise money for instrument repair and outreach expenses. You can join with corporate and private donors by making a financial donation through the GMU Foundation to Instruments in the Attic. Of course, all donations are tax deductible.
Make a financial gift online to IIA

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Piano DonationsPIANO DONATIONS: UPDATED July 2012
Under current University contract regulations, we can only accept "Steinway" brand pianos for donation. (GMU is designated as an "All-Steinway School".) Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to provide donation/referral service for non-Steinway pianos.

Instrument Donation Coordinator: Candy Neukam,


Other Potomac Outreach Programs:

Saturday School for the Arts

IiA Teaching Scholars

IiA Musical Ambassadors

AFYP After School Programs (


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