90.5 WUOL has placed over 1,000 instruments in schools, since the beginning of Instrumental Partners in 2000. In the past few years, alone, the program has placed over 200 instruments, valued at over $68,000, in local schools. This has resulted in fulfilling every instrument need in Jefferson County Public Schools for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. Due to the success, 90.5 WUOL is now able to expand its donation focus to schools in surrounding counties in Kentucky and Indiana.
Do you have a gently-used orchestra or band instrument you are no longer using? Many schools don’t have enough instruments to go around and many students can’t afford to rent or buy instruments, but you can help! Call (502)814-6515 or email email@example.com to see if your instrument is needed in area schools. We will repair it and put it in the hands of a local student in need. Don’t have an instrument? You can help by making a financial contribution to help pay for instrument repairs. Call (502) 814-6565 for more information.
**If you are a teacher outside of JCPS please submit your school’s current instrument needs HERE.
Our Instrumental Partners program gives kids the chance to play music, but it’s even more inspirational when the kids we are giving to are hard at work to change the world themselves. Hear the story of Kathryn and The Explorers:
Donate your used instrument to 90.5 WUOL and get a tax deduction, to the extent allowed by the I.R.S. If your instrument needs repair, our community partners include music stores that will assist with any repair and with delivering instruments to identified schools. Please note that under Internal Revenue Service regulations, you establish your own estimate of the fair market value for your instrument. A written appraisal is ONLY necessary if you estimate the value of your instrument at $5,000 or more.
If you’d like to participate in 90.5 WUOL’s Instrumental Partners project, but don’t have an instrument to donate, you can still help by making a monetary donation designated for Instrumental Partners. These funds will be used to help repair instruments or you may choose to buy a new instrument on a school’s wish list.