How to Donate

Donate an Instrument

El Sistema Pittsburgh provides instruments to students who cannot afford their own. If you happen to have any musical instruments collecting dust around your attic or basement, and would like to donate to it to us, we will graciously accept! All instrument donations directly benefit the students of the organization by providing a previously unavailable opportunity: to learn and foster musical ability and appreciation.

We accept donations of both used and new instruments, regardless of condition. All instruments are refurbished prior to student use. Students need instruments of all types and sizes, including:

Brass (Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Tuba)

Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Piccolo, Oboe, Bassoon),

Percussion (Drums, Cymbals, Bells, Xylophone)

String (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass, Guitar).

We also appreciate any donations of music accessories and sound equipment, including stands, tuners, metronomes, cases, bows, instrument repair accessories, and sheet music.

Contact us at to arrange for instrument pick up. Please include your name and relevant contact information to facilitate this process. All instrument donors receive a gift acknowledgement letter documenting your tax-deductible contribution to our program.

*Please note that, by law, El Sistema Pittsburgh is not able to provide appraisals for instruments donated. All interested donors should appraise their instrument independently prior to donation if applicable.


Make a Secure Donation

A donation to El Sistema Pittsburgh is an investment in the future of our youth. Through the support and generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations, we are making a real difference in the lives of children across the Greater Pittsburgh Area

El Sistema Pittsburgh is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the internal revenue code. all contributions made to El Sistema Pittsburgh are tax-deductible. We will provide a statement to donors to the extent permitted by law.

Make a secure donation online by using our Paypal donation link on the right.