NU Joining Music is Art to Collect Musical Instruments for Area Schools

November 8, 2011

The Niagara University communication studies department, public relations office and WNIA are joining Buffalo-based nonprofit Music is Art  (MIA) to collect new and gently-used musical instruments that will be cleaned, refurbished and distributed to benefit Niagara County schools and youth programs.

The collection of any new/used musical instruments, including string instruments, woodwinds, horns, guitars, drums, keyboards, DJ/sound/recording equipment, and others, will take place through Monday, Nov. 21.

Donations will be accepted in the Music is Art bin outside of the WNIA studios in the Gallagher Center, at Lewiston Music, or at Generations Music in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to donate. All donations are tax deductible.

"Getting instruments into the hands of students is so important,” said Robby Takac, founder and president of Music is Art. “Thanks to Niagara University, students will gain access to instruments and be able to take advantage of instruction offered at their school.”  

Since the inception of the instrument program, MiA has collected and placed over $200,000 in refurbished instruments into the schools.

For questions or for larger donations or pick-ups, please contact Dr. Doug Tewksbury in the communication studies department at  Ext. 8338 or Fred Heuer, assistant vice president for marketing,  at Ext. 8655.