Instrument Donations
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Donating Instruments and Gear

Do you have a new or used functional instrument you would like to donate to the school?
We would be happy to take your well loved instruments and turn them into assistance for the mission and programs of the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Note: At this time, our gear donation process is by appointment only

How do I donate my instruments or gear? 
The process is simple - Call us at 773-751-3398, we'll fill out a donation form with you over the phone and discuss what you are donating. We'll also setup a time for a curbside drop off your gear and explain our contactless drop-off procedure. You'll leave your stuff with us, and we'll give you a copy of the donation form.
Then we'll find your stuff a good home in the school, with one of our outreach programs or a with new owner who will love it as much as you did.

What do we take as donations?
We are primarily a stringed instrument shop, but love all types of used & vintage instruments and gear from all over the world: guitars, banjos, mandolins, percussion, horns, pedals, dulcimers, flutes, harps, sitars, and more. 

What about my piano or organ?
It is much more difficult for us to take donations of a very large instrument like a piano or organ. If we can't take it or the school can't use it, we can certainly try to help you figure somewhere that will.  If you have a large item, or a number of items (like sheet music or records) we ask that you please contact us first by email at 


Your instruments and gear definitely needs to be in functional condition. If you have any questions about the condition of your stuff, stop into our 4544 N Lincoln Ave location and we can help you evaluate it. In some instances, usually based on an items condition, we may not be able to take your donations in, but we will do the best we can.

Why and how do I value my own gear? 
If you want to use your in-kind donation as a deduction for your taxes, you will set the value of the item you are donating. You can easily find ballpark fair market value prices on numerous used music gear websites on-line.

Currently instrument and gear donations are accepted by appointment only - call 773-751-3398 to set up a drop off. 

The Old Town School of Folk Music is a registered 501c3