Ronnie Scott's instrument 'amnesty'

The Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation has announced its second musical instrument amnesty, collecting donated instruments for young musicians

The Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation is approaching its second anniversary, following its launch in December 2015. That year the Foundation ran its successful inaugural amnesty, in which over 150 instruments were donated, many of them accompanied by personal stories. Some were owned by late family members – some of whom were jazz fans that had frequented Ronnie’s - while others were given to free up cupboard space following lapsed musical careers.

High-profile donors in 2015 included Sam Smith who donated a white violin (pictured right by Carl Hyde) played during a Brit Award performance and Nitin Sawhney who donated a guitar which was sent to a youth project in Mozambique. All had one thing in common – the chance to give youngsters the opportunity to have their lives enriched by music. Donated instruments went to a number of community projects across the UK as well as Mexico, Palestine, Haïti, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some have also been given to a music project working with refugees in Berlin.

On 28 October, Ronnie Scott’s will once again open its doors to collect unused or unwanted instruments. The foundation will in turn donate them to children living in challenging environments in the UK and abroad. With help from The Vibe, London (a music shop which will be donating storage space alongside 20 brand new instruments), instruments will be distributed through a network of organisations that participate in ambitious "social action through music" projects in targeted communities.

Donors are invited to book an advance appointment (via an application form on the club's website) and then call in at Ronnie's (on Soho's Frith Street) at any time between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 28 October with the instrument or equipment they wish to donate - no pianos or Hammond organs can be donated, however. Each donor will be issued with a tracking number so that their instrument can be tracked to its final destination whether Newcastle, Liverpool or the Middle East.

More details of how to donate an instrument, plus a link to the application form, can be found on the Ronnie Scott's Club website.

Bruce Lindsay

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