ounded in 2005, the Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible nonprofit music instruction programs. These items are lightly used, blemished, or otherwise imperfect and have been collected by the foundation from manufacturers and retailers.
The foundation is currently awarding acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars, and the equipment necessary to play them. However, other traditional music instruments, including string instruments, woodwind instruments, brass instruments, percussion instruments, and keyboards, are sometimes available. DJ equipment and computers are not available through the program.
The foundation awards instruments only to music instruction programs that are part of public schools or 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. To qualify as a music instruction program, participants must be learning how to make music. However, music appreciation or entertainment programs do not qualify, and the participants cannot be professional or career musicians.
A qualified program must fit into one of these four categories: in-school music classes, in which the students make music; after-school music programs that are not run by the school; community music programs, which offer music instruction to community members; and music therapy programs, in which the participants make the music.
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