Dear Musician – Spring Cleaning Equals Summer Giving
By Dendy Jarrett | (edited)
It’s Memorial Day, and you’re probably on a long weekend vacation or preparing for an afternoon barbecue. It could be a good time as well to take stock of your music gear and determine what you’ve used and/or haven’t used in a while.
Much in the way downsizing in general has gained favor, downsizing your music gear might be a charitable way to free up some space, provide a nice tax write-off (check with your accountant), and give the gift of music.
If you haven’t used a piece of music gear in over a year, chances are you may not ever use it again. If you’re like me, sometimes I hang onto music gear for sentimental reasons or “because I may need that sometime.” However, if you haven’t used it in a year or more, it may serve your local school or another music-centric charitable organization and provide a young person the inspiration to make music. There are some great organizations like Little Kids Rock, Notes for Notes, or the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, all of whom endeavor to provide children in underserved areas with the ability to make music.
Many of these children live in a vast delta between the haves and the have-nots. These organizations help fill that gap and provide tremendous programs to engage kids in learning instruments, making music and creating music through technology.
You may find that some piece of gear has served its purpose with you but may be just the missing piece your school or one of these organizations needs.
If you’re like me, years of collecting gear has created a lot of dormant gear. So I’m taking stock and assessing what I can live without (and still fulfill my music needs), and I’ll be gifting some gear to great causes.
I’m not suggesting you part with that '59 Les Paul, but if you have some still useful gear, set it free to make music again. Consider downsizing while giving the gift of making better music! -HC-
Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Executive Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines.
Edited by Dendy Jarrett