St. Mary's County Arts Council

Play It Forward

Play it Forward
Musical Instrument Donation Program


To make a donation
Please make checks out to
St. Mary's County Arts Council
and mail to
PO Box 1310
Leonardtown, MD 20650

or donate online through Paypal

To donate an instrument
please email us at or
call 240-309-4061

The St. Mary’s County Arts Council is excited to announce Play It Forward, a program that facilitates the collection of gently used musical instruments from St. Mary’s County residents and then re-distributes them to qualifying, low-income students and other underserved members of our community, including seniors. The Arts Council is partnering with the Public Schools, the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra as well as other community groups for this program.
About a third of all students enrolled in the county’s schools are below the poverty line and may not be able to afford an expensive instrument to participate in band. This program endeavors to provide musical instruments to all children who want to participate.  Every student should be entitled to music education despite his or her socioeconomic status.
Research shows that band participation builds character and self-esteem, improves grades, and provides a sense of community.
Here’s how the program works. If you have a musical instrument that isn’t being used and you’re willing to donate it to the St. Mary’s County Art Council’s Play It Forward program, please contact us or drop it off at our Leonardtown Office.  Musical instrument donations to the St. Mary’s County Arts Council are tax deductible.
The Arts Council will create a musical instrument lending library that will lend the instruments to individual families. The instruments will be serviced before they're made available. Music instructors and school officials in both private and public schools will identify needy families who will benefit from this program.  The schools will also help the Arts Council solicit donations of musical instruments from their school communities.