Words by Max Broughton
Ronnie Scott’s will be holding a Music Instrument Amnesty in association with Sistema England and Music Fund, to collect unwanted musical instruments and donate them to underprivileged children.
Donated instruments will be given a second life in the hands of youths participating in ambitious ‘social action through music’ projects in England and abroad.
Sistema England was inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan programme that benefits homeless kids through the creation of grass roots orchestras. The instruments will benefit children in 14 schools in England. Overseas, they will be distributed through Music Fund to projects in conflict zones around the world.
Donors should book an appointment in advance and then pop into the club between 10am and 3.30pm on Saturday July 11 with their instrument and will have the chance to experience the unique venue at Ronnie Scott’s. If they are lucky, donors will be able to meet famous musicians who have performed at the club who have come to donate their instruments too. Once the tracking number has been issued, the donor is able to track their instrument to its end destination, whether near or afar, from the comfort of their own home.
Instruments can be booked in for donation here.
Please do note that the club will only accept instruments that are in a reasonable condition and are unable to accept large instruments such as pianos and organs.