Play it Forward A St. Louis based program since 2006. Our mission is to ensure each child in St. Louis is provided with the opportunity to discover his or her musical talents. As a community it's our responsibility to ensure these kids have every opportunity to explore the musical passions.

In keeping with our mission, the "Play it Forward" Program:
  • Donates musical instruments to children whose school and parents cannot afford the equipment.
  • Contributes instruments to schools whose music department funding does not cover the costs for instruments for students who wish to join the school's music program.
  • Coordinates shows and events locally to promote and enhance the Play It Forward program.

We encourage people to dig into their basements, attic's, spare rooms and donate their previously played instruments!!

Go to our contact page and donate your Guitars, Drums, Keyboards, Cellos, Trumpets and more! Please no pianos!

Contact us if you would like to create a Play It Forward chapter in your area.

Get involved and find out how you can help today!

Your Donations at Work!

PIF and Mozingo's Music donated 5 new keyboards to the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center.
A new keyboard donated by Kim and Adam Massie at the Blues Festival to an orphanage in Alton IL.
Hope and Harmony at the Griffin Center was blessed with your musical donations. They got two keyboards with stands, two speakers, a violin, a bell set and assorted percussion items.
Gisby Middle School in Granite City received an additional two guitars.
A brand new Drum Kit was donated by Bernie from St Louis.
Last Summer Georgie Busch gracefully donated her daughter Amber's guitar, Amber loved music. This week it was given to Lauren, an 8th grader who attends school in Amber's home town of Granite City. Music is Love, Playing It Forward with Amber Wood.
Ms. Holly from Normandy School emailed with a instrument repair list totalling $250. Play It Forward will pay that bill!
Confluence Roller Derby once again donated $200 from their Roller event in memory of Fo Jammie! You girls Rock and Roll!!
Special thanks to Aaron Logan who jammed at the Broadway Oyster and donated a Jasmine Takamine guitar with a case and $50!
Mr. Don Stratton of Granite City HS received $25,000 worth of Instruments on 2/1/2013.
Well Hungarians and Jack Schmitt Ford of Collinsville joined forces with Play It Forward and raised $1370 for Play It Forward music programs.
"Making Music Matter" is receiving 3 guitars and two violins.
Steve Houseright of "Strings Attached" received 10 packs of guitar string for his program courtesy of Shawn Telkamp of Musicians Unite.
Mr.Martin of "Grands Central Arts Academy" received a snare kit, chimes, bongos, woodblocks and mallets, a piccolo, tuba and tenor sax.
Jonathan Stoarch at "Confluence Academy North STL" has received $750.00 total from "Confluence Crush Roller Derby" in Memory of "Fo Jammi" via PIF in the last three months. His budget for the year was $100.00.
Donna Masters, Educator in Bethaldo IL, received $8,000 in instruments via PIF donations. This actually created their music department.
24 Instruments were donated through "City Music" in September.
Michael from Belleville, IL donated 8 PA's and Amps
School of Rock

News and Events

Please check back soon for more details about these and other upcoming events!



"St. Louis World's Fare"


September 12,13, and 14 in Forest Park


"Music Heals"


October 18 at BB's


Watch a New PIF Documentary


produced by the good folks at
The Riverfront Times


New Instrument Drop-off Sites


Thanks to Dale's Music and Lacefield Music


Help Support Us

Support Flay It Forward

Lori Smith's Bracelets made from recycled drum snares and guitar strings (bass strings coming soon) with wire wrap and charms, guitar pick, or crystal/bead accents with 50% of sales to benefit Play It Forward STL


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