The Gift of Music

Helping Children and Families Without So Much
Get a Musical Instrument This Holiday Season

The Gift of Music
Dec 24th – 2021

We have now stopped accepting instruments for Christmas 2021. Thank you all, incredible effort.

Current Update:
71 New & Used Instruments Donated from our community
17 Brand New Guitars Purchased from donations
10 Ukulele’s donated by Long and McQuade
1 Midi Controller donated by Long and McQuade
1 Violin to Make a Christmas from Tapestry Music
$3,550 Raised of $3000 – Thank you!!

Total playable instruments – 100!

Every single action during the campaign has been significant, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! You’re truly an incredible community, you should all be so proud of yourselves!

Special Mentions who donated $500 of value or higher:
Justos Craft Dips
Used.ca
Island Digital Marketing
Floyds Diner
JMAA Architecture
HRT INTERNATIONAL

Thank you everyone we have SMASHED our target.
Target: 50 New & Used Instruments For Families Without Much.
Result: 100 Playable Instruments
Last Updated: Saturday Dec 18th 3:40pm

We had 60 Confirmed Families from the draw and more families signing up on a first come basis as we type!! Today 30 families are visiting Soupa Cafe for a big bowl of soup, Christmas presents and of course their main gift, The Gift of Music. Thank you all so so much. From the bottom of our hearts thank you!
Check out our gofundme update here.

ENTER TO WIN, IT’S FREE

Donate An Instrument

We’re looking for your unused Instruments!

Do you have or know someone who has an un-used instrument?
Did you mean to learn but never did?
Did you stop playing, never to return?
Donate your instrument to a family this year!

We take new and used instruments and even broken instruments

DONATE AN INSTRUMENT

If you’d like to donate an instrument, you can read more about the instruments we accept and where to drop them below

DONATE YOUR TIME…

If you’d like to help the Gift of Music with your time click the link below to see what kind of roles we need filled

DONATE YOUR MONEY..

If you don’t have an instrument to donate but want to help, or you want to be a corporate sponsor, see below

Thank You To These Local Companies

VISIT OUR SPONSORS PAGE

Lates Event News

Volunteers Wanted

Gift Wrapping, Gift Shopping, Organisation and Much More Help Needed

FAQ

Most Asked Questions

The Gift of Music

  • What Is The Gift of Music

    The Gift of Music is a community event which aims to get new and used instruments to children for the december holiday season, namely december 24th.

    In simplicity it works like this:

    • The community donate their un-used instruments
    • Local Stores offer donated instruments
    • The community fundraise to buy more instruments (Usually at a discount)

    Families Apply To Enter and Are drawn at random based on the number of instruments we have available and they collect their instrument on Dec 24th.

  • Who Operates The Gift of Music

    Soupa Cafe, a Victoria BC Bistro.

    Soupa Cafe started the Gift of Music in 2018, you can read the story here.
    Today we are looking for other cities to join us, if you’d like to become a city host apply here.

  • When I Donate An Instrument Or Money Where Does It Go?

    All Instruments and monetary donations go to the cause. There are no paid positions, the event is entirely community driven.

    All donated money goes towards:

    • Buying New Instruments (Usually At a Great Discount)
    • Buying small gifts so that siblings are not left out
    • buying parts to repair instruments (We’re looking for a repair sponsor)

    Please note:
    All donations must be made at our Just Giving Page.
    We Do Not Accept Cash Donations.

  • Who Can Enter For An Instrument?

  • Who Can Enter For a New or Used Instrument?

    Anyone can enter.

    If You’ve Been Impacted Hard By Covid, If Your Shopping List Is Looking A Little Short This Year For The December Holidays, If Your Child Has Always Dreamt Of An Instrument.. Come And Join Us.

    If You Have Plenty For The Holiday Season, Please Consider Entering A Friend.

    Terms:

    • Must Be Available To Collect Your Instrument From Your City Host or Drop Off Location On Dec 24
    • Must Be Able To Bring Your Child With You
    • You Will Be Asked To Sign a Photo Release Form Though You Can Deny The Request (No Obligation)

     

    Why Do You Ask Me To Sign a Photo Release Form?
    We like to show the world the pictures of the happy faces of children receiving their gifts, if you’d rather your child was not included that isn’t a problem.
    As we don’t make money from the event the release form free’s The Gift of Music from any royalty payments.

  • How Do I Enter The Gift of Music?

    Simple. Complete the form which you can find here.

  • Can I choose If I get a New Or Used Instrument?

    In short, no. All used instruments are re-strung (or repaired) and will play correctly. You will not receive an instrument which is missing parts, keys or strings or which will be in need of repair. Some instruments may show signs of wear.

  • What Age Groups Can Enter The Gift of Music?

    Generally speaking we are looking for families with children aged up to 16.

  • How Do You Draw The Winners?

    All Entries Are put in to a tumbler and drawn at random, we match the amount of winners with the amount of instruments collected (donated and purchased) in each city.

    All draws are completed by dec 17th and you will be notified by email by dec 20th.

  • How Do We Know If We Have Won?

    We will write you an email and in most cases, also try to reach you by phone by Dec 20th.

  • Donations

  • Do Any Of Your Hosts or Drop Off Locations Accept Cash?

    No.

    All Monetary Donations Must Be Made Via Our Just Giving Page.
    We Do Not Accept Cash Donations.

  • What Kind of Donations Are You Looking For?

    We are looking for new or used instruments, donations of money and donations of time.
    All Monetary Donations Must Be Made Via Our Just Giving Page.
    We Do Not Accept Cash Donations.

  • What Instruments Can I Donate?

    Any Instrument In overall good condition can be donated, we only ask that you keep instruments to a size that can easily be carried. This means we do not accept instruments such as piano’s or drums.

  • My Instrument Is Broken, Can I Still Donate It?

    Yes. If your instrument requires minor repairs such as needing new strings or a missing key, we will gladly accept it and get it repaired. If your instrument has a major fault like a broken neck on a guitar or any electrical issues, sadly we will not be able to take it.

  • For a Full List of our FAQ’s Please See Here

    Have a question?
    Feel free to contact us.