Sunday, October 09, 2011

Music for Lifelong Achievement (MFLA) seeking musical instruments, cash donations

Once again this fall, Music for Lifelong Achievement (MFLA) will be seeking donations of musical instruments for its annual drive, which will take place from Monday, October 17 through Sunday, November 20.

MFLA is a not-for-profit organization based at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis that donates used and new musical instruments to school and community music programs serving disadvantaged young people. MFLA also raises funds for instrument repair and musical accessories. Since its inception, MFLA has collected and re-distributed more than 500 instruments.

Donors can help in two ways: by giving a musical instrument, or through a cash donation. For the seventh consecutive year, St. Louis-area Starbucks stores (including St. Charles, O’Fallon and the Metro East) will serve as drop-off locations for used and new musical instruments. The donated instruments then will be repaired and distributed to students who otherwise would not be able to afford an instrument. Donors get a letter documenting the value of the instrument for tax deduction purposes, as well as a coupon for a free Starbucks beverage.

If you don’t have an instrument to donate, MFLA also gladly accepts cash donations, which are used to help pay for necessary repairs of donated instruments, as well as accessories such as strings, reeds and sheet music. These donations also are tax deductible. For more information or to make a donation, call The Sheldon at 314-533-9900 or visit

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