Hungry for Music, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Presents Celebration of Music Education for Families October 22

Students perform at the Pittsburgh Public Schools All City Music Showcase in 2019, a highlight of its arts education program.

The logo for Hungry for Music, a national non-profit organization that collects and donates musical instruments to children, features a saxopone and globe graphic with hands encircling the globe.  Since becoming a nonprofit in 1994, Hungry for Music has brought healing

The logo of Hungry for Music, a non-profit organization that collects and donates musical instruments to children.

Hungry for Music National Chapter Installation Tour Poster Showing the Magic Music Bus, a Magic Music Mission Statement, and a List of Music Education Benefits

Hungry for Music National Chapter Installation Tour Poster

The Music Celebration event also offers kids the chance to try out various instruments, a giveaway of music-related books, and even more free books for all ages.

PITTSBURGH, PA, USA, Oct. 13, 2022 / — Hungry for Music, a non-profit organization that collects and donates musical instruments to children, and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers present a celebration of music education from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, October 22, featuring performances by Pittsburgh Public School students and teachers, area musicians, and PFT artists. The event also offers interested kids a chance to try out various instruments, a giveaway of music-related books, food trucks, even more free books for all ages, and more.

The celebration will take place at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers building, 10 S. 19th St. in Pittsburgh.

The celebration of music education will also include an Instrument Amnesty Day where public school students are asked to return a school instrument that had been borrowed but possibly forgotten, no questions asked.

The Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity for band members at the University of Pittsburgh is hosting an instrument tour through October 29, and students from Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities will volunteer at the Celebration event. Hungry for Music Founder and Director Jeff Campbell will be networking that week with other local music program leaders to maximize each organization’s reach.

The event also marks a new partnership between Hungry for Music, which is on a national tour to establish chapters in several US cities, and the American Federation of Teachers. The gift book is part of AFT’s Reading Opens the World campaign. Just as Hungry for Music spreads the joy of music around the world, Reading Opens the World strives to spread the joy of reading by providing 1 million books to families, classrooms and educators.

To kick off the new partnership, the Cleveland Teachers Union joined Hungry for Music at a Reading Opens the World event at the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame in June. The AFT, in conjunction with longtime partner First Book, has provided hundreds of free children’s books on musical subjects such as the biographies of Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley and Mahalia Jackson, Native American music books and editions in Spanish.

Since becoming a nonprofit organization in 1994, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 17,000 children in 50 states and 32 countries, primarily through school and community programs. for young people, but also by supporting social workers through music therapy.

“We want to increase our reach by supporting students in curricular and after-school programs with musical instruments, giving them an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have,” Campbell said. “The chapters are the next logical step in our outreach. Our three-year plan is to set up 60 chapters, starting with the many cities where we already have a good presence.

The chapters will help HFM reach more children while keeping the musical instruments in the area where they were donated, Campbell added. A chapter would replicate the team that HFM has built from its base in Washington, DC, and the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

In early 2023, the Hungry for Music chapter’s installation tour travels to Miami-Dade, in conjunction with United Teachers of Dade, the largest teachers’ union in the southeastern United States, followed by trips to Florida and visits to Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Updates and further details will be posted on HFM’s website,, and on social media pages, including Facebook (

In addition to the AFT, the chapter’s installation tour sponsors include the National Association of Professional Musical Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT), whose members helped HFM refurbish donated instruments; the D’Addario Foundation, the charitable arm of the nation’s leading string and accessory maker; and JAMBARs, a maker of organic energy bars that supports music education.

For more information and details on how to donate, visit Inquiries can be sent by email to [email protected] or via the website.

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