The 9th Annual Music Matters Instrument Drive

For most of us, music represents something personally significant; whether you play an instrument, love to go to concerts, or grew up listening to music influenced by your parents or older siblings, it’s safe to say that music as a whole is a crucial and valuable part of American culture. The community of San Diego understands this better than anyone, and perhaps that’s part of the reason the “Music Matters” Instrument Drive is already on its 9th year – and will be in full swing until the end of May. 

The 9th Annual Music Matters Instrument Drive

Sponsored by Coles Fine Flooring, a family owned business that has been serving the city of San Diego for more than 65 years, and the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, the Instrument Drive is a great way to give back to the children of the San Diego community and help further music education in schools around the county. For the entire month, May 1- May 31, residents of the San Diego area are asked to donate their used musical instruments at any Coles Fine Flooring in San Diego County (there are 7 locations), or at the KSDS business office on the San Diego City College campus. The instruments that are collected will be donated to San Diego City Schools for students in their music programs and, for the first time, to San Diego Youth Symphony for use by their students.
9th Annual Music Matters Instrument Drive
Since the program’s introduction in 2005, more than 650 instruments have been donated collectively. The goal for this year is to significantly increase that number, which will greatly benefit all school-aged children in San Diego County. “Music Matters” is just another way Jazz 88.3, San Diego Youth Symphony and the San Diego Community are able to give back and support music education in our schools. 


Go to for a list of their locations and a description of instruments that are currently being accepted for donation. Don’t miss out on this great way to help out the San Diego school system!


Do you have any old instruments lying around that you’d like to donate to the 9th Annual Music Matters Instrument Drive? Share your photos with us using hashtag #LaJollaBB!


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Emily Ruchlewicz

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