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Donations help make sweet music for SLAM

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Posted at 12:58 PM, Apr 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-29 11:38:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Don't throw away those unused musical instruments rusting in the attic during spring cleaning--they can find a new home with the Salt Lake Academy of Music (SLAM) who donates them to students receiving free-to-fee lessons.

Since February of 2020, when SLAM launched its SLAM-EX Musical Instrument Exchange in partnership with KRCL Radio, they have accepted musical instrument donations so that students who wouldn't otherwise be able to take music lessons have an instrument to call their own.

SLAM also teamed up with The Mundi Project, a nonprofit organization that delivers donated acoustic pianos to students' homes.

Donations of scores of violins, keyboards, drums, guitars, guitar amps, horns and more, combined with a $4,400 Salt Lake City Arts Council Arts Learning Grant and matching funds from private and corporate donors, will enable SLAM to provide as many as 1,200 "free-to-fee" lessons, with sliding fees of 25, 50, 75 and 100 percent.

The grant also applies to the SLAM’s Performance, Production and Recording Programs.

Instructors have experience ranging from training at college level to internationally renowned recording artists.

For more information about donating a musical instrument, visit SLAM's website. Financial contributions to the SLC Arts Grant matching funds campaign can be made here or by calling 801-577-BAND (2263).