On Saturday 11th of July 2015, Ronnie Scott’s held a Music Instrument Amnesty to collect unused music instruments for subsequent donation to school aged children in the UK and overseas. The amnesty was a huge success with over 150 instruments collected, mainly in good condition. Pop star Sam Smith and British Indian musician, producer and composer Nittin Sawhney have also donated instruments. The amnesty was organized in association with Sistema England and Music Fund.
Both these partners distributed our instruments to children whose access to music education has been compromised due to their social situation and/or geographical location. Donors have been given a tracking number so they can find out exactly where their instruments finally ended.
The instruments sent to Sistema have already found a new home in their various projects: Sistema in Norwich, In Harmony Telford, In Harmony Lambeth & In Harmony Liverpool.
The ones sent to Music Fund are being checked by their professional repairer team in Brussels and will be re-allocated to their various projects overseas.
It’s an initiative that is especially dear to Ronnie Scott’s Managing Director Simon Cooke, who said,
“We at Ronnie’s are really pleased to have been able to lead this drive helping schools and education projects at home and around the World. Our standing in the jazz world puts us in a great position to ask musicians, our members and the public at large to help us help underprivileged kids by donating their unloved or used music instruments. This is the first of a few new charitable initiatives that the club will be embarking upon”.