2015’s inaugural Amnesty and 2017’s Amnesty were a resounding success.  Over 350 instruments were pledged, each with a story.  Some were owned by late family members – many of whom were jazz fans that had frequented Ronnie’s, while others were freeing up cupboard space following lapsed musical careers.  High profile donors included Sam Smith who donated a stunning white violin played during a Brit Award performance while music pioneer Nitin Sawhney donated a guitar (which ended up in a youth project in Mozambique).  All had one thing in common – the chance to give youngsters the opportunity to have their lives enriched by music.  Donated instruments went to a number of community projects across the UK as well as Mexico, Palestine, Haiti, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some have also been given to a music project working with refugees in Berlin.

In the Summer 2019, Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation will once again throw open its doors to collect unused or unwanted instruments donating them to children living in a challenging environments in the UK and abroad.  Instruments will be distributed through a network of organisations that participate in ambitious ‘social action through music projects in targeted communities along. This year, the beneficiaries include: BrassForAfrica (Uganda/Liberia), Music In Detention (London), Parkwood Primary School (West Yorks), Nucleo Project (London), Wac Arts (London), Mount Merrion Music Academy (Belfast), PlayForProgress (London), Big Hoo Ha (West Yorkshire), Tri-Borough Music Hub (London) & more!


Many thanks to Norah Jones for her kind endorsement this year!

After our incredibly successful inaugural amnesty in July 2015, in October we held the second 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 200 instruments collected, the majority in wonderful condition. 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. This amnesty was in association with: Music Fund EU, Tomorrow’s Warriors, The National Youth Jazz Collective, Kinetika Bloco, World Heart Beat Music Academy, In Place Of War, STAX Southwark, York Music Service, Blossom House School & Play For Progress.


“Thank you so much for your email with the photos of the two trombones​ that you bought with my donation. I have never had such a wonderful response from a charity and I am so, so happy to see that every penny has gone to the intended recipients.”


On Saturday 11th of July 2015, we held our first 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 including donations from Pop star Sam Smith and British Indian musician, producer and composer Nittin Sawhney. The amnesty was organized in association with Sistema England and Music Fund. See here: RS AMNESTY VOL. I


Take it away aims to encourage more people to get involved in music by providing interest free loans to individuals for the purchase of musical instruments, equipment and software. Since 2007, they have helped over 90,000 people access musical instruments.

The scheme is publicly funded and operated by Creative United in partnership with a network of 130 member retailers across England and Northern Ireland.

Search their shops  by location or instrument type, and you could take it away today.