Music is Art is a not-for-profit founded in 2003 by Goo Goo Dolls bassist and Buffalo resident, Robby Takac.  Robby and his band, the Goo Goo Dolls were the honorary chairmen of the 2019 Variety Club Telethon and have been involved with our organization for many years.  

Music is Art hosts a festival held every September showcasing music’s cultural, social, and educational impact on our WNY community.  The Music is Art festival showcases over 800 musicians, dozens of DJs, hundreds of dancers, and over 100 displays and live artist installations, all in a family-friendly environment.  This festival hopes to encourage people to find their musical voice, think about how music touches their lives, and think about how Music is Art.

Instrument Programs

Music is Art’s most successful program is the instrument program.  Music is Art believes that at any stage if you give a child an instrument, that child can speak louder, smarter, and more passionately with and because of music.  Music is Art accepts donations of new and used instruments all year long, repairs and refurbishes them and gets them back into the hands of kids who need them.

Donated instruments are collected and repaired and then brought back to Music is Art.  From there, they find students and schools in need of them most at that time.  Instruments collected for donation are assessed by a professional to ensure they are in optimal playing condition.  Then they are cleaned and repaired and returned to Music is Art where they become part of the inventory.  The instruments are matched with students and schools that have submitted applications and who are in the greatest need for these instruments.  There are three locations for instrument drop off:  Music is Art World HQ on Main St. in Buffalo, Twin Village Music in Lancaster and BLVD Music Lessons on Niagara Falls Blvd. in Tonawanda.   

This program has placed over a half million dollars worth of musical instruments back into our WNY community.  New and used instruments are accepted year-round and every instrument is accepted except for pianos and organs due to the low demand for these instruments.  

Monies granted to Music is Art from Variety Kids Telethon Funds goes towards the purchase of new instruments and to help repair donated instruments for youth. Every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping Music is Art fulfill their mission.

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