Instruments A Comin’

Instruments A Comin’ increases youth participation throughout Louisiana by providing quality instruments to school music programs. Instruments A Comin’ is an ongoing program now in its eighteenth year and has placed more than $3.2 million worth of musical instruments in over 100 Louisiana school music programs.

Upon selecting a recipient school, Tipitina’s Foundation works closely with each band director, who is ultimately responsible for the success and improvement of the school’s music program. The Foundation plays a leading role in assisting band directors throughout the area by providing necessary resources to their schools.

Tipitina’s Uptown hosts an annual Instruments A Comin’ fundraising event; a benefit concert, auction, and cultural fair held on the first Monday night of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. We support as many New Orleans public and charter schools as possible with the proceeds of this event. The need for school instruments is extensive and the Foundation’s fundraising efforts continue year-round.

Tipitina’s Foundation is a proactive advocate for music programs in schools and we continue to take the lead in identifying and addressing areas of need.

Andy Bower (Band Director at Dolores T. Aaron) talks about his experience with Instruments A Comin’

Is your school interested in receiving donated instruments?

The Greater New Orleans Area school application deadline was April 16, 2018. Please check back next year!

Now open: Alexandria, Louisiana applications. Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018. Download IAC Award Application 2018.

This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans.

Supported in part by a grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. 

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