Ronnie Scott is organizing an amnesty for musical instruments this month
On Saturday, January 22, Ronnie Scott’s will host a Musical Instrument Amnesty Day, bringing together the city’s unused musical instruments. All the instruments – from plastic recorders to violins and state-of-the-art mixing boards – will be donated to school-aged children in the UK and overseas, enabling music education among communities around the world.
This year the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation has teamed up with charities Music For All and Sistema England to ensure instruments donated under this year’s Musical Instrument Amnesty find the best new homes across the Kingdom. -United.
The iconic Frith Street venue will open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the public to drop by and donate. Along with a cup of tea or a glass of bubbly, donors will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with stars and celebrities who have graced the Ronnie’s scene over the years, while learning more about the project and the impact their donation will have. All instruments are given a tracking number so donors can follow their instrument’s journey and see firsthand where in the world it will find its second life.
The 2019 Musical Instrument Amnesty was a huge success with over 300 donations pledged to new homes. Among the lucky recipients was London-based music charity World Heart Beat Music Academy, which provides music lessons and personal development opportunities for children and young people. Croydon-based Play for Progress, which works to build a world where societies ensure equal access to the use of arts, play and therapies in safe spaces, has also received donations from Amnesty . All donations will help a new generation of budding young stars who may one day grace Ronnie’s stage!
Over the years, the Ronnie Scott Musical Instrument Amnesty has welcomed several high-profile donors. Grammy and Brit Award winner Sam Smith donated a white violin from his iconic 2015 UK performance ‘Lay Me Down’ – the violin traveled from London to Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club with d other donations which were then forwarded to the MusicArt Society, a charity in Nepal that teaches underprivileged children to play donated instruments. British multi-instrumentalist Nithin Sawhney donated a guitar, Neil Cowley a violin, and two specially commissioned trumpets were made courtesy of two-time Edison Prize winner and American trumpeter Christian Scott.
In partnership with Music For All and Julian Lloyd Webber’s charity, Sistema England, all instruments will be verified and distributed to children whose access to music education has been compromised due to their social circumstances and/or their geographical location. Ultimately, the project aims to transform the lives of young people and communities through the power of music creation, a belief shared by Music For All, Sistema England and Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, which organized the amnesty.
As part of Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation initiatives for 2022, the club will also help collect and repair broken or forgotten instruments, bringing them back to life and sharing them with the next generation of budding musicians. Projects for 2022 include workshops at Ronnie Scott’s, based on the successful Big Band in a Day program in which schoolchildren are invited to Ronnie’s to work alongside world-class musicians to form their own band. Ronnie’s encourages all genres of music for the program, including pop, hip-hop, RnB, blues and soul, ensuring our rehearsal space is accessible to young musicians from all walks of life.
Ada Ologbosere, Head of Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, says of the 2022 Musical Instrument Amnesty: “What a wonderful opportunity for us to come together in the name of charity. It’s a great incentive – we’ve supported many young musicians over the years, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring back the Musical Instrument Amnesty for 2022. I look forward to meeting the members and other guests on January 22.’
Music For All says of the 2022 Musical Instrument Amnesty: “We are delighted to be working with the Ronnie Scott Charitable Foundation on this year’s Instrument Amnesty. The charity Music for All believes passionately in the power of music to change lives and works to create lasting impact for disadvantaged people and communities across the UK. We look forward to finding new homes for the instruments of amnesty, enabling and inspiring generations of musicians to come.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Donors can express interest [email protected]??, then head to the legendary club on Frith Street on January 22 to make a donation.