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Instrumental Partners

WICN 90.5, Jazz Plus for New England, and Worcester Public Schools have a longstanding collaboration called Instrumental Partners. The program collects used musical instruments from Central New England residents for the benefit of public school students and averages more than 200 instruments donated to local students each year! 

Instrumental Partners has been active since 2012 in the Worcester area. As instruments are received, they are distributed to youth music programs throughout the Greater Worcester area.  All instruments are accepted: brass, wind, string, percussion, acoustic, electric, etc.

Worcester Public Schools Performing Arts Liaison Lisa Leach said: “We are very excited about this collaboration and putting instruments in the hands of young people who are unable to purchase or rent them, but still have the desire and work ethic to make music an integral part of their developing lives.”

WICN asks people to check their attics, closets, and basements for instruments no longer used. “One instrument, placed in the right pair of young hands, could mean everything to that student’s future.” Says Retired Worcester Band Director, Johnetta Smith

Call these drop off locations for hours of reception and to make an appointment for drop-off:

WICN Public Radio (located on the first floor of The Printers Buidling)
50 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608


On November 4, 2015, WICN was recognized by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation for our exemplary contribution to the Worcester Public Schools through our Instrumental Partners Program. WICN’s former General Manager, Gerry Weston, who started this program in 2012, accepted the award on behalf of WICN.

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