Performathon needs donations of musical items

Photo of a flute laying on sheet musicThe NIU Community School of the Arts needs used sheet music, music books, old musical instruments, stands and other items that might be of interest to musicians.

Clean out the piano bench, attics and basements and donate to a great cause: The used music items will be sold to raise money for scholarships.

Held every two years, the Performathon is the major fundraising event of the community school. The scholarship programs enable children unable to afford the full cost of arts education to take music lessons, join music ensembles or take classes in music, art or theater.

The 2014 event is scheduled for Saturday, March 15.

Since the program began in 1993, more than $85,000 has been raised and 752 students have received scholarship support.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Approximately 80 teachers offer lessons on virtually all musical instruments, as well as art and theater. More than 400 community people from nearly 40 towns and cities travel to DeKalb for lessons and classes every semester.

Bring items to Room 132 of the Music Building between 8 a.m. and noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those who are unable to do so are urged to call (815) 753-1450 to arrange for pickup of the items. LP recordings are not accepted.

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