Cleveland Schoolchildren on the Rock Hall Plaza During the Hungry for Music Instrument Drive

Hungry for Music 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Join us from 12-4pm on Saturday, June 15th for a concert featuring students who have received instruments as part of Hungry for Music, an instrument drive organization that collects and repairs instruments, then redistributes them into the community.

Instrument Drive and Raffle 

The Rock Hall will be collecting instruments for Hungry for Music from June 9th through June 17th. Anyone donating an instrument can enter to win a new Fender Squier Standard Telecaster, courtesy of GuitarsArt and Sweetwater. Instruments can be donated at bag check, located on the lower level of the Rock Hall. Multiple instruments get additional entries. Official raffle rules can be found here

Youth groups to perform:

  • Boys and Girls Club (Cleveland, OH)
  • Franklinton Preparatory Academy Steel Drum Corp (Columbus, OH)
  • Rock to the Future (Philadelphia, PA
  • River City Drum Corps (Louisville, KY)

The Hungry for Music bus, Big Bertha, will be parked in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to collect used instruments, which will be repaired and distributed to  Cleveland organizations that serve students, including The Music Settlement, the Intergenerational School, the Salvation Army, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and others.

This event takes place on the Rock Hall’s outdoor plaza and PNC Stage. A separate admission ticket must be purchased to tour the Rock Hall exhibits. Museum admission free for Members and City of Cleveland Residents. Click here to purchase an admission ticket. 

If weather is inclement (heavy winds, heavy rain, lightning), portions (or the entirety) of this event may be moved inside, delayed, and/or cancelled at the discretion of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since this is a free event, no refunds will be offered.

Performance Groups

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Boys and Girls Club (Cleveland, OH)

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland Band program led by Open Tone meets twice per week and uses music to teach students, work ethic, respect for themselves and others, and build self-esteem. Students have the opportunity to perform with professional artists throughout the Cleveland area and have even performed out of state. For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs programming visit

Rock to the Future (Philadelphia, PA)

Rock to the Future provides free music programs for youth in underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods. Through music, their programs ignite passion and creativity, support academic achievement, and improve self-esteem in an inclusive and positive environment.

Franklinton Preparatory Academy Steel Drum Corp (Columbus, OH)

Franklinton Preparatory Academy is a public Community School in Columbus, Ohio. The FPA Steel Band is in it's the fourth year of existence. The band has played at events all over central Ohio. The band has performed at Columbus Blue Jackets game, Cincinnati Reds game, Easton, Columbus Commons and the Rock & Roll HOF to name a few places.

River City Drum Corps (Louisville, KY)

For over 25 years, the River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute, Inc. (RCDC) has been enriching Louisville youth and families through arts and educational enhancement. The Corp was founded under the direction of Edward ‘Nardie’ White while at the Parkland Girls’ & Boys’ Club. Shortly afterward, the Corp moved its office and programming to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in West Louisville. Since that time, the group has acquired non-profit status and expanded programming to include: pipe and drum line drumming, percussion, piano, cultural arts enhancement, leadership and social skills development, career exploration and professional skills development.

About Hungry for Music

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The Hungry for Music story began in 1992, when Founder and Director Jeff Campbell (in photo) organized a street musician concert to benefit the homeless. Within three years, he formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to expanding opportunities in music for children. Since then, Hungry for Music has placed more than 10,000 instruments into the hands of aspiring musicians. Children whose trajectory has been altered by the uplifting and life-changing gift of music. We've delivered everything from guitars and trombones to violins and xylophones to kids in 48 states and 20 countries. We collect and redistribute more than 500 instruments annually and, in our 23-year journey, we've become a full-time force for good in the musical community.