COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – NBC4 is partnering with the Columbus Music Commission for its fourth annual Gift of Music instrument drive.

The commission accepts new or gently used instruments, amplifiers, strings, and accessories that will then be given to hundreds of students throughout central Ohio.

Bruce Garfield, the executive director of the Columbus Music Commission, said putting instruments in the students’ hands goes beyond helping them play music.

“Giving a young person an instrument and teaching them how to play it can change the course of their lives,” Garfield said. “It helps with socialization skills, self-esteem, hand-eye coordination, and mathematics.”

The instrument drive runs from Aug. 27 – Sept. 4, with special one-day drop-offs, also planned.

Over the last three drives, the commission has donated more than 2,200 instruments to students in need in Columbus City Schools, charter schools, and after-school programs.

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The full schedule of drop-off locations and times is below.

CD92.9FM (drop-offs begin 8/29):
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Sunday
1036 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43206
Ring doorbell!

Columbus Radio Group:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
4401 Carriage Hill Lane, Columbus, 43220

Music Go Round (Bethel):
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
2630 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

Music Go Round (Gahanna):
August 27-September 4:
12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
1329 Stoneridge Dr, Gahanna, OH 43230

Musicologie (Grandview):
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday
1400 W 3rd Ave, Columbus, OH 43212, USA

Music Royale:
12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
480 W Olentangy St, Powell, OH 43065

School of Rock (Dublin):
1 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday
6727 Dublin Center Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

WCBE:
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday
540 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

Early drop-offs/first weekend only drop-offs:

Vaughan Music Studio (8/22-8/28):
12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday
3280 Riverside Drive, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Easton Town Center (8/27 ONLY):
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday
Drop off area in the parking lot located near 3950 Regents St, Columbus, OH 43219, accessible from Regents St. at Easton Town Center, across from the West Garage.

Shadowbox Live (8/28 ONLY):
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday
503 S. Front St. #260, Columbus, OH 43215
Drop off location will be in the Up Front Performance Space at the front of the Shadowbox Live building. When you arrive, enter through the double doors off the alley of the theater by the box office and the parking lot.

Special Columbus Clippers game day drop-offs:

8/28 (Away Game)
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday
Donate an instrument and get a discounted ticket voucher for a Columbus Clippers game to be used from 8/31-9/3 and a $5 Donatos pizza gift card.
Drop off location on Huntington Park Lane on the far west side of the ballpark. Located between Nationwide and Brodbelt in the small parking plaza.

9/4 (Home Game)
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sunday
Donate an instrument and get 50% off admission to the game that day. The first 100 people to donate receive a coupon for a free Donatos Pizza at the ballpark that day!
Drop off location at the centerfield gate.