CCM holds its annual LINKS (Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids) Collection Days on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (2692 Madison Rd., Rookwood Pavilion, Cincinnati). The hours for the collection drive are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday.

LINKS, a project of the CCM Alumni Board of Governors with support from Buddy Roger’s Music and Joseph-Beth Booksellers, began in 1993 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey, President of Buddy Roger’s Music. Harvey, well-respected by music teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area, wanted to fill the need of getting instruments into the hands of students whose parents were not able to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was somewhat simple: a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

Since 1993, LINKS has placed nearly 2,000 instruments into the hands of children unable to purchase or rent instruments of their own. LINKS accepts donations of new and used instruments from the Greater Cincinnati community, then places them with students in local elementary, middle and high school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in the CCM Preparatory Department. Students are qualified by the recommendation of their music teacher, and a LINKS scholarship application is submitted in the student’s name.

Even if the instrument is not in perfect condition, donations are gladly accepted. Buddy Roger’s Music generously contributes the time to carefully restore, tune and clean each instrument. All of the donations are tax deductible, and Joseph-Beth Booksellers will donate 20 percent of all book sales and 10 percent of all cafe sales back to LINKS during the collection days. Entertainment during the collection will be provided by local music students of all ages.

If you do not have an instrument, you can still assist young musicians who need a helping hand by making a contribution to the LINKS fund here.

In addition to the March 10 and 11 collection days, instruments are accepted year-round at any Buddy Roger’s Music Store. Call 513-729-1950 for store locations.

For more information on LINKS or to make a monetary donation, call the CCM External Relations Office at 513-556-2100.

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