Make Music Happen is a musical instrument lending program at the New Hartford Public Library available to all residents of our area with a Mid-York Library Card. The program was created in 2018 by Holly Sagrestano of New Hartford as her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Holly wanted to make music accessible to everyone who wanted to play an instrument, regardless of their ability to pay to purchase an instrument.
Holly put together an initial instrument collection effort at local area high schools and an instrument donation day from the general public at New Hartford Public Library on November 10, 2018. These instruments are repaired by local volunteers when possible, with the remainder repaired at local instrument repair shops. In subsequent years, the New Hartford Senior High School Chapter of Tri-M, the music honor society, will hold an annual instrument collection to add to the inventory of instruments and replace those which can no longer be repaired.
The Make Music Happen Fund at the Community Foundation pays for the necessary repairs to donated instruments, and may, from time to time, purchase new or used instruments to fill a need in the Make Music Happen program. Your donation will go 100% to supporting these vital instrument repairs and purchases. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it will make a world of difference to musicians in our region. Together, we can Make Music Happen!