ARTreach Instrument Lending Program

ARTreach Instrument Lending

The ARTreach Instrument Lending Program provides a student, who could not otherwise afford one, the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. In concert with school administration, instructors and staff, TAF can loan instruments to students for multiple years. The Instrument in the Attic Donation Program allows for the purchase of one new instrument for every donated one, regardless of condition, through a grant from North Central Health Services. Some of the instruments donated become a part of the Instrument Petting Zoo, a service that provides young people the opportunity for first exposure of musical instruments at schools and events.

Frequently Asked Questions

1How does the program work?
Instruments are donated by the community. Repairable instruments are fixed for lending to students. For each instrument that is donated, a brand new instrument can also be purchased for the lending program.
2What instruments do you accept for donation?
Any and all instruments are accepted. Donors must bring them to the The Arts Federation, 638 North Street, Lafayette, Indiana. Instruments are accepted year round.
3In what condition does an instrument have to be?
The condition doesn’t matter. Instruments able to be repaired will be.
4Where does funding for the program come from?
Funding comes from a North Central Health Services (NCHS) grant, as well as the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.
5Is my student eligible for an instrument?
Eligible students must:
  • Attend a public or charter school that is currently participating in ARTreach;
  • Qualify for the free and reduced lunch/textbook program; and
  • Be enrolled in band or orchestra.
6How long does my student get to keep the instrument?
Students are allowed to keep instruments as long as they remain eligible for the program.
7Where does my student go to get an instrument?
Please contact your band or orchestra teacher to start the enrollment process. Teachers act as liaisons between students and TAF. Upon completion of a request, instruments will be delivered to the student’s school.
8How much does it cost each student and parent/guardian?
This program is free, except for accessories like reeds, rosin, etc. However, if the ARTreach loaned instrument is lost, stolen, or damanged beyond normal wear and tear, the adult check-out form signee is repsonsible for replacement cost and/or repairs.
9Which schools are supported by this program?
Currently: All public and public charter schools within Tippecanoe County, the Community Schools of Frankfort in Clinton County.
10How old does my student have to be?
The program is aimed at 6th grade students. Our goal is that they use their instruments through high school. However, older students may also be eligible.