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The BBC's Rosie Millard
A scarcity of instruments is one of the key barriers to people taking up music
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Thursday, 30 March, 2000, 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK
Plea for unwanted instruments
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The scheme aims to help more children learn music
People are being asked to donate unwanted musical instruments to a scheme aimed at enabling schoolchildren to take up music.

The scheme, called Instrument Amnesty, has been launched by the BBC and the National Foundation for Youth Music, who hope to collect about 10,000 instruments and pass them on to pupils and young people.

The scheme is part of BBC Music Live, a five-day celebration of live music-making, which will run from 25-29 May.

The huge music festival will feature more than 5,000 events across the UK, from a Sir Elton John concert to a car horn symphony in Rotherham.


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It is hoped a wide range of instruments will be donated
A scarcity of musical instruments is one of the key barriers to many children and young people learning music.

Under the scheme, instruments collected in good working order will be given to local music services and community music groups.

The National Foundation for Youth Music will manage the distribution of the instruments, and will also provide grants for their servicing and re-conditioning.

The BBC Director of Television, Alan Yentob, said: "The amnesty is a campaign that strikes chords across the generations and deserves widespread support.

"It is a brilliant initiative which will empower everyone with a love of music to pass that passion on to a new generation of enthusiasts. All that's required is a generous spirit and the gift of a working instrument."

People wishing to donate an instrument can telephone the BBC Audience Line on 08700 100125, or visit the Music Live website.

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