12 Days of Musical Giving


This holiday season, we know that many folks are focused on charitable giving. There is a renewed sense that we all must do our part to contribute to the causes that matter to us. In that spirit, House of Musical Traditions is offering an easy way to contribute to some worthy charities while you shop with us, either in-person or online.

We have chosen 12 arts-oriented non-profit organizations (many with a local focus) that we will be collecting donations for during our 12 Days of Musical Giving event, between December 13-24. If you are shopping with us in person, we'll be collecting cash and check donations at the front counter for these organizations on the dates specified below. You may also donate online by credit card or Paypal at any time by clicking on the donation item at the bottom of this page (if before December 13, please tell us which organization you'd like your donation to go to in the "notes" section of your order).

HMT is pledging to add $100 to the donation "pot" for each organization.

Though all of these organizations have 501(c)(3) status, we are unable to provide receipts for tax deduction purposes. If you would like a tax receipt, we encourage you to make your donation directly with the organization.

Here is the schedule for the event, with a link to each organization's website and a bit about what they do. We'd also love it if you spread the word by sharing our Facebook event. We also have extended hours during this time.

Thanks for your generosity in keeping the arts alive, and happy holidays!

** These organizations also accept donations of musical instruments, which you can drop off at our shop!

Click here to make a donation.


Tuesday 12/13: TAKOMA RADIO (open 11-8)

Launched earlier this year and located next door to our shop, Takoma Radio (WOWD-LP 94.3FM) is a project of Historic Takoma Inc and our mission is to offer hyper-local, non-commercial radio to a diverse, multi-jurisdictional urban community, consisting of neighborhoods within our limited coverage area in Northeast and Northwest DC, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland; and to include individuals, groups, issues, stories, music and history that are overlooked or under-represented by other media. We promote cooperation, tolerance, and dialogue.

Wednesday 12/14: BSO ORCHKIDS (open 11-8)

OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand their relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost to students and families. OrchKids is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, the music program that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the country’s most impoverished areas. Currently OrchKids works with six public schools in Baltimore City, serving over 1,000 children from Pre-K through 10th grade.

Thursday 12/15: DC YOUTH ORCHESTRA (open 11-8)

Founded in 1960 at the request of DC Public Schools, DCYOP has been an integral part of the Washington, DC community fostering the musical development of more than 50,000 youth. The mission of the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) is “music for young people; achievement for life.” Our goals are to 1.) Provide quality music instruction and performance opportunities for young people across the DC metropolitan area’s full diversity, 2.) Develop a Youth Orchestra capable of competing successfully at the national and international levels, and 3.) Instill in our students the discipline and focus necessary to succeed academically as well as musically.

Friday 12/16: CARPE DIEM ARTS (open 11-8)

Carpe Diem Arts presents multi-generational and multi-cultural community events, concerts, summer arts camps, after-school programs, workshops and residencies, creating opportunities for all ages to participate in the visual, literary and performing arts, while also partnering with other arts and social service organizations to facilitate outreach to under-served audiences, positive youth development programs, and arts integration in education.  In addition to benefiting thousands of children and teachers, at-risk youth, special needs populations, families and seniors, Carpe Diem Arts supports the livelihood of master teaching and performing artists by providing meaningful and impactful work in our schools and communities.

Saturday 12/17: HUNGRY FOR MUSIC ** (open 11-8)

Hungry for Music is an organization that supports music education and cultural enrichment by acquiring and distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children with willing instructors and a hunger to play. At HFM, our most important service is putting musical instruments into hungry hands. We serve children who demonstrate a desire to learn music as well as teachers who have students willing to learn.

Sunday 12/18: INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL TRADITIONS ** (open 11-6)

IMT is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which preserves and promotes American and international folk music traditions and nurtures new styles evolving from these cultural roots by presenting concerts, workshops, and educational programs. IMT's world-class performances, programs, and other activities are funded through corporate donations, foundations and public funding agencies, but mostly through ticket sales and contributions from individual supporters.

Monday 12/19: TAKOMA FOUNDATION (open 11-6)

The Takoma Foundation raises funds and makes grants to advance the social, environmental, economic, educational and cultural interests of the greater Takoma Park community. The Foundation focuses its grant-giving on projects that empower individuals, break down barriers, build connections between people and expand community capacity. Since 1989 the Takoma Foundation has given away nearly $350,000 to groups that make Takoma Park the great place it is to live and work.

Tuesday 12/20: MUSICORPS (open 11-8)

Formed in response to the crisis of returning service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, MusiCorps is a conservatory-level music rehabilitation program that helps wounded warriors play music and recover their lives. It has been praised by the Wall Street Journal as “revolutionary,” is pioneering in the field of adaptive music, and has helped countless wounded warriors learn or relearn how to play an instrument as a core part of their rehabilitation.

Wednesday 12/21: RESCU FOUNDATION  (open 11-8)

The Renaissance Entertainers Services and Crafters United Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Faires, historical performances and other artistic events through financial assistance, advocacy, education and preventative programs. For 12 years, the RESCU Foundation has offered direct financial assistance and medical advocacy to festival participants.

Thursday 12/22: FOCUS (open 11-8)

The mission of Focus is to bring folk and acoustic music to a growing audience through performance, education and participation in the musical folk arts. Focus accomplishes its mission by: Presenting regularly scheduled performances of folk and acoustic music; Providing a virtual center for folk and acoustic music performance and education, involving our members and audience in the creation, performance, preservation and evolution of this music; Encouraging the career growth of new and emerging folk and acoustic music artists while maintaining opportunities for performance and preservation of the traditional folk and acoustic forms.

Friday 12/23: TAKOMA PARK FOLK FESTIVAL (open 11-8)

Running continuously for 38 years, this free folk festival has been a Takoma institution, and is completely volunteer-run. In 2016 the festival took a break due to financial difficulties and lack of volunteers. They are committed to returning in 2017 but are still looking for help from the community.

Saturday 12/24: MUSIC 4 MORE ** (open 11-6)

Music 4 More is a 501(c)3 charity organization that launched in Baltimore in 2009. Our primary focus is collecting instrument donations and reintroducing them into struggling school and community music programs. Since our launch, Music 4 More has donated over 600 instruments to schools, after school programs and community initiatives. Our Music 4 Vets program also donates instruments to music therapy programs for veterans.

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