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Are you a non-profit?

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Yes. We’re a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, supported by people like you. Click here to make a contribution, which is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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How long has this been around?

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Instruments in the Cloud received its first donation in January 2015.

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Sounds great, but I don’t have an instrument to give. How else can I help?

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Support our work by pledging your financial support here Also, please tell all of the music educators in your life. Want to volunteer? Click here! Or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay informed.

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Does Instruments in the Cloud cost anything for our school to use?

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No. Instruments in the Cloud was developed as a FREE resource for schools to utilize with hopes that it will provide every student with an equal opportunity to participate in music education.

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I'm having issues with my account. Whom should I contact?

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Please reach us via the contact form on our website and select "technical difficulties" from the drop down menu. Please include as many details as possible, outlining the problem you're having. Instruments in the Cloud will get back to you within 24 hours.

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Hey, I have an idea that would make Instruments in the Cloud even better! Where can I tell you about it

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Aw, thanks in advance! We would love to hear from you, because your support and ideas will help build an even more useful resource for schools and their students. Please contact us via the contact form on our website and select "I have an Idea to Make Instruments in the Cloud Better" from the drop down menu.

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Can I donate to any school in the United States, or is this just a Minnesota thing?

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Yes, you can donate your once-loved but no longer used musical instrument to any school in the United States. When you search for a need for your instrument or when you view the list of schools, Instruments in the Cloud automatically senses your approximate location and curates a list of schools in your area (this process is called geolocation). If you’d like to search for a need elsewhere, simply type in a new address, city, or zip code on the wish list page.

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How do I donate an instrument to a specific school?

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Click here to head over to the donation form. Fill out a bit of information about yourself, some information about the instrument you’re donating, and select the school.

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Do you take pianos and organs?

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Some schools are looking for pianos, so it is best to search for a need for pianos and organs near you (click here to do that). Expect to cover the cost of transporting your piano or organ to the recipient school.

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What if my instrument isn't in the best shape? What do I do then?

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We encourage you to take the instrument to a repair shop before donating it. We’re always happy to connect you to musical instrument repair technicians near you.

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How can I spread the word about this amazing service?

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We love arts education ambassadors! Please share the Instruments in the Cloud site with other music instructors, musicians, educators and your friends and neighbors. We’re on Facebook and Twitter -- please join us there to share your story and stay connected.

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Who created Instruments in the Cloud?

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During an instrument donation in 2012, Mark Gehring, founder of Vega Productions found that some schools had a bounty of instruments sitting idle while other schools just miles away were in desperate need of those same instruments. Administrators and music teachers needed a way to connect and communicate with one another in order to share the instruments they had.

To address this issue, Vega Productions collaborated with St. Paul Public Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools to develop Instruments in the Cloud, a web-based instrument inventory management system that is free to schools. Even if school districts use a different inventory system, teachers and administrators can still take advantage of Instruments in the Cloud’s online donation feature to make the community aware of instruments they need and encourage people to donate their once-used instruments.

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