The Amati Foundation: Ways to help

December 29, 2004 at 05:39 AM · I want to thank all the violinists who participate on this site who have contacted me about The Amati Foundation ( ). Many have asked how they can help and I thought I'd post a note here to spread the word.

As musicians there are many ways to assist us, from monetary donations to donations of equipment.

We've received many good violins over the past 2 months from players who have them tucked away in closets. Perhaps they were a first violin or one that you just don't play much anymore. We take these, restore if necessary, and can place them into a child's hands as part of our Education Programs.

Many of you have said, "I don't make much and can't donate a million dollars" and have asked how they can help so I want to share with you what "levels" of support purchase within the Foundation.

$10 Shoulder rest for one student

$24 Lesson plans and books for one student

$50 1 set of strings and one bow rehair

$100 Strings for 6 students

$275 Romanian made violin for a student

$325 Violin kit (violin, case, bow)

$1,916 One month of instruction for 22 kids

$22,990 One year's funding, teacher, instruments, lesson plans and books at one underserved school.

As you can see, even the smallest donation is important.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations are tax deductible (consult your tax advisor). The Amati Foundation provides a receipt for your donation be it monetary, an instrument or a bow.

Donations can be sent to:

The Amati Foundation

P.O. Box 340552

Austin, TX 78734

Instruments can be sent via Postal Service to the address above or via UPS or FedEx to:

The Amati Foundation

108 Wild Basin, Suite 235

Austin, TX 78746

Thanks to all for your kindest remarks and enthusiasm about our program.

Bill Townsend


Replies (2)

December 29, 2004 at 10:27 PM · Bill, Coming to you this week is a check for $32 which represents my giving up 2 of 4 trips to Starbucks each week in January. Good luck.

December 30, 2004 at 02:14 AM · Bill Townsend, Thanks for the information. Your post helps a lot.

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