We are passionate about finding pianos new homes, and while we would like to accept every instrument, we must provide quality instruments that can bring a family or community organization a positive interaction in a sustainable way. Often, this means making the decision to decline a piano that is either too expensive to repair, too old, or too difficult to move. Unfortunately, we cannot usually arrange for quick pick-ups and we have a carefully considered process which includes the inspection of the piano by a qualified technician. We cannot accept organs or player pianos.


The ideal piano for Pianos for People is:

  • in the St. Louis area
  • under 50 years old
  • in very good condition
  • a spinet, console, or studio (we are unable to accept upright pianos that are more than 49 inches tall)
  • does not have a player mechanism installed
  • located on the first floor of the dwelling, or has access to an elevator
  • can be moved over a paved surface with few steps
  • not been stored in a garage or non-climate controlled space
  • from a non-smoking environment

If this sounds like your piano, please fill out the Piano Donation Application (you will need to find the serial number) and submit 3 photos of the piano, including a front view, an inside view, and a top view of the keys.

Locating the Serial Number

If you have an upright piano, please consult the following diagram:

If you have a grand piano, the most common place to find the serial number is underneath the music rack. Try to removing or sliding the music rack to expose the gilded plate underneath, then consult the following pictures to help you locate the serial number.
Sometimes the serial number is stamped on the soundboard underneath the strings.
Kimball pianos may have a specialty location behind the keybed. This is looking from the tail-end of the piano.

Or Contact:  Danny Ravensberg – or Telephone: (314) 285 5852

Donated Pianos as a Tax Deduction

Pianos for People has tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; therefore, donations of cash and goods are tax deductible. EIN: 47-4084512

Pianos for People is unable to provide tax advice, and we recommend that you consult a tax specialist to clarify guidelines for donating an instrument. It is the responsibility of the donor to determine the fair market value of the instrument, and for claims of more than $5,000, you must have the instrument formally appraised. As the beneficiary of the donation, IRS regulations prohibit Pianos for People from providing an appraisal. Unless an appraisal is provided to Pianos for People from a third-party technician, the tax receipt will acknowledge the donation with a description of the instrument, without stating a value.

The following IRS links may be useful to you.