DONATE A PIANO
Thank you for your interest in donating a piano! 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.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA TO DETERMINE IF YOUR PIANO MAY SUIT OUR PROGRAM.
We only accept pianos that meet the following criteria:
- In the St. Louis area
- Under 50 years old
- In very good condition
- Located on a first floor, or has access to an elevator
- Has been stored in a climate-controlled space, not in a garage or other unheated, uncooled space
- From a non-smoking environment
- Does not have a player piano mechanism
- We accept consoles, consolettes, studios, and sometimes grand pianos.
- We cannot facilitate full-sized upright donations (typically 48″ tall or above) because of the size of the piano and we cannot facilitate spinet piano donations (typically 36″ – 40″ tall) due to the spinet piano’s “drop” action.
If this sounds like your piano, please fill out the Piano Donation Application, including the serial number (this tells us the age of the piano) and submit 3 photos of the piano, including a front view, an inside view, and a top view of the keys.
If you have any questions regarding your piano donation please email the Piano Donations Coordinator, Danny Ravensberg, at [email protected]. Thank you!
Locating the Serial Number
If you have an upright piano, please consult the following diagram:
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.