Donate to The M.I.L.L.
The M.I.L.L. relies on donations to keep instruments fixed, and to pay rent, hydro, internet, insurance & more to serve our community.
Any amount will help us continue spreading the magic of music.
Donations of $20.00 or more will receive a tax receipt. Joe’s M.I.L.L. is a registered charity (#84662-6877-RR0001).
You may also gift publicly listed securities instead of cash, which could enhance your tax benefits. Find out more.
We also accept donations of instruments in good working order. A tax receipt may be requested for donated instruments with an assessed value of $20 or more.
Our Community Impact
In 2015, we partnered with Queen’s University and the Limestone District School Board, to launch Sistema Kingston, an intensive after school music program for at-risk children that focuses on positive social change through the pursuit of musical excellence. Through free, group centred music instruction, Sistema Kingston emphasizes inclusivity and teamwork, builds personal persistence, and fosters creativity and personal responsibility in all of its activities. The current site is at Molly Brant Elementary School and in fall of 2021 Sistema Kingston is expanding to the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board at St Francis of Assisi Elementary School.
Access to Music
In the 2018-2019 school year, Joe’s M.I.L.L. processed 185 tuition-related loans to students in music programs in the Limestone District School Board and to students taking private lessons across Kingston.
The M.I.L.L. also supplied instruments to 75 students with an additional 76 instruments to children in other schools and private lessons who did not have the resources to purchase or rent an instrument. This free program supplied an aggregate of 1,300 months of instrument use and represented over $37,000.00 in equivalent rental costs. Check out “How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain”
We are currently supplying instruments on a “permanent loan” basis to: The First Nations Technical Institute-Tyendinaga, Peers of the Roundtable Kingston Support Centre-Queen St. Mental Health, Martha’s Table, Providence Care Hospital, a cargo container bound for Pamoja Tunaweza Boys and Girls Club in Moshi, Tanzania and also supply instruments for programs such as RKY Guitar Camp, Kingston Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo, and supporting fundraisers for other non-profit organizations.
Our concert workshops are unique and very well-received. Where else can you hear a world-class performer who actually “teaches” the audience!