Donate to The M.I.L.L.
Joe’s Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L) is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity that helps to spread the joy of music in the Kingston community, promote music education,
and make it accessible for all.
The cost of instruments can often be a barrier to music education, but through our generous donors, Joe’s M.I.L.L is able to loan instruments to community members of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds.
Your Donation Matters
Joe’s M.I.L.L. does not receive any government or granting agency funding. Our ability to serve the local community depends on donor support.
Donations to Joe’s M.I.L.L are used to purchase and maintain our instruments. While all donations are deeply appreciated, re-occurring monthly donations help us to plan our operations and services for the upcoming year.
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Donate gently used instruments. We also accept donations of instruments in good working order.
A tax receipt may be requested for donated instruments with an assessed value of $20.00 or more.
Donations of $20.00 or more will receive a tax receipt. Joe’s M.I.L.L. is a registered charity
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!