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The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s Music Mill) is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity (#84662-6877-RR0001) that helps to spread the joy and beneficial value of music in the Kingston community, promote music education, and make it accessible for all.  

Joe’s Music Mill is working to bring music education and mentorship with the support of partnerships to schools and community programs.

The cost of instruments can often be a barrier to music education, but through our generous donors, Joe’s Music Mill is able to loan instruments to community members of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds. 

2023 at a glance


Loan transactions (>250% increase from last year)


Registrations (10% increase from last year)


This year:

18 pop-up events at Rideau Heights branch of KFPL

Your Donation Matters

Joe’s Music Mill does not receive any regular, ongoing government or granting agency funding for our operations. Our ability to serve the local community depends primarily on donor support. 

Donations to Joe’s Music Mill 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.


If you’re looking for a way to help build a better community while working collaboratively in a creative, fun, friendly and diverse environment where music is the first language – consider joining our volunteer team

Examples of volunteer roles

  • Assistant at Rideau Heights Pop-Up Library & other events

  • Driver of people and instruments 

  • Communicator: writing, design, photography

  • Instrument Repair

  • Board Member

"For the little kids that really don’t have access to music, the Ukulele Jam is their favourite time of the week. We have kids who’ve been coming every week since the start who want to try guitar, keys, ukulele…and this is a place where they can consistently come to make that happen"

Making music can support Joe’s Music Mill in its mission! After all, we got a start with a benefit concert including now legendary Kingston musicians.  

Contact us to see how your performance and talent can help spread the joy of music making


Heatwave - Motown Party at Blu Martini
Home Grown Live

Jan’s Jam for Joe

Donation Options

Donate easily online through PayPal or CanadaHelps. 

PayPal accepts Debit/Credit card for one-time gifts or PayPal account for one-time or monthly giving.

CanadaHelps – has a variety of giving options for one-time and monthly giving through Debit/Credit card, or through gifts of publicly listed securities or cryptocurrency.

Donate instruments

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. Find out more.

Donations of $20.00 or more will receive a tax receipt. Joe’s M.I.L.L. is a registered charity (#84662-6877-RR0001).

Donation of securities

Interested in learning more about donating publicly listed securities, which can enhance your tax benefits?  Find out more.

Become a partner/ sponsor

Studies clearly point to the significant value that learning to play a musical instrument has to mental health, cognitive abilities, academic outcomes and social skills for all ages. But the cost of purchasing an instrument can often be a barrier to accessing the enormous benefits of playing music.  Joe’s Music Mill is working to build effective, sustainable and lasting bridges to all communities that can benefit from access to musical instruments.

Behind every successful community building enterprise are those that get together in making the vision real. Long term funding, specific event sponsorships/in-kind donation of services and donations of any size are very valuable to us in fulfilling our mission.

If you would be interested in discussing how we might work together for better outcomes in our community please contact us at: (links to contact info TBD)

  • Funders and Event Sponsors

  • In-Kind Donation of Services


The Cataraqui-Kingston Rotary Club sponsored the purchase of Orff instruments to be used by students enrolled in Sistema Kingston.
BMW Kingston sponsored the purchase of an upright bass for Sistema Kingston.

Thanks to Our Supporters

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