Jazz Academy’s Gear Up

Jazz Academy’s Gear Up program is designed to equip central Ohio school music programs with the resources they need to achieve success. Often, schools are faced with little to no budget to maintain their musical instruments and equipment. Or, school instrument inventories are not large enough to accommodate the number of students wishing to play an instrument. This is where the Gear Up program comes into play. Our strong partnerships with area schools allow us to help identify and meet these needs. Whether it’s a wind, string or percussion/rhythm section instrument, accessories, hardware, books or other related need, our goal is to alleviate the burden felt by schools and families when it comes to providing quality music education to their students.


Simply fill out the request form to let us know what your needs are. We will do our best to meet these requests, providing equipment or materials from our ever-growing inventory, or by purchasing a new item for your school.

Keep in mind, your request is subject to availability of inventory and/or funding. We will fill requests on a first-come-first-serve basis. Qualifying schools must be located in Franklin or any of the surrounding counties and have a jazz component to their yearly curriculum.

Interested in donating to the Gear Up program?

We gladly accept any fully-functioning instrument and/or accessories listed below. We also accept monetary donations at the link below.

Before accepting a donation, Jazz Arts Group will evaluate each item to ensure its functionality. 

List of acceptable instrument donations:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor or baritone)
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Electric or Acoustic piano
  • Electric or Acoustic Bass
  • Drum Set and/or Drum Set hardware/accessories

We also accept other instruments, as well as accessories such as reeds, neckstraps, brass mutes, etc. Have a question? Reach out to Alexa Brennan at abrennan@jazzartsgroup.org.