|Piano Liberation Org|
The Piano Liberation Organization was founded in 2005 when Classic Pianos out of Portland, Oregon donated 18 used spinnet pianos to The Jazz Project. Two weeks later, The Jazz Project had placed all 18 pianos with students in need throughout Western Washington.
After the initial 18 pianos were placed, The Jazz Project had a waiting list of students requesting pianos. When Jazz Project Director, Jud Sherwood recontacted Classic Pianos to see if more pianos were available for donation, they asked "how many pianos would it take to ruin your life?" Since that time more than 75 pianos have been placed with deserving students and families.
The PLO continues to accept pianos (spinnets and consoles), so long as the instrument is in decent condition, tunable, and suitable for beginning student use. Pianos remain property of The Jazz Project and are sent out to students in the community on long term, no fee leases. When the piano is no longer in use, or the student upgrades to a newer piano, the piano is returned to the pool, and sent back out to a new student, making this a sustainable and renewable source for piano donations.
For a donation of $175, The Jazz Project will pick-up, deliver, tune and refurbish donated pianos to students that cannot afford the cost of their own instrument. Donate your piano or contribute to this program through this website.