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Harris Shilakowsky charity donations in need

I've been trying to wrap my head around the problem of how I could make a difference using the reach of this store. This is my solution. Join me. No tricks. Just buy stuff. Read on!

MusicStoreUSA donates 2% of every sale to the musical charity of your choice.

My philosophy about giving

I am not asking you to make a donation. I am NOT raising the prices to make up loss of income. I am not donating “after profit”, which would mean after deducting costs of doing business. I give a portion of the actual price of whatever you buy. Companies who donate percentages of “profits’ are probably only donating a fraction of a percent of what you pay!

Who gets money?

Being a performing & teaching musician, I like organizations that give money for free instruments, free music camp scholarships, free lessons & and free membership in musical groups that give valuable performance & learning experiences. I will only give donations to organizations that have completed their 501c3 tax-free status, which means I can trust that they are legitimate, ongoing charitable organizations. I am looking at the percentage that our charities actually give to people’s needs, versus spending on high paid administrators. I am researching our charities to make sure they are delivering real products & services to people who need them.

A little history…

I originally wanted to give away instruments and sheet music. As a small start-up company, I couldn’t afford to give away much of value. I don’t have a big staff to collect instruments & distribute them to children & provide other services & things that musicians need. But there are great non-profits that already do these things, so we can support them and strengthen their programs!

The future…

I’m starting with just 5 organizations, but we can add some more to our list of charities that meet our requirements. If you have a charity I don’t know about that is legit & relevant, let us know who they are (email me at violin@shilakowskyarts.com). After we collect the names or 2 or 3 new charities, we’ll vote via poll on which one(s) should become official recipients of MusicStoreUSA donations.

Here are the first four organizations that I am donating to.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Inc.
Boston Massachusetts Usa


New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation
New Orleans Louisiana Usa


Tarumi Violin Children's Foundation For The Arts
Douglaston New York USA


The Harmony Project
Los Angeles California USA

Musicians Foundation
New York, NY USA

Musicians Foundation works in close coordination with strategic partners, including:
Actors Fund of America
American Federation of Musicians Chapters
American Guild of Musical Artists
American Guild of Variety Artists
Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts
Episcopal Actors Guild
Haven Foundation
Sussman Trust
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
The Jazz Foundation


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