(Columbus, August 13, 2020) – The Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) will collect instruments for students as part of the Columbus Music Commission’s The Gift of Music campaign. 

Musical instruments will be collected August 27-29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the GCCC’s turnaround drive located next to the South Garage at 50 E. Nationwide Blvd.

“Mastering a musical instrument is important to the development of self-esteem, socialization, entrepreneurship and the mental health of our kids.  Unfortunately, not all young people of Columbus have access to a musical instrument,” said Columbus Music Commission Executive Director Bruce Garfield.  “We were looking for organizations that are important and have reach to push out the message to help us and the Greater Columbus Convention Center made sense as a no-contact, drop-off location.” 

New and gently used instruments and electronic gear in good condition will be accepted.

The need for additional instruments is greater than ever due to continuing budget cuts in schools. The donated instruments are repaired and refreshed before being distributed to students.

Monetary contributions can also be made to the Columbus Music Commission to assist with educational program development and continuation.

All donations are tax deductible.  Donors will be included in the Columbus Music Commission Hall of Heroes honor roll on the organization’s website.

The instrument collection drive provided local schools with more than 300 instruments in 2019, valued at a total of nearly $57,000.

“Music always adds an extra spark to our events at the GCCC. We are excited to be selected as a collection point to help ensure local students have the instruments that they need to begin their own musical journeys,” said GCCC Assistant General Manager Sue Graves. “Musicians have performed throughout our complex, including the reopened parking facilities and South Café & Marketplace.”

Additional collection locations for The Gift of Music are:

  • August 24 – September 6: WCBE, 540 Jack Gibbs Blvd.
  • August 29: Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St.
  • August 29-30 & September 5-6: CD102.5, 1036 S. Front St.
  • August 29-30 & September 5-6: Music Go Round, 1329 Stoneridge Dr. and 2630 Bethel Rd.
  • August 30: Vaughan Music Studios, 3280 Riverside Dr.
  • September 4-5:  Ricart Ford, 4255 S. Hamilton Rd.

For more information about the program, visit

The Columbus Music Commission is composed of musicians, songwriters, music business professionals, educators, business leaders and civic leaders of all walks of life brought together by their love of music.  The organization is dedicated to creating richer, happier, more vibrant lives and a stronger local economy for the people of Columbus through music, encompassing the values of collaboration, inclusivity, inventiveness, transparency, nurturing and accountability.

The award-winning, 1.8 million-square-foot Greater Columbus Convention Center offers 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 75 meeting rooms and a total of 114,000 square feet of ballroom space among three ballrooms.  The facility is owned and developed by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and managed by ASM Global.

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  • The GCCC venue itself is a cashless facility. This includes all GCCC operated concessions and all in-lane GCCC parking transactions. However, within the GCCC, there are individual contracted vendors and outlets who, at their discretion, may accept cash.