• How to Donate a Piano

  • Calgary Piano Movers doesn't accept piano donations but we're happy to offer some suggestions

    A piano can offer years of joy, creativity and entertainment for any family. However, sometimes when you buy piano you may find you want to upgrade or you just can’t see yourself ever tickling the ivories and find yourself wanting to give your piano away to someone who would truly enjoy it.

    There are lots of wonderful options for those who would like to donate their instrument if you have a ‘used but usable’ piano you’d like to find a good home for but don’t have anyone specific in mind, check first in your own backyard.

    Here are some great options:

    • Call the Local School District
    • Churches
    • Colleges
    • Private Music Schools
    • Private Dance Studios
    • Nursing Homes
    • Senior Centres
    • Check with a Service Clubs or Community Centres
    • Donation Centres
    • And don’t forget to check even closer to home: there may be someone in your family, a child’s friend, or someone you know at work who could put the instrument to good use.

    Important Considerations when Donating a Piano

    One important responsibility you have if you’re donating your instrument to a non-profit organization, such as a school, is assessing its condition and establishing a “fair market value.” Donating a less-than-perfect piano is a nice thing to do, even if it needs some repair to be useful, so long as your recipient knows what he or she is getting into. Don’t saddle someone with an unusable instrument just to get it out of the house. To be on the safe (and honest) side, as well as to claim the donation on your taxes, you should have a professional assess the value of your instrument. A piano technician, salesperson, or personal property appraiser with a specialty in pianos would be able to help you.

    The good news is when you donate a piano to a qualified non-profit organization, you may be able to receive a deduction off of your income taxes so be sure to ask for a donation tax receipt.

    Also, there are two types of donations you can make: restricted and non-restricted. A restricted donation is where you tell the non-profit organization how they can or can’t use the piano. For instance, you may want to donate your piano to a school’s music department, to be used specifically for students. In a non-restricted donation, the non-profit group decides how it should best use the piano. This includes selling or exchanging it for the resources it needs.

    Finally, you should think about your own schedule. If you need to move your piano out of its current location by a certain time, then this will pay an important factor in who you donate the piano to.

    Once you’ve found a place to donate your piano, it’s a good idea to take a moment to consider the needs of the organization you are donating to. The bottom line for a non-profit organization is that it doesn’t want to accept any donation that becomes a liability. If the cost of moving a piano exceeds the fair market value of the instrument, the donation will create a liability. One way you can make it easy for the non-profit to accept your donation is to pay for the cost of the move. And Calgary Piano Movers will ensure that when we move your piano to it's new home it's treated care.

    Even if you’re not eager for a lot of publicity or kudos, make it a point to meet the people who will be receiving the piano. Make sure they know all about how to give a piano a good home, i.e. keeping it away from windows, temperature changes, humidity, etc. Plus, it will make you feel great to know the good it’s doing.

    Calgary Piano Movers offers affordable to piano moving services so when you find your piano's next home be sure to give us a call and we'll ensure your piano is treated with the utmost care.