The NIU Community School of the Arts needs used sheet music, music books, old musical instruments, stands, CDs and other items that might be of interest to musicians. Clean out your piano bench, attics and basements and donate to a great cause. Your unwanted music items will be sold during Performathon to raise money for scholarships.
Held every two years, CSA Performathon is the major fundraising event of the NIU Community School of the Arts. The funds raised support CSA scholarship programs, which help families unable to afford the full cost of arts education to enroll children in music lessons, music ensembles or classes in music, art or theatre.
Performathon is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, in the Boutell Concert Hall and lobby of the NIU Music Building. In addition to the music swap, Performathon features live music, a raffle, a café-style bake sale, art and photo exhibits.
Since the CSA scholarship programs began in 1993, the Community School of the Arts has raised more than $100,000, and nearly 800 students have received scholarship assistance.
The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University. More than 50 teachers offer lessons on virtually all musical instruments, as well as art and theatre. More than 400 community people from nearly 40 towns and cities travel to DeKalb for lessons, classes and music ensembles every semester.
Bring your items to Room 132 at the NIU Music Building between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or contact the office at 815-753-1450 to arrange for pickup of the items.