1.     Legacy Program:  Manage local instrument donations. Many of the instruments we provide to individuals are donated to us so that we can regrant them.  Affiliates near a local donor help with the intake of instruments on our behalf, and in some cases, redistribute them to local recipients in your area. This entails a few formalities with the donor, inspecting the instrument, registering it with us, tuning up and possibly making some repairs. Ideal Affiliates for this are Violin Shops with a physical locale that donors can visit. 

2.     Strings For Change Program:  Collect instrument strings and supplies from your community. New and used strings donated by symphony and opera orchestras, or by music shops (particularly those that have rental programs) can be given a second life in the hands of musicians who have limited access to strings.  We centrally gather all collected strings, prepare them for re-use, and finally distribute strings, bows and sometimes even full outfits to programs in countries where they are desperately needed, such as Argentina, Cuba, Kenya, Venezuela, India, and many others across the world.

3.     Annual Grant Program: Service the instruments at music programs in your area. As a local violinmaker volunteer, you can help deploy new instruments to programs we support, follow up with an annual condition inspection and tune up, and make occasional repairs as needed. Affiliates can also help identify and qualify programs eligible for support and bring them 

4. Master Collection: Donated Instruments of the highest quality as well as concert-grade models lent to the collection by living violinmakers are matched with rising talent and emerging professionals. Affiliates can showcase their own work in the master collection, help qualify donated instruments, and assist with the process of matching instruments with players.

How you can benefit from this:

1.     For material costs and work-related expenses incurred while supporting The Open String, you can obtain a receipt which may qualify for a tax deduction. 

2.     You will be listed on our website as an affiliate with a back link to your website(s). 

3.    You are participating in the education of future generations of musicians, thereby contributing to a vibrant musical life and interest which ultimately benefits all of us in this business.

4. Last but not least, you are joining a growing community of passionate, like-minded craftspeople who share a passion and a good cause.


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Thanks for taking a few minutes to complete this form. Only the starred fields are required, but please supply as much information as possible. We will follow up with you shortly to discuss your involvement. 

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Violinmaking Skills
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Playing Instruments
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By submitting this form, I agree to becoming an Affiliate of The Open String, Inc and to conducting myself in the best of the organization’s interest and performance of its mission. I will be instructed by The Open String on how to best represent the organization and I will follow any supplied guidelines to that end. When facilitating the processing of donations, I may act as recipient (drop-off point and shipping) of instruments, which may include the making of minor repairs and providing maintenance on donated instruments. It is understood that any more extensive work that might be needed will only be undertaken with the explicit consent with the staff of The Open String, who understand that extensive repairs can only be made if a donated instrument is of high enough quality to warrant such repairs. In special cases The Open String will consider arranging for reasonable compensation for such work. The Open String will be responsible for providing an account with a shipping service for any sending of instruments. The Open String has a strict conflict of interest policy, including a prohibition against self-dealing. For example, if a valuable instrument is donated and it is decided that the best use of such a donation would be to sell the instrument such a sale will have to benefit The Open String, and any payment to the Affiliate must be limited to compensation for reasonable repair and maintenance work. As Affiliate I will, from time to time and as appropriate, make in-kind donations of work and accessories and The Open String, at its discretion, will issue donation receipts to the Affiliate. The Open String will credit the assistance provided by the Affiliate and list the Affiliate, with web-link, on its web-site. All Affiliates will be eligible for such special featuring as “Affiliate of the Year” and other publicity-worthy events.