Big Instrument Amnesty

Do you have a pre-loved or uplayed instrument looking for a new lease of life? Would you like to support music education in Bristol and help to inspire the next generation of musicians?

This summer we are holding the Big Bristol Instrument Amnesty and asking the people of Bristol to donate musical instruments in a good, playable condition to Bristol Plays Music.  All instruments will be used to give more children and young people in Bristol the chance to learn to play.

What instruments can I donate?

Yes, please!

Violins, violas, cellos, double basses, acoustic guitars and ukuleles.
Trumpets, trombones, cornets and euphoniums.
Clarinets, flutes, saxophones, oboes and bassoons.
Any orchestral percussion instruments.


We may be able to find a new home for pianos and drum kits, so please email details of these to 

No, thank you.

We can’t accept any electric instruments, amplifiers, keyboards or organs.

How do I donate?

Please deliver your musical instruments to

Bristol Plays Music, Stanton Road, Southmead BS10 5SJ


Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR

We will be able to accept donations during business hours between 9am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

We’re changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.

Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.

Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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