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BeInstrumental Foundation works to ensure that students have the opportunity to obtain music education through:

  • In-School Group Programs
  • After-School Group Programs
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Scholarships and Grants for Music Lessons
  • Tuition for Music Schools
  • Instrument Borrowing Program
  • Scholarships to Music Schools and Summer Camps

If you are interested in the BeInstrumental Student Program, please contact us or complete a Student Application.

If you would like to become a BeInstrumental Artist, please contact us or complete an Artist Application

BeInstrumental Foundation works with the community in a collaborative effort to provide music education and resources to aspiring artist.


  • December 2008BeInstrumental started over a cup of coffee and a conversation amongst friends who recognized a need to fund music education within the City of Toledo.
  • September 2009Held our first fundraiser – a Jam Session with local jazz drummer, Damen Cook. Fifty people attended, and we received our first few donated musical instruments – a guitar, a trombone and a saxophone.
  • October 2009Lent out our first instrument – a saxophone – to the Knight Academy music program.
  • February 2010Recipients of the Advertising Club of Toledo’s Need a Hand, Lend a Hand program. Laura Carpenter designed our logo – we still use it to this day!
  • April 2010Partnered with the AdClub as the recipient of donations from AdBid.
  • October 2010Received 501(c)(3) IRS designation as a non-profit organization, allowing for all donations made to BeInstrumental to be tax deductible.
  • October 2010Won a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.
  • January 2011Began our first keyboard program with Queen of Apostles School and Kids Unlimited which expanded to include Northpointe Academy and the Kids Unlimited Charter School. The program continues to this day. This class was taught by our first music instructor, Kerry Varble.
  • April 2011We were again asked to work with the AdClub of Toledo for AdBid 2011.
  • February 2012Began our music program with the Friendly Center.
  • January 2013Hired Carol McElfresh, our first Executive Director.
  • June 2013Began partnership with Wildwood Environmental Academy.
  • August 2013Held our first major annual fundraiser – BeMusical in the Park – at Wildwood Metropark. Over 350 people attended.
  • Fall 2013Loaned 23 musical instruments to children who could not afford them.
  • November 2013Began partnership with the Friendship Circle of Toledo.