“Strings for Spring” campaign to replace strings. Ends February 28

The Joy of Music School, a nonprofit organization, provides free music lessons and instruments to hundreds of disadvantaged, at-risk Knoxville area kids each year. All individual lessons teachers are volunteers. Our kids come to us because they can’t afford private lessons, instruments, and music. We’ve been around since 1998.

In addition to our kids who are pianists, singers, and trumpet players, a lot of our children and teens are playing guitars, violins, cellos, and other stringed instruments. That adds up to a lot of strings.

Strings wear out. We must replace them constantly. That’s where you come in.

Here’s a crazy idea… We’d like to replace ALL THE STRINGS—yes, all 278 strings on all those kids’ instruments (we did the math)—in time for the kids perform on their spring recital. But with spring right around the corner, we need your help to pull it off. We aim to get this done in February. Before spring springs!

Do your part to help our string kids before spring. They need STRINGS FOR SPRING!

Buy a string for a Jacob’s guitar. For Maya’s violin. For Tabitha’s cello. Soren’s and Aliyah’s ukuleles!


It couldn’t’ be easier.

Ten dollars buys one string.

Simply text JOM to 20222 and you’ve paid for a string! The $10 is added to your mobile phone bill, and the Joy of Music School receives 100% of the money.

Then the kids will have strings for spring!

Guitars need six strings. Violins (fiddles for all y’all fiddlers) need four. And so on.  You could pay for one string per day until you’ve filled your fill of guitars, cellos and so on. Or just get one and you’re done.

BE WARNED… This opportunity to give via text comes to screeching halt February 28.

Simply text JOM to 20222 and you’ve paid for a string! It’s only $10.

So please text JOM to 20222 right now and know you’ve helped some great kids make some great music! One string at a time!


Do you like details? Here they are:

On all of the instruments that we have out on loan in the hands of our kids there are 278 individual strings. That’s violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, ukulele, electric guitar, electric bass strings. The average cost of a fresh new string is $10. Some are much higher, others are lower. But you get the picture. So, at 278 strings at $10 each, our goal is $2,780. That’s doable!!! But timing is key. For us to get these strings purchased and replaced by the May recital, we need donors to underwrite the costs (that’s you and your friends) by February 28 (the text-to-donate goes away after that). Then we need to order the strings. And, of course, then we put in the work replacing the strings on all those instruments! That all takes time. So, yeah, let’s wrap this up in February.


We need to rack up ten strings per day in February to surpass our goal by two strings. Then we can get some beautiful tones on the spring recital, which is set for May 5, 2018 at the Scottish Rite Temple, at 2pm. We like the sound of that, and we hope you do too! So just pick up your phone, text JOM to 20222 and you’ve done it!! Oh, and tell your friends! Team up and restring a whole guitar. You can give for the whole month if you like! Let’s hit that goal. We don’t want to leave any kids out!


Glutton for details? Here’s more:


This activity is made possible by the Mobile Giving Foundation. Here’s what they say:


No standard text messaging fees are incurred by mobile users to initiate and complete a text message donation.

No portion of any amount donated is held by participating wireless providers. Donations are passed through at 100% back to the beneficiary charity.

All mobile users can obtain a tax receipt for their donations made via text message by visiting: http://www.mobilegiving.org/tax-receipt/.

Mobile users can donate up to $25-$100 per 30 consecutive days depending on carrier.


Special thanks to U.S. Cellular for making this opportunity possible.