The story of Hungry For Music begins in 1992 in Washington DC, when Jeff Campbell organized a show, with street musicians to help the homeless. Three years later, encouraged by the good results, Jeff founded the NGO, which is dedicated to distributing musical instruments to children and adolescents, expanding their possibilities and often transforming their lives, and also performing shows and workshops in schools, communities, churches, nursing homes and shelters for the homeless.
One of the first initiatives to raise funds, and also publicize the NGO's work, was the launch of a CD, with the recording of the concerts held in 1992. The idea of launching CDs continued until 1997, Diamond Cuts, a disc with poems, was released. and baseball songs that went all the way to Hungry For Music. Featuring major artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, the launch received support from the press from all over the United States and expanded the organization's visibility. This disc is still available today on Bandcamp along with other launches that today are part of the seal created by the organization.
Today, Hungry For Music is proud to say that in these 25 years of existence, it has distributed more than 14,000 instruments throughout the United States and 30 other countries. More than a thousand instruments are collected and distributed each year, including guitars, violins, xylophones, wind and percussion instruments, helping more than two dozen organizations, such as New Orleans' Trumpet, not Guns, which donates musical instruments in exchange for arms, helping to reduce violence among young people in that city and the DC Homeless Playtime Project, which provides assistance and education to homeless children.
On their website, they reproduce a phrase by Jeff Campbell that summarizes the organization's proposals: “The purpose of Hungry for Music is to embrace the positive qualities of music: its ability to create community, to inspire, to express a talent, to unite and, most importantly, your ability to heal ”
Anyone who wants to contribute to the entity can buy their t-shirts, donate instruments in any state, or any amount of money. Obviously, for us Brazilians, these options become more difficult, but another way of helping the institution is precisely by helping to publicize its work and hoping that it will inspire other initiatives like this.