The legendary Ron­nie Scott’s Jazz Club has launched its third bien­ni­al Instru­ment Amnesty through its char­it­able arm, the Ron­nie Scott’s Char­it­able Found­a­tion. The amnesty will take place on Sat­urday 20th July.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are encour­aged to donate music­al instru­ments and equip­ment, which are then dis­trib­uted to music pro­grammes work­ing with young people in chal­len­ging envir­on­ments in the UK and over­seas. Donors are then giv­en a track­ing num­ber so that they can stay informed of the final des­tin­a­tion of their donations.

Since 2015, the ini­ti­at­ive has donated 350 instru­ments to young people to help sup­port their music edu­ca­tion. Bene­fi­ciar­ies have included Play for Pro­gress in Croy­don, which deliv­ers thera­peut­ic and edu­ca­tion­al arts pro­grammes for child refugees across Lon­don; Kin­etika Bloco, a per­form­ance group in Tulse Hill which engages South Lon­don Youth with cre­at­ive arts; and In Place of War in Manchester, which deliv­ers arts pro­gram­ming for young people liv­ing in war-zones.

In pre­vi­ous years, the Instru­ment Amnesty has been sup­por­ted by the likes of Sam SmithAl Jar­r­eauLalah Hath­away,Nitin Sawhney and Norah Jones, and some big name have already been con­firmed for 2019.

This year’s cam­paign is kick-star­ted by com­poser, pian­ist, bandlead­er and broad­caster Jools Hol­land OBE, who will be part of a spe­cial call-to-action video to launch the cam­paign. Two-time Grammy award-nom­in­ated trum­pet play­erChris­ti­an Scott aTunde Adjuah is donat­ing a Bach TR500 stu­dent trum­pet.  He is joined by James McVey, lead gui­tar­ist of the Brit­ish pop rock band The Vamps, and award-win­ning sing­er-song­writer KT Tun­stall, who will also be donat­ing instruments.

Oth­er musi­cians who are donat­ing instru­ments to the amnesty include Blue Lab BeatsRudi Cress­wickPro­ject Karnak, Femi Kolos­eo from Ezra Col­lect­ive and João Caetano.

Fat­ine Bou­maaz, Head of Ron­nie Scott’s Char­it­able Found­a­tion, said:

“Own­ing your own instru­ment is key to becom­ing an accom­plished musi­cian; unfor­tu­nately, this is not a cost all fam­il­ies and schools can afford. Our ini­ti­at­ive helps tackle this issue and we are glad to help sup­port young aspir­ing musi­cians in their music­al journey.”

The Vamps gui­tar­ist and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here star, James McVey, said:

“I’m really excited to donate this gui­tar. In this crazy world of polit­ics and tech­no­logy I think it’s import­ant to nur­ture pas­sion for music. I hope it goes to a great cause.”

 2019 bene­fi­ciar­ies are set to include The Nuc­leo Pro­ject in North Kens­ing­ton, a music pro­gramme that uses music­al excel­lence as a way of enrich­ing the lives of young people; Music in Deten­tion, which brings togeth­er immig­rant detain­ees with pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians to cre­ate and enjoy music; Mount Mer­ri­on Music Academy in Bel­fast, which offers access­ible and afford­able music tuition to the loc­al com­munity; and Park­wood Primary School in West Yorkshire.

Inter­na­tion­al bene­fi­ciar­ies for 2019 will also include Brass for Africa in Uganda and Music Art Soci­ety in Nepal, which provide free music­al tuition to the most vul­ner­able chil­dren, along­side DCMA in Zan­zib­ar, which is the first and only music school on the island.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic who would like to donate a music­al instru­ment to the 2019 Instru­ment Amnesty should ensure their instru­ment is in good con­di­tion before drop­ping it off at Ron­nie Scott’s Jazz Club (47 Frith Street, Soho, Lon­don, W1D 4HT) on Sat­urday 20th July from 10 am to 4pm.

For large instru­ment dona­tions or for more inform­a­tion, please con­tact Fat­ine Bou­maaz on All instru­ments are wel­come, from pic­co­los to double basses!


Along­side the institution’s import­ant char­ity work, Ron­nie Scott’s Jazz Club will also cel­eb­rate its land­mark 60th birth­day in 2019 and will be com­mem­or­at­ing the occa­sion with sev­er­al birth­day events through­out the year, includ­ing The RonnieScott’s 60th Anniversary Street Party which will coin­cide with this year’s instru­ment amnesty on 20th July. Donors will be treated to al-fresco jazz, cham­pagne, street food and fun for all the fam­ily from 12 noon until 6pm. Also on the 60thanniversary cal­en­dar is A Night at Ron­nie Scott’s: 60th Anniversary Gala at The Roy­al Albert Hall, which will take place on 31st October.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.