“Harnessing the power of music to better children’s lives."
Instruments Beyond Borders (IBB) is a registered, charitable society that supports music education in disadvantaged communities at home and abroad. IBB is entirely volunteer.
Instruments Beyond Borders collects donated musical instruments in good working condition and delivers them to youth orchestras. Bettering the world one instrument at a time. IBB also raises funds to support music education programs.
Since its founding in 2013 IBB has supported two youth orchestras, the Saint James Music Academy (SJMA) of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where over two hundred children receive free after school music lessons from professional teachers (along with a nutritional snack), and the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay, (aka the Landfill Harmonic), where children play instruments made out of recycled garbage.
Both of these orchestras harness the power of music to better children’s lives and to support social change in their respective communities.
May 26-31, 2016: Instruments Beyond Borders brought the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura to Vancouver. While here they performed at a sold out benefit concert in the Vancouver Playhouse on May 29th, at another sold out performance at the Museum of Anthropology on May 30th, and they received standing ovations from over 2,000 students in 4 Vancouver schools - Vancouver Technical, Killarney, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Vancouver College.
The IBB Benefit Concert at the Playhouse has received rave reviews. The audience simply loved it, especially having the Recycled Orchestra Ensemble on stage together with the Saint James Music Academy Senior Orchestra. We also had some of Vancouver’s finest musicians performing, as well as Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony speaking so eloquently about the importance of music education in children’s lives. Music as a birthright. And the Mayor’s Office proclaimed it to be the Power of Music Day in Vancouver.
May 13, 2015: Instruments Beyond Borders produces benefit concert raising $30,000 for the Landfill Orchestra of Cateura and the Saint James Music Academy .
IBB enables the public to donate their dormant old instruments and to bring them alive in the hands of eager young musicians. Bettering the world one instrument at a time. IBB has delivered over $50,000 worth of donated instruments to these two orchestras.