Save This Date !  May 29, 2016

Instruments Beyond Borders Benefit Concert

IBB is  producing another benefit concert for May 29th, 2016 at the Vancouver Playhouse. The proceeds will again go to the Saint James Music Academy and the Landfill Harmonic.  

The funds for the Landfill Harmonic will provide scholarships for the older students to enable them to continue with their education and their involvement with orchestra. As the Landfill Harmonic is expanding, the older students become part of the teaching staff and the administration.  Without scholarships these students would most likely have to quit their education and get menial jobs to help support their families.  Saint James Music Academy will use the funds to purchase instruments and for operation expenses. 

Your donated musical instruments, in working condition, can bring hope and change into the lives of aspiring young musicians. 

Our instrument depots are:

  • Tapestry Music, 3607 West Broadway, Vancouver, (604) 736-3036, 
  • Killarney Secondary School, 6454 Killarney Street, Vancouver, (604) 713-8950.

Cheques towards the purchase of used instruments should be made out to “Instruments Beyond Borders” and mailed to Tapestry Music, 3607 West Broadway, Vancouver, V6R 2B8


“Harnessing the power of music to better children’s lives."

Instruments Beyond Borders (IBB) is a registered 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. 

IBB Accomplishments

May 13, 2015: Instruments Beyond Borders produces benefit concert raising $30,000 for the Landfill Orchestra of Cateura and the Saint James Music Academy . 

Highlights from Instruments Beyond Borders Benefit Concert, May 13, 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia.

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 close to $50,000 worth of donated  instruments to these two orchestras. 

Instruments Beyond Borders (IBB) delivers donated instruments to the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura (aka Landfill Harmonic), May 10, 2014, Vancouver, British Columbia.