Pardon us — we have pianos to deliver!
As a result of your high demand, as well as the enthusiasm of our generous piano donors, we have to pause before accepting more applications. In other words, first we have to deliver our Baldwins and Hamiltons to those Smiths and Johnsons who have already been promised one.  We hope to re-open applications by September 2014.
Thank you for your patience as we endeavour to meet the high demand for high-quality pianos in the home. You have made our vision our reality, practically overnight. For further questions, feel free to email your questions to ttownsend@rodgerstownsend.com. We’ll be taking applications again soon.


Spreading the Joy of Music To Others

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Thanks for your wonderful note Julia.

We are so pleased with the instrument, thank you very much!! We had waited for the instrument to settle and now will contact the Tuner. It brought a lot of happy smiles to the seniors who frequent the center and I am proud to announce that we are going to have guests come and entertain as well as teach seniors who want to learn to play the piano. Thank you very much for your generous donation!!


Thank you Nancy, for your thank you:

Posted by on April 7, 2014 in PFP | 0 comments

I cannot thank you enough!!!!  What an extraordinary surprise; better than winning the lottery!  Our children and teachers today were all so excited.  Music is an amazing gift in the life of a child.   I have always wanted our little ones to have all the benefits of live music and now,  my dream has come true!

I will keep in touch  and let you know how your gift is touching young lives in our community!

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Nancy photo

Vocalist Katie McGrath to dedicate concert proceeds to PFP — Friday April 4, the Gaslight Theater, St. Louis

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in PFP | 0 comments


Hi, friends! Hope you’ll join me for an evening of music and musing on love in this age of scarcity, part of The Presenters Dolan Gaslight Cararet Festival. Neal Richardson is the music director. Tim Schall directs. All of my proceeds will benefit Pianos for People. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/594124470660523/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Check out this ringing endorsement — thanks Beth.

Posted by on November 4, 2013 in PFP | 0 comments

We received the piano today. And we are overwhelmed!  It is beautiful. My son has pretty much played nonstop for the last five hours!  We are still in a bit of a state of disbelief that we are now the proud owners of such a beautiful instrument that we never dreamed would be in our possession. The sound of him tinkling away on the piano keys is heartwarming to me and he can’t wait to start formal lessons. We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the generous act of kindness, for the mission of your organization to provide pianos to people and for the joy your thoughtfulness will bring to my family for many years to come. You have contributed to the well being of my boy and his success in the future. Again our deepest thanks and gratitude to you all!


Beth (and Jared)

Errol Garner plays Impanema. Check this out.

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Errol Garner plays Impanema. Check this out.


Guess what’s about to land at the Rush’s house?

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Congratulations Carla Rush on your free acoustic piano from Pianos for People.

Hey join us for our “100 Fingers” Fundraiser — 10 pianists, raising money for pianos for kids.

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Sunday, August 25, 6 – 10pm. 10 Pianists, all styles. Donation ticket price of $35 includes food, Schlafly beer, and Purus Vodka cocktails. And better than that, it helps us get more pianos to more families. Join us. Go the the Facebook events page, facebook/events/100 fingers.


Posted by on June 9, 2013 in PFP | 0 comments

Plan to join St. Louis musicians of all kinds at the Wine Press on Olive, near the Central West End, for to (at least) pianists performing all styles of music to help us raise funds. Dinner and bar included. This event will be unlike any other — we guarantee. More info to come.


Pianos for People Wins $20,000 Grant, Thanks to You

Posted by on June 9, 2013 in PFP | 0 comments

All of your commitment, stamina and votes helped us get the grant necessary to place more unused pianos into St. Louis households that cannot afford such an instrument themselves. Thank you all so very much.


Vote for Pianos for People

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in PFP | 0 comments

NOW YOU CAN VOTE to help us receive a $20,000 grant from Monsanto! Please click on the link below and select “Putting Unsold Pianos with Children, Families and the Elderly.” Thank you all very, very much.
Grow St. Louis

The Wilmes Family gets a Piano from Pianos for People

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in PFP | 0 comments

Thanks to Mr. Wilmes for this cool little video of the delivery of his family’s piano.


Art Tatum grew up blind and poor. But he had a piano. See how it works?

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Even Fats Waller gave up the piano bench for Art. See why.




Jamal’s First Lesson Piece

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in PFP | 0 comments

Jamal is 9. He’s a new student. The song he’s playing shows great constraint from rushing, measured beat and rhythm, and even some dynamics.  Simple composition, but effectively getting Jamal off on the right foot.


12 Pianists, 24 Hands, 240 Fingers at 1 Time

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in PFP | 0 comments

This is pretty cool. Click below the photo to see the video.

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Creative Confidence – TedX talk

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Creativity | 0 comments

A great TedX speech about how your childhood creative confidence affects your adult life.

30 pianos

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Articles, Pianos | 0 comments

The keys to community togetherness

‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ takes pianos to the streets of Los Angeles County for three weeks for anyone to play.



“18 AND UNDER: Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits”

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

From The New York Times:

Joyce Hesselberth

18 AND UNDER: Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life.


First Song, First Feeling of Power

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in PFP | 0 comments

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Theres a strong sense of personal power a kid can feel when he or she discovers they can create art.

“Karl Paulnack Welcome Address”

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“Given what we have since learned about life in the Nazi camps, why would anyone in his right mind waste time and energy writing or playing music?” Fascinating piece. Read it.


“For More Pianos, Last Note Is Thud In the Dump”

Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Articles, Pianos | 0 comments

From The New York Times (July 30, 2012 ):

For More Pianos, Last Note Is Thud in the Dump

A century after the peak of American piano manufacturing, the dump is increasingly becoming the destination for instruments that are unwanted …


New PFP Posters

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