The Manilow Music Project aims to donate instruments to local schools with free concert

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - You have a chance to see a big name performance this Friday for free, while also helping our local music programs.

The Manilow Music Project offers two free tickets to Barry Manilow's local shows for every one instrument you donate. Manilow is scheduled to play the Rabobank Arena Friday night.

The program has been going on for five years now and 23ABC spoke with the famous singer/songwriter about the successful project.

Manilow explained the process, "if they're gently used (instruments) then we fix them up and we divide them up among the schools that need them."

Hundreds of schools around the country have been helped over the years, this week is Bakersfield's turn.

23ABC spoke with Bakersfield City School District Visual and Performance Arts Coordinator, Michael Stone, about the extreme need for donations. Stone says, "the problem is we have so many more children who could be participating if we had more instruments."

You can drop-off your new or gently used instrument at Rabobank Arena's business office and earn two free tickets to Manilow's show Friday at 8pm.

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