About Ear Candy Charity


OUR GOAL: to Equip, Empower, and Enlighten youth through music.

Ear Candy Charity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated providing youth access to music education. Each year, Ear Candy impacts over 15,000 youth through innovative community-driven programs, including Online Instrument Drives, which gives old instruments new life by connecting music teachers and their students with the millions of perfectly good instruments collecting dust around the country.


Support for music education in schools is disappearing, leaving thousands of youth without access to the educational benefits it offers. One of the biggest difficulties music teachers face is a lack of instruments. Ear Candy’s Online Instrument Drive system is a tool to connect music teachers and their students with resources in the community. Music teacher requests are visible on Ear Candy’s website, where anyone can browse pictures of the teacher’s classroom, read about the programs’ needs, and support schools by donating an instrument or funds. From start to finish, the instrument donation process is transparent, interactive and engaging for all parties involved. It captures and shares the stories of music teachers, students, instrument donors, and financial donors involved in the process.

At EarCandyCharity.ORG:
  • Music teachers can create an instrument request 
  • Instrument donors can pledge their gently used instruments  
  • Individuals can donate funds to help place instruments
We have an obligation to ensure the next generation has the opportunity to embrace and benefit from music education. Let’s continue to help get instruments into the hands of students that need them the most.


In early 2007, Nate Anderson  came across a startling statistic: Arizona is dead last in per person educational funding in the country. As a music enthusiast, Nate began to research the effects of such dismal funding levels on music education in Arizona’s public schools. What he found would change his life forever. In October of 2007, Nate founded Ear Candy Charity as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit dedicated to providing youth access to music education.

Nate initially hosted benefit concerts and events to raise money to support music education, and soon refined the organization's approach by conducting valley wide instrument drives with 80+ donation sites, all fire stations, and delivering truckloads of instruments to schools in need. The operation was run out of his townhome before outgrowing the space. 


In September of 2010, Ear Candy opened its headquarters with the launch of the Community Music and Wellness Center located in the ASU Community Services Building.  The Center is collaboration between ASU's Music Therapy Clinic, REMO DrumsAZ Rhythm Connection and Ear Candy Charity.

The center provides a wide variety of small group and individual music opportunities for community organizations, focusing on fostering health and wellness, leadership, positive social interaction and confidence, and musical skill building in the areas of drumming, percussion, guitar, voice and keyboard.