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What is Acoustic For A Change?

Instrument Donation Program (NATIONAL PROGRAM)

Our primary ministry goal is to collect, refurbish and place musical instruments in the hands of underprivileged children or organizations that work with them. Performing for Charity Events provides an audience to get the word out and Private Events provide the revenue to purchase instruments. It’s all about donated instruments!

Live Music for Charity Events

Acoustic for a Change (AFAC) provides Live Music and Event Support for Charity events. AFAC has a variety of event professionals (Musicians & Event Coordinators) who offer to give back to worthwhile causes like yours. Our ministry offers reduced rates for the opportunity to introduce our Instrument Donation Program. We also request a brief announcement about our Instrument Donation Program and the ability to setup a small info table. We use our talents to add value to your upcoming event and bless young lives. (Serving Southern California, Central Florida, Park City/Salt Lake City, Utah & Growing...)

Instrument Donation Stories

Instruments can change a life! Take a moment to read these real life stories and see how your donation can impact a young life. Stories...

9 Tips to Event Planning

Susan Echarte will walk you through many of your event processes, from marketing design, menu selections, silent auction, social media tips, invitations, and post event assessment. Our tips are designed to provide ideas / guidance when planning your next event. You can see Susan’s 9 tips to event planning here.

Couple Create Second Life for Instruments


Mark DeBellis happened to be walking through the Mercy Thrift Store at Vineyard Community Church in Laguna Niguel when he spotted a beat up classical guitar.

How much, he asked the clerk. "Oh, five bucks."

DeBellis bought the guitar, took it home and over a few weeks found time to strip it, refinish it and restore it to good condition. Then he gave it away to an organization that will give it to another organization that will put it in the hands of a youngster who otherwise might not get the chance to play music.

That's how Acoustic for a Change works: People donate gently used musical instruments to founders Arturo and Susan Echarte and they match the instrument to local groups that work with underprivileged children and after school programs.

Late last month, the guitar that DeBellis refurbished sat on a stand in the living room of the Echartes' 1928 Spanish Colonial home in Dana Point. They planned to send it to the San Juan Capistrano based group Mariachi for All, which also received a trumpet recently from Acoustic for a Change.

Read the full article here.

Humanitarian Award

By Maria Sonnenberg for Space Coast Medicine

The founder of Acoustic for a Change, Echarte has harnessed the power of music to do good for local charities. The Indialantic guitarist and fellow musicians here and in California donate their time and talent to nonprofits to help them raise funds at special events. They also play for donations at weddings and other private functions in order to give all the income to worthy causes in Brevard.

The list of charities who sing Echarte’s musical praises is long, including Cancer Care Foundation, Candlighters of Brevard, Healthy Start Coalition, the National Kidney Foundation, the Women’s Center, Zonta Club, Club Esteem, Devereux, Brevard Rescue Mission, the Space Coast Early Intervention Center and even the Space Coast Symphony, for whom Echarte played Latin-themed tunes at the orchestra’s Viva la Musica fundraiser.

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