AVS Viola Bank
The AVS Viola Bank is a collection of instruments donated by musicians and music lovers for the purpose of loaning quality instruments and bows to students and professionals in need. The Viola Bank also allows the opportunity for musicians, music lovers, and other supporters of the American Viola Society to make tax-deductible contributions. The Viola Bank was an inspiration of long-time AVS member and New York luthier Sandra Robbins and Helen Callus, concert violist, professor, and former president of the American Viola Society.
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How to Apply
Applicants should complete and submit the application form below, along with two letter of recommendation and all required information.
Application and letters of recommendation can be mailed to:
AVS National Office
14070 Proton Road, Suite 100, LB9
Dallas, TX 75244
Viola Bank Recipient Responsibilities
Recipients of loans from the American Viola Society’s Viola Bank must be AVS members in good standing at the time of application and for the duration of the loan. Recipients must make an annual donation of at least $50 to the AVS Viola Bank to offset costs of the annual premium for the AVS Viola Bank insurance policy.
Recipients will be asked to provide a photo, bio, and brief testimonial about the program’s impact, and they may be asked to perform in fundraising efforts such as the YAC virtual recital series, “Saturdays with the AVS.”
During the term of the loan, recipients are responsible for maintaining the instrument in good repair. Should the instrument require repair services, the recipient may use an AVS-approved local luthier. Please contact the Viola Bank Chair for approval or advice.
Loans are typically for one academic year and may be renewed by requesting an extension of the loan in writing to the Viola Bank. At the end of the loan period, contact the Viola Bank Chair for additional shipping and return instructions. Proper instrument packing instructions are provided below.
How to Donate
The AVS Viola Bank not only provides quality instruments and bows to students and professionals in need, but also allows the opportunity for musicians, music lovers, and other supporters of the American Viola Society to make tax-deductible contributions of instruments, bows, adjustable viola cases, sets of strings, and tax-deductible monetary contributions for maintenance and repair.
To support the AVS Viola Bank with a monetary donation, please click HERE. If you would like to donate an instrument, bow, adjustable viola case, or set of strings to the AVS Viola Bank, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.