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COVID-19 Update

Thank you for your interest in donating an instrument to the Peabody Institute. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, most of Peabody’s staff and faculty members are currently working remotely. As a result, we have placed a temporary hold on the physical acceptance of instrument and other in-kind donations until we return to campus.

If you would like to indicate your interest in making an in-kind donation in the future, please reach out to Garrett Hale in the office of External Relations via email or 667-208-6559.


Guidelines for donating an instrument to the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University:

Scenario #1:
When an item is considered to be valued less than $5,000, the donation is a straight-forward gift, and is called an “in-kind” gift. No appraisal is required. Upon delivery of the gift to the Peabody campus at a pre-arranged time, a Receipt of Tangible Gift is issued to the donor for the year’s tax preparation. The Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Institute do not issue tax receipts for in-kind donations valued less than $5,000.

Scenario #2:
When an item is considered to be valued greater than $5,000, the donor must pay for an appraisal of the gift in order to receive a tax receipt for the gift. The Johns Hopkins University and The Peabody Institute do not pay for appraisals. During the appraisal process, the appraiser must complete Parts 1 and 3 of the 8283 form. Upon delivery of the gift to the Peabody campus at a pre-arranged time, the donor must present the original appraisal document and the signed 8283 form to the Development Office representative. Once received, the Peabody Development Office secures the official Johns Hopkins University signatures on these documents, returning the originals back to the donor along with a Receipt of Tangible Gift.  After processing, the donor will also receive a tax receipt for use in his/her tax preparation.


Recommended Baltimore-area Appraisers:

  • Piano: Please call the Peabody Piano Maintenance Department for a referral – (667) 208-6635
  • Violin: Perrin Violins – (410) 539-0043 or email
  • Harpsichord: Mark Adler – (301) 926-7119 or email
  • Woodwind: Ann and Steve’s Music in Catonsville – (410) 747-4957 or email
  • Compact discs/books/scores/manuscripts: Alan Stypek of Second Story Books – (301) 770-0477 or email