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GMF’s Recycled Tunes Hosting Music Instrument Drive on October 14

| Suncoast Post Staff |

The Gasparilla Music Foundation (GMF) and its Recycled Tunes program are hosting a music instrument drive and fundraising concert on Friday, October 14, at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. The foundation will be accepting gently used instruments in exchange for a FREE ticket to the 2023 Gasparilla Music Festival taking place in the spring. The instrument drive will be held outside the main entrance of the club on N Avenida Republica de Cuba from 6pm-9pm with volunteers on hand to facilitate both walk up and vehicle drop off donations. GMF will also be hosting a concert that night from 7pm-11pm at the Cuban Club with the Cuban sensation, Cimafunk, to raise funds for the program.

Recycled Tunes provides new and refurbished music instruments, repairs and equipment to Title 1 classrooms in Hillsborough County. Over the past year, the program has provided over 719 instruments and repairs to 47 schools and currently has a high priority need for gently used string, woodwind and brass instruments. Instruments donated at the drive are refurbished and then donated to a classroom or a promising student.

“We are encouraged by the county’s increased commitment to supporting music and the arts in our schools,” said David Cox, Executive Director of the Gasparilla Music Foundation. “But we still have a long way to go to ensure all of our teachers and kids have complete access to the tools they need and deserve.”

Cimafunk grew up in Pinar del Rio two hours west of Havana, Cuba.  After initially studying medicine for two years in his hometown, he moved to Havana to pursue a career in music.  His monumental second album El Alimento was released late last year and received overwhelming praise earning spots on top critics’ Year End lists. His live show has often been compared to James Brown and has been described as a “mind-blowing non- stop dance party” by Music Fest News. Cimafunk’s performance at the 2022 Gasparilla Music Festival has been widely acclaimed as one of the festival’s best sets.

Recycled Tunes Instrument Drive

  • When: October 14, 2022   6:00-9:00pm
  • Where: The Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL 33605
  • What: Drop off a gently used music instrument and get a FREE 3-day General Admission pass to the 2023 Gasparilla Music Festival
  • More information about Recycled Tunes HERE

CIMAFUNK Concert & Fundraiser

  • When: October 14, 2022 7:00pm-11:00pm (Gates at 6:30pm. Cimafunk at 9pm)
  • Where: The Cuban Club Patio, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL 33605
  • What: Afro-Cuban sensation Cimafunk brings his unique style of other worldly funk and latin rhythms. 
  • Proceeds benefit the Gasparilla Music Foundation’s Recycled Tunes program and local community radio 88.5 WMNF.
  • Tickets: $25 General Admission / $100 VIP  

About 88.5FM WMNF

WMNF is a listener-supported community radio station that celebrates cultural diversity and is committed to equality, peace and economic justice. WMNF provides broadcasts and other forums with a grassroots local emphasis that promote creative, musical and political vitality. WMNF continues to be volunteer-powered and listener-sponsored, providing the listening community with eclectic music as well as non-mainstream news, views and public affairs programming. Thanks to all the wonderful WMNF volunteers, staff, board of directors and more than 10,500 listener-sponsors! WMNF is a 7000 watt non-commercial, listener supported community radio station, licensed to the Nathan B. Stubblefield Foundation, a non-profit organization established solely to operate WMNF. WMNF is a section 501(c)3 charitable organization. All gifts and donations are tax deductible in accordance with the law.

About Recycled Tunes

Recycled Tunes is a program started in 2014 by the 501(c) (3) non-profit Gasparilla Music Foundation which provides new and refurbished instruments, repairs and music related equipment to local Title 1 schools and children’s music programs. In 2021, the program provided 719 instruments, repairs and equipment to 42 schools in Hillsborough County.  Recycled Tunes is made possible with proceeds from the annual Gasparilla Music Festival and its Higher Ground members along with support from Hillsborough County and the State of Florida. For more information about Recycled Tunes, please send an email to

Photo from GMF

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