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Meet Grant Bordner of Instrumental Angels

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grant Bordner.

Grant, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My sister and I have a mother who has run a music studio since before we can remember.

Growing up we slowly began to realize that not everyone could learn an instrument whenever they wanted. We decided in 2017 that we were going to try and help kids who are less fortunate also have the opportunity to play music.

We did some networking and on the New Year’s Day, we officially started. Since then we have set up meetings and tried to grow our support base in the MetroWest. We have spent part of our February and summer break working to make the lives of children in foster care and with specials needs a bit better.

As of August 2018, we have been working to gather more instruments in anticipation for the start of the school year and kids starting to play in school bands and programs.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Since my sister and I are both minors, we have found some difficulties. Our biggest obstacle is that neither of us can act as president, treasurer, secretary or board members for the organization that we founded… We also have to schedule anything that requires us to go somewhere around when we can get a ride because neither of us has a driver’s license yet.

Lastly, we have no control over the bank account and had to have others set it up. Thankfully we have created a great network of people who are willing to help us overcome our age limitations.

Our officers and board members assisted us with filing for our 501(c)(3) status.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We collect donated used musical instruments, accessories and music. If any of the items need to be repaired or cleaned we do so and donate them to children in need. Our goal is to give a child a complete package to start from a folder, pencil, music stand, cleaning kit, metronome, case and the actual instrument.

We have given instruments to children in foster care through the We Rise Above Program and kids with special needs through the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs. Students in the Berklee Instrument Repair Program have also assisted us in repairing some of the instruments we have collected.

What were you like growing up?
We are typical kids who enjoy typical kid things. I run cross country, winter track and spring track when I am not in school or doing homework. My sister dances competitively when she is not in school. We both have studied private music lessons in the past. In our free time, we are usually playing with our two family dogs.

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