To support music education throughout the Newark Unified School District (NUSD), the NEF has created our Instrumental Music Equity Initiative. The benefits of music education are well documented to students of all grades, but the cost of participating in such programs can be out of reach for many economically disadvantaged families. One of the major costs of participating in a music program is the cost of the musical instrument itself. Many students who would benefit from music education are not able to participate because there are currently not enough functional musical instruments to go around within the NUSD. This program will acquire and repair as needed, musical instruments so they can be loaned to students whose families can not afford to purchase or rent musical instruments.