We believe in the transformative power of music. Music has the ability to inspire us, elevate our consciousness, and heal our hearts. It teaches us that we are all connected.
Like the music we support, D'Addario also wants to be transformative — by turning the success of our products into industry-leading standards for sustainability and philanthropy. Whether through teaching music to children in underserved communities, building diverse and inclusive workspaces for our employees, or creating sustainable manufacturing processes, D'Addario will continue to take responsibility for impacting the world in a truly positive way.
Because, as music has shown us time and again, we are all in this together.
The D'Addario Foundation has been championing "positive change through music" since 1981. The Foundation was built on the belief that music truly can change people's lives. Not only does it enrich, inspire, and enlighten all of us, but studies have shown that music education can significantly enhance a child's development and increase performance in other academic areas. It also provides a focused, communal activity for kids during and after school, where they can learn and make lasting friendships with their peers.
Students with intensive arts involvement were 5x more likely to earn better grades and graduate from high school — plus demonstrate higher college enrollment rates.
Students in top quality music education programs nationwide scored 22% better in English literacy and 20% better in math.
The D’Addario Foundation supports over 200 music education programs, operating in 131 cities and 39 states.
To date, we’ve awarded over $10 million to music education programs around the globe.
D'Addario is committed to sustainability. Like the incredible artists and musicians we support, we know that our future, our children's future, and the future of our planet are dependent on us doing what we can to leave this world in better shape than when we found it. That's why we continue to engineer sustainable manufacturing processes and replenish the environment — in any and every way we can.
In 2016, we partnered with TerraCycle to launch Playback, an industry-wide string recycling program with a mission to turn waste into worth. With Playback, we make it simple for players to recycle their strings — by allowing them to simply send them back to us. So far, over 5 million strings have been recycled through Playback's efforts.
When we learned that the drumstick industry cuts down nearly 1,500 trees per day, we created Play. Plant. Preserve — a reforestation program which brings new life to family-owned forests in Tennessee. With continued support, we can replace every harvested tree by 2043. In fact, we're already past the 600,000 mark.
Packaging is probably the least of your worries when buying a product — but it's not the least of ours. D'Addario has long been on a mission to lessen waste associated with packaging and reduce our carbon footprint, by switching to environmentally friendly methods and materials.
CHOOSING CONSCIOUS VENDORS
D’Addario works with packaging vendors who are aligned with our commitment to sustainability and show that their processes are environmentally responsible. Some of our largest vendors have committed to energy-efficient practices in their facilities, hold FSC, SFI, and PEFC chain-of-custody certifications, and have achieved EPA recognition for Green Power Leadership.
D’Addario has transformed our accessories packaging from single-use plastic to a highly sustainable elastic staple design. This collaborative effort removed over 99% of the plastic previously used in D’Addario Accessories packaging.