Support an endangered musical tradition - help with instruments, videos, photos, website, recordings


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


2323 McGee AveBerkeley, CA 94703

Mbira instrument


MBIRA needs volunteers (and volunteer interns) to help us work with Zimbabwean musical instruments, recordings, website, photos and more - no experience needed, but some special skills welcomed! Volunteers devote anything from 3 to 20 hours a week on any one or more of these tasks - we train you for most of them, no experience is needed except where noted:

  • Unpack shipments of musical instruments arriving from Zimbabwe, and do finishing such as sanding
  • Duplicate CDs of traditional Zimbabwean music
  • Scan old photos for our website and album covers, edit them if you have Photoshop experience
  • Edit videos of music lessons and musician performances
  • Digitize old cassette recordings, input MD recordings to computer
  • Website help (if you have WordPress experience (only), we really need this)
  • Packing CDs and instruments to ship out
  • Showing Zimbabwean guest musicians around the San Francisco Bay area
  • Event publicity: posters, Facebook event promotion etc.
  • and more
  • If you have *grantwriting experience*, we'd always love help with that

During MBIRA's 1st 18 years, our sales of field recordings generated over $230,000 for 255 Zimbabwean musicians, and our sales of mbira instruments generated over $630,000 for 20 Zimbabwean instrument makers. Many of these are village musicians who might earn about $100/year, so our work is doubling a recorded musician's income.


  • Photography
  • Web Design
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Video Production
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • 3 to 20 hours per week
  • Able to show up at the time you tell us

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