We're thrilled that you want to paint a piano!
Below, we've answered some
Frequently Asked Questions
- When do you need artists?
We ALWAYS need artists -- even if a piano is not waiting to be painted. Don't be shy about contacting us. You can send us a few pictures of work that you've painted already that's in the same style you would paint the piano. Alternately, you can sketch a picture of a piano with the specific design that you envision and submit the rendering.
Can I submit more than one concept?
Absolutely! We welcome as many concepts as you'd like to create and all styles are also welcomed. Each placement has it's own character and we sometimes obtain input from the host location, so we never know which idea will strike the right 'chord'.
Are there any design requirements?
We want interactions with our project to be upbeat and joyful experiences, so please keep that in mind when you create your design. Our goal isn't for the pianos to be thought provoking, it's for them to be smile generators!
Note that most of our pianos are placed in family friendly environments.
To simplify ongoing maintenance, especially for outdoor pianos, we are specifically requesting painted pianos rather than craft projects. If you want to do something craftsy, we'll need to discuss your idea.
All wording needs to be preapproved.
What size piano will I be painting?
We can't always predict the size piano you'll be painting, though it will most likely be a console sized vertical piano. However, you should be prepared to alter your concept to suit the specific piano that gets donated at that time. (Note: we often remove the music stand.)
Where do I work on the piano?
That will vary on a case by case basis because, currently, we don't have a studio location. It's easiest for everyone involved if the artist has a location to work (without stairs, or with one or two stairs). Occasionally the host location has a place where the work can be done.
What is expected of the artist?
Sand the piano and the bench. They don't need to be sanded down to the bare wood, just enough for the paint to adhere.
Prime and paint the piano and the bench.
Include the phrase "Play Me Again" painted in a contrasting color on the long side of the bench (see rough sketch).
Apply at least two coats of a clear protective layer (such as polyurethane) to both the piano and the bench. For outdoor pianos, spar urethane is a good choice to protect wood against the elements (sun, water, temperature changes). One quart is enough for two coats for the average spinet or console piano.
The artist provides the material needed for the work.
- Do I need to include the back of the piano?
- It depends on where the piano will be placed, we'll make that decision once we know the location for the piano that you're painting.
What type of paint should I use?
You choose the type of paint, however we request that you paint in a method that will dry in a matter of days rather than months.
How will my contribution be acknowledged?
Your name will appear on an engraved plate on the piano itself.
You're acknowledged in the press release and invited to provide a quote about your inspiration for the design concept or about the project as a whole.
You'll be invited to cut the ribbon at the unveiling event.
You'll be credited on the 'Play Me Again Pianos' website story page for the piano.
You'll be credited on the Google Map "Public Pianos in Metro Atlanta."
Can I sign my name on the piano?
Absolutely, and we hope that you will! Sign like you would sign any of your artwork. If you painted the piano as part of a school or art center, you're welcomed to reference that discreetly as well. There should be no advertising on the piano.
- Do I get paid for painting the piano?
- Being a 'Play Me Again Pianos' artist is a volunteer activity. We are a registered 501(c)(3) Georgia charity and can provide a receipt for any materials considered tax deductible (please consult your tax professional to determine what qualifies).
Alright, how do I get started?
Start sketching! Then click the "Artist Sign Up" button at the top of the page and fill out the form. We'll be in touch soon!