Barry Manilow is giving away pairs of free tickets to his upcoming concert at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center. The only requirement is the donation of a new or “gently used” musical instrument to his Manilow Music Project initiative.

The showman who put “Mandy” on the map is a big believer in the value of music education. His Manilow Music Project is collecting instruments for schools in cities along the route of his current “One Last Time!” Tour.

In New Orleans, the beneficiary is the International School of Louisiana. Manilow plans to donate a Yamaha piano to the school, along with instruments provided by fans.

“In New Orleans, we know firsthand how valuable music education is,” Melanie Tennyson, CEO/Head of School, said in a statement. “At the International School of Louisiana, we make music a part of our curriculum and employ full time music instructors to share their love of music with all of our students starting in Kindergarten. This donation will not only be of great benefit to our students and teachers, but to our community as well.”

A limited supply of free tickets for pre-selected seat locations is available on a first-come, first serve basis. While supplies last, instruments can be traded for a pair of tickets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday, Jan. 29, the date of Manilow’s New Orleans concert. The exchange takes place at the Gate A Ground Lobby of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, across from the Smoothie King Center.

Donors may park for free in the Dome’s Garage 6 when dropping off instruments.

The Manilow Music Project is a program of the nonprofit Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, which assists local charities in providing musical instruments to high schools and middle schools, and funds music scholarships at universities. More information is available at