As I stand on stage during performances, I am surrounded by tropical hardwoods; from the stringed instruments and bows, to the woodwinds and percussion, to the organ console and the conductor’s baton. We are an industry reliant on these precious resources. For the future of classical music and for the good of our planet, we need to develop and support programs that focus on conservation, education, responsible actions and restoration of depleted forests. We can all make a difference.
- Lynn Armour Hannings

Alliance-International urgently needs your help!

The future use of pernambuco for professional bow making depends on shops, makers, and musicians working together to support conservation before it's too late. There are so many ways you can get involved, especially via their new “Save OUR bows” and “Concerts for Conservation” campaigns, as well as to simply “Know Your Bow.

Urgent plea from IPCI: Please Help Prevent the Poaching of Pernambuco!

Please read the December 2021 document from the US Embassy in Brazil concerning an ongoing international investigation of the illegal cutting, exporting and use of pernambuco.

IPCI Flyer to view and download

Representatives of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers (AFVBM), Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers (EILA), and the International Alliance of Violin and Bow Makers for Endangered Species are working in cooperation with investigators and governmental officials to circulate this information in an effort to educate the greater musical community. It is critically important that we become informed and avoid participation in activities that break the law and threaten the species.

What YOU can do:

  • Care for and maintain your bow and instrument.
  • Support conservation efforts of the IPCI.
  • Do not purchase or sell disposable bows (bows that are not worth the cost of rehairing).

[Click to view and download the 8.5 x 11 flyer shown at right to help spread the word!]

The Alliance-International Digital "Save OUR bows" Campaign Sticker
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