Welcome Friends of MAN
I want to personally welcome you as a member of Music Aid Northwest (MAN). I am humbled and extremely grateful to have been a part of the evolution of MAN, which is now in its ninth year! What started as a cardboard donation box passed among friends has evolved into a credible non-profit with an upward trajectory in both energy and donations.
Our partnership with the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) continues to grow. They expressed their appreciation of our efforts by adding Music Aid Northwest to their non-teacher hall of fame, of which there are only two members: ourselves and former Seattle Symphony Music Director, Gerard Schwartz!
Music Aid Northwest currently has three areas of focus.
- Music Matters: Proceeds from the Music Matters specialty license plate program get bigger each year. Even though the purchaser can designate which school receives most of their money, we have found that the majority of owners allow us to choose a school from our grant request pool. In 2014, we donated over $27,000, and anticipate that in 2015, we’ll donate closer to $40,000.
- 100% of donations support music education: Our board has adopted a policy whereas 100% of all donations go directly to support music education. We pay for our minimal expenses with the proceeds from our annual gala/concert, Play It Forward. I hope you have been able to attend one of these amazing events as they have been some of my favorite musical experiences.
- Special benefit concerts: We continue to produce benefit concerts for local causes as was evidenced by our recent benefit for the Oso landslide victims in last spring. We hope to establish a better avenue of communication so that more members of our Music Aid Northwest family can attend these outstanding events.
In future posts, I will provide more details so that you know exactly what your donations are accomplishing.
If you have any questions or an idea to help us enhance our support of music education in Washington please, send me an email. Remember, we are small so if you have an idea, we may ask for your help!
Help us grow our organization so that no school in Washington State goes without a robust music program! Donate! Buy a Music Matters License Plate! Share our information with your friends and family because, Music Matters!
President, Music Aid Northwest