How to start a Music for Lifelong Achievement Chapter
1. Seek out interested individuals in your community who:
- Believe in the value of music in the life of young people
- Represent a diverse cross-section of your community
- Represent the full geography of your community
- Have skills and points-of-view to bring to the committee
Great people to contact include:
- Music teachers in public schools
- Community music center teachers
- Music supervisors and school administrators
- Orchestras and other local ensembles
- Performers in many musical genres - jazz, folk, classical, blues, bluegrass, country, rock, R&B, gospel, Celtic, world music, etc.
- Concert hall and club managers
- Radio DJs
- Television reporters, especially those covering education
- Newspaper music feature writers and reviewers
- Music store owners
- Music publishers
- Recording studio owners and engineers
- Social service agency representatives who utilize music such as music therapy, etc.
2. Identify at least one local non-profit organization to officially accept the donation of instruments and to thank donors.
3. Seek the donation of used instruments from individuals and, if appropriate, you can also seek new instruments from manufacturers, distributors and music stores.
Some instrument collection strategies include:
- Designate a concert or two to act as a night(s) to collect musical instruments
- Coordinate special collections in conjunction with a benefit concert featuring both well-known and local musicians
- Partner with local businesses to hold donation drives and/or establish year-long collection sites
- Solicit students through local schools who may have instrument they no longer play
- Ongoing efforts in the media throughout the year – public service announcements, press releases, feature stories, etc.
4. Thank donors for instruments
5. Distribute instruments to schools and other organizations that serve disadvantaged young people
- Utilize your local committee to select schools and organizations who in turn can select the students to receive the instruments
- Track use of instruments in each school or organization and use the information to thank donors, publicize your efforts and to inspire others to give instruments.
6. Stay in touch with the MFLA office at The Sheldon on a quarterly basis
- Report success stories, and instruments needed, numbers of instruments given, and to take advantage of instruments contributed from national music companies.
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