What is it about the Music for People community and our programming that has made it so essential during a year of unprecedented upheaval and crisis? We have stood with each other through this difficult year, sharing our sounds and stories, and doing for each other what we do best: listening. Our response has resulted in a flurry of unprecedented activity. Through your support of virtual programs such as Music Alive!, Fill Your Home with Music, the Collaborative Recording Project and the Friday Night Grad Lounge series, Music for People has increased its global footprint while ensuring the health and safety of our participants.
Listening is the bedrock of creativity. It also is the basis for social change. In response to the social conflict of this past year, Music for People has taken many steps to foster a sense of belonging. They include founding the organization’s first diversity and inclusion committee, designed to address areas of concern by understanding the diversity of our members and the equity of our practices. Stay tuned for more information about this all-important committee.
The pandemic has forced us to re-examine who we are and how we impact others. For instance, some of us have been working behind the scenes to create Musicianship and Leadership Program (MLP) curricula and MfP lessons plans for K-12 teachers. And through our upgraded video conferencing capabilities, MfP is tapping into new, international audiences. Case in Point: MLP enrollment is up 210% from three years ago and this past summer’s Adventures in Improvisation workshops drew a record 180 participants from more than a dozen countries.
Regardless, Music for People still has a lot to do. That we have recently dipped into our reserves, speaks to the uncertainty of the times. Traditionally 10% of our donors are responsible for 90% of our funding. Our hope is that with your ideas and resources, we can move the needle, aligning our finances with our short- and long-term strategic goals. At this crucial moment, when the world needs MFP more than ever, we need you more than ever to give what you can to see us through this time. To magnify your support, two anonymous donors will match the first $10,000 of contributions!
What is it about this community that keeps us coming back again and again? It’s LOVE and the type of dedication and care it takes to put that love into expression. We are here for each other, and this nourishment allows us to extend love into a world that needs it more than ever. We wish you a blessed and peaceful holiday season, and thank you for being the heart and soul of the MFP community.
Best wishes from the Board of Directors for 2021!
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in a 2nd Drawing for a Sweetwater Gift Card on December 31st!