Music Matters is going to have between $9,000 and $15,000 available to help one or more struggling school music departments in the state. That’s a terrific first year total! Many thanks to those of you who encouraged your booster group members to purchase the plates. Let’s try to double (or more) the nearly 1,000 Music Matters plates on the highway next year.
WMEA and MAN (Music Aid Northwest) are asking for your help in identifying schools where music departments are truly struggling (or missing) and funding might truly “make a difference.” Please take a moment to read through the following information and then taking action if you now of such a school.
IDENTIFICATION OF SCHOOLS: Schools to be considered as potential recipients of pool funds can be identified in several ways.
By WMEA or MAN Board Members.
By WMEA Regional Presidents.
By administrators of schools and/or districts meeting the criteria.
By concerned community members or parents.
By OSPI staff (via the state music supervisor) who recognize struggling music programs.
CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION: Schools to be considered for receipt of funds should meet most if not all of the following criteria.
Schools in central urban areas and small rural schools serving large geographic areas will be considered high priority.
Schools must have small or non-existent performing-group music programs...bona fide ”struggling.”
Available school funding must be minimal, not simply prioritized toward other academic or activity areas.
The primary use of available funds should be to supplement personnel and/or buy/replace significant equipment needs.
In most cases, the intent of the pool will be to match funds rather than replace existing funds or completely fund suggested projects.
Pool funds should be used in public schools showing these needs toward the following goals:
Performing group establishment or growth in middle and high schools.
General music education in elementary level schools.
RECOMMENDING A SCHOOL FOR FUNDING: To recommend a school meeting the criteria, the appropriate person must send WMEA a one-page letter with his/her position and contact information as well as:
(1) the school name and administrative contact information,
(2) a synopsis describing how the school fits the criteria and
(3) a suggested proposal (non-binding) as to how the pool funds might assist the school toward achieving an ongoing healthy music program which will continue after the pool funding expires.
Criteria for consideration and the nomination procedure will be posted on the MAN and WMEA websites.
Remember, these funds are not intended to enhance already existing and successful programs with “bells and whistles.” Those schools can share in the designated portion of the license plates. This portion of the funds is designated to help struggling music departments get back on their feet.
If you are aware of schools in the state where the music departments are truly struggling for funds, please let us know as indicated above. Feel free to share this with others who might wish to make recommendations, too.