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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Web site issues: Oct. 19 p.m.

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We are aware and sorry to know that some of you are having issues loading musicforall.org or streaming the Live Webcast. There seem to be issues that are localized to specific areas of the country; while most are loading the site and streaming the webcasts successfully, we know that some are unable to. We are doing all we can to work with technical experts to help those having trouble, but it is possible that the issues cannot be fixed tonight. If you can login to musicforall.org and get to a video page with the "Live Chat" button, that is your fastest path to help, with support staffing that chat line. If you unable to load or login into musicforall.org at all, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a description of your issue so we can get back to you with a resolution as soon as we have more information, which may be early next week.

We apologize for the problems and share your frustration!

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Arts education leaders, advocates and educators from across the nation responded to an invitation from Music for All to help it identify priorities and supporting initiatives for its next strategic plan.  More than 40 persons assembled with Music for All board and staff on September 11 to hear first hand from key stakeholders and advocates in the field of scholastic music and arts education. The board of directors, executive leadership and sponsors of Music for All are now focusing on those and other new ideas recently proposed for the organization’s future, largely highlighting the need for more inclusive programming and an expansion of resources to further both reach and access of scholastic music education.

 

More than a dozen participants active in the arts and representing various community sizes, ethnic and economic demographics offered TED Talk-style presentations pitching new priorities, ultimately underscoring the need for program development at the elementary level and a stronger focus on underserved communities. Proposing a devotion of resources to offer grants that reduce or eliminate participation fees, speakers emphasized the importance of an encompassing “music for all” approach.


“We recently passed the halfway point of our current strategic plan and feel now is the right time to begin planning and focusing on the future and what’s next for the organization,” said Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin. “We are experiencing unprecedented growth and success in our programming and organizational development, and are well ahead of plan on delivery or current strategic objectives. Our plans and actions should be bold, focused and inspire positive action and change.”

Speakers included:

·      Scott Lang - Scott Lang Leadership

·      Randy Greenwell and Matt James – Directors of Bands, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis

·      Richard Floyd – State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Symphonic Band conductor

·      Corey Bonds – Director of Bands at Glasgow High School in Glasgow, Ky.,

·      Bob Phillips – Director of String Publications for Alfred Music, American String Teachers Association President

·      Pam Phillips – Managing Editor, Suzuki and String Acquisition for Alfred Music

·      Dr. Scott Dorsey – Director of Education and Communication, American Choir Directors Association

·      James Seda – Director of Bands, Southwest DeKalb High School in Dekalb, Ga.

·      Richard Saucedo – former Director of Bands, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind., and educational consultant for Music for All

·      Robert W. Smith – composer, arranger, faculty at Troy State University in Alabama

·      Susan Smith – Director of Bands, St. James School in Alabama and educational consultant for Music for All

·      Michael Kumer – BoardsMTO, Interim Executive Director at PANO, a nonprofit organizational management firm

“Our programming currently extends nationally to include direct service to 70,000 student musicians and is presented annually before audiences exceeding 300,000,” said Martin. “Yet, the needs and challenges to music education, student access and participation remain numerous and daunting. We want to learn, be inspired and called to action by our stakeholders. This is what enables us to chart a future course to advance our mission and ensure the validity of our vision.”


Download the press release

Read Music for All's current strategic plan

 


[Editor's note: This post of ticketing policy details is more current than any previous post on the day of the Muncie Regional.]

Bands of America is grateful that “Mother Nature” allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Muncie Regional. We were not as fortunate during Finals. Due to extreme weather conditions, Finals were cancelled before the performances commenced. By rule the preliminary results became the final results of the competition. 

The overriding ticketing policy for Music for All/Bands of America events is that tickets are “non-refundable.” Nevertheless, where extraordinary circumstances, like severe weather, cause the cancellation of all or a substantial portion of an event, Music for All has established refund polices for that event and offered full or partial refunds as appropriate.

Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the Muncie Regional:

Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund

Day-Pass - $9 refund

Adult Finals Ticket - $18 refund

Military or Senior Finals Ticket - $15 refund

Student Finals Ticket - $11 refund

Since 2013 has proven to be an extremely "weather challenged" fall and the fiscal impact on Music for All so far (from Monroeville, Austin and Muncie) has been cumulative and substantial.We request that our patrons note that the costs of these events (stadium rentals, stadium personnel, judges’ fees and other expenses, etc.) were still incurred and paid by Music for All and will negatively impact MFA and its ability to sustain support for a number of educational outreach and advocacy initiatives.  As such, we invite you to consider foregoing any refund and donate the value of the refund to Music for All. If you choose to donate your refund, Music for All can provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution for your tax records. Bands of America fall program results are the principal driver for MFA's teacher and student training initiatives and advocacy programs supporting music in our schools.

To request a refund, please send your name, address, and copy of your ticket to:

                  Music for All, Inc.

                  39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150

                  Indianapolis, IN  46225

Alternatively, you may fax your request to 317.524.6200 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you choose to donate the value of your ticket refund, please indicate this in your request. Refund requests must be received by November 30, 2013 and will be processed by December 9, 2013.  

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the Muncie Regional event, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

2013 BOA Muncie Regional Finals Rain-Out

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Bands of America is grateful that “Mother Nature” allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Muncie Regional.  We were not as fortunate during Finals.  Due to extreme weather conditions, Finals were cancelled before the performances commenced.  By rule the preliminary results became the final results of the competition. 

The overriding ticketing policy for Music for All/Bands of America events is that tickets are “non-refundable.”  Nevertheless, where extraordinary circumstances, like severe weather, cause the cancellation of all or a substantial portion of an event, Music for All has established refund polices for that event and offered full or partial refunds as appropriate.

Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the Muncie Regional:

Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund

Day-Pass - $9 refund

Adult Finals Ticket - $18 refund

Military or Senior Finals Ticket - $15 refund

Student Finals Ticket - $11 refund

Since 2013 has proven to be an extremely "weather challenged" fall and the fiscal impact on Music for All so far (from Monroeville, Austin and Muncie) has been cumulative and substantial. We request that our patrons note that the costs of these events (stadium rentals, stadium personnel, judges’ fees and other expenses, etc.) were still incurred and paid by Music for All and will negatively impact MFA and its ability to sustain support for a number of educational outreach and advocacy initiatives.  As such, we invite you to consider foregoing any refund and donate the value of the refund to Music for All.  If you choose to donate your refund, Music for All can provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution for your tax records.  Bands of America fall program results are the principal driver for MFA's teacher and student training initiatives and advocacy programs supporting music in our schools.

To request a refund, please send your name, address, and copy of your ticket to:

                  Music for All, Inc.

                  39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150

                  Indianapolis, IN  46225

Alternatively, you may fax your request to 317.524.6200 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you choose to donate the value of your ticket refund, please indicate this in your request.  Refund requests must be received by November 30, 2013 and will be processed by December 9, 2013.  

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the Muncie Regional event, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Muncie Prelim Schedule Update

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Updated Schedule for the remainder of Prelims in Muncie


3:30pm - Carroll HS, IN
3:45pm - Beechwood HS, KY
4:00pm - Metamora Township HS, IL
4:15pm - Rockwood Summit HS, MO
4:30pm - Pendleton Heights HS, IN
4:45pm - Lincoln-Way East HS, IL
5:00pm - Center Grove HS, IN
5:15pm - Lockport Township HS, IL
5:30pm - Exhibition: Ball State Univ. 

The Muncie Regional was delayed by an hour this morning because of rain. The show is now back in progress. The lunch break will be skipped and the show will be back on schedule by noon. Until then - here are the updated band performance times.

 

Mt. Vernon HS - 9:15am

Franklin Central HS - 10:30am

Lawrence North HS - 10:45am

Angola HS - 11:00am

Avon HS - 11:15am

Hilliard Bradley HS - 11:30am

Goshen HS - 11:45am

Floyd Central HS - 12:00pm

Northmont HS - 12:15pm

Lawrence Central HS - 12:30pm

Carmel HS - 12:45pm

Henry Clay HS - 1:00pm

Collinsville HS - 1:15pm

Fishers HS - 1:30pm

Ben Davis HS - 1:45pm

BREAK

Carroll HS - 2:15pm

Beechwood HS - 2:30pm

Metamora Township HS - 2:45pm

Rockwood Summitt HS - 3:00pm

Pendleton Heights HS - 3:15pm

Lincoln-Way East HS - 3:30pm

Center Grove HS - 3:45pm

Lockport Township HS - 4:00pm

EXHIBITION: Ball State University - 4:15pm

 

At this time we expect finals to run on the previously posted schedule.

 

Heartland Film Festival

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures will hold the 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival on October 17-26 in Indianapolis. The Festival will showcase the very best in inspiring independent film from all over the world with screenings at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12, AMC Castleton Square 14 and the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square.

Like Music for All, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit arts organization. Their mission is to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. We are excited to participate in the 2013 Heartland Film Festival $2BACK Program, which gives us $2 back for every ticket purchased online! Use the promo code “MUSIC4ALL.” This is an amazing opportunity to support both Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and Music for All!

You can click here to see the full schedule of films in the Heartland Film Festival, including Life Inside Out, a film that uses music to connect a struggling family: When a mother returned to her musical roots, she rediscovers the passion of her youth and finds a way to connect with her troubled teenage son.

If you are looking for something fun and entertaining to do in Indianapolis this month, why not support local arts organizations while enjoying new, award-winning films! When you purchase tickets online, be sure to enter the promo code “MUSIC4ALL” and support Music for All’s “I believe” campaign.

For more information about the Heartland Film Festival, check out their website: www.HeartlandFilmFestival.org;

Facebook: Heartland Truly Moving Pictures on Facebook

Twitter: @heartlandtmp

 

Bands of America is grateful that “Mother Nature” allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Austin Regional.  We were not as fortunate during Finals.  Due to extreme weather conditions, Finals were cancelled before the performances commenced.  By rule the preliminary results became the final results of the competition. 

The overriding ticketing policy for Music for All/Bands of America events is that tickets are “non-refundable.”  Nevertheless, where extraordinary circumstances, like severe weather, cause the cancellation of all or a substantial portion of an event, Music for All has established refund polices for that event and offered full or partial refunds as appropriate.

Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the Austin Regional:

Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Day-Pass - $9 refund
Adult Finals Ticket - $17 refund
Military or Senior Finals Ticket - $14 refund
Student Finals Ticket - $10 refund
 

We request that our patrons note that the costs of the event (stadium rental, stadium personnel, judges’ fees and other expenses, and the like) were still incurred and paid by Music for All.  We invite you to consider foregoing any refund.  If you require a refund, we ask that you consider donating the value of the refund to Music for All.  If you choose to donate your refund, Music for All will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution for your tax records.

To request a refund, please send your name, address, and copy of your ticket to:

                  Music for All, Inc.
                  39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150
                  Indianapolis, IN  46225
 

Alternatively, you may fax your request to 317.524.6200 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you choose to donate the value of your ticket refund, please indicate this in your request.  Refund requests must be received by November 30, 2013 and will be processed by December 7, 2013

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the Austin Regional event, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

Due to weather concerns and for the safety of all participants, this evening’s Finals at the BOA Regional at Austin, Texas has been cancelled.

Tickets for Bands of America events are non-refundable. There are no refunds on site. If extraordinary circumstances cause the cancellation of an event, Music for All may offer full or partial refunds as appropriate after the event. Keep your ticket stub and visit musicforall.org after OCTOBER 2, 2013 for posted information about possible refunds. Again, refunds are not possible on site at the event. Information about possible refunds after the event will be posted online at musicforall.org, next week, after October 2.

Music for All thanks all of the directors, students, parents, fans, volunteers and staff who were part of our first BOA show in Austin. Please travel home safely!

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