Welcome to the 2011 Music for All Summer Symposium! I'm Kristin Conrad, Senior Marketing Coordinator at Music for All. I will be writing throughout the week to keep you informed about the activities your students will be participating in at this year's Summer Symposium. Unfortunately, I won't be able to be in two places at once, although I wish I could since the participants will be involved in so many different events and activities. But, I'll do my best to keep you in the loop throughout the week and help provide a window to the Symposium experience. You'll also see posts from other MFA staff members this week as they attend sessions and experience camp.
If you followed the Symposium blog last year, you may remember it was my second year. This is my third year at Symposium, and it's great to be back. This year, we're in a new location - Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Ball State University is a wonderful place to be, and we're excited to spend the week on campus.
The MFA staff moved into our headquarters earlier this week, and we've been hard at work ever since. Team SWAG is also on site, working hard already to help provide a positively life-changing experience for your students. The heart and soul of the Summer Symposium, Team SWAG, is a volunteer group of dedicated college students, graduate students, band directors, and others interested in music education. These enthusiastic individuals spend the week helping fulfill the vast and varied logistical needs to ensure that the Summer Symposium runs smoothly and that all our participants have a positive experience. The Summer Symposium could not be held without Team SWAG.
Today, the morning started out in a flurry of activity as Leadership Weekend Registration opened at 8 a.m. in Park Hall. It was wonderful to see all the participants chatting and milling around the lobby while looking over the weekend schedules and materials.
After registration, it was time for the Leadership Weekend Experience Opening Session, in which participants had a chance to meet Norm Ruebling, Camp Director of the Music for All Summer Symposium; Eric Martin, Music for All's CEO; Jamie Weaver, Camp Director of our wonderful volunteer SWAG Team; and Erin Bergland, head of our on-site nurses. Then Leadership Division Coordinator Fran Kick presented a session that provided helpful tips for the weekend (or week ahead for full week campers).
After Opening Session and some lunch, the weekend sessions began. I was lucky enough to have time this afternoon to attend one of Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser's sessions. Admittedly, I was a bit tired and kind of hitting an afternoon wall around the time the session began. I've heard Dr. Lautzenheiser speak previously, but I'm still always amazed at how I feel when I leave his sessions. After his session, I was instantly re-energized and felt wonderful! That's how powerful his message is - it truly motivates you to be a leader and in his words, "give up giving up."
I took away several thoughts from this session, and I'm sure your students did as well. One idea that really struck me was, "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" The room full of energetic students was instantly quiet after Dr. Lautzenheiser said this. It's an interesting thought - what would you do?
Another point that really resonated for me was, "If it comes between being right and being kind, be kind." It got me thinking about something Dr. Lautzenheiser said previously - "Maturity is the ability to understand how your behavior affects others." You can always go back and be right, but you can't go back and be kind after you've said something negative or hurtful that affects others. The students in the session were on the edge of their seats, attentively listening to tidbits like this, and it was clear they were thinking hard about how to apply these lessons to their own lives - just as I was.
Leadership Weekend continues tomorrow, and I look forward to seeing what happens next!
Music for All is collecting the best of the stories we read about the power and impact of music and arts education. Please use and share this resource in your own efforts to support music and arts education in your local schools.
We'd like to take a moment to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our friends who voted for Music for All in the Chase Community Giving program. We made a good showing and ended Round two with 3,075 votes total and in 38th place overall, which put us just a bit short of the top 25 and additional funding from Round two.
However, we're absolutely thrilled to have gained funding from Round one. Thanks for all your help! You helped us receive $25,000 from Round one, and we could not have done this without you!
Congratulations to our partner Drum Corps International, who finished in 10th place in Round two! Partners WGI (33rd place) and NAfME (37th place) also finished strong as well.
Thank you again for helping us get out the vote and for supporting music education and the arts.
Just a little under fours hours remain in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook. Thank you to all who have voted and to all who have passed this along to friends, family and colleagues. We need to be in 25th place to receive funding from Chase in Round Two, and right now, we're in 39th place. But, we haven't given up!
Anything you can do to help us get out the vote in the final couple of hours would be so appreciated! If you're willing, perhaps download one of our banner/badge images to share, and show others that you've voted. You can download these images for your own profile page here.
We'd also sincerely appreciate it if you consider posting a call to vote as your facebook status for the remaining hours of the Chase program. Or, would you mind tweeting or emailing some information to your friends? Here is some suggested text, if you're willing and able to do this:
I'm voting now for Music for All/Bands of America in the Chase Community Giving program. I hope you'll vote, tonight, and help MFA win up to $500,000 to continue their music education and advocacy programs.
Help MFA/BOA inspire & activate the next generation of arts education advocates and save music & arts education. Vote tonight: http://bit.ly/mruF6M
Music for All's (MFA) mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Please help us fulfill our mission! Out of hundreds of thousands of charities, MFA/Bands of America made the top 20 of Round 1 of the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook, thanks to those who voted. Now, the 25 eligible Charities receiving the most votes in Round 2 May 19 to May 25 will share in $2,500,000 in donations from Chase. Voting ends at 11:59:59 EST tonight! Vote now!
Thank you for your support. It is truly amazing to see how many people support music and the arts. We cannot thank you enough for your efforts.
Your Music for All staff
We feel so lucky to have fans like you, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in the Chase Community Giving program. We hesitate to ask more of you, but we truly need votes from all our Facebook fans in order to move in to the top 25 and be eligible for funding in Round 2. Please consider casting your vote today if you haven't already. You can vote here. If you haven't seen it yet, here's our video for Round 2.
Also, we've been busy posting videos on the BOA facebook page, as a thank you for your support. Check out the videos here, and we hope you enjoy!
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
It is not often that I reach out and ask for real help, but today I am. Music for All (Bands of America), is a finalist in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook, wherein Chase gives real money to non-profit organizations like Music for All that receive the most votes cast via Facebook. We have already received $25K in round one, which will help us support our mission. As a top 100 finisher, we are competing for votes in round two for a top award of $500K. If we finish in the top 25, we will receive at least an additional $20K.
My request, on behalf of Music for All and me personally, is that you invite and allow your students just 10 minutes in class/rehearsal to take out their cell phones and login to Facebook to cast a vote in favor of Music for All in the Chase Community Giving program. I'm calling this 10 minutes of time - "A Facebook Moment in Support of Music for All." Our collective 10 minutes could bring at least $20k to Music for All in support of music education. Our goal is to generate 10,000 votes from the 70,000 annual participants and 200,000 parents and fans that attend Music for All and Bands of America events each year. Please help us, if you can.
I am hopeful that you tell your students today (and encourage them to ask their parents and friends to vote as well) and take action (A Facebook Moment in Support of Music for All) tomorrow (Tuesday). Voting ends at 11:59:59pm EST on Wednesday, May 25th. Thank you for sharing "A Facebook Moment in Support of Music for All" with your students, boosters, etc.
To vote, all you have to do is log in to Facebook, "like" the Chase Community Giving page, and search and VOTE for Music for All. THIS IS TIME SENSITIVE AS VOTING ENDS ON MAY 25TH! SO, PLEASE DON'T DELAY!
Thank you for your consideration, time and support.
Eric L. Martin
President & CEO
P.S. Chase had finalists submit a "Big Idea" for use in determining who receives the top award. Check out ours, which involves convening a national summit of teachers, students and parents to create and implement local music and arts advocacy projects.
Thanks to all who have voted for Music for All in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook. MFA is currently in 34th place of the 100 charities who advanced to Round 2. However, we need your help to move up the leaderboard and be eligible for a share of the donations to be awarded at the end of voting May 25. Only the top 25 charities will receive donations from Chase, and there are only 3 days left to vote. We need your help to move up the leaderboard so please vote for MFA and share and encourage others to vote, too!
As a special thank you to those who have voted, today we posted video of the four Class Champion bands from the 2010 Grand National Championships on Facebook. These videos are presented free for a limited time, through May 25, 2011. After May 25, you can still watch BOA video online by subscribing to the MFA Fan Network.
Everyone has five votes to give so be sure to consider voting for MFA, DCI, WGI, NAfME and the charities that are meaningful to you.
Learn about our Big Idea, watch our video and get tips and tools about how you can help us spread the word! Thank you for your support! We can't do this without you!
Thanks to all who voted today for Music for All in the Chase Community Giving campaign on Facebook. Voting opened today and MFA is currently in 28th place of the 100 charities who advanced to Round 2.
We need your help to move up the leaderboard and be eligible for a share of the donations to be awarded at the end of voting May 25. Please vote for MFA and share and encourage your friends to vote, too!
Congratulations to our partners Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International on strong showings this first day of voting! Everyone has five votes to give, so be sure to consider voting for MFA, DCI, WGI, NAfME and the charities that are meaningful to you.
Learn about our Big Idea, watch our video and get tips and tools about how you can help us spread the word!
Help MFA welcome our new Director of Development and Partnerships, Misty Wick; Senior Annual Fund Coordinator, Dianne Elliott; and Development Intern, Sarah Gretencord! All bring a renewed sense of purpose to our fundraising efforts and are passionate about the mission. You will be hearing from the Development Team throughout the year, to keep you up-to-date on our programs, and to say, “Thank You” for your continued support. Please feel free to contact us—we look forward to talking with you!
Music for All would like to extend an invitation to you to attend a concert at our Summer Symposium, as well as offer you an opportunity to visit our new camp location. The Summer Symposium is located at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and will be held on June 20-25, 2011.
Each evening will feature a live concert or event by renowned performing groups showcasing a variety of genres. The 2011 concerts include:
To purchase a ticket to a concert (Monday-Thursday concerts), visit: musicforall.org or ticketmaster.com or order by phone: 800.745.3000. If you are interested in attending the DCI Show on Friday, tickets are available at www.dci.org.