Sunday, June 19, 2011

Leadership Lessons

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Visit the 2011 Music for All Summer Symposium online coverage page for more information and camp highlights throughout the week.

More than 400 participants learned leadership lessons yesterday during the Opening Session with Fran Kick, Leadership Divison Coordinator. Kick shared some helpful tips with the students to ensure they have a positively life-changing experience during the Leadership Experience Weekend.

Leadership Tips:

  • Lead by example
  • Actions speak louder than words
  • Make things happen and have people follow you
  • You don't need a title to be a leader
  • Put a lot into anything you do so that you get a lot out of it
  • Pay attention
  • Respond appropriately
  • Get involved with what's going on
  • It's not just what you know, but who you know

After participating in the session, I was reminded of so many tips and pointers to help me on my own leadership journey. Remember when your student comes home to continue to instill these leadership lessons as they embark on their own leadership journey.


Misty Wick
Director of Development and Partnerships


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Welcome to the MFA Summer Symposium

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Visit the 2011 Music for All Summer Symposium online coverage page for more information and camp highlights throughout the week.

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!



New Web page is one-stop resource for great stories about the positive power of music education

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.

Check out the stories page in progress, and be sure to send us the links to stories you find that would be good additions to the page. Send links to stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.MFA's Senior Marketing Coordinator.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thank you for your help!

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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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Final Hours of Chase Community Giving

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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:


Suggested Facebook status (feel free to personalize it, and tag us @Music for All, @Bands of America):

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.


Suggested Twitter post (@musicforall, @bandsofamerica, #musicforall, #bandsofamerica):

Help MFA/BOA inspire & activate the next generation of arts education advocates and save music & arts education. Vote tonight:


Text to copy, paste and personalize for email and more:

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.

Thank you,

Your Music for All staff


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thank you for your support!

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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!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Get out the vote: Day 1

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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!

It's 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on May 19 and voting for Round 2 in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook is now open, and runs through May 25.

This is a rare opportunity for fans of Music for All, Bands of America and Orchestra America to play a simple yet important part in helping MFA receive a significant donation: $500,000 to the charity who receives the most votes.

Please vote and help us spread the word!

You can vote and learn more about MFA and our Big Idea to inspire and activate music education advocates on our Chase Giving profile page.

We've also put together some resources and ideas you can use to help us spread the word. We need your help to share this opportunity with your friends, family and colleagues.

I just voted...have you?