Why was The Music Box created?
Professional Educators have proven that children who study music at an early age develop
enhanced critical thinking skills, and on average, develop stronger math,
science and reading skills. They
also score at least 100 points higher on the SATs.
These children develop enhanced social skills and self- esteem, and they
have a lower drop out rate. Music
education fosters communication and teamwork, essential elements to success as
they grow older, go to college, and start careers and families.
However, public schools today are focusing more and more on math and
science in order to better compete in our global economy.
While this is a smart strategy, this focus, along with tight federal,
state, and local budgets, has led to budget cuts in the arts, specifically
music. The irony is music education
greatly enhances the very skills Americans are trying to improve - math and
science. Additionally, music has a
profound impact on our culture and society as a whole.
However, some kids - a growing number - may never have access to the
gift of music.
What is the
of The Music Box?
Simply, The Music Box exists to provide musical instruments and music education to children
who otherwise may not have access to them.
TMB will also promote the benefits of music education to all children, and
recognize and reward teachers and mentors who help carry out this very critical
mission. The Music Box will focus
its efforts early on in
Kentucky, where it was founded; however, we
believe it will grow to cover all of the
, and perhaps eventually, the rest of the world.
We believe all children should have access to the gift of music.
Are contributions to The Music Box tax deductible?
The Music Box, Inc is a
non-profit corporation, and is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity.
Therefore, all contributions made to The Music Box are tax deductible.
Confirmation of your gift, in the form of a thank you letter, will serve
as a document you can use for year end tax preparation.
How was The Music Box initially funded?
TMB was initially funded by its two founders. The
funding was and is used to set up the administration of the charity, cover
legal and registration fees, file all required paperwork and produce and
maintain all required periodic filings, and develop the web site and other
marketing and communication tools. The
funds are also used for carrying out the mission.
Specifically, how are my contributions used, in line with its mission?
TMB’s primary program used to carry out its mission, is targeted after school programs, where
children, generally without means or access to musical instruments or
education, receive free use (on site) of instruments, and PRIVATE INSTRUCTION.
Each program lasts one semester, lasting 8, 12, or 16 weeks, depending
upon season, logistics, etc. Children
who work hard and show an on-going interest can go for more than one semester.
We encourage children to practice in-between lessons, and we make
available the instruments for practice to occur.
Your contributions help buy the instruments, and also pay the teachers.
We believe it is important to demonstrate to the music teachers that we
value their time, talent, and mentoring they are making available to these
children, and that the business of music pays.
So we insist on paying the teachers at least the going rate.
Music provides a “window” perhaps like no other, to reach children.
It is a universal language. Our
teacher/mentors are very valuable in carrying out the mission of TMB.
We will regularly report our performance and success stories in various
channels, so that you as a contributor may know that the funds you give are
making a real difference in the lives of children and in society as a whole.
TMB will also proactively reach out to public schools and other non-profit organizations who
can effectively help carry out the mission of TMB.
In this case TMB will track their performance, so that again, you will
know that the funds you give are making a real difference.
TMB will also promote the benefits of music education to all children,
and recognize and reward teachers and mentors who help carry out this very
Who oversees The Music Box?
The Music Box will be overseen by a three person board.
Two of these board members are its founders.
All three share a passion for the rich development of children, particularly
those without access. The two
founders run the organization as volunteers.
How does The Music Box raise money?
The Music Box will raise money by direct solicitation of people and organizations who share
our mission, special music events, government, and through other marketing and
communication efforts including donations raised on the web site