The Freestyle Percussion Foundation, Inc.

aka Freestyle Percussion   |   Birmingham, AL   |  www.freestylepercussion.org

Mission

The Freestyle Percussion Foundation's mission is to foster holistic positivity, encourage character building, promote scholarship, and enhance leadership skills among youth and young adults through the utilization of music, arts and dance.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Mr. Christopher Seltzer

Main address

2010 Old Springville Rd Suite 124

Birmingham, AL 35215 USA

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EIN

20-3942518

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Performing Arts (A60)

Dance (A62)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Freestyle Percussion Foundation is working to address the problem of crime in Birmingham, Alabama. It is our hope that by providing music and dance lessons as a positive outlet for our youth, we are proactively preventing their involvement in negative and sometimes life threatening situations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Winning on Beat (Private Music Lessons)

In 2021, offered 470 hours of private music lessons.
Age: 4-19
Median Household Income of 35215: $41,672
Median Household Income of 35020: $24,570

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Free community marching band that travels the country winning awards in competitions, which encourages our youth to continue participating in positive activities while improving social skills and fostering leadership skills. Through this program students are taught the importance of commitment, discipline, confidence, and excellence. 2021 services numbers: 5,593 hours of music and dance lessons, 18% female, 82% male; 97% black, 3% white.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Provide music and dance lessons for after school and summer programs at multiple sites (Clubhouses & Elementary Schools) through our partnership with A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club and Center for a New Generation. 2021 Service numbers: 1,856 hours of dance, drum, vocal lessons; 40% female, 60% male; 92% black, 4% hispanic, 4% white.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Most Loved Music Lessons 2021

Hulafrog

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Freestyle All-Stars

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Performances include: parades, plays, Youth Days, Drum Showcases, Drum Competitions, Recitals, and more.

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Outreach Lessons

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Boys & Girls Club Lessons 2021 Dance, Voice, Drum Lessons at 3 locations for 58 students. (25 drum + 15 dance + 18 vocal) * 32 weeks = 2088 lessons

Total number of students participating in private lessons

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Winning on Beat (Private Music Lessons)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 46 weeks * 20 drum students = 940 lessons 2019 46 weeks * 17 drum students = 782 lessons

Total number of open rehearsals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth

Related Program

Freestyle All-Stars

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Free community marching band is open to elementary through high school ages students. 2021 - 28 drummers & 6 dancers received weekly lessons.

Number of high school graduates who are persisting in college

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People of African descent, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Stats of Freestyle Alumni College - 27 Military - 3 Trade School - 2 Uknown - 4 Grand Total - 36

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Freestyle Percussion Foundation aims to positively impact the lives of Birmingham's youth by empowering them with skills that will lead them to higher education resulting in a improved quality of life.

The Freestyle Percussion Foundation instills the following four keys to accomplishing our goals: discipline, confidence, commitment, and excellence.

Discipline: We have observed students begin with behavioral problems and within 3-6 months of participating in our disciplined curriculum, their behavior tremendously improves at home and school.

Confidence: Our students gain confidence and healthy self-esteem through their participation in our annual recitals and other performance opportunities. We also foster in every student to cheer for one another, which also builds their confidence.

Commitment: In our camps and marching band, our students learn the importance of commitment through teamwork. We also assign leaders over each section of the band; which also encourages commitment.

Excellence: As we prepare, participate, and mostly win competitions, our students learn the importance of dedicated hard work to reach excellence. We also expose our students to the benefits of being the best musician they can be, by allowing them to hear recordings of themselves in our professional recording studio.

We have successfully been able to help 100% of our students who wanted a music scholarship to college, obtain a music scholarship. Our community drum line has traveled the country winning awards in drum competitions, which encourages our youth to continue participating in positive activities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Freestyle Percussion Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Marketta Seltzer


Board co-chair

Arnold Williams

A. D's Poet-Tree

Term: 2022 -

Herman Manning III

Leftover Energy

Brigitte Andrews

City Of Birmingham

Leon Dowe

Lighthouse Accounting

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/30/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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