Midwest Music Foundation, Inc.

aka Midwest Music Foundation   |   Kansas City, MO   |  http://midwestmusicfoundation.org/

Mission

The Midwest Music Foundation unites and empowers the Kansas City area music community by providing health care assistance, education and career development, events and resources.Midwest Music Foundation of Kansas City supports a healthy and vibrant music community in a thriving regional artistic economy. Our goals are to:Strengthen musicians’ health through wellness services and health care grants.Advance artists’ careers by providing performance and educational opportunities.Provide access to a growing network of industry professionals.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Rhonda Lyne

Main address

532 Troost a

Kansas City, MO 64106 USA

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EIN

27-0673514

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many musicians lack affordable health insurance and are unable to afford basic health care needs.

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?

Apocalypse Meow

Apocalypse Meow is a program designed to disburse money to working underinsured or uninsured musicians who have suffered medical emergencies that keep them from performing.  In 2013, the fund was renamed, Abby's Fund for Musicians' Health Care, after the death of our founder Abigail Henderson who lost her valiant battle with cancer. The annual Apocalypse Meow fundraiser in November is how these funds are replenished. Over $240,000 in grants have been given to Kansas City area musicians since the inception of this program. It brings together a wide range of people from the community to experience the best of Kansas City’s music and help raise money to help musicians.  The event includes auctions and raffles of items donated mostly by small, area businesses further fostering a sense of community pride.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MidCoast Takeover showcases Kansas City area bands annually during South by Southwest (the nation’s premier music festival) in Austin, Texas. This event creates exposure on an international level to the amazing level of talent of Kansas City area musicians. MidCoast Takeover is curated specifically to include as diverse array of musical genres as possible that best represent the current Kansas City area music scene. MMF partners with local music venues, music journalists, local radio hosts, and those active in the local musical community to select artists for this showcase. The event is sponsored mainly by Kansas City area businesses as an additional way to foster community pride.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In conjunction with the KCVLAA and Crossroads Music Festival, the MMF hosts a Legal Bootcamp for Musicians annually to educate musicians on important legal aspects of the music industry.  MMF partnered with Inter Urban Arts House to host two additional educational events for musicians focusing on promotions and other aspects of the music industry.  More educational programming is planned for the future.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In March of 2020, the Midwest Music Foundation created a COVID-19 relief fund to assist musicians and musician workers affected by the pandemic.

Since that time, over $89,000 in small grants have been given to over 350 musicians and music industry workers.

MMF plans to continue this program as long as the need is there.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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.

Midwest Music Foundation of Kansas City supports a healthy and vibrant music community in a thriving regional artistic economy.​ ​

Our goals are to:
-Strengthen musicians’ health through wellness services and health care grants
-Advance artists’ careers by providing​ ​performance and educational ​opportunities
-Provide access to a growing network of industry professionals

The Midwest Music Foundation provides health care grants to assist musicians with health care costs and guides them to other resources as needed. We also provide preventative care clinics with local providers.

Currently we provide custom earplugs to protect their hearing, mammograms, colon cancer screenings kits and other medical screenings. In the future, we plan to add dental and mental health programs to our services.

MMF is working to educate musicians and help them find affordable health insurance as well.

We have Abby's Fund for Musicians' Health Care that provides the health care grants. We continue to grow this fund each year through grants, private donations, and fundraisers.

We have partnered with local physicians and health care providers to provide preventative care clinics, consultations, and services.

We have given out over $240,000 in Abby's Fund health care grants.

We have provided over $90,000 in COVID-19 assistance grants.

We have provided over 100 pairs of custom earplugs, 50 mammograms, 50 colon cancer screening kits. Our providers have given out hundreds of free medical consultations, physical therapy consultations and theraputic massages.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Midwest Music Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amber Hulet

FCS Financial

Term: 2018 - 2024

Allen Greiner

University of Kansas Medical Center

Christopher Meck

Musician and CM2 Audio

Amber Hulet

FCS Financial

Eric Barton

Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP

Erin Corriveau

University of Kansas Medical Center

Julia Haile

Musician

Erin Corriveau

University of Kansas Medical Center

Michelle Bacon

90.9 The Bridge

Erin McGrane

Musician

Jerry Jones

Consultant

Molly Gotobed

CHC of Wyandotte County

Sonia Hall

BioKansas

Skeet Hanks

Novella Brandhouse

Eddie Moore

Musician

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/7/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/07/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.