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)

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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

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

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

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

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

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Midwest Music Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/7/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott Easterday

Musician, Producer

Term: 2016 - 2018

Garrett Nordstrom

Musician and Birdsway Productions

Scott Easterday

Musician, Producer

Vi Tran

Musician and Buffalo Room

Allen Greiner

University of Kansas Medical Center

Christopher Meck

Musician and CM2 Audio

Amber Hulet

FCS Financial

Camry Ivory

Musician, Audiovisual Artist

Ellen Sherman

Event Coordinator

Eric Barton

Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP

Bryant Miller

Erin Corriveau

University of Kansas Medical Center