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MICHIGAN FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC

celebrate the unifying power of the world's music

aka Connecting Chords Music Festival   |   Kalamazoo, MI   |  www.mfsm.us

Mission

Belief: The intentional use of the intrinsic power of music reaches across faiths and cultures. Mission: We serve audiences and communities of all faiths and cultures by providing opportunities to connect with each other through music. Vision: The connecting power of music fosters mutual understanding and respect, and builds community harmony. Tag line: celebrate the connecting power of music The mission of the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is to present high-quality events which represent diverse religious and cultural traditions, promoting mutual respect and understanding through sharing the music treasured by these traditions, and promoting community interaction. The word "sacred" is viewed broadly. These events include public concerts, lectures, and related workshops.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Dr. Elizabeth Start

Board President

Dr. Beau Bothwell

Main address

Po Box 50566

Kalamazoo, MI 49005 USA

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EIN

30-0129719

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There exists, to varying degrees, a lack of understanding between cultures and faiths within the community and worldwide and we hope to counteract the rhetoric/actions which are inspired by misunderstanding, distrust and prejudice.

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?

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

In 2001, MFSM began as a fall weekend biennial event, collaborating with over 25 organizations during each 2-year cycle. In 2016, MFSM began presenting annual festivals with 12-15 events, collaborating with 12-20 organizations. Our events, many of which are free, include public concerts, lectures, workshops, and educational outreach.
MFSM operated on a TWO-YEAR budget through 2017. Since 2018 MFSM operates on an ANNUAL budget. In 2018 MFSM began calling its public events the "Connecting Chords Music Festival", in order to underscore the breadth of our programs, beyond those related to faith traditions.
In 2020, as a result of the pandemic, we adjusted our programming to present more free live outdoor events, engage area musicians to keep our funds in the community, and elevate our area artists. We also created innovative ways for our audiences to have shared musical experiences in hybrid events. Many of these innovations carried into 2021, as we re-introduced some indoor events.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber Music America - Member 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2016 moved from a large biennial festival to a smaller annual one. 2020 pandemic caused more outdoor and innovative hybrid events. 2021 included 15 digital. 2022 more indoor, 4 outdoor, 2 hybrid.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019#s include walk-through attendees at 5 days of Tibetan sand-painting. 2020#s include one online event co-sponsored by many orgs all over the country. 2021-22 is all just our programs and collabs

Number of organizational partners

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These include organizations co-sponsoring our events, venues for performances and outreach. Decline in 2020 due to covid and fewer venue options.

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.

Increased community awareness of our common values and appreciation and respect for our differences. Bringing the community together for celebration and dialogue.
We wish to expand the perceived meaning of the word "sacred" to include things like freedom of expression, human dignity, and the environment. By realizing that these are concerns that unite people of all faiths and no faith, of all cultures and backgrounds, we hope to stress our common concerns while celebrating our differences. In response to this idea, we have, for the first time, in 2018, branded our festival events the "Connecting Chords Music Festival", presented by MFSM, in order to accentuate the connections we make and the resonance we strive to achieve, while minimizing the negative reaction that often occurs when people first see "sacred" in our name and think "Sunday morning worship"---which is NOT what we are about, being an arts organization and NOT a faith-based one.

Through presenting high quality events representing diverse cultures and faiths, as well as other universally "sacred" themes, we seek to attract audiences of the inquisitive in our community. Through community partners and educational outreach we seek to widen awareness of our activities and relevance to community, environmental, and human dignity issues.

We have a good record of presenting high quality events of a diverse nature, introducing the community to world cultures and religions, as well as drawing attention to diverse elements in our community, while bringing the community together. We have been successful in outreach and marketing, but can always use expansion in these areas. Many people tell us they have been exposed to things through our events that they would not otherwise have encountered. 99% of written evaluations by attendees state they learned something. The pandemic has proved our ability to be nimble and pivot to serve our community in new ways.

So far: we have a following, and are known for presenting interesting and uplifting high-quality events.
We have increased mailing and e-lists as more people ask to be on them. We have increased the number of donors.
We continue to present fine quality events and get positive feedback from audiences and attendees.
We have created new ways for audiences to have shared musical experiences while celebrating our area artists.
Our goals: Ability to sustain office space outside our director's home, steady process for recruitment of Board members, greater community awareness of our organization, programs that sell so well we can't let more folks in (this has only happened once)

Financials

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Operations

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

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MICHIGAN FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Beau Bothwell

Kalamazoo College

Term: 2019 - 2023

Beau Bothwell

Kalamazoo College

Tawfiq Ali

lawyer

Wilma Kahn

writing teacher for older adults

Lexie Schroeder Kobb

Assistant Director Programs and Education Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Helen Yee

Professional musicia

Tia Davis

Rootead Enrichment Center

Kenneth Dettloff

Story Point Kalamazoo

Janice Lakers

professional musician

Lori Sims

Western Michigan University

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data