The MusicianShip DC

Changing Lives With Music

aka The MusicianShip   |   Washington, DC   |  www.TheMusicianShip.org

Mission

The MusicianShip changes lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities to benefit youth who need us most.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Eric Liley

Main address

1231-B Good Hope Road SE

Washington, DC 20020 USA

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EIN

46-0557954

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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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?

After School Programs

The MusicianShip provides free after-school programs in schools and community centers across the District of Columbia.

Our areas of expertise range from choir, brass, woodwind and percussion ensembles to DJ and Music Production courses. Our program delivery goals are to:

Provide extracurricular lessons and activities that improve students’ socio-emotional capacity

Integrate youth with families, communities, employers, mentors, and other nourishing resources that provide an ecosystem of support.

Provide enriching activities that reduce the likelihood of youth (re)committing, or being victims of crimes

Improve high school graduation rates among our students

Develop our students’ musical aptitude to increase their college scholarship opportunities

Create meaningful career pathways

All of these our goals are driven by the overwhelming evidence that music education has a unique and powerful impact on students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The MusicianShip offers a multi-disciplinary summer program at two sites—one for high school students and one for elementary and middle school students.

Depending on the site, we offer marching band, drumline, choir, dance, music business, music media, DJing, and music production programs, all leading to an end-of-summer showcase for students’ families and community members.

High School Program

The MusicianShip’s High School Summer Program provides youth the opportunity to participate in one of our performing arts ensembles – Choir, Dance, Drumline or Marching Band - or our Music Industry programs - Music Media or Music Business.

Elementary/Middle School Program

The MusicianShip’s Elementary and Middle School Summer Program enrolls youth in K - 8 to instrumental, vocal and general music programming. Young people enjoy learning the basics of music and specializing on their desired instruments.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The MusicianShip is fortunate to work with extremely talented artists and musicians throughout our family of music experience brands—The Wammie Awards and the DC Funk Parade.

We invite these artists to design a one-and-a-half-hour curriculum that interweaves exciting performances and age-relevant music crash courses. In addition to seeing great musical performances, we facilitate interactive activities that allow students to contribute to the creative process. Students do everything from playing the artists’ instruments, to singing with the artists, to dancing to their music, to participating in structured question-and-answer sessions.

The objectives we develop for Master Classes are for students to better understand the foundational elements and history of the contemporary music they listen to today. Specifically, to improve critical listening skills, develop a blueprint for the fundamentals of creating music, and to advance knowledge of specific instruments and their role in popular music. This wildly popular program serves thousands of students and is the foundation of our Global Program efforts, which have served youth in South Africa, France, and Sint Maarten.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The MusicianShip offers cultural exchange programs, whereby we export and import teachers and artists to provide master classes, after-school programs, and summer programs for youth who need us most. Through private and public sector partners in DC and beyond, we work with youth in Pretoria, South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, Paris, France, and St. Maarten. Through our Global Programs, we demonstrate that we have more in common than we have differences, while celebrating our commonalities and differences all the same

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Washington Youth Choir is an astounding year-round performance ensemble, which provides an educational experience geared toward talented and driven young vocalists in the DC Metropolitan area. Our focus is to fulfill the educational needs of DC-area youth by utilizing music as a vehicle to impart core values, promote higher education, and instill the belief that excellence can be achieved despite disadvantages.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    DC Public School students, HBCU college students Ages 8-24. 95 % of whom come from communities of color and their families. Emerging Musicians and Artists from the Washington DC Metro Region.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    We don't actively use collected feedback,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Created a food insecurity program that gives free groceries to families in need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has brought them closer to us.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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The MusicianShip DC

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Robert Brauneis

Greg Grainger

Eric Jacobs

Anja Broer

Jim Reznikoff

Adam Levin

Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center

Gary Rinkerman

Temi Bennett

Juliana Laing

Chanell Autrey

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/21/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.