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YOUTH MUSIC PROJECT

aka YMP   |   West Linn, OR   |  http://www.youthmusicproject.org

Mission

Youth Music Project's mission is to provide outstanding rock, pop, and country music education for youth by offering tuition assistance, instrument rental, and exceptional, state-of-the-art performance opportunities. Youth Music Project exists to meet the community’s needs for music education and youth development. Our children inhabit an increasingly complex world, and now more than ever, we must dig in to the power of music and teach our children well. Youth Music Project provides individual and group music instruction to children in piano, violin, drums, guitar, bass, ukulele, rock band, and voice. Any student whose family qualifies for the school free and reduced lunch program or SNAP benefits is eligible for tuition-free classes and instrument rentals.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Travis Magrane

Main address

2015 8th Ave

West Linn, OR 97068 USA

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EIN

46-0923905

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Music (A68)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The social, developmental and academic effects of music instruction are well known and well documented. In addition to serving as a vital outlet for personal and artistic expression, the study of music helps youth build self-confidence and self-esteem, develop social and technical skills, and identify and address challenges, all of which lead to improved academic and artistic performance. Unfortunately, too many youth - particularly low-income youth - face challenges to accessing high-quality, cost-effective music instruction, in addition to loss of access experienced by all youth due to cuts in public school music education. Youth Music Project seeks overcome these challenges by providing accessible and affordable music instruction to youth throughout the southern Portland metro area. Most notably, providing tuition-free instruction to more than 500 low-income youth each year.

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?

Group & Private Music Lessons

EDUCATION: Youth Music Project offers year-round music instruction during four 10-week terms and a series of week-long summer day camps. Group classes and lessons are designed for a variety of age groups, from preschool through high school, and instruction is based on student skill and age level. Lessons are available in piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, violin, voice, and rock band. Early childhood classes offer our youngest students and their caregivers opportunities to engage in music, art, and free exploration that are ideal for fostering the natural curiosity of preschoolers. The Youth Music Project Internship program offers paid positions for high school juniors and seniors from the surrounding community. Interns support classroom and administrative projects, participate in the Youth Music Project Intern Band, and receive ongoing professional development in music education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Rock & Pop Camp (ages 6-12):
Rock out like your favorite musician at YMP’s music intensive summer camp! Play the greatest rock and pop songs ever, including today’s hottest hits. From the Beatles to Taylor Swift, Ray Charles to Katy Perry- we play it all!

Each day at camp is chock full of fun with 3 band rehearsals, a recording session, and time creating a band press kit. Press kits include creating a band name, logo, and screen printing band t-shirts. Campers also meet daily with the "All YMP Band” to work on two songs to be performed at the final show with the instructor band. The final concert will take place at 4 pm on the Friday of camp week in the Meteor Lounge at YMP where each group will take the stage for their moment in the spotlight and show off all they’ve learned.

Rock Band Experience (ages 13-18):
Unleash your inner rock star playing music from all-time greats like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, to today’s favorites such as Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons and more! Rock Bands will be formed on the first day of this weeklong workshop according to musical ability and instrument. If you have even a basic knowledge of your instrument you’ll be amazed at what you can do in YMP’s beginner level band. This camp runs from July 31 through August 4. More experienced student musicians will be matched with others at their level for a challenging and rewarding rock and roll experience culminating with a smashingly great show beginning at 6 pm on Friday!

Songwriting Workshop (ages 13-18):
You have a song inside of you… let the world hear it! Professional songwriters help get your creativity flowing as you learn the building blocks of writing great songs. Explore ideas, write lyrics, compose melodies, create chord progressions and get ready to perform. By the end of this week-long workshop you will have new tools in your songwriting tool kit to put to use for the rest of your life. This camp runs from July 31 through August 4. All our songwriters are invited to share their complete or incomplete songs at the big Friday night showcase beginning at 6 pm.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our early childhood music and art program aims to introduce children to music & art as early and frequently as possible. The core tenets of our program are:

1. Child Focused
Enhance general knowledge base of the child’s world through social/emotional well-being; developmentally appropriate cognitive, motor, and language skills; and support and advance pre-literacy and pre-numeracy.

2. Parent/Caregiver Focused
Model positive, developmentally appropriate adult-child interactions; enhance parent/caregiver's teaching skills and competencies.

3. System Focused
Strengthening collaboration and promoting integration and referrals among agencies that serve young children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Youth Music Project had more than 3,900 enrollments in 2017. Of those students, more than 40% were from low-income households and received tuition-free music instruction through YMP's tuition assistance program. To qualify for tuition assistance, students/families need only qualify for the School Free and Reduced Lunch Program or SNAP benefits.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

This is a one-of-a-kind chance for young musicians, music fans, engineers, technical artists, and creative types of all kinds to learn a valuable, interesting, and employable skill — how to make live music and amplified audio sound its best in performance settings. Teenage students learn the art and science of sound engineering with top professionals in the field. Local engineers and peers teach students how to manipulate sound and why these sound systems work the way they do. Students have hands-on practice connecting PA systems, running a mixing board, and setting up a stage for a performance. This class culminates with a live performance, fully mixed by course students, in Youth Music Project’s Meteor Lounge.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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 classes offered

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2022 we continued to offer virtual private lessons as well as full in-person offerings at our facility in West Linn.

Number of paid registrants to classes

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect paid participants in our core programs, which include: year-round group and private music instruction, Early Childhood classes, and discounted registrations through partnerships.

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Tuition Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect tuition free participants in our core programs, which include: year-round group and private music instruction, Early Childhood classes, and free partnership summer registrations.

Average dollar price for classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Early Childhood classes cost 15.00 per class, Group classes cost $15.80 per class, and private lessons $27.50 per lesson

Total number of students participating in private lessons

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

By enrollment.

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2022 we were able to host our free teen open mic night every 1st Friday of the month as well as all of our in-term concerts free of charge.

Total number of free seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to Covid we were unable to host live performances.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Friends of the Children Albertina Kerr Northwest Housing Alternatives YMCA of Greater Portland Raphael House Oregon City School District

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.

Youth Music Project identified the following five goals as part of its first strategic plan:

1. Strengthen our program quality and approach to build a foundation for program evaluation.

2. Invest in a high-quality, diverse workforce and volunteer base.

3. Build a development program for increased fundraising capacity.

4. Expand the board of directors to increase the reach and impact of Youth Music Project.

5. Improve strategic communications and fundraising.

These are the strategies we will employ to achieve each of the five goals listed above:

1) a. Refine and document learning objectives and skills competencies for students.
1) b. Strengthen curricula and instructional strategies for teaching and learning.
1) c. Position Youth Music Project to undertake its first external evaluation.


2) a. Create and actualize an organization-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion plan.
2) b. Recruit and retain a workforce and volunteer base that is diverse and inclusive.
2) c. Refine and evaluate our paid student-internship program for high school students.
2) d. Create volunteer opportunities and pathways for our growing parent community.

3) a. Develop and initiate a communications plan.
3) b. Pursue opportunities for the executive director and board members to speak to civic organizations and other community groups.
3) c. Explore partnerships and alliances with schools and other community-based organizations.

4) a. Build a culture of philanthropy, accountability, and transparency.
4) b. Build a strong development team focused on the disciplined execution of revenue strategies.
4) c. Solicit grant funding to facilitate capacity building investments.

5) a. Develop an operational plan to expand the number of board members.
5) b. Ensure that a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion is built into board governance and organizational operations.
5) c. Make revenue development (business model, financing, and fundraising) a top priority of the board.

Youth Music Project is uniquely qualified to address the need for affordable music education across our community in three ways:

1. We have an incredible team of credentialed and skilled instructors and program staff.
a. YMP employs a team of musicians who demonstrated exceptional musicianship and are experienced teachers.
b. YMP program staff have extensive experience in music education (many with teaching certificates or advanced degrees) and music performance.
c. YMP employs bilingual staff (English/Spanish).

2. Our music center offers children and families a safe, vibrant and positive environment.
a. YMP purchases instruments based on their quality and size. All instruments are available for rent, including light weight keyboards and drum sets.
b. YMP offers professional-quality performance spaces and classrooms in a fully ADA accessible building, including our stage. For children with a physical handicap, YMP is often the first place where they've be able to be on stage.

3. Accessibility
a. Music education must not be limited to only those who can afford it; therefore, YMP delivers music education regardless of a family's ability to pay.
b. YMP welcomes all students and will tailor music instruction for children with special needs. Our stage

Youth Music Project unveiled its strategic plan in February, and now the groundwork is being laid to accomplish the goals set forth in the plan. Key accomplishments to date include:

1. Meetings with two organizations about potential long-term partnerships.

2. Completion of a 3-year budget proforma and a 5-year proforma will follow.

3. Two new candidates for board membership have been identified.

Financials

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YOUTH MUSIC PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 03/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Schlesinger

President

Term: 2018 - 2022

Sarah (Sally) Bany

Vice President

Amy Faust

Director

Mary Jaeger

Secretary

Jason Waxberg

Director

Rachael Sneddon

Director

Mark Schlesinger

Interim President

Mike Pittman

Director

Gail Greenman

Director

Richard Gonzales

Treasurer

Veronica Murray

Director

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? Yes
  • 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 5/5/2021

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:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/06/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.