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THE WORLD MUSIC FOUNDATION

Opening minds through music

Chicago, IL   |  www.TheWorldMusicFoundation.org

Mission

The World Music Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to a simple mission: opening minds through Music. We believe, and research shows, that experiencing music of other cultures increases tolerance and cultural empathy in people, and everything we do is based on effecting this social change.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

John Gardner

Main address

6325 N Sheridan Rd Suite 1602

Chicago, IL 60660 USA

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EIN

46-1109174

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Music (A68)

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Our programs

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Cultural Music Education & Demonstrations

Through our affiliation with professional artists we provide performance lecture/demonstrations and lessons of culturally important music, largely to audiences that otherwise lack opportunity for culturally diverse programming.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to open minds through cultural music. Sometimes we are providing the only opportunity for up-close interaction with a person from a different culture and we consistently that music is a unifying medium. Our success can be seen in a group of rural Alabama students being thoroughly impressed by the musicianship of an artist from the opposite side of the globe and then realizing that we all need to practice and we are all using the same musical ingredients all over the world. Another way that we open minds through music is by providing communities with the opportunity to learn directly with a cultural music master.

The core of our strategy is up-close interaction. It is often our first response to note how different an instrument or style of music is than what we are accustomed to, but once someone is given the opportunity to speak with and ask questions to a knowledgeable musician of a different culture, the universality of the notes and rhythms are able to be elucidated, showing us all to be a part of the same art form.

We are thankful to be associated with some of the top artists in the world; their musical knowledge and experience are irreplaceable. In addition to the wealth of wisdom that we are able to draw from and gleefully share with others, we are also very adept at arranging the international tours that make possible these enlightening interactions. For several years we have arranged visits to schools and students in several countries across 4 continents as well as provided concerts and music lessons.

We have reached communities in all 50 of the United States, in five provinces in Canada, in 6 states in Australia, in Singapore, Hong Kong, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and the enthusiastic response to cultural music outside of their own has been palpable! We intend to continue expanding our reach and look forward to spreading open mindedness and appreciation of diversity to further parts of the world!

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THE WORLD MUSIC FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 07/14/2022
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Board chair

John Gardner

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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