THE BLOCK

For the Musically Curious

aka N/A   |   Muskegon, MI   |  http://www.theblockwestmichigan.org/
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Mission

The Block serves a regional audience and is a simple, accessible, inspirational space where music pushes the boundaries of tradition and expectation and encourages investigation.

Our educational mission is also to provide musical training through challenging orchestra performance experiences that complement school and community music programs in West Michigan. The Block is committed to providing programs that nurture young musicians with creative and unique performance and educational opportunities not otherwise available to them.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Mr Andrew Buelow

Main address

360 W Western Ave Ste 200

Muskegon, MI 49440 USA

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EIN

46-2916008

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Music (A68)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Click Clack Moosic

The West Michigan Symphony Click Clack Moosic program is a music education concert series using the book by author Doreen Cronin, Click Clack Moo, Giggle Giggle Quack, and Dooby Dooby Moo, inviting children (ages 3-7) and their families to a live musical-story time event. Children will meet musicians, learn about basic music concepts, interact with the narrator throughout the story and hear live music performed, specifically written for the Click Clack Moosic program.

Population(s) Served

Debut Strings is a group designed to introduce beginning and intermediate students to large ensemble performance through challenging and diverse repertoire. Students in this group will need to have at least two years of playing experience and strong note reading skills. Debut Strings rehearses once a week throughout the fall and spring and performs two concerts annually at The Block in downtown Muskegon.

Population(s) Served

Neither club nor concert hall, The Block is a setting that throws the art in relief with elegant but unpretentious surroundings. Patrons tell us that they find it both enjoyable and stimulating to attend concerts at a venue that features a plurality of musical genres. Artists find inspiring the opportunity to perform in an exquisite acoustic environment with an attentive audience. The performers are a careful mixture of regional, national and international musicians, chosen for uniqueness and artistic excellence. We organize the core season under three genres: Classical Chamber, Jazz, and Crossover-Folk.

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Financials

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THE BLOCK

Board of directors
as of 07/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Paul Jackson

Warner Norcross + Judd

Term: 2018 - 2020

Susan Cloutier-Crain

retired,

Pat Donahue

retired, McDonald's

Kevin Even

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

Jan Deur

retired, Verizon

Kimberly Hammond

Merrill Lynch

Ken Hoopes

Ladas & Hoopes Law Offices

Mary Price

Peter Kurdziel

Basilica Center

Dale Nesbary

Muskegon Community College

Michael Olthoff

Nichols

Suzanne Richards

Grand Valley State University

Thomas Schaub

Virtu Artists

Alan Steinman

Annis Water Resources

Peter Brown

retired, Ricardo, Inc

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 ? 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? 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? No