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MUSIC STAND

Taking a stand for music and life

Arlington, TX   |  http://www.themusicstand.org/

Mission

The Music Stand provides innovative artistic expression and personal development that enriches and transforms lives with biblical truths.

Ruling year info

2014

Co-Founder of The Music Stand

Arlington Jones

Co-Founder of The Music Stand

Hope Jones

Main address

Po Box 170984

Arlington, TX 76003 USA

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EIN

46-4137592

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Live music scenes often cater to adults, and sadly, the age range of concert attendees is getting older and the rate of participation is slowing down. Music will not survive if we do not expose young people to it. History and the media herald the rise and fall of famous musicians -- one life after another overcome by circumstances, hurts, and pressures. The lesser known musicians struggle as well, but those stories usually don't make the news. Fact is, professional musicians need support. Most often the focus is placed on musical ability and not the person behind the music. In education, music programs are being eliminated because of budget cuts. Young people are being deprived of the opportunity to learn music as part of their regular studies.

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?

Concert Series

The Music Stand provides innovative artistic expression, a unique style of entertainment where music performances are creatively paired with dance, acting, literature, and visual arts. The Music Stand is a place where music lovers of all ages and cultures can enjoy uplifting music experiences through live performances.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Music Stand is a haven filled with opportunities to empower the lives of musicians and their families on and off the stage. We offer support through personal development and emergency funding.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Self-employed people

The Music Stand is a creative source to learn and grow from new and exciting music education methods.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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.

Number of free registrants to classes

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

Artists and performers, Self-employed people

Related Program

Personal Development & Emergency Funding for Professional Musicians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Gap happened in 2020-2022 due in-person program cancellations because of the pandemic

Average dollar price for performance tickets

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Concert Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Gap happened in 2020 & 2022 due in-person program cancellations because of the pandemic; 2021 offered virtual concert program

Total number of performances

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Concert Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Gap happened in 2020 & 2022 due in-person program cancellations because of the pandemic; 2021 offered virtual concert program

Total number of exhibitions

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

Concert Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pop-up art exhibit in conjunction with our concert series. Gap happened in 2020-2022 due in-person program cancellations because of the pandemic.

Number of professional artists employed

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

Adults

Related Program

Concert Series

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Contracted as performers for concert series. Gap happened in 2020-2022 due in-person program cancellations because of the pandemic.

Number of organizational partners

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of classes offered

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

Artists and performers, Self-employed people

Related Program

Personal Development & Emergency Funding for Professional Musicians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Gap happened in 2020-2021 due in-person program cancellations because of the pandemic; 2022 offered virtual program

Total number of audience members

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Concert Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Gap happened in 2020 & 2022 due in-person program cancellations because of the pandemic. 2021 offered virtual concert program. Early years gap due to low funding for concert programs.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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

Children and youth, Families, Adults

Related Program

Creative Music Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We partner with youth organizations, schools, and music associations in communities of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and beyond.

Number of professional artists who received emergency funding

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

Personal Development & Emergency Funding for Professional Musicians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The aim is to build awareness and increase the available funds so we can service more professional musicians in times of need.

Number of virtual programs offered

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of works exhibited

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Concert Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pop-up art exhibit in conjunction with our concert series. Gap happened in 2020-2022 due in-person program cancellations because of the pandemic.

Number of young artists featured in programming

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

Children and youth, Young adults

Related Program

Concert Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Young artists are given the opportunity to showcase their gifts & talents during a performance program. Gap happened in 2020-2022 due in-person program cancellations because of the pandemic.

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.

The Music Stand is taking a stand for music and life. We want to provide arts experiences for all ages and cultures. We want to support professional musicians so they can live life to their fullest potential. We want to help preserve music through creative education and awareness programs.

The Music Stand is a place where music lovers of all ages can enjoy uplifting music experiences. Our mission is to provide innovative artistic expression, a unique style of entertainment where music performances are combined with various aspects of the arts - . Through the presentation of energetic and uplifting concert experiences, we aim to build a thriving arts community of musicians and music lovers. The primary genre is jazz, an American art form dying to be preserved. Jazz will be creatively paired with other music styles, dance, acting, and visual arts. Occasionally, we will spotlight extraordinary young artists during a concert. We believe music is a universal language that crosses all cultures and generations. We believe our concert programs are a perfect opportunity to introduce young people to live music. Live music experiences develop appreciation and stimulate creativity in the minds of people of all ages. We are also seeking ways to offer electronic media-based participation for the population that is unable to attend live performances. We understand the healing effects of music which has been documented in the health field. When concert attendees leave one of our concert programs, we want it to be more than just entertainment. We want them to feel better altogether. We want to encourage them to see the great impact music has on the mind, body, and soul. We want inspire them to into their daily lives. 

The Music Stand is a haven filled with opportunities to empower the lives of musicians and their families on and off the stage through personal development events. LifeNotes for Professional Musicians is a series where musicians come together to network and support each other as we discuss music and life. The sessions are led by music industry professionals, counselors, financial advisors, entertainment attorneys, and health experts. FitNotes is a special program of our LifeNotes series to promote whole health and an active lifestyle.

The Music Stand offers engaging and interactive master classes, clinics, workshops, and music film screenings. We feature composers and performers from past to present eras, explore biographical information, and historical facts. The major areas of emphasis include: Music Appreciation, Song Form, Rhythm, Improvisation, Music History, Concert Etiquette, and Music Business. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with performing professionals and have the chance to ask questions and volunteer for session technique demonstrations. Creativity is encouraged through spontaneous music moments. Our music education programs are open to the community.

We understand advertising and promotion are necessary to spread the word about our organization. We must maximize our promotional efforts to get event information to all possible attendees. We must give our audience optimum advance notice. Our promotional communication must be effective and frequent, yet not be overbearing or a nuisance in any way.

Founders Arlington and Hope Jones are passionate about seeing the vision of The Music Stand come to fruition. They have made the commitment to use their skills and gifts to support the organization.

Arlington Jones a jazz maestro, composer, and Steinway Artist. He has an extensive background in music performance, education, and successful sold-out concerts as artistic music director and programmer. He also has an extraordinary appeal to diverse cultures and generations due to his prolific experience with traditional, contemporary, and classical music genres. His expertise will help The Music Stand meet and exceed our programming goals and expectations.

With a background in hospitality services, Hope Jones has a genuine heart to serve and help people. She is a Bible teacher, prayer warrior, speaker, writer, and craftswoman. She is an overcomer committed to sharing God’s Word and inspiring hope in the hearts of others. She also has years of experience in project coordinating, administration, creative design, and event planning.

In conjunction with our leadership, we will bring in the unique artistry of world-class musicians and performers as well as personal development experts to support the programs.

Since its inception, The Music Stand has continued to increase its visibility in the community each year. On a limited budget, we have launched our concert series and increased our audience size, which has led to the need for larger venues. We have teamed up with community partners to host our creative music education events particularly for young people in underserved as well as our personal development sessions for professional musicians. In recent years, we have seen a rise in the need for emergency funding for professional musicians and have been able to provide quick, short-term assistance to individuals dealing with financial hardships, natural disasters, illnesses, and an unprecedented pandemic.

Next for The Music Stand: We are working on the presentation of new works, a health fair for professional musicians, and a digital platform for our personal development series. We will continue to raise awareness about our programs and increase our impact in the community. We are researching funding that fit our program needs. We are looking for land and a building for a physical location. We want to hire staff and offer them benefits.

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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    We act on the feedback we receive

  • 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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MUSIC STAND

Board of directors
as of 08/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Arlington Jones


Board co-chair

Hope Jones

Stan Sewell

Debbie Repka

Telea Stafford

Arlington Jones

Hope Jones

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/30/2021

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:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/30/2021

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.