ALLIANCE FOR MUSICAL ARTS PRODUCTIONS INC

"Find Your Beat!"

Miami Gardens, FL   |  www.alliance4musicalarts.com

Mission

“Music a Pipeline to College” The mission of AFMA is to introduce musical and theatrical arts to children, youth and families who typically do not have access to the arts due to their residing in inner-city neighborhoods that bear a disproportionate share of the ecology of economic disadvantage.

Ruling year info

1994

CEO/Instructor

Ms. Jo A. Harris

Main address

5020 N W 197th St

Miami Gardens, FL 33056 USA

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EIN

65-0411840

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

Music (A68)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AFMA has developed a quality curriculum and program model that has improved throughout the years. The programmatic side has been quite effective in student/parent participation, recruitment and retention.

AFMA needs additional administrative staff to manage fiscal matters and grant tracking.

AFMA needs to expand our funding sources to include more local businesses and partnerships.

Our programs

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

Youth Drum Line - Hallandale Beach

Sites location:
Site #1: Foster Park, 609 NW 6th Ave, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.
Site #2: 720 NW 9th Ave, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Project Intent: The intent of Youth Drum Line (YDL) is to promote the intellectual, physical and emotional needs of youth residing in City of Hallandale Beach (COHB) through non-sports activities. YDL is open to children at every level of musical arts ability; one function of the program is to reach out to children who do not have access to quality music programs in their neighborhoods and schools. With a 24-year history of program implementation, YDL has proven to be a productive use of “out-of-school” time, while encouraging teamwork, responsibility and conflict resolution skills that last a lifetime. Research has shown that youth who do not participate in out-of-school programs are three times more likely to participate in antisocial behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, gang involvement and criminal activity (Afterschool Alert, Issue Brief No. 27, April 2007).

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

Site: Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Project Intent: The intent of Youth Drum Line (YDL) is to promote the intellectual, physical and emotional needs of youth through non-sports activities. AFMA programming is an empowering and hands-on experience offering children and youth the chance to develop musical and performing arts skills that can lead to a more productive middle and senior high school experience. All classes and workshops are designed to augment the skills and knowledge needed to present live musical productions and performances by aspiring artists and musicians, as well as hone the skills needed to secure musical and arts scholarships at the postsecondary level.

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mission of the Alliance for Musical Arts (AFMA) is still the same. Our goal is to introduce musical and theater arts to the children and families of throughout Miami-Dade County (District 1) who are under served in this area. Through music the program fosters intellectual, emotional and social development skills among youth while celebrating cultural diversity in a nurturing environment. Using music as a tool, AFMA works towards the improvement of social, economic and physical health of its participants with a focused attention to the critical needs identified for youth from low-income families. The primary services of AFMA is to provide an empowering hands-on experience by offering participant the chance to develop musical and performance arts skills that can lead to a more productive middle and high school experiences.
YDL: hour one devoted to learning music theory, musical sight-reading, composition, rudimentary study and percussion skill execution. The second hour focuses on applied percussion skills, drum repair, upkeep, proper manner to address and play the bass, tenor, snare, tri-tome and cymbals, cadence development, applied music and rehearsal for performance works.
305 Community Band: sessions devoted to sight-reading, rehearsals, applied skill development, audition techniques, concluding with public performances free and open to the public

Students will improve in musical sight-reading, knowledge of instrument care and maintenance, audition techniques. As well as improve in problem solving, conflict resolution, team-building and community involvement.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children
Preteens
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Youth Arts Miami- YAM 2015

Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs

Affiliations & memberships

Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council - Grant 2018

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of AFMA is to introduce musical and theatrical arts to children, youth and families who typically do not have access to the arts due to their residing in inner-city neighborhoods that bear a disproportionate share of the ecology of economic disadvantage. Programming is currently delivered in community settings in the City of Hallandale Beach and Miami-Dade County (Miami Gardens, West Perrine and Overtown) and includes a variety of musical arts activities, classes and performance opportunities.

This year-round percussion drum program offers participants the opportunity to develop musical arts and applied percussion skills, while encouraging self-expression and high-level (right-brain/left-brain) thinking, in a non-threatening, safe, adult supervised and secure environment.

YDL has proven to be a productive use of “out-of-school" time, while encouraging teamwork, responsibility and conflict resolution skills that last a lifetime. Research has shown that youth who do not participate in out-of-school programs are three times more likely to participate in antisocial behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, gang involvement and criminal activity (Afterschool Alert, Issue Brief No. 27, April 2007). While quality out-of-school programs are a powerful antidote to adolescent malfeasance, allowing participants to develop new skills and interact positively with peers, musical arts in particular has been shown to serve as a coping mechanism for at-risk students dealing with familial distress (i.e., broken families, abuse, living in high-crime communities) while simultaneously improving their well-being and academic enrichment (Impact of Art Education on At-Risk Students, Boston University, 2009).

The relevant interest in this area includes STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math); many researchers promote the availability of musical arts programming for all youth, referencing its impact on right-brain/left-brain learning (right brain being the center of creative, while left brain being the seat of language and more logical). The benefits of percussion, as promoted through participation in YDL, include increases in memory, concentration, focus and coordination.

STRATEGY FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Registration: While participants are assessed at enrollment through a pre-test and survey, all students are accepted regardless of musical ability.

Instructor (1) Applied Music Theory: 30-minute classes in musical note value and recognition, time signatures, key signatures, percussive signatures.

Instructor (2) Musical Sight Reading: 30-minute classes in reading 24 basic percussion rudiments; percussion sight reading for snare, tenor, bass drums, cymbals; and percussion musical abbreviations.

Instructor (3) Musical Composition: 15-minute classes in recognition of percussion abbreviations, cadence writing and drum cadence composition.

Instructor (4) Percussion Skill Develop 45-minute sessions in applied rudiment and percussion skill development

Fieldtrips: Participation in four community events and/or festivals.

Responsible for the overall project: Jo Ann Harris, Director

1 Student Intern Assists instructors in classroom and attends all scheduled field trips.
4 Student Volunteer Rcv. comm. service hrs. to assist youth who need extra percussion practice.
1 Proj. Supervisor Oversees classroom instruction and participant assessments.
1 Clerical Support Assists all program staff as needed.
1 Program Director Compiles/analyzes programmatic data/monthly reports, fiscal oversight.


Administrative Strategy:

Month 1: Execution of contract, confirm insurance/site availability, background screenings, transport musical instruments to site, student

Month 2 - 3: Staff orientation and training (i.e., lesson plans and survey procedures) Conduct pretest

Month 4 - 8: Conduct Mid-test. Submit monthly reports, program evaluation, monitor program site. Schedule four field trips/community performances
Month 9 - 12: Prepare and submit all required close-out documents for all funding sources.

AFMA is, by intention, a small 501(c)(3) that has become an establish organization with in Miami-Dade and Broward County. Our goal is to work with our youth to develop responsible, contributing citizens of our community . We have done that by working closely with the students and families and tracking their progress over a 10 to 15 year period. We use music as a tool to teach self-reliance, personal responsibility, team building as well as give the students the skills needed to have a more production middle and high school experience.

As a result we have seen 75% of our students continue in post-secondary studies by receiving both a music and academic scholarship for university.

Since the outcomes and evaluations have been successful we want to continue to hone our skills and staff development to truly be a benefit to our children and this community.

AFMA pursues grant opportunities and funding with local businesses, service contracts City of Miami Gardens along with state and local government programs. We plan to extend our reach to a broader pool of dollars from digital marketing and campaigns.

AFMA will be able to provide services, thanks to a grant award from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and The Children's Trust.

AFMA was awarded a Capacity Building grant from The Children's Trust, a component of which is the development of a three-year sustainability plan for the organization inclusive of fundraising and Board development activities. Within the capacity building effort, AFMA is allocated consultant support in the areas of program evaluation, marketing/public relations, fiscal management and grant writing.

This has allowed AFMA to build the capacity needed to continue our programming far into the future.

Financials

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ALLIANCE FOR MUSICAL ARTS PRODUCTIONS INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Johnson

Retired

Term: 1995 - 2025

Joyce Bloch

Retired

Munir Ingram

Firefighter

Elizabeth Finney

Retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/14/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
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