Soldier Songs and Voices Northwest Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, AR   |  ssvnwa.org

Mission

"The mission of Soldier Songs & Voices NWA is to foster a creative and supportive community of veterans through music instruction, performance, and outreach."

Ruling year info

2017

Board President

Dr. Lee Haight

Main address

1128 W RIDGEWAY DR

FAYETTEVILLE, AR 72701 USA

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EIN

82-3020010

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SSVNWA exists solely on donations at this point. Donations may be in the form of cash or guitars. We strive to provide every vet who needs one, a guitar, gig bag, tuner, and strap. We provide lessons for free so donations are our only revenue source at this time. Another issue is veteran/student retention. Since our target population is veterans with PTSD, addiction issues, etc., they tend to come and go a lot.Very few of our students have stuck with the program for as long or longer than eight lessons. We need to figure out how to keep them engaged and coming back.

Our programs

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

Music Instruction for Veterans and Active Duty Military

SSVNWA provides guitar and songwriting lessons free to veterans and active duty military. If a veteran needs a guitar we provide one for him/her on loan. We ask that they complete at least eight lessons and give them the guitar when they are completed. We meet once a week at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We also meet once a month as a musical community. We are starting a satellite chapter soon in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

SSVNWA plays music for the VA Mental Health Psych Unit 2 to 4 times a month. We also play for the VA Coffee House on an average of once a month.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Substance abusers

SSVNWA plays music for a variety of veteran related events including the North West Arkansas Community College Veterans Day Observance, the VA Veterans Community Health Fair, Heroes on the Water, the American Legion VetFest and many more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

We wish to continue providing free guitar and songwriting lessons for vets. We want to continue providing veterans in need a guitar and accessories. We do this in order to give veterans a positive outlet for the problems they are experiencing due to their military experiences. As the VA mental health therapists have told us, we want to give them a reason to get off the couch and out of the house and have some positive social contact and activity. We would also like to be able to assist veterans with expenses to attend the SSV Reveille Songwriting Retreat in Texas each year. We would also like to help pay expenses for professional songwriters to provide us with local songwriting workshops.

We have submitted a grant through the Network for Good. We have a donation button on our Facebook page and website. We solicit in the community for instrument donations and have performed a house concert to raise funds. We partner with the local VA Hospital to find and engage veterans in need of our services. We perform at a variety of veterans events in the community as outreach to veterans. We provide weekly guitar instruction at two sites on the VA Hospital Campus and one monthly songwriting class there, as well. We also meet monthly as a community of veterans/musicians in order to provide our veteran/students with the opportunity to be involved with a musical community.

We are a small but enthusiastic group of amateur, semi-professional and professional veterans/musicians. We have developed a fantastic relationship with the local VA Hospital which provides us with instructional space and opportunities to perform for vets. We are developing a donor base to help us sustain our activities. We are also one of eleven chapters in the United States and we derive benefits from being part of that larger community, not least of which is access to a yearly songwriting retreat hosted by the national chapter. This retreat is pairs veterans with nationally touring musicians for a week and is free to all veterans.

We have given forty guitars to vets so far in 2019. We provided almost 400 man hours of instruction in 2018. We performed for 13 separate veteran related events in 2018. We have two instructional settings and groups at the VA that meet weekly. We play weekly at the VA Mental Health psychiatric unit and for many veteran related events in the community. We are implementing a once monthly songwriting class also located at the VA Hospital.

Financials

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Soldier Songs and Voices Northwest Arkansas

Board of directors
as of 06/09/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Lee Haight

Soldier Songs and Voices Northwest Arkansas

Term: 2017 -

Jim Hale

Billy Ray Lang

Howard Schuettpelz

Larry Long

Keith Vire

Otis Michaud

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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.