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Northwest Music Mentors

Inspiring a lifelong passion for music

Snohomish, WA   |  www.northwestmusicmentors.org

Mission

Northwest Music Mentors partners with music educators to support children and young adults as they progress through some of the most challenging years of their lives, complementing music education programs offered in public schools. Participation in music often creates the motivation for many students to remain engaged in their studies, fostering community and inclusivity and creating a sense of belonging, accomplishment, and purpose that they can draw from throughout their lives. We are committed to the proposition that music is much more than entertainment, that it provides a connection between people and an experience that transcends our everyday view of the world.

Ruling year info

2018

President

James Cutler

Main address

12508 234th Street SE

Snohomish, WA 98296 USA

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EIN

83-1099721

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Elementary Music Outreach

Encourage participation in school music programs through live performances and demonstrations. These events are intended to create interest and excitement in our young, future musicians, and provide an experience that allows them to choose a specific instrument, family of instruments, or voice as they pursue music.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

A three session program that spans a single concert season. This program allows a school to utilize mentors across any portion of the school year or target different ensembles.

In this program, the first session is designed for a mentor to work with the students and consult the music director to determine areas of focus that will be most beneficial. The mentor provides targeted instruction in subsequent sessions to best assist the students in both their individual progress, and to help the group prepare for the upcoming seasonal concert.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

A three to four session program that begins in the last month of spring (two sessions) in a feeder school, and continues into the fall (one or two sessions) at the school fed by the feeder school.

In this program, a single mentor delivers two spring sessions at a feeder school (for example, middle school 8th graders), then reconnects with those students in the fall at the next school in the pipeline (e.g., high school 9th graders, one or two sessions). Lead by an instrument specialist, instrument family, or ensemble mentor, this program creates additional continuity for students as they are promoted to their next school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

A six to nine session program where one mentor delivers two or three sessions per concert season to an entire ensemble. Lead by an ensemble mentor in coordination with the music director.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

A single session delivered by an instrument specialist, instrument family, or ensemble mentor.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Focused Mentorship is a year-long program consisting of nine to ten sessions, with three to four sessions delivered within each seasonal concert schedule of the music program. In this program, a mentor will provide continued instruction to the same group of students throughout the year which allows consistent direction and growth for those students. When implemented from year to year, the relationship between mentor and students provides a pathway that encourages continued participation in music programs throughout the student’s primary and secondary education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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 identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Northwest Music Mentors

Board of directors
as of 09/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Cutler

Paul Gillespie

Bellevue Schools

Philip Demaree

Microsoft

Lori Shepherd

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/28/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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.