BeInstrumental was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Waite Brand Foundation to help offset the cost of purchasing instruments and helping to pay for teachers for our after-school music programs. We want to thank the Waite Brand Foundation for their generosity and BeInstrumental appreciates their support as we bring the Gift of Music to children in our Community.
What do a lawyer, a sales manager, and a business development associate have in common?
In Toledo the answer is a passion to fill a void left after northwest Ohio public schools wielded budget-cutting knives and eliminated music programs.
Rather than wag their heads and lament the loss of efforts to develop well-rounded students, professionals John Mackewich, Jeff Green, and Mike Grady organized the BeInstrumental Foundation in the fall of 2009.
“We formed the group to give back to the community and to fill the void as a result of the constant cuts in arts and music. All of us have music backgrounds,” Mr. Mackewich, president of BeInstrumental, said.
“Our mission is to ensure that all kids in northwest Ohio have musical education,” he said.
Mr. Mackewich is an attorney and plays bass. Mr. Green, vice president of the foundation, is a sales manager and plays trombone, and Mr. Grady is a business development associate who also plays trombone.
The foundation has helped about 275 students since its inception. The group takes a three-pronged approach to meeting that goal: It provides music classes for students in schools that do not offer music; lends instruments to music students, and lines up professional musicians to conduct classes.
“We have an instrument bank for any kid who needs an instrument and we will give it free to use in the school year. Likewise, if a school calls and asks for five violins, we give them,” Mr. Mackewich said. Its bank includes 60 instruments, including violins, trumpets, saxophones, cellos, guitars, and clarinets.
There is no cost for students. They are asked to sign an agreement stating that an instrument is on loan to them as long as they are in a music program, and if they drop out, that they will return it.
BeInstrumental’s six-member board buys instruments or collects them from others who no longer use them. Anyone who has an instrument sitting around collecting dust can give it to the foundation. Instruments that need it are repaired, then sent to a school.
“So far we have received every instrument back that we have loaned out. A few get broken now and then, but that comes with the trade,” he added.
In its first year, BeInstrumental started loaning instruments. The second year the focus was on after-school programs. This year, Mr. Mackewich said the group wants to expand music programs in after-schools and community centers.
Fund-raising efforts and donations support BeInstrumental.
“All we do is free to community centers, and we raise funds to do that,” he added. “The biggest benefit to us is letting them know that if there is a parent whose kid wants to take up music, they can contact us and we can help them with that.”
Students, parents, and schools interested in obtaining an instrument from the group’s instrument bank can call 419-798-6683.
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The Board of Trustees of the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant to the BeInstrumental Foundation in the amount of $3,900. These funds will be used for support of music programs in the Toledo area.
The Stranahan Supporting Organization grant will be used to fund music staff and music materials that enable BeInstrumental to continue to provide free music classes to children in grades K-12. BeInstrumental’s mission is to ensure that every child has a musical education and to provide schools with the resources needed to teach music.
Carol McElfresh, Executive Director of BeInstrumental states, “With help from the Stranahan Supporting Organization grant, BeInstrumental will reach children through hands-on music instruction who might not otherwise have exposure to music. We appreciate the support of the Stranahan Supporting Organization and the Toledo Community Foundation. ”
Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 620 funds with assets of approximately $172 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information on the Foundation, visit the organization’s website at www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook.
The BeInstrumental Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to harnessing the power of the arts by providing aspiring musician’s programs with educational opportunities, mentoring and the financial resources to pursue their music ambitions. Founded in 2009 with our headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, BeInstrumental emerged as a result of alarming cuts in funding for in-school music instruction. BeInstrumental is accepting donations to fund future programs in order to meet the growing demand for music education in our community. For more information or to find out how you can help, please visit our website www.beinstrumental.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
What a year! With the 2012 year for BeInstrumental all but officially over, we want to send a special thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, teachers and musicians who have helped make the past year a success!
BeInstrumental has been hard at work within Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan ensuring that each child has access to a musical education. Some of our highlights for 2012 include:
Musical Education in the Classroom: Continuing our free music program to the 5-7th grade at Northpointe Academy in Toledo, Ohio;
Musical Education within our Community: Providing free musical education to children in grades 2-7 at the Friendly Center in Toledo, Ohio.
BeInstrumental Music Bank: Providing free musical instruments to students in 8 schools and 2 states. You can read more about the Musical Instrument Donation program in the Toledo Blade article here:
In order to continue expanding our music programs in 2013, however, we need your continued financial support! Your generous gift would be used to hire additional music teachers and to purchase musical instruments for the BeInstrumental program. Our goal this year is to raise an additional $35,000.
Will you consider giving a tax-deductible financial gift to BeInstrumental?
Donations can be easily and securely made on our website, here or by mailing a check to the address below. Your generous assistance will ensure that every child has an access to a musical education. But don’t just take our word for it! Read what BeInstrumental means to our students in their own words!
As always, if you know of someone who cannot afford a musical instrument, or you would like to add your school to our list, please contact us.
On behalf of BeInstrumental’s Board of Directors, our students, our schools and our supporters, THANK YOU for your continued support in 2012 – we look forward to continuing our mission in 2013 to provide every child the musical education he or she deserves.
The BeInstrumental Foundation
Changing Our Region: One Note at a Time
The Board of Trustees of Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant to the BeInstrumental Foundation in the amount of $4500.
6/3/2012 – Toledo, Ohio – The Board of Trustees of Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant to the BeInstrumental Foundation in the amount of $4500. These funds will be used to aid in the continuation of a music program at the Friendly Center in Toledo.
The Toledo Community Foundation grant will enable BeInstrumental to hire a music teacher and an intern used to acquire new instruments for the students at the Friendly Center as well as be used to provide teaching throughout the year.
“This grant will allow us to continue our partnership with the Friendly Center of Toledo,” said BeInstrumental Board Member and Treasurer, Michael Hunter. “There’s nothing better than seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces after a great lesson. We’re fortunate we are able to continue this great project with another great Toledo organization!”
About Toledo Community Foundation: Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 540 funds with assets of approximately $160 million. The foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information on the Foundation, visit the organization’s website at www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook.
Non-profit organization to use funds to support musical education in Northwest Ohio.
BeInstrumental, a Toledo-based 501(c)(3) organization, recently received a $50,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project. Throughout the month of October, thousands of voters across the country voted everyday at refresheverything.com to help BeInstrumental win the Pepsi Refresh Project grant. In 2010, the Pepsi Refresh Project is giving away $20 million dollars in the U.S. to fund good ideas, big and small, that move communities forward. Grants range from $5,000 to $250,000 and each month Pepsi has given out 32 grants equaling $1.3 million. October was the fifth month of competition for BeInstrumental.
BeInstrumental was founded on the principal that every child should be afforded the opportunity to pursue his or her musical dreams. The organization offers Toledo-area students access to music lessons, camp scholarships, instruments, concerts and mentoring from professional musicians in the community. BeInstrumental is entirely funded through donations and sponsorships.
Because BeInstrumental is entirely run by volunteers, none of the $50,000 grant will be used for salaries, but will go toward the purchase of musical instruments, scholarships for music lessons, and a concert that is being planned for the spring. In addition, the organization is seeking a physical location to store the organization’s instruments, as well as space to provide music lessons to students.
“We are extremely excited,” BeInstrumental Director and Co-Founder, Jeff Green said. “The Pepsi Refresh grant opens up many opportunities for BeInstrumental, and provides us with positive momentum moving into 2011. This is great for the entire Toledo community, and we want to thank our community for its support.”
About BeInstrumental Foundation: BeInstrumental Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to harnessing the power of the arts to support aspiring artists, musicians and musical education programs. BeInstrumental was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. For more information, or to make a tax – deductible donation, please visit www.beinstrumental.org