My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Shelter Music Boston, Arlington, MA, USA
I have known the founder of SMB since my daughter began taking violin lessons from her 23 years ago. When she asked me to help her begin this dream of bringing classical chamber music into homeless shelters, I was glad to. She and 2 other musicians have been performing in homeless shelters and for other audiences in need now for 3 years, bringing peace, respite, joy and distraction to the residents and clients in these places. It has been a joy to watch and help to happen. Julie has worked on the music, the way she interacts during the concerts, and developing contacts with shelter administration to perform more concerts over the years: from 2 a month in one shelter to concerts in 5 shelters 10 months a year. In addition, she has gathered a small, hard-working board to help with all the organizational tasks of a non-profit. We are committed to the mission, and are working diligently to put the administration in place that will support Julie and the musicians as they work on delivering the music.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
try to free Julie from the many administrative tasks we have to do now. In the future, we on the board hope to hire someone and put technology in place to help her to reduce the time spent on these tasks. We want her to focus on expanding the places SMB performs, on bringing the music to more populations who don't hear it, and on training more musicians to perform and interact with clients and residents.
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