My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Shelter Music Boston, Arlington, MA, USA
I first encountered Julie Leven when she coached an amateur chamber music group I was performing in. Her joy in music and her gift of conveying that joy, not only when she played, but verbally, was striking to me. When I learned that she had recently founded Shelter Music Boston I was intrigued and went to a house party to learn more. I was struck by the remarks of shelter staff and a psychiatrist explaining the benefits of SMB classical performances to shelter guests. I volunteered, and eventually joined the Board. It is very exciting to have the opportunity to help bring classical music to people who should have access to it, but who often don’t, and to be on the ground floor of a wonderful, unusual idea under construction. I hope SMB will flourish and grow and become a model so that more and more talented musicians can play beautiful music to very deserving, often underserved, people in Boston and beyond.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Increase the size of the Board with attention to adding multiple perspectives and skills so that the Board is able to steer the organization as effectively as possible. Add administrative support.
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