Thank you so much to all of our wonderful donors!
August 23, 2017
BENEFITING: Community Music School of Ann Arbor
HOURS PLEDGED: 50
We launched a crowd-funding campaign just two weeks ago to gather $15,000 by the deadline -- August 20th –taking advantage of a lease buy-out that would save us $40,000 in rent obligations. Thanks to a generous “challenge match” pledge that matched other donations to a maximum of $8,000, we achieved our short-term fundraising goal and are now re-investing the savings in our programming -- benefiting hundreds of new and existing students.
The Community Music School of Ann Arbor (CMSa2) was founded 25 years ago by five area musicians. We opened our doors to students seeking a new and unique musical education experience. We continue to offer that same experience today, to music students of all ages. CMSa2 (formerly Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts) enters our second quarter-century as it continues to evolve. Regardless of our location, we remain true to our mission of Playing Well with Others.
CMSa2 is now pursuing our evolution through a strategic planning process driven by our board of directors and other advisors, along with input from parents and faculty that will help us determine how the school will evolve for the future. We will depend less on brick and mortar in the future, and more on the area’s many existing musical education and performance venues. The relocation process has begun as the we explore the numerous location options in and around Ann Arbor. Thousands of Ann Arbor area kids have benefited from the unique musical learning that CMSa2 provides – many of whom might not have otherwise been able to afford such a learning experience. 25% of our students receive financial assistance to attend CMSa2.
The Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts was founded in 1992 and became the Community Music School of Ann Arbor in 2014. Known to its friends as “CMSa2”, the school has constantly evolved, including four relocations over its history, to meet the changing needs and demands of its students and the community. CMSa2’s primary curriculum is ensemble performances, small and large – often self-led by the students, though guided by qualified faculty.
From its website, CMSa2 offers its vision: “Imagine a world full of creative, engaged, respectful people, who are eager to work with others, yet not afraid of speaking their minds. That vision drives us, and the most effective way of developing those traits is in musical ensembles. That’s what we do. Like team sports, the music team is the focus, except where everyone wins, and in the process, discovers their individual voice. In other words, we teach people to play well with others!”