Work at the Snohomish County Music Project focuses on clients of all ages from all parts of the county. From seniors in Snohomish, to youth in South Everett, to children in Quil Ceda, the Music Project serves a diverse group of people. Each population has unique challenges. Since these groups vary so widely in age and location, our community partners don’t interact with each other often. Our partners are part of the community and deeply embedded. It makes for stronger relationships and sustainable support. Since these partners rarely interact with one another, the chance to hear how programming is positively influencing each population is rare. For this reason, the Music Project will release a year-end report in January.
Year End Report
This report will cover each of the major programs within the Music Project and insights into how the Music Project is achieving its mission for our county’s most vulnerable. It will also daylight the support of community partners and donors who have helped make individual programs possible.
Spoiler-alert:children in programs like the Casino Road Keyboard Orchestra are doing fantastic. However, as word of mouth about the Music Project has spread, so too has participation in programs. This means we’ll address the happiest of challenges: ensuring a fulfilling experience for each program participant while serving more people each quarter.
In early 2016, integrated choirs for seniors and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be formed. By combining people with significant health challenges with neurotypical peers.
Private pay services will expand to help address health outcomes among seniors coping with aging=related disorders who may be better established but, for whom, therapeutic interventions are rarely available.
Wider, More Diverse Populations Served
These new programs lead to a wider cross-section of Snohomish County’s population being served. This means a concerted effort to reach distant communities. These populations oftentimes lack the wide range of human services organizations in Everett. It’s not just beneficial to the populations being served. Expanding to a wider cross-section of the county potentially means wider support and a deeper understanding of local issues that may otherwise go unchecked.
Further Diversify Revenue
To ensure financial sustainability, the Music Project is also seeking to diversify its revenue sources. Grants are applied for to seed programs during early years and it’s up to the Music Project’s supporters and staff to ensure operations for years to come.
One such revenue source is the Northwest Music Hall. It’s grown a lot this past year. The Music Hall generates revenue and increases awareness of the Music Project. It’s also a great, low-cost resource for the community. Another means is private pay music therapy. In order to keep as many programs free or at subsidized cost, others are available at cost. By expanding a private pay program, it ensures that community programs can thrive.