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Allied Arts Foundation Awards Two-Year Grant to Key to Change

Allied Arts Foundation Awards Two-Year Grant to Key to Change

 

 

January 23, 2019

Key to Change is thrilled to be the recipient of a two-year grant from the Allied Arts Foundation. This $4,000 grant will be used toward repairs and accessories for our Instrument Library of over 30 violins and violas. Providing free access to high-quality instruments is one of the key ways we remove financial barriers to studying classical music in South King County.

Since the 1950s, the Allied Arts Foundation has enlivened the cultural vitality of the Seattle area through arts funding.and sponsorship. Key to Change shares this same vision of empowering the broader community through affordable access to music education and performance.

“Allied Arts Foundation is proud to partner with Key to Change to provide opportunities for these talented students, many of whom reside in underserved areas. Far more than mere instruction, Key to Change’s winning format of exceptional music training as a conduit for instilling leadership skills and self-confidence is an outstanding model of community empowerment through the arts.

– Llewelyn G. Pritchard, Allied Arts Foundation President

Thanks to the support of our community and organizations like the Allied Arts Foundation, we are able to provide violin and viola lessons, scholarships, instruments, performance opportunities, and more to underserved students in our region. Together, we empower the next generation through music.

For more information, please email at info@keytochangestudio.org.

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Charlotte Martin Foundation Awards Capacity-Building Grant to Key to Change

 

 

 

Charlotte Martin Foundation Awards Capacity-Building Grant to Key to Change

January 23, 2019

Key to Change is honored to have been awarded a $10,000 capacity-building grant from the Charlotte Martin Foundation. This funding will be used toward scholarships for students in need, as well as a studio accompanist, sheet music, and instrument supplies.

Based in Seattle, the Charlotte Martin Foundation works to create opportunities for underserved youth to explore their passions and grow into well-rounded individuals through arts, athletics, and education. Key to Change shares this same vision of increasing access to music and arts education in our region and helping our youth cultivate critical skills that will serve them both within and beyond the classroom.

“The Charlotte Martin Foundation’s engagement with Key to Change will improve youth access to world-class music instruction, making this partnership vital to the success of music students in South King County.”

Micaela Pearson, Key to Change Board President

Thanks to the support of our community and organizations like the Charlotte Martin Foundation, we are able to provide affordable violin and viola lessons, performance opportunities, master classes, leadership development, and more to underserved students in our region. Together, we empower the next generation through music.

For more information, please email at info@keytochangestudio.org.

 

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Social Media Marketing Internship Opening

Key to Change is a nonprofit violin studio dedicated to inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction. The Key to Change Social Media Marketing Internship is ideal for students who are interested in creating and implementing social media campaigns, building a diverse work portfolio, and gaining hands-on experience with an arts nonprofit.

The successful candidate will assist Key to Change with social media marketing efforts and publicity surrounding lesson registration, fundraisers, concerts, master classes, and other studio events. Responsibilities include planning and implementing marketing objectives across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This includes organizing social media campaigns, writing and creating multimedia content and distributing it across platforms, coordinating social media efforts with our marketing committee, and researching and pursuing methods to gain followers and increase engagement.

Position: Social Media Marketing Intern

Number of weekly hours:  Part-Time Temporary, 8-12 hours per week

Compensation: Paid upon completion of the term; students may arrange for course credit in place of payment

Brief Description of Responsibilities

  • Draft overarching social media strategy for the coming year
  • Plan and implement social media campaigns surrounding events and fundraisers
  • Create engaging multimedia content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Write content across social media platforms
  • Attend, photograph, and post about Key to Change events such as concerts, master classes, and fundraisers
  • Highlight stories of Key to Change students, teachers, board, and community members through engaging social media content
  • Research and implement new methods to gain followers and increase engagement
  • Other projects as assigned

Qualifications

  • Student must have excellent knowledge of popular social media platforms
  • Student must have excellent writing and communication skills
  • Student must have excellent time management skills and be able to meet weekly deadlines
  • Student must have an interest in the arts
  • Student must maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Student must have strong organizational skills
  • Student must have evening and weekend availability
  • Student must have a high school degree and be currently enrolled in college
  • Photography experience is preferred

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume and three names of reference directly to Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder qmorris@keytochangestudio.org. Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2019.

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Donor and Event Manager Position Open

 

 

 

Position: Donor and Event Manager
Reports to: Executive Director; will also work closely with the Communications Director. The Donor and Event Manager is expected to work remotely and operate in an independent, self-motivated fashion.
Status: Independent Contractor
Starting Date: February 19, 2019
Salary: $20,000 (20 hours per week at $20 per hour)

Description
The Donor and Event Manager will have a key role in building our donor base and increasing our grant income fundraising over the next 12 months. The Donor and Event Manager will participate in other capacity building priorities to strengthen Key to Change’s reach to underserved youth in South King County.

Responsibilities
Event Management
40% of this position includes event management. The first four months will include assisting with the planning and execution of our spring fundraiser event and the following duties:
• Event logistics (venue, catering, décor, RSVP process and tracking, etc.)
• Event marketing
• Write compelling materials for production
• Secure and steward event sponsors
• Volunteer recruitment and coordination
• Assist Director of Development with audience development
• Assist with RSVP process and RSVP tracking
• Other duties as assigned

Development
50% of this position includes donor acquisition, cultivation and retention
• Identify, solicit and support Executive Director and board members in identifying and cultivating potential new donors and prospects in South King County
• Engage potential donors to determine interest and set next steps for further engagement
• Assist with major gifts campaign logistics
• Assist with executing individual giving campaign logistics (year-end appeal, etc.)
• Call donors before the event for pledges
• Identify opportunities for donor recognition, stewardship, and appreciation
• Other duties as assigned

Grant Writing and Grants Management
10% of this position includes the following:
• Systematically research and propose relevant new funding opportunities through foundations, businesses and government aligned with Key to Change’s mission and general operating needs
• Assist with grant writing as needed to produce well-written, compelling, research-based, and competitive grant proposals, letters of inquiry, narratives, acknowledgement letters, and reports following funding guidelines, parameters, and procedures through completion and on-time submission of full proposal and report packages (narratives, budgets, and attachments)
• Other duties as assigned

Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Public Affairs, Communications, or related field. Will
consider equivalent combination of education and experience.
• At least 6-8 years of professional fundraising experience, five as a Grant Writer with
significant and increasing fundraising responsibility (general nonprofit fundraising
experience is preferred)
• Successful track record with small start-up nonprofits

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Corporate and foundation development and proposal writing experience, with a proven ability to secure grants and contracts, familiarity with the corporate funding community and knowledge of government (city, state, federal) and private funding sources
• Strong research, analysis and critical thinking skills
• Proven project management skills; highly organized, with an ability to balance projects in a highly deadline-driven environment
• Timely response and feedback
• Proficiency in all programs of the current Microsoft Office suite
• Google Drive familiarity

Qualifications
• Demonstrated experience creating and managing successful fundraising events, including logistics, sponsorships, and audience development, is preferred.
• Understanding and adherence to generally accepted fundraising ethics and privacy standards and policies
• Experience setting up endowments with community foundations preferred
• Previous grant, research, and budget experience of five (5) to seven (7) years
• Not-for-profit grant writing experience, preferred
• Ability to articulate a passion for the arts
• Demonstrated understanding of donor prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies
• Comfort working independently and collaborating
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills that can be adapted for different audiences

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and three professional references to Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder, qmorris@keytochangestudio.org

No phone calls, please.

Deadline: Review of application materials begins on January 22, 2019. Application materials received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Key to Change is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We conform to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

About the Organization
Key to Change is a Washington State 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction and supporting their development as self-aware leaders. Key to Change strives to provide young artists with the educational tools and resources they need in order to grow and thrive as musicians and as individuals.

Key to Change operates two violin studios, of the same name, in South King County which provide private violin and viola lessons or group classes in Renton, Kent, Auburn, Tukwila, Maple Valley, and Federal Way communities. The Key to Change studio offers scholarships for students requiring financial assistance.

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Key Changemaker: Mollie Ewing

Key Changemaker of the Month: 
Highlighting excellence in our community 

“My passion for violin was encouraged by a supportive family, inspiring private teachers and great school music programs. I played with youth symphonies and knew when I got to college that I wanted to be a music educator.

I had been raising my boys and conducting for the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra when I heard there was a new middle school being built in Renton, just miles from my house. When I was hired, I had been mostly unfamiliar with the private teachers in the area and it was great when Dr. Morris got in touch with me early in the school year and offered to visit my school. I was able to attend a strategic planning meeting to see how much work Dr. Morris and others were putting into the dream of outreach and access to private lessons for students in South King County area.

I have seen how family incomes can dictate the level of involvement a student has, and what their local schools can offer. If Key to Change can help kids access private lessons and supplement and give individualized support for what they are receiving in their classroom orchestras, we can be a stronger force within the music community, offering our students more opportunities and broadening their learning experiences.”

-Mollie Ewing, Orchestra Director of Risdon Middle School


Our Key Changemaker of the Month is Mollie Ewing! As the Orchestra Director of Risdon Middle School she exemplifies the power of music education in our community. She supports our youth’s musical development both within and beyond the classroom, helping to cultivate the passion for classical music in South King County. Thank you Mollie for your work in the community and supporting Key to Change!

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Intern with Key to Change! Social Media Marketing Internship

Key to Change is a nonprofit violin studio dedicated to inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction. The Key to Change Social Media Marketing Internship is ideal for students who are interested in creating and implementing social media campaigns, building a diverse work portfolio, and gaining hands-on experience with an arts nonprofit.

The successful candidate will assist Key to Change with social media marketing efforts and publicity surrounding lesson registration, fundraisers, concerts, master classes, and other studio events. Responsibilities include planning and implementing marketing objectives across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This includes organizing social media campaigns, writing and creating multimedia content and distributing it across platforms, coordinating social media efforts with our marketing committee, and researching and pursuing methods to gain followers and increase engagement.

Number of Weekly Hours: Part-Time Temporary, 8-12 hours per week

Compensation: Paid upon completion of the term; students may arrange for course credit in place of payment

Responsibilities:

  • Draft overarching social media strategy for the coming year
  • Plan and implement social media campaigns surrounding events and fundraisers
  • Create engaging multimedia content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Write content across social media platforms
  • Attend, photograph, and post about Key to Change events such as concerts, master classes, and fundraisers
  • Highlight stories of Key to Change students, teachers, board, and community members through engaging social media content
  • Research and implement new methods to gain followers and increase engagement
  • Other projects as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Student must have excellent knowledge of popular social media platforms
  • Student must have excellent writing and communication skills
  • Student must have excellent time management skills and be able to meet weekly deadlines
  • Student must have an interest in the arts
  • Student must maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Student must have strong organizational skills
  • Student must have evening and weekend availability
  • Student must have a high school degree and be currently enrolled in college
  • Photography experience is preferred

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume and three names of reference directly to Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder qmorris@keytochangestudio.org.

Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2019.

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Key Changemaker: Keith Thomas

Key Changemaker of the Month:
Highlighting excellence in our community


I grew up playing the cello, which for me has always felt like my passport to a wide and endlessly diverse universe. Looking back, I can see all the ways I was helped along the journey by a community of family and friends, but also by organizations and sponsors that opened new opportunities for me.

Key to Change is the organization I needed as a young musician; it’s not just about learning to play music, it’s about community and connection. Key to Change fosters that connection in so many ways, through field trips to the symphony, group feedback and reflection, mentoring, and more.

By supporting Key to Change, you’re reaching out with a message of connection and care, and joining a community of helpers that every student needs.”
 
– Keith Thomas, Vice President of the Key to Change Board of Directors

Our Key Changemaker of the Month is Keith Thomas! Keith is a cellist, marketing consultant at Lenati, and our new board Vice President. Keith has over a decade of experience in community engagement as a member of the Da Camera Young Artists Program, principal cellist of the Longmont Symphony in Colorado, and most recently through the Teaching Artist program at the Seattle Symphony. Keith is a committed advocate for access and inclusion in classical music and is focused on working with underserved populations and students of color.

Keith joined our board in 2018 because he believes that excellent music instruction and mentorship are the key to transforming lives and communities in South King County.  If you believe in the power of music to inspire positive change in our community, join us now during our Season of Change Campaign as we work to raise $25,000 toward student scholarships.

Gifts of any size will all go toward providing students with the opportunities to pursue a world-class music education with weekly lessons, master classes taught by guest artists, performance opportunities, college preparation seminars, scholarships, new musical instruments, and more.

With drastic funding cuts to arts programs in South King County, your gift today is more critical than ever before to ensure that students in this region have the opportunity to study and grow through music. Join Keith and the rest of the Key to Change community as we work to empower students in South King County.

Together, we create the Key to Change.

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4Culture Awards Capacity-Building Grant to Key to Change

We are thrilled to announce that Community 4Culture has awarded Key to Change a $10,000 capacity-building grant. This funding will be used to expand our violin studio, serve more students, and grow our impact in our community.

Community 4Culture works to address inequities in arts and cultural funding across King County’s diverse population. Key to Change shares the same vision of increasing access to music and arts education in under-resourced communities. We are honored to have the support of Community 4Culture as we continue serving the population in South King County.

As part of this ongoing mission, Key to Change established our own Instrument Library earlier this summer with grant support from the Classics for Kids Foundation and the D’Addario Foundation. Providing free instruments for our students is a critical way in which Key to Change makes classical music instruction affordable and accessible to a broad range of students in our region.

“Classics for Kids Foundation is delighted to support Key to Change with a matching grant to support their need for beautiful new instruments for their students. Their support for young musicians in the Seattle area is inspiring, and our hope is that the offer of matching funds will further inspire local philanthropy in helping these wonderful young people to thrive.”

–  Michael Reynolds, Executive Director, Classics for Kids Foundation

To date, Key to Change has cultivated an instrument library of over 25 violins and violas through a combination of grant awards and community donations. Click here to learn more about our Instrument Library.

For more information, please email at info@keytochangestudio.org.

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2018-2019 Master Classes at Key to Change

Key to Change is thrilled to offer our students master classes with distinguished guest artists from around the world. This school year our students will have the opportunity to work with the following renowned musicians:

Daniel Ching, First Violinist of the Miró Quartet
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 10am, Seattle University – Hunthausen Room 060

Daniel Ching, a founding member of the Miró Quartet, began his violin studies at the age of 3 under tutelage of his father. At age 5, he entered the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division on a full twelve‐year scholarship, where he studied violin with Serban Rusu and Zaven Melikian, and chamber music with Susan Bates. At the age of 10, Daniel was first introduced to string quartets. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Daniel studied violin with Kathleen Winkler, Roland and Almita Vamos, and conducting with Robert Spano and Peter Jaffe. He completed his Masters degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with former Cleveland Quartet violinist Donald Weilerstein.

Daniel is on faculty at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches private violin students and coaches chamber music. He concurrently maintains an active international touring schedule as a member of the Miró Quartet.


Irina Muresanu, Violin Soloist and Professor at University of Maryland – College Park
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, 5:30pm, Mill Creek Middle School

Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classical, romantic, and modern repertoire. Muresanu has performed in renowned concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her solo engagements include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Transvaal Philharmonic (Pretoria, S. Africa), the Romanian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Brussels), and the Boston Philharmonic, among others.

In 2013, Irina introduced her “Four Strings Around the World” project, a solo violin recital featuring works of composers inspired by various musical cultures around the world. “Four Strings Around the World” sparked an orchestral project called “Strings Across Europe,” a program in which Muresanu performs multiple roles as soloist and conductor.

Irina currently serves on the faculty the University of Maryland and has taught at Boston Conservatory and in the Harvard and MIT Music Departments. She received the prestigious Artist Diploma degree and a Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory.  She plays an 1849 Giuseppe Rocca violin and an Étienne Pajeot bow.


Shakeh Ghoukasian, Principal Second Violinist of Las Vegas Philharmonic and Director of the Nevada School of the Arts
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, 4pm, Renton High School

Shakeh Ghoukasian is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Nevada School of the Arts, and has been the driving force of the school’s new vision, new initiatives, and community partnerships. She is also an active chamber music and orchestral musician. She is the Principal 2nd Violinist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 1998. Shakeh also performs with the Nevada Ballet and the Las Vegas Philharmonic Principals Quartet, presenting educational outreach and chamber music concerts in the community.

She has performed with many notable classical and pop artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Boccelli, Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Itzhak Perlman and others. Her solo performances include appearances with Henderson Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic. Shakeh received her early music training in Armenia. After moving to the United States she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in performance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also an established pedagogue, and her students are winners of several local and national competitions and have been chosen to participate in numerous notable summer music festivals and camps. She enjoys working with young musicians and guiding their musical and artistic development.


Benjamin Hunter, Violin Fiddler
Friday, March 1, 2019, 4pm, Mill Creek Middle School

Benjamin Hunter is a violinist, storyteller, educator, and community enterpriser. ​Cross pollinating multiple artistic disciplines for more than a decade, the Seattle-based polymath has dedicated his life to transforming the world’s stale status quo into a vibrant, inclusive, communal, and compassionate society. Playing violin since age 5, he was fortunate to travel the world and absorb various musical styles at a young age. Receiving his degree in Performance Violin, with keen interest in politics and philosophy, Hunter set his sights on the intersection between art, community, and a rapidly evolving clash of culture.

Benjamin plays violin, mandolin, guitar, and sings.  He composes original works, and performs with a variety of groups, playing classical, jazz, world, folk, blues, and country. Groups and projects include the award-winning blues duo Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, the multidisciplinary performance project Black Bois, and the jazz trio Honeysuckle Rye.


Jeremy Woolstenhulme, Cellist and Director of Orchestra at Hyde Park Middle School
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 4pm, Renton High School
Friday, April 19, 2019, 5:30pm, Mill Creek Middle School

Jeremy Woolstenhulme currently serves as the orchestra director at Hyde Park Middle School in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jeremy has traveled with his Chamber Orchestra to festivals in Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, London, Washington D.C., Boston, Miami, and New York, earning top awards at every venue. The Hyde Park Middle School Chamber Orchestra was honored to have been selected to perform at the 2008 and 2017 Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The Chamber Orchestra has also played at multiple ASTA conventions, and in March 2015 won first place in the junior high division of the National Orchestra Festival in Salt Lake City.

As an author and composer Jeremy has several published works to his credit. He is a co-author of a new string method series called String Basics published by the Neil A. Kjos music company, and he has several string and full orchestra works published and available through Kjos music as well. As a string clinician Jeremy has presented teaching ideas at many state music conventions throughout the United States including the Midwest Clinic and several times at the ASTA convention. He has traveled internationally to do string teaching presentations in Canada, Australia and China. Jeremy is also a musician with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and a freelance musician performing at many venues located on the famed Las Vegas “Strip.”


Brett Deubner, Viola Soloist and Professor at Queens College – New York
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 4pm, Renton High School

Brett Deubner, one of this generation’s most accomplished violists, has inspired worldwide critical acclaim for his powerful intensity and sumptuous tone. Recent performances include concerto appearances with over 70 orchestras on 5 continents. Brett has garnered critical acclaim from solo appearances with such American orchestras as the Grand Rapids Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Missoula Symphony, Peninsula Symphony and acclaimed solo debuts in South American orchestras from Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Argentina.

Brett’s commitment to extending the repertoire for the viola is made evident by collaborations with some of today’s greatest composers such as Richard Danielpour, Andrea Morricone, Samuel Adler, Lalo Schifrin, Andrew Rudin, David Del Tredici, Joseph Turrin, Maurizio Bignone, Carlos Franzetti, and several of this generation’s leading young composers. To date, over 80 works for viola including 37 viola concerti and numerous solo and chamber works for viola have been dedicated to and premiered by Brett.


 

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Professional Development with Key to Change

Beginning in Fall 2018, Key to Change will offer professional development for middle and high school orchestra teachers in South King County. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Renton School District to provide their teachers with opportunities for continued education.

Key to Change will provide teachers with the following educational resources:

  • Classroom observations
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Group and individual assessment
  • Curriculum design
  • Education workshops

These professional development seminars will be led by Key to Change Founder and Director Dr. Quinton Morris. For over a decade Quinton has served as the Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music at Seattle University, and he is the first tenured music professor there in over 30 years. Quinton is also a native of Renton, Washington and a product of the public music programs in South King County. He understands firsthand the unique challenges that orchestra teachers face in this region.

By providing ongoing support to these educators, Key to Change’s goal is to ultimately enhance student learning, improve teacher skills, and increase job satisfaction. Together with our public school orchestra teachers, we can help build the infrastructure for more engaging and impactful musical education in South King County.

For more information on Key to Change’s professional development seminars, please email info@keytochangestudio.org.

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