For those who missed last week’s association call, we had a lively discussion about the guiding principles for the proposed association. We discussed how we would define membership based on a variety of characteristics that programs share – social change mission, working with “at risk” children (also stated as “serving children regardless of need”), number of hours weekly, types of music taught, group learning, peer teaching and learning. It became clear that all of those on the call want to focus on the inspiration of El Sistema as core to the group.
Beth Babcock took the comments from our previous conference call and notes from final reports of the “Sudden Summit” in San Antonio a year ago (attached) and created a brief survey for everyone interested in the developing conversation to complete before Wednesday January 18, 11AM EST. This survey should take 5-8 minutes to respond to and can be found here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CW7WBX6. If you are not able to be on the call, please participate by completing the survey so that your voice can be heard.
Your participation is more important than ever as we move closer to realizing a national association to serve the work that we are all inspired to do.
Upcoming Conference Call Agenda:
- Definition of Core Membership – What is the primary mission of the organizations represented by core members? What is their target population served? What are their shared fundamental elements of intervention/approach?
- Definitions of Auxiliary Membership – Will there be additional allowed members beyond core membership? What will the categories of these additional members be?
- Mission of Association – What is the primary purpose of the Association?
- Name – What should the Association be called?
- General Governance – What will be the voting rights of each category of Association membership? What will be the size and general composition of the board?
Conference Call Schedule
- Wednesday January 18, 11:30am – 1:00pm EST
- Wednesday January 25, 11:30am – 1:00pm EST
Conference Call Dial-In Number 760-569-0111
Participant Access Code 121767#
All documents, minutes, conference call schedule, and dial-in information will be recorded on a special website: https://musicassociation.wordpress.com. I encourage you all to freely comment and share this website with our peers.