March 4 Message

Dear Friends,
Thank you all for your participating and support to date. We’ve come a long way and I encourage you all to continue to participate in our surveys and weekly conference calls. All of the results for our calls, surveys, and e-mails are displayed on the temporary associationwebsite:
Our next survey will begin exploring how the group wishes to assign membership benefits. What this does is let us get at the concrete ways folks want to allow different members to participate in the work and benefits of the association. This in turn may allow for some grouping of membership categories that eases the way we think about and manage the work of the Association….example: if everyone agrees that core members get one set of benefits and everybody else gets a different set of the same/more limited benefits, then de facto, you end up with only two categories of members- core and auxiliary. Often, Associations like ours have three categories: core, eligible individuals, and eligible groups.
PLEASE NOTE: This survey is merely a prelude to more intense questioning about the group’s preference for board size, representation, and the exact ways that board members are elected. The matrix that we want you to complete will provide an understanding of group preferences on rights/privileges of membership and beginning of preference on board constitution/selection.
CORPORATE LAWYER: We are soon going to need the volunteer resources of a corporate lawyer. If you have one you want to suggest who would volunteer their resources, please let Beth or I know. Ideally, the lawyer would be available by phone, e-mail, or in person during the Drafting Convention in Chicago (if possible). It is important to get someone identified soon because we will have need for advice with the next couple of weeks on a few things we’ll be tackling at the Drafting Convention and filing the incorporation papers. Any leads are appreciated!
Our next conference call will be Wednesday March 7 from 11:30am-1:00pm EST
Conference Dial-in Number: (760) 569-0111
Participant Access Code: 121767#
Stanford Thompson and Beth Babcock

About Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Executive Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. He also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum, and as Chairman of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Network. He regularly contributes to the communities of TED, League of American Orchestras, and El Sistema-inspired initiatives around the world. For El Sistema inspired programs he has implemented, Stanford has secured over $8.5 million in funding which has impacted the lives of hundreds of children in Philadelphia. Trained as a professional trumpeter, Mr. Thompson has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C and recorded on the Ondine label with Christoph Eschenbach. Stanford also appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the North Springs Philharmonic. He has lead residencies with Philos Brass in Milford, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia where they performed recitals and outreach presentations, presented master classes, and conducted clinics. In the jazz idiom, Stan has performed for the Berks Jazz Festival, performed on the Washington College Concert Series and presented for the opening gala of the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.
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One Response to March 4 Message

  1. Glenn Thomas says:

    Perhaps a few more of you should agree on the wording of the survey questions before they go out to all. As more of an observer, it seems to me the results would improve, and eliminate some of the asterisks. Hoping someday I’ll have something brilliant to add. Glenn

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