Survey 05

Discussion Document for 3/7/12 Association Conference Call
And Survey Results for Association Survey #5

Overview of Process to Date 

There have been 9 meetings of the Working Group to date and five surveys completed.  The results of this work include the building block elements of a new Association including outlines for: Mission Statement, Name, Criteria for Membership, Categories of Auxiliary Membership, and Organizational Purpose and Priorities.  Enough work has been done by the group that a document housing the cumulative decisions of the group can be found on the Association WordPress site : https://musicassociation.wordpress.com/guiding-documents/3-cumulative-decisions-made-by-the-working-group/

Another change to be noted on the Association website is its name.  In reflection of the decision by a supermajority of the Working Group to name the new Association El Sistema USA, the name of the site has been changed to “El Sistema USA Professional Association.”

It is important to note that all decisions made thus far serve as working decisions until the By-laws are drafted and approved by all eligible members.  As always, Working Group members are strongly encouraged to participate in decision-making through conference meetings, comments on surveys, and comments on the WordPress site.

Results of Association Survey #5 and Topics for Current Discussion

There were 28 respondents to this survey. The topic covered by the survey was benefits and rights attendant to different categories of membership and the results of this survey were very clearly represented with few decisions that were “close” (meaning just below a 75% vote). In almost all instances, the Group appears quite aligned in ways in which it wishes to see benefits assigned and the results of the voting patterns can be seen below:

  1. All Membership Categories should have access to Association public communications, invitations to conferences, performances and other events;
  2. All Membership Categories with the exception of Community Partners, Universities/Academic Programs, and Sponsorship Organizations should have the rights to access both Assoc. tools/policies and libraries of information/best practice;
  3. Core Members should receive all rights and benefits;
  4. Core Members should be the only members permitted to nominate, elect, and serve on the Board of Directors of the Association;
  5. Core Members should be the only members allowed to designate themselves “Members of El Sistema USA”;
  6. Only Core Members and Programs in Development should have access to Association data and outcomes, and discounted consulting, ;
  7. Only Core Members, Programs in Development, and Students should have discounted rates for conferences;
  8. All Membership Categories with the exception of Community Partners, Universities, and Sponsorship Organizations, should have access to tools, policies and procedures, best practices, and libraries of information.

What these decisions portray is an El Sistema USA that exists primarily to foster the development and promote the vision of core members.  It is an organization interested in informing other categories of “friends and/or supporters” who wish to learn about the work, vision, evolving knowledge, practices, and impact of Core Members, but not to include them in the actual processes of delivering those services and mission.

The above patterns are evidenced by the survey results:

Receive Association newsletters/general communications
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 100% (28)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 85.7% (24)
Individual Members: 92.9% (26)
Student Members: 96.4% (27)
Community Partner Organizations: 92.9% (26)
Universities and other academic training programs: 89.3% (25)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 92.9% (26)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Receive invitations to conferences, performances, and other events
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 100% (28)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 89.3% (25)
Individual Members: 92.9% (26)
Student Members: 96.4% (27)
Community Partner Organizations: 92.9% (26)
Universities and other academic training programs: 85.7% (24)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 89.3% (25)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Discounted rates to conferences, performances and other events
Core Members: 96.4% (27)
Core programs in development: 92.9% (26)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 25% (7)
Individual Members: 57.1% (16)
Student Members: 89.3% (25)
Community Partner Organizations: 39.3% (11)
Universities and other academic training programs: 10.7% (3)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 21.4% (6)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Access to Association libraries of recommended readings, documents, or information
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 96.4% (27)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 71.4% (20)
Individual Members: 82.1% (23)
Student Members: 89.3% (25)
Community Partner Organizations: 67.9% (19)
Universities and other academic training programs: 64.3% (18)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 64.3% (18)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Access to Association recommended tools, policies, best practices, and procedures
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 100% (28)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 75% (21)
Individual Members: 75% (21)
Student Members: 71.4% (20)
Community Partner Organizations: 67.9% (19)
Universities and other academic training programs: 64.3% (18)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 57.1% (16)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Access to Association data and/or outcomes
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 92.9% (26)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 57.1%(16)
Individual Members: 60.7% (17)
Student Members: 50% (14)
Community Partner Organizations: 53.6% (15)
Universities and other academic training programs: 53.6% (15)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 57.1% (16)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Access to Association sponsored program funding opportunities (e.g. grants obtained by the Association)
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 67.9% (19)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 7.1% (2)
Individual Members: 17.9% (5)
Student Members: 10.7% (3)
Community Partner Organizations: 0% (0)
Universities and other academic training programs: 0% (0)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 0% (0)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Right to use of the name “Member of El Sistema USA” as opposed to the designation “friend” or “supporter of”
Core Members: 96.4% (27)
Core programs in development: 46.4% (13)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 3.6% (1)
Individual Members: 17.9% (5)
Student Members: 17.9% (5)
Community Partner Organizations: 0% (0)
Universities and other academic training programs: 0% (0)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 0% (0)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Access to group financial benefits such as discounted insurance, equipment rental/purchase
Core Members: 96.4% (27)
Core programs in development: 64.3% (18)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 7.1% (2)
Individual Members: 21.4% (6)
Student Members: 17.9% (5)
Community Partner Organizations: 7.1% (2)
Universities and other academic training programs: 0% (0)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 3.6% (1)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Access to free/discounted consulting, technical assistance, training opportunities
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 89.3% (25)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 28.6% (8)
Individual Members: 42.9% (12)
Student Members: 32.1% (9)
Community Partner Organizations: 21.4% (6)
Universities and other academic training programs: 25% (7)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 14.3% (4)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Participation in national program evaluation or outcomes measurement projects
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 67.9% (19)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 10.7% (3)
Individual Members: 25% (7)
Student Members: 14.3% (4)
Community Partner Organizations: 17.9% (5)
Universities and other academic training programs: 21.4% (6)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 14.3% (4)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Participation in regional/national joint performance opportunities (e.g. seminarios, regional, and/or national performance ensembles
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 71.4% (20)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 35.7% (10)
Individual Members: 32.1% (9)
Student Members: 32.1% (9)
Community Partner Organizations: 28.6% (8)
Universities and other academic training programs: 21.4% (6)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 17.9% (5)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Rights to nominate board members
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 46.4% (13)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 10.7% (3)
Individual Members: 35.7% (10)
Student Members: 21.4% (6)
Community Partner Organizations: 7.1% (2)
Universities and other academic training programs: 7.1% (2)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 7.1% (2)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Rights to elect board members
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 28.6% (8)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 10.7% (3)
Individual Members: 28.6% (8)
Student Members: 14.3% (4)
Community Partner Organizations: 3.6% (1)
Universities and other academic training programs: 3.6% (1)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 3.6% (1)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

Permitted to serve on the board
Core Members: 100% (28)
Core programs in development: 32.1% (9)
Similar community music programs that do not meet core requirements: 10.7% (3)
Individual Members: 28.6% (8)
Student Members: 10.7% (3)
Community Partner Organizations: 10.7% (3)
Universities and other academic training programs: 10.7% (3)
Foundations and other sponsorship organizations: 17.9% (5)
TOTAL Response Count: 28

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