NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Kids' Orchestra Inc

The recipient entity's physical address:
           5667 Bankers Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           P.O. Box 788
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Nanette Noland
David Warrington

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  8793

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $40,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Board of Directors:
George Bell, 15402 Campanile Ct. Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Rev. Raymond Jetson, 838 Woodstone Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Nanette Noland, 5667 Bankers Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Lucas Spiefogel, 719 Lucilla Ln. Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Katie Sternberg, 1520 Steele Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70808
David Warrington, 417 Delgado Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Jody Hanet, Exec. Director, 1563 Audubon Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Dr. Louie Eckhardt, Music Director,1557 Letitia St. Baton Rouge 70808

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Kids Orchestra gives children from poor families an opportunity to play in an orchestra, sing in a choir, or learn an instrument. Kids’ Orchestra provides national-standards-based music education after school to over 750 kindergarten through grade five elementary children living in the poorest communities in Baton Rouge, most of whom attend under-resourced schools in which music education has been eliminated from the curriculum. Music is basic to the human experience across the globe. We address the fact that many poor children, unlike middle class students, cannot afford musical instruments and high quality instruction by a graduate music teacher or performing artist, even though research shows many positive correlations among academic success, self-discipline, and quality music education. We also want children to experience working with other children to create harmony, even if those children look different and live in another part of town---especially important in Baton Rouge today. Evaluation shows that teachers and parents perceive a greater confidence and social connectedness among our participants, and over 80% achieve mastery of their instrument. Each child receives a $500 partial scholarship from donors; over 75% of all participants receive additional needs-based tuition assistance (52% of participants live in families making under $25,000 a year). All participants receive small group instrumental lessons and ensemble with a professional teaching artist for 2 to 4 hours a week, supervised homework assistance, a healthy after school snack, a performance t-shirt, an instrument, bus transportation to the teaching site, and two community performance opportunities a year. We have received additional funding for 3 sites serving six schools and are requesting additional funds to support another 8 sites serving seventeen schools in EBR. We have waiting lists that can be eliminated with an appropriation.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500
          Professional Services. . . $10,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $2,500
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $20,000

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          State monies will decrease the number of children currently on the waiting list that we can serve in Kids' Orchestra. Several important public services are provided by Kids' Orchestra, which is an after school program enrolling up to 800 K-5 children, the majority of whom live in low socioeconomic neighborhoods and come from working families that struggle to provide their children the opportunities frequently available to middle class students and families with more resources. First, KO is saving a percentage of tax funds for the opportunity to play in an orchestra, sing in a choir, or learn an instrument when those activities are eliminated from the elementary school classroom. Second, by providing young children with two to four days a week in a safe, enriched learning environment after school until 5:30, with music instruction, homework help, a light supper, transportation to and from the feeder school to the music site, and mentoring reduces risk behaviors. Quality after school programs have been shown: 1) to reduce juvenile crime and juvenile victimization in the community,; 2) to improve attendance and behavior in the classroom; and 3) to improve homework completion rates. These reduce the costs to juvenile justice systems and improve school graduation rates. Third, we are building good citizens who learn to work together to create something new to them as part of an ensemble and a team, understanding that it takes all of them working WITH their peers to create beautiful sounds that are in harmony. We are helping to build competency in children who are the future of the capital city.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Goal: Each participant in Kids Orchestra will experience an increase in both their artistic and academic success, as well as an increase in self-confidence while exhibiting newly learned skills.

Objective 1: By the end of the school year, participants will demonstrate the ability to play and perform on the instrument of their choice with 80% accuracy (measured on valid assessment tool for music education according to child's level)

Objective 2: By the end of the school year, participants will demonstrate the ability to read rhythms and melodies with 85% accuracy, according to their level, as they participate in a community performance (assessment on music theory tool administered by music instructors)

Objective 3: Classroom teachers will perceive that Kids Orchestra participants follow directions, exercise self-control, complete homework assignments, and exhibit acceptable classroom behavior on a level equal to or better than nonparticipating children (measured on teacher surveys and in focus groups by LSU professor's evaluation).

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           roughly 10 months (August 1 through May 15)

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               We have received a grant for 3 years from the LA Department of Education for a 21stCCLC 4-day after school program at 3 school sites serving 300 children (no funding for the remaining 8 school sites with 2 day a week programs)

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  n/a

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 LA Department of Education
Grants Management
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               The purpose of our competitive award and contract: To provide 300 K-5 low income (Title I) children with enrichment, academics tied to state standards, and additional healthy youth development for a minimum of 8 hours extended learning time per week during the school year and three weeks of summer programming. Performance indicators include improved scores on state tests, improved attendance, and a reduction in adverse events such as suspensions or poor behaviors. According to our approved program design, K-5 participants will also receive age-appropriate music education tied to national standards and opportunities to give back to their community through public performances.

Contact Information
name:  Pamela Wall 
                                       address:  946 East Hart's Mill Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

                                       phone:  225-253-9059
                                       relationship to entity:  Consulting Grants Program Manager