2018 Report

Our Vision

Instrument-based music education available for all children in the United States, beginning at the earliest age possible, offered in schools or as after-school programs for a significant length of time (minimum two years and four hours per week), so all children experience the measurable social, biological, economic, academic, and creative benefits of music education, the pillars of the Moral Imperative of Music Education.

Accomplishments – ADMINISTRATIVE:

Board of Directors.

  • Virtual meetings/Board Ballots: January, May, and December. Frequent in-person and telephone Board interactions throughout the year for committee projects.
  • Executive Committee/Nominating Committee held in-person meetings in June and September.

Business Practices.

  • All reports and official forms filed on time.
  • All donations accurately logged and acknowledged.
  • Year-end tax letters for donors will be sent to all donors by January 31, 2019.
  • Ongoing efficient responsiveness to general and specific inquiries and opportunities via email, telephone, and social media.
  • Where required by law, SOHF maintains state-by-state non-profit registrations and filings.
  • The Foundation has earned a GOLD Seal of Transparency from Guidestar.


  • A Night of Harmony II Benefit Concert at the House of Blues in Chicago, September 8, part of the “Big Weekend” three days of events.
  • Individual donations: Ongoing donations, with fundraising solicitation in December. Ongoing nurturing of individual donors.
  • Increase in monthly recurring donations.
  • Increase in “In honor of” and “In memory of” gifts.
  • Two online auctions completed with all items promptly packed and shipped.
  • Corporate/Foundation grants:
    • Cultivation of major funding sources, potential and actual
    • Sought out opportunities for matching grants, challenge grants, and cause-related marketing.
  • Merchandise: Hello It’s Tea mugs, Big Weekend merch, The Magistris Project, Toddstock Re-Issue, and imprinted items (Zazzle). Also introduced Foamy Commemorative Print by Ronnie Temple.

Accomplishments – PROGRAM:

Utopia Reunion Tour: Had a volunteer-staffed information table at every show, passing out information cards and in most cities, also passing out information about local music programs to encourage grassroots advocacy. Increased the Foundation’s visibility and created countless new connections locally and nationally.

Big Weekend:

  • Friday, September 7 – TR@ND Redux Concert at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Saturday, September 8 – Benefit Concert with TR and the Chicago Sinfonietta at the House of Blues (thanks to the generous support of Live Nation, Alchemedia Productions, Rich Daniels, the Chicago Federation of Musicians, and Panacea Entertainment). Thanks to the generosity of Kevin Ellman and John Siegler, we were able to invite local music students to attend the show. The three programs represented were The People’s Music School, Intonation Music, and VanderCook College of Music One City Program.
  • Sunday, September 9 – Michele Rundgren’s Intoxicats at Martyrs’ in Chicago, with instrument drive (Hungry for Music and D’Addario Foundation).
  • Celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of the Spirit of Harmony.

Partnerships. Functioning as an advocate for music programs around the country, the Foundation worked one-on-one with programs in 18 states, helping connect the programs with the resources they need to be the best they can be.  To accomplish this mission, a wide range of partnerships are established and nurtured.  Current active partnerships include: music manufacturers, instrument repair, businesses and corporations, school systems, academic institutions, service clubs, a wide variety of nonprofits, community leaders, music groups and artist fan bases, etc.

Advocacy. Our Advocacy Toolkit is website-based and continually updated information to assist individuals and organizations for grassroots efforts to support music education.  Also, the Foundation is involved with advocacy among elected officials, professional associations, and organizations, as appropriate.

Ongoing Musical Instrument Collections and Placements. The primary and most universal need of music programs is musical instruments, and one of the best methods of engaging supporters is getting them involved in donating instruments, whether a one-off donation of something they own or participating in a larger-scale instrument drive. We strive to make as many matches as possible with instrument donors and instrument recipients. Since instrument drives require pick-up/drop off sites, evaluation, repair/reconditioning, and redistribution, we have developed a close partnership with Hungry For Music and Instruments In The Cloud, two nonprofits that specialize in these vital logistics, although we also handle some simple placements ourselves.

Public Information/Engagement:

  • Website added new Program Spotlight feature and Volunteer Profile feature. Updated and streamlined website.
  • Blog and Newsletters: “Music In A Word” Blog (always seeking fresh content), and email newsletters sent out as needed.
  • Inquiries from the general public, on a vast range of topics.
  • Social Media: Through daily posts on Facebook and Twitter, the Foundation continually spreads awareness about the importance of Music Education in particular and music in general. The Foundation’s goal with social media is to provide high quality academic, inspirational, and fun content that will be liked and shared by our networks. The “hook” of all posts is always music education advocacy. Full social media report follows.

Social Media Report

Year End 2018 Year End 2017
Facebook Group Members 3079 2122
Facebook Page “Likes” 5903 5354
Facebook Reviews 50 – all “5 star” top rating 38 – all “5 star” top rating
Twitter followers 1051 983
YouTube Channel subscribers 454 353
Website individual users 6441 3755
Email List (Constant Contact) 10,102 8717
Instagram Followers 304

Spirit of Harmony Foundation Involvement by State – 2018


  • Rosie’s House, Phoenix


  • East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, East Palo Alto
  • Infinite Music, San Luis Obispo
  • RockSTAR, Los Angeles
  • The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton


  • Bringing Music To Life, Denver
  • Colorado Honor Band Association, Denver
  • Take Note Colorado, Denver


  • Key’s Music, Bridgeport

District of Columbia

  • Music For Life, Washington, DC


  • Morningside K-8 Center, Miami


  • Chicago Sinfonietta Outreach Program
  • Intonation Music, Chicago
  • Lowell Elementary School, Chicago
  • Noble Street Charter High School, Chicago
  • The People’s Music School, Chicago
  • VanderCook College of Music One City Program, Chicago


  • Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, Community Relations


  • Artisan’s Sanctuary, Marion


  • Donald McKay Elementary School, Boston


  • Mosaic Youth Theater, Detroit


  • Saint Paul City School, Saint Paul

New York

  • MusicTech, Albany
  • Riverhead Central School District Pulaski Street Art Club
  • Andrews Society, Albany


  • Creative Concepts in Music/Sheela Das, Cleveland
  • EN-RICH-MENT, Canton


  • Play On Philly, Philadelphia


  • Austin Classical Guitar, Austin
  • Music Doing Good, Houston


  • Sedalia Center, New Bedford


  • Seattle Music Partners, Seattle
  • Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seattle
  • North Middle School, Everett


  • Nei Phi Neph Fratority, Milwaukee
  • Renaissance School, Racine

Organizational Program Partners

Hungry for Music
Instruments in the Cloud
D’Addario Foundation
Chicago Federation of Musicians
Music For All/Advocacy In Action
Beach Glow Music Festivals
National Record Store Day (Michael Kurtz)
Guitars Not Guns
Keep Music Alive/Kid’s Music Day
Southwest Airlines, instrument transportation and collections
NAMM Foundation
Lukas Partners Public Relations, Omaha