"Free music for the People :: free People for the Music"

[est'd 2004 A.D. :: New Jersey]

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

an informal "business proposal"

To the staff of St. Stan's,

Our vision is to take the facilities available at St. Stan's and establish a non-profit fine arts education enrichment program. The program, called "Tamur Organization for Music and Fine Arts," aims to directly serve the citizens of Trenton but also seeks to serve a greater portion of New Jersey as well as the Philadelphia metro region. Tamur will be a collective of qualified artists, musicians, and thinkers who will provide professional-level instruction and mentorship in the creative arts, picking up the slack where underfunded school systems and after-school programs have left off. In the past several years, arts education are often the first to go on the chopping block when school budgets come under fire. The lack of creative outlets for public school students has reached such a crisis level that even the media has reached out, with VH1's "Save the Music" fundraising efforts being one highly-publicized example. Using grants and donations from both the public and private sector to provide these services at greatly reduced rates and soak up start-up costs, Tamur will provide community enrichment through fine arts education and appreciation. Children will have a place to go after school where they can express themselves creatively, make proactive steps towards building a career, and recognize the spiritual power inherent to the arts and music. Once a core schedule of student-oriented activities are in place, Tamur has the capacity to host events for the entire community. Because Tamur is comprised entirely of artists and musicians, we have deep-rooted ties to those same communities.

Ideally, on October 1st we would like to begin renting the lower level of St. Stan's, with every intention of expanding into the remainder of the building in the next twelve to twenty months as the program builds steam. The gymnasium would be partitioned off into sections and sound-proofed for private music and art lessons as well as academic tutoring. The library will be converted into living quarters, and the classroom will be used for a computer lab. By reaching out to local school districts and city-based youth programs, Tamur has guaranteed clientele throughout the school year with the potential for a very rewarding summer K-12 summer arts program. As of October 1st, Tamur already has the necessary resources for professional-grade music and sound recording with trained engineers and producers, not to mention a full-service rehearsal space. Tamur's in-house staff are among the most cutting edge of the East Coast arts scene, providing fresh perspectives on their discipline's history while keeping the lessons based in rudiments and tradition. If a student wants to learn how to play an instrument, sing, draw, subtract fractions, oil paint, raise their verbal SAT score, write a song, or graphic design, Tamur has a qualified instructor already waiting to begin. College students at one of the many surrounding universities (TCNJ comes immediately to mind) could enjoy a work-study experience at Tamur with the right communication with college administrators, and Tamur could even provide employment to people in the immediate neighborhood in the form of administrative and counselor positions. The best part about Tamur's fee-for-service programs is that they all remain based in the program's original subject matter. Tamur's resources will be built on the very things it seeks to instill in its students - artistic excellence.

We have already drafted grant proposals and advertisements. Instructors for all core subjects (a majority of music instrument performance, vocal perfomance, composition and theory, fine arts, and K-12 academics) have already been assigned. St. Stan's is the remaining piece of the puzzle: a welcoming and accomodating facility in which we can provide these necessary social services. Tamur's program wants to elevate the community's spirit through the arts, a realm which has always been an invaluable outlet for human emotion and growth. Students and teachers of all ages and backgrounds will come together at a common ground and connect through a variety of creative mediums. St. Stan is the perfect place to nurture those first important steps.

Sincerely,

Patrick Meyer
Conor Meara
James Martinson
Alec Gabin

2 comments:

get revolution said...

keep me in the loop with this. it's crazy close to home and I can help connect with other organizations in the area with similar goals.

Emily said...

You all have come such a long way, and this sounds absolutely amazing. Good luck!