Minnesota's Legacy

Community Arts Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,200
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Saint Cloud Municipal Band
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2014
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,200
Other Funds Leveraged
$2,200
Direct expenses
$4,400
Administration costs
$2,200
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

By increasing the advertising of our concerts we hope to expand our audiences for both the Paramount concerts and the Summer Concert Series. The expanded audience for these concerts plus the nursing home concerts and high school outreach concerts should reach multiple demographics--elderly, who enjoy our concerts because the concerts stir fond memories, as well as their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who may be exposed to wind ensemble music for the first time and hopefully creating memories to pass on to future generations. We have also been attracting people of non-European heritage to concerts, and hope to expand the race and ethnic origins of our patrons as well. Having celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the Saint Cloud Municipal Band two years ago, we hope to continue to cultivate and expand community pride, which can be measured via attendance estimates as well as positive survey results. We strive for an average of 95% participation of musicians willing to play concerts, which demonstrates the enthusiasm that our musicians feel for the repertoire as well as for the conductor.To measure audience satisfaction, we include surveys in the programs provided at the Paramount, and pass them out during summer concerts and the nursing home concerts. Survey questions ask for zip codes to help estimate the market area of our patrons. We also ask musical preferences, success of marketing strategies, Contingency Valuation questions to try to determine the value the patrons place on the concert, as well as their potential ability to pay. The difference in these figures generally shows that the patron values the concert at a greater amount than they are willing or able to pay for the tickets, and this suggests that our music is indeed a local public good, and that tax funds are well spent to support this activity. Finally we ask demographics such as age and gender as well as comments. With such surveys, we can do cross-tabulations and using Chi-Square tests and other nonparametric statistical analyses, we can determine if there are statistically significant differences between the audience demographics and answers to the other questions. We not only take attendance at each practice and concert, but informally, we experience the excitement and buzz at the recital hall as the numbers of musicians staying after the concerts to chat with audience members expands.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Fiscal Year 2014 goals were to expand our audiences and to demonstrate performers' enthusiasm for our repertoire and conductor. Surveys of attendees suggested we met these goals. We notice audiences of non-white concert goers, young attendees, and families. Solid retention rate of performers for each concert, as well as feedback from surveys suggest enthusiasm for the repertoire and conductor. Our performers genuinely enjoy rehearsing and performing the pieces, which shows when we play concerts.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
John Creasy, AnneMary Wielkiewicz, Mary E Edwards, Katie Johnson, Wayne Kuehl
Project Overview
Community Arts Support
Project Details
Arts Producing, Municipal Band
Project Manager
First Name
Mary
Last Name
Edwards
Organization Name
Saint Cloud Municipal Band
Street Address
2141 Tamarack Dr
City
St Cloud
State
MN
Zip Code
56301
Phone
(320) 249-5525
Email
maryeedwards85@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Chris Rasmussen: Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board Member, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming Advisory Council Member; Mike Carlson: Art Teacher, Fall Musical Director, Potter; John Stander: active in Minnetonka Center for the Arts; Janice Courtney: Arts Adviser/Assistant Director of the Saint Cloud State University Program Board; Helene Woods: Board Member of the Monticello Arts Council; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Series; Doug Lien: Watercolorist, Member of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists, Member of Artists of Minnesota, Community Education Art Class instructor.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Chris Rasmussen: Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board Member, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming Advisory Council Member; Mike Carlson: Art Teacher, Fall Musical Director, Potter; John Stander: active in Minnetonka Center for the Arts; Janice Courtney: Arts Adviser/Assistant Director of the Saint Cloud State University Program Board; Helene Woods: Board Member of the Monticello Arts Council; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Series; Doug Lien: Watercolorist, Member of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists, Member of Artists of Minnesota, Community Education Art Class instructor.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No