About the DMI & History

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About the Downtown Music Initiative

The Downtown Music Initiative Gives students the opportunity to learn how to play musical instruments in a one-on-one or small group teaching environment. The DMI gives the gift of music through weekly instruction on how to play solo instrumental music, how to play in a group as well as how to compose music. The DMI presents this unique opportunity to youth in Windsor who do not otherwise have financial means to access musical education.

The Instruments offered by the Downtown Music Initiative include (but are not limited to) : piano, clarinet, violin, cello, voice, guitar, bass, saxophone, trumpet, drums and harp. As well the DMI also offers two rock band courses and a multicultural children’s choir.



DMI History

The Downtown Music Initiative is a community program that offers free music lessons and instrument loans to students from low-income families. The DMI began in July 2013 with 20 students, 8 volunteer musicians along with donated used books and instruments. Since then, the DMI has expanded to three locations; in the Downtown, Ford City & Sandwich Town neighborhoods. All three sites are under the umbrella of the Downtown Music Initiative but have a distinct title: The Downtown Music Initiative (628 Ouellette ave), the Ford City Academy of Strings (999 Drouillard Rd) and the Sandwich Music Initiative (3340 Sandwich St). Between all three locations the DMI now provides weekly music lessons to over 100 students with nearly 50 regular community volunteers.

The Downtown Music Initiative is in the process of becoming a Non Profit Organization with a Charitable Status number. This process takes several months to a few years to be put in place so the DMI collaborates with CRA registered organizations as intermediary organizations for the purpose of accessing grant funds to support this expanding program. The intermediary organization for this application is New Song Church, which hosts one of the DMI’s locations; the Ford City Academy of Strings.

The DMI has been awarded the Mayor's Arts Awards for Arts Organization in May 2014. In July 2014 the DMI received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation's three-year community grant. In September 2015 the DMI hosted our first Gala and raised over $11,000 and we will be hosting another Gala on September 30th, 2016. In February 2016 the DMI received the Windsor Essex Community Foundation Fast-Track grant. Most recently Robert Franz, Music Director of Windsor Symphony Orchestra, has recognized the need to support the DMI so the WSO hosted a benefit concert for the DMI on April 13th, 2016. The DMI has ongoing media representation through the Windsor Star, SNAPD magazine; and AM800 and CJAM Radio. The Program Director of the DMI has also been part of the cast of the Windsor 180: Reclaim Artistry video sponsored by WE-Tech Alliance YKNOT Windsor-Essex (View Video Here)

DMI Website

The DMI website was created & designed by kinsWEB.com. For more information or questions regarding this website please contact McKinley Pearce @ www.kinsWEB.com.





Downtown Music
Inititive.ca

About the Downtown Music Initiative

The Downtown Music Initiative gives students the opportunity to learn how to play musical instruments in a one-on-one or small group-teaching environment. The DMI gives the gift of free music through weekly instruction on how to play solo instrumental music, how to play in a group and how to compose music. The DMI presents this unique opportunity to low income youth in Windsor who do not have access to musical education.

The Instruments offered by the Downtown Music Initiative include (but are not limited to): piano, clarinet, violin, cello, voice, guitar, bass, saxophone, trumpet, drums and harp. aswell the DMI also offer's two rock band courses and a multicultural children’s choir.


DMI History

The Downtown Music Initiative is a community program that offers free music lessons and instrument loans to students from low-income families. The DMI began in July 2013 with 20 students, 8 volunteer musicians along with donated used books and instruments. Since then, the DMI has expanded to three locations; in the Downtown, Ford City & Sandwich Town neighborhoods. All three sites are under the umbrella of the Downtown Music Initiative but have a distinct title: The Downtown Music Initiative (628 Ouellette ave), the Ford City Academy of Strings (999 Drouillard Rd) and the Sandwich Music Initiative (3340 Sandwich St). Between all three locations the DMI now provides weekly music lessons to over 100 students with nearly 50 regular community volunteers.

The Downtown Music Initiative is in the process of becoming a Non Profit Organization with a Charitable Status number. This process takes several months to a few years to be put in place so the DMI collaborates with CRA registered organizations as intermediary organizations for the purpose of accessing grant funds to support this expanding program. The intermediary organization for this application is New Song Church, which hosts one of the DMI’s locations; the Ford City Academy of Strings.

The DMI has been awarded the Mayor's Arts Awards for Arts Organization in May 2014. In July 2014 the DMI received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation's three-year community grant. In September 2015 the DMI hosted our first Gala and raised over $11,000 and we will be hosting another Gala on September 30th, 2016. In February 2016 the DMI received the Windsor Essex Community Foundation Fast-Track grant. Most recently Robert Franz, Music Director of Windsor Symphony Orchestra, has recognized the need to support the DMI so the WSO hosted a benefit concert for the DMI on April 13th, 2016. The DMI has ongoing media representation through the Windsor Star, SNAPD magazine; and AM800 and CJAM Radio. The Program Director of the DMI has also been part of the cast of the Windsor 180: Reclaim Artistry video sponsored by WE-Tech Alliance YKNOT Windsor-Essex (View Video Here)

DMI Website

The DMI website was created & designed by kinsWEB.com. For more information or questions regarding this website please contact McKinley Pearce @ www.kinsWEB.com.