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It's about More than Music

Mission

Beat 4 Beat’s mission is to develop confidence and community for underserved youth in Central Texas through after-school music education. Taught by local musicians, our curriculum is inspired by students’ interests, providing opportunities for expression and empowerment.

 

 

 

Beat 4 Beat is an Austin-based nonprofit that offers after-school music classes to underserved students in low-income schools. We provide local musicians with a well-paying side job,      mentoring and teaching classes in music, production, and songwriting. In the past year students have shown a strong interest in podcasts, so we created a curriculum for producing a podcast (with music, of course!).

Beat 4 Beat has been a constant in Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, and other after-school programs for the past decade. Our teachers and staff have built relationships with students and their families, and we look forward to returning to our regulars each year.

Though school districts are usually able to pay for program fees through federal grants, many can no longer afford the same after-school programs, as budgets have changed following the pandemic. We wish to fully fund our program, so that we never need to charge program fees again.

Our programs offer a unique opportunity for students to build confidence. Our classes create a safe space for creative self-expression, an outlet that has massive mental and emotional health benefits. This program has even been shown to reduce rates of recidivism in students by more than 90%.

It is heartbreaking to imagine a year without any of our precious students making music with our teachers and performing their new creations at the end-of-year showcase concert.

Beat 4 Beat’s after-school class costs approximately $5,000 per school year, and we typically serve about 40-50 classes across 20 school campuses each year. In addition to Austin-area school districts, we serve educational and community centers, such as the Jewish Community Center, YMCA locations, and groups of homeschool students.

We are reaching out to the community to help fund a portion of the 2022-2023 school year, as several districts have contracted for fewer programs due to budget cuts. With the generosity of our community, we can continue positively impacting the lives of our most underserved student populations and their families.

For $5,000 per class, Beat 4 Beat can provide its programming as normal for the 2022-2023 school year. Music has a profound effect on our students, and the impact we can collectively make on the next generation is immeasurable because there is no limit to the positive. Please, consider joining us in our mission, and give these kids a “voice” they never even knew they had.

 

For inquiries:

Rhanda Luna, Director of Development at rhanda@beat4beat.org

 

2022-2023 Schools Served:

 

Austin ISD:

  • Bedicheck Elementary – BEATS
  • Blazier Elementary - Drums, Guitar, Keyboard
  • Govalle Elementary – BEATS
  • Graham Elementary - General Music
  • Langford Elementary – General Music, BEATS
  • Linder Elementary – General Music
  • Maplewood Elementary – General Music, Piano, Guitar
  • Oak Springs Elementary – Rockadoodle, BEATS
  • Palm Elementary – General Music
  • Rodriguez Elementary -
  • St. Elmo Elementary - Rock Band, BEATS
  • Summitt Elementary – Piano, Ukulele
  • Widen Elementary – Guitar, Mariachi

 

Del Valle ISD:

  • Del Valle Middle School – General Music, BEATS
  • Smith Elementary – General Music
  • Perez Elementary - BEATS

 

Florence ISD:

  • Florence Middle School – BEATS

 

Luling ISD:

  • Gerdes Junior High School - BEATS

In Buda, Texas:

  • Doral Academy – General Music, Piano

 

Others in Central, Texas:

  • Turner Roberts Rec Center - General Music
  • Houston - General Music
  • Lockhart - General Music
  • Magnolia Montessori – General Music, Piano
  • Austin Jewish Academy – General Music, Piano

 

How many schools in Central Texas aren't listed here? Can you help us give them this program for free?

 

History

Beat 4 Beat’s music classes give at-risk students in after-school programs a positive musical outlet while building creative problem solving, group awareness, confidence, peer support, and interpersonal communication skills.

 

Beat 4 Beat was founded by Mark Turk in November 2014. Mark had been teaching music classes for public and private schools, as well as private music lessons on bass, guitar, piano, and voice, since 2007. After working with at-risk students within the Austin Independent School District, Mark saw how beneficial music was to them and how great the need was for support of music education in public schools. His students gained new friendships, attended classes more regularly, and showed more interest in academics. This inspired him to found Beat 4 Beat (formerly known as Beyond the Grade).

 

Beat 4 Beat has been providing after-school music classes in underserved schools since

2014. Employing well over 20 teachers, B4B currently serves students in 30+ locations through 60 music classes per week in a range of formats including personal instrumental instruction, digital music production classes, rock band classes, and pre-school music classes.

Over the past few years, B4B has developed new programming, instruction resources and outcomes tracking, which are informing and developing quality, and allowing the organization to scale successfully.

 

Programs

B4B provides music lessons and rock band classes in semester-long placements of 2.5-3 hours, twice a week, with up to 20 students per class.

 

Music classes are offered for guitar, drums, keyboard, choir, and digital audio production, and are designed to challenge beginner to intermediate skill levels. The curriculum and pace of the class reflect the interests and potential of the students, in the context of songs they like. The delivery is intended to truly engage our students, create a lifelong relationship with music, and bring them greater cultural awareness.

 

The classes foster confidence and self-esteem by allowing students "on the job training" while sharing the stage with local, national, and internationally renowned musicians. This allows students to see music as a tangible creative force that can be an active part of their daily lives.

Students experience and create music through instruments and digital platforms.

 

Throughout the semester, professional musicians and bands visit the classrooms as guest teachers. Their workshops provide an opportunity for students to explore musical concepts in different contexts and expose them to new role models and mentors in music. B4B students have opportunities to perform alongside professional musicians at showcases and events throughout the year.

Goals

Help us get to our next goal!
 
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$160,000
Halfway!
Whoa, we're halfway there! Each year, B4B provides services to students that do not have instruments of their own. Reaching this major milestone in our fundraising campaign means we can afford to buy more instruments for kids to take home - and their journey in music can continue even when we don't see them.
We thank our donors for helping us achieve these milestones so far!
 
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$50,000
Professional Musicians/Teachers Paid Fairly!
We are committed to providing our teachers with supplemental income, and therefore, we strive to end the tradition of glamourizing the "starving artist".
 
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$25,000
A year of Classes for an ISD, funded!
 
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$5,000
A year-long class on 1 school campus for the entire school year
FUNDED, thanks to you!

Giving Options


$1 Friends of B4B

Join our Jam, Friends! 

Give just $1 or more to join the Friend level, and be first to know what's up at B4B!

Consider starting with a small monthly gift

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$25 Roadie

Join the Roadies for $25, and get:

1. Be first to know what's up at B4B!

2. Special invitations to student showcase concerts! 

Consider giving $5/month for 5 months

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$100 Artist

Come "jam" with us at the Artist level, and get:

1. Be first to know what's up at B4B!

2. Special invitations to student showcase concerts! 

3. Invitations to our quarterly happy hour events with company updates. 

Consider a gift of $10/month for 10 months

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$250 VIP

Join us as an official concert VIP and get:   

1. Be first to know what's up at B4B!

2. Special invitations to student showcase concerts! 

3. Invitations to our quarterly happy hour events with company updates. 

4. Schedule a time to attend one of our classes, and experience the work we do firsthand.

Consider a gift of $25/month for 10 months

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$500 Opener

Join the "opening act" level, and enjoy these benefits:

1. Be first to know what's up at B4B!

2. Special invitations to student showcase concerts! 

3. Invitations to our quarterly happy hour events with company updates. 

4. Schedule a time to attend one of our classes, and experience the work we do firsthand.

5. Recognition in our marketing materials and the annual report as a sponsor.

6. Receive important stakeholder updates. 

Consider a gift of $50/month for 10 months

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$750 Headliner

Join our jam as a Headliner, and enjoy these benefits:

1. Be first to know what's up at B4B!

2. Special invitations to student showcase concerts! 

3. Invitations to our quarterly happy hour events with company updates. 

4. Schedule a time to attend one of our classes, and experience the work we do firsthand.

5. Recognition in our marketing materials and the annual report as a sponsor.

6. Receive important stakeholder updates. 

7. 4 (four) reserved seats for an annual student showcase concert.

8. Invitation to join us for a post-concert cocktail hour.

Consider a gift of $75/month for 10 months

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$1,000 Musicians' Circle

Join the Major Gift Program this year, by giving $1,000 or more. Donors at this level enjoy the following benefits: 

1. Be first to know what's up at B4B!

2. Special invitations to student showcase concerts! 

3. Invitations to Donor Appreciation events and our quarterly Company Update meetings.

4. Schedule a time to attend one of our classes, and experience the work we do first-hand.

5. Recognition in our marketing materials, including the website, and in the annual report as a sponsor.

6. Receive important stakeholder updates. 

7. 10 (ten) reserved seats for an annual student showcase concert.

8. Invitation to join us for a post-concert cocktail hour.

9. Invitation to a company overview dinner in a private home (Zoom if preferred) 

Consider a gift of $100/month for 10 months

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$2,500 Director's Circle

At the Director's Council level you'll receive these benefits:

1. Be first to know what's up at B4B!

2. Special invitations to student showcase concerts! 

3. Invitations to Donor Appreciation events and our quarterly Company Update meetings.

4. Schedule a time to attend one of our classes, and experience the work we do first-hand.

5. Sponsor recognition in our marketing materials, including the website, and in the annual report.

6. Receive important stakeholder updates. 

7. 10 (ten) reserved seats for an annual student showcase concert.

8. Invitation to join us for a post-concert cocktail hour.

9. You'll get your own Strategy Session with B4B Leadership and special guest

10. You'll have the option to come out or have our artists for an on-site jam session or class!

Consider a gift of $250/month for 10 months

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$5,000 Founder's Circle

Donors at the Founder's Circle level are sponsoring a year's worth of classes for one school! A class is about 20 students, and our curriculum is designed to adapt to their interests and inspiration.

1. Be first to know what's up at B4B!

2. Special invitations to student showcase concerts! 

3. Invitations to Donor Appreciation events and our quarterly Company Update meetings.

4. Schedule a time to attend one of our classes, and experience the work we do first-hand.

5. Sponsor recognition in our marketing materials, including the website, social media shout-outs, and in the annual report.

6. Receive important stakeholder updates. 

7. 10 (ten) reserved seats for an annual student showcase concert.

8. Invitation to join us for a post-concert cocktail hour.

9. Private Dinner hosted by the Founder

10. You'll have the option to come out or have our artists for an on-site jam session or class

Consider a gift of $500/month for 10 months

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$10,000 <Your Name>, Sustaining Sponsor

At this level, you will receive all listed benefits of other levels, PLUS you will be recognized as a sustaining sponsor of Beat 4 Beat, by name. If you prefer to use a company name, or do this in honor or memory of a loved, we are happy to use the name you prefer in recognition. 

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