MIMA Music 2018 "Go Beyond Our Goal" Campaign

By MIMA Music

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We asked you to match a portion of the funding from the Stranahan Foundation to support our partnership at ELK HILL Schools, and you came through in a big way! With enormous thanks to everyone who already contributed generously of your time, talent and money, we are thrilled to announce:

MIMA has reached our goal of $18,000 before 2019!

We believe people who experience what MIMA does will recognize that writing and playing music together can teach collaboration, creative confidence, and respect.

Thank you for believing in MIMA and its mission to engage and enrich communities through music improvisation and songwriting. Our vision is a world where every individual and community can access the transformative power of music.

After 18 years of using collaborative songwriting as a tool for social and emotional development across the globe, MIMA is excited to announce that we're making Charlottesville, VA our homebase! However, MIMA will continue our work in New York City and other satellite locations. Since moving to VA, MIMA has trained over 23 teaching artists and has led partnerships in Virginia at Elk Hill Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, Friendship Court, Greenstone On 5th, and Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. In New York City, MIMA has worked at Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) and The Castlewood School (PS 186).

NOW, with three weeks before our deadline, please help MIMA:


In addition to Stranahan Foundation and all our generous individual donors, MIMA wants to thank everyone who made meeting our goal possible: Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Crutchfield Corporation, Potter’s Craft Cider, Champion Brewing Company, Crozet Creamery, Kendra Scott, Festive Fare, Harvest Moon Catering, Synapse Hubs, our partners at Elk Hill Schools, including Jessica Cocciolone, Gillian Kunkel, Liz Knotts, Chuck Longerbeam, Dawn Gillette, Pete Glessman, Ron Spears, Michael Farley and the Elk Hill Students, the MIMA Teaching Artists, especially those who performed at our event: Devon Sproule, Paige Naylor, Emily Kresky, Jordan Perry, Kim and Jimbo Cary, Jim Cunningham, Jeff Gregerson, and Nathaniel Rappole; The "Band Together" Host Committee and Volunteers, including Brennan Schmidt, Ted Davies, Barbara Heritage, Geri Schirmer, JJ von Briesen, Jason Dressel, Heather Iandoli Dressel, Bruce Schirmer, David Kestner, Katie Schetlick, Lisa Weathers, Galen Warren, Matt Lee, Harmony Thurston and Marcia Stranahan Wilkes; MIMA Staff, Board & Volunteers and the Music Resource Center. Thanks to all the friends, parents, and kids who came out to play!

PLEASE HELP US TODAY by making a donation, spreading the word or buying one of our newly-printed MIMA shirts or totes at MIMAmusic.org.

Donations to MIMA Music 501(c)(3) are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. For more information, go to MIMAmusic.org.

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Team Members

Caleb Dance

Adam Nemett

Angel Gunn

Jason Dressel

Trace Feng