NMTS Funding Priorities
Thank you for your interest in Note-Able Music Therapy Services. While we have many great programs and services to support, below are our top funding priorities. This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000.
As of January 2017, our current funding priorities are:
1. Individual Music Therapy (On-Site)
Music therapy is the use of music as a therapeutic tool to effect change in people’s lives. Music therapists are licensed and certified allied health professionals, who are trained to work with a broad range of diagnoses across multiple domains, including physical, emotional, relational, neurological, speech, and developmental.
Participants in our individual music therapy sessions include children and adults with developmental disabilities, people with dementia/Alzheimer’s, strokes, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and mental health challenges. While music therapy is well-documented by years of research and has been a critical element for many people’s recovery, it has yet to be covered by insurance in Nevada. NMTS provides low cost and sliding fee scale therapy services in order to meet the demand of the Truckee Meadows community.
A grant of $1,200 supports one person in weekly music therapy sessions for one year.
2. Adaptive Music Group Classes (On-Site)
Our Exploring Music and Dance classes are for people with a range of developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and autism. These classes are adaptive, which means that the instruction is adapted to meet the needs of the participants so that everyone has the opportunity to be successful. This is a critical need in our community, because children and adults with disabilities are regularly told they are not welcome to participate in standard music and dance programs. Classes are held weekly, and include several community performances and social events through the year.
These classes are designed to:
- Help people develop social skills and friendships
- Provide opportunities for people to express themselves in community
- Provide a place for people with disabilities and their families to feel normal, accepted, and at ease
- Encourage people to discover their talents and abilities, in a world focused on their disability
A grant of $10,000 supports all the associated costs for a weekly group class for 12 people, providing inclusion, community, and confidence for people with disabilities.
3. Group Music Therapy (Off-Site)
Music therapy is a profound tool for helping people with mental health and addiction challenges find a pathway towards healing and greater stability. Music helps people express themselves, self-regulate, make and strengthen social connections, and process difficult emotions.
Through our work at Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, we have found that there is incredible need for additional mental health services in our community. NMTS is responding by working toward providing music therapy groups in partnership with other organizations that are already serving these fragile populations. These organizations do not have the means to support music therapy for their clients, and so we are seeking funding to serve people where they are.
A grant of $6,000 supports weekly group music therapy for homeless youth at the Eddy House or other facility serving homeless and/or low income people with mental illness. Other partner organizations are Volunteers of America (ReStart Program) and Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services – Outpatient. Music and arts programs have been found to help these populations find secure housing, employment, and recover from addiction.
To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Tracy Turner at 775-333-5499 or go to www.nevadafund.org.
Thanks again for your interest in Note-Able Music Therapy Services.