|Issue 12/Volume 6
December 1st, 2014
News & Notes is the monthly newsletter from Note-Able Music Therapy Services. Here is your chance to catch up with the band, check out upcoming events, find out how music therapy is impacting our community and the world, and much more. You can also keep up with us by checking out our website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
Safety. It’s something that most of us take for granted, right? We take for granted that we are safe at home, at school, at work, and when we are out in our community. Unfortunately, many of the individuals we see at NMTS can’t take their safety for granted. Some have unstable home environments, some experience daily discrimination at work, and many are bullied at school. I think one of the things that makes NMTS so special is we strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment for everyone who comes through our doors.
I was talking to the dad of one of our teen participants last week. He was telling me that his son Joey (not his real name) is having a really tough time at school this year. He doesn’t have many friends, is having a hard time academically, and isn’t really excited about anything…except, as his dad said, “coming to Note-Ables every week.” Dad told me that coming here is the highlight of each week not only for Joey, but for him too. Why? Because at NMTS “…he gets to be his true self. It’s the only place, other than home, where he can relax, be himself, and shine. Joey is so happy when he is here, and it makes us so happy to see the pride and joy on his face when he is making music and having fun with his friends.” What a great compliment! However, I think that his comments really apply not just to our programs, but ultimately to the power of musical expression.
Can we cure the ills of the world through music and music therapy? Of course not. But we can hopefully counteract some of the negative outside influences by reminding our participants that there are safe, loving places in the world – and that they are worthy of being seen, heard, and valued for who they are.
I hope you all have a safe holiday season that is full of music and joy!
A Note-Able Evening of Romance:
February 7th 2015 / 7:30 p.m. / Reno Ballroom
Tickets are on sale now! You can purchase them online, in person or via phone (775.324.5521).
Early Bird Special and Stocking Stuffers
Also available this year are fabulous stocking stuffers! We are partnering with The Ballroom of Reno to offer a unique and romantic package that your sweetheart will love. The package includes two tickets to A Note-Able Evening of Romance, two entries into the limousine drawing, two private ballroom lessons, one Friday group lesson, and one Friday dance party at The Ballroom of Reno – all for only $140!
Your business can be part of A Note-Able Evening of Romance, too!!!
There are several ways to be involved in A Note-Able Evening of Romance: Donate items to our fabulous silent auction or rose raffle, enter the Philanthropic Foodie Culinary Showcase as a Reno master chef, or become an event sponsor. For more information contact Sheena at 775.324.5521.
Tune in to Finance
In this new monthly feature, we explore different ways that nonprofit organizations such as NMTS can help you. Yes, we can actually help you!
Last month we discussed several benefits that go along with donating money to a nonprofit. With a cash donation, the nonprofit receives funds to support their important work, and you may possibly be able to deduct the donation from your taxable income. A win for both you and the nonprofit. Hooray!
But cash is not the only thing that we can donate to a nonprofit in order to possibly realize a tax deduction. In fact, appreciating assets such as shares of stock or real estate can be the most powerful types of assets to donate!
Here’s an example: Let’s say I wanted to donate $1,000 to NMTS for the holidays. If I sold $1,000 worth of stock that I had originally purchased for $600, I would have a $400 capital gain that I would likely owe taxes on. What a bummer! But if I donated that $1,000 worth of stock directly to NMTS, I would likely be able to take a deduction against my taxable income for a portion of the value of the stock I donated. NMTS can then turn around and sell the stock without a capital gains tax consequence. This may sound a little complicated, but the bottom line is that it is a win for NMTS and a win for me! I
If you have questions about this or any other donation techniques, please contact Manal or Sarah at 324-5521. We can provide you with additional resources and information. And as always, be certain to consult your local professional tax advisor before proceeding with any tax planning or donation strategy.
NMTS Movers and Shakers
A shout-out and congratulations to board member Scott Harrington who went to New Delhi, India to speak at UNESCO’s International Conference – From Exclusion to Empowerment: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Persons with Disabilities. The goal of the conference was to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for persons with disabilities. Scott delivered a presentation on Access to Information and Knowledge, which focused on issues related to creating inclusive learning spaces through the use of information and communication technologies. Way to go, Scott!
The Basement Sessions
NMTS Holiday Party
Caroling at Scheels
Endowment Founding Circle
There are only 29 more days to join the
In this issue
Take Note: A Note-Able Evening of Romance
Tune in to Finance
NMTS Movers and Shakers
Endowment Fund Founding Circle
Music Therapy in the News
Board of Directors
Ellie Van Winkle (President)
Mary Lee Fulkerson
Quote of the Month
“Works of Art make rules; rules do not make works of art.”
Wish list item of the month: Postage!