Local Kids' Concerts: Partnering with CMN a Win/Win for Member Marsha Goodman-Wood
Backstory from Marsha (Mid-Atlantic Region):
"I was eyeing a place here in the Washington, DC area where I've been teaching baby and toddler music classes. It has a beautiful, large, open room which would be perfect for a family concert/sing-along. When I inquired about the possibility, I found out that the fee for renting the space (which they do for parties and such), was several hundred dollars, and therefore a no-go for a children's concert. However, the administrator mentioned that they do have a nonprofit rate, which is essentially the cleaning fee of $75.
"In order to get that rate, one has to provide a letter on the letterhead of the nonprofit detailing how the event would benefit the community and fill out some other paperwork. It occurred to me that not only does CMN's mission coincide with the benefits I see for the community in offering a concert and sing-along, but that it could also benefit CMN if I can raise enough to donate a portion of the proceeds to CMN. So I sought permission from the CMN board, and with their blessing, filed the paperwork. The next step was to wait for approval by the facilities commission at the venue.
"The event and nonprofit fee waiver were approved and I held a concert there on November 11. My band played this first concert, and, with good promotion, there was enough of a turnout to cover the fee, pay my musicians, and to make a small (10%) donation to CMN. And to add a cherry on top of the whipped cream, one of the members of the band made a contribution as well.
"Note This is a small venue that only holds 125 people As it was a success, I hope to be able to host more concerts in that space, perhaps for or with other CMN members in the area or those passing through town."
The CMN board is thrilled to be the umbrella nonprofit for others who would like to do the same sort of thing, If this model works for you and might enable you to host your own concert or series in your hometown, let us know. Marsha has offered to share her application with you as an aid if you would like. You can reach out to her at
Congratulations, Marsha! It's so great to share this story!