#GivingTuesCle Local 4 Music Fund
The Local 4 Music Fund is a nonprofit subsidiary of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians. It is the mission of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians executive board to explore additional ways a labor union can increase its relevance to its membership and to the communities in which its members reside. The Cleveland Federation of Musicians, through the activities of the Local 4 Music Fund, seeks to redefine what a labor union should be. It isn't only about worker's rights: It is about nurturing the growth of our community's artistic identity, fostering a sense of unity, and serving as stewards of the musical culture in our city.
The Local 4 Music Fund has two distinct areas of focus: Live Performance and Education
'LIVE MUSIC BEST!' performances serve the Cleveland Metro area and inner and outer ring suburbs. These concerts are designed cooperatively by the Local 4 Music Fund and the individual municipality, community, or organization in which the programming takes place. This approach ensures maximum impact and relevance. 'LIVE MUSIC BEST!' strives to build relationships between local professional musicians and the communities in which they work and live. All performances are free and open to the public.
Annual 'LIVE MUSIC BEST!' performances have included Waterloo Arts "Music For Miles", University Heights "Summer Music Series", Cleveland Heights "Cain Park Tuesday Music Series", "Cain Park Afternoon Music Series", "Cain Park Arts Festival", Old Brooklyn's "Riverside Cemetery Jazz Festival", Garfield Heights "Summer Music Series", and Lakewood's "Labor Day Festival".
In 2020, the Local 4 Music Fund will expand our "Music In Our Schools" by increasing the number of ensemble performances throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the surrounding districts.
These performances, for students K-8, are designed to provide creative ways for students to experience the sights and sounds of live music, with hands-on experiences with the instruments, and face-to-face interaction with the musicians. Teachers, Music Fund Staff, and performers collaboratively design a program related to the curriculum of the specific school and grade level. Interdisciplinary curricular connections are highlighted, including: the role of music in history as a force for social change, music and literature, mathematics are music, environmental themes in music, music and motion, and the relationships between dissonance/consonance in music and conflict resolution.
The Local 4 Music fund has collaborated on programs with numerous public schools in the past, as well as with the Rainey Institute, and the Percussion Marketing Council.
Side-By-Side Music Mentorship Program
In the spring of 2020 the Local 4 Music Fund will be initiating a new program featuring a week-long residency of professional musicians in a public school music program. Our first collaboration will be with the Sistema Orchestras Shaker Heights program at Lomond Elementary School. This is an after-school string orchestra program available to any 2nd-4th grader at Lomond. Musicians will lead sectionals, rehearsals, private lessons, and the week-long residency will culminate in a performance by the students and professional musicians.