The MMA was established sometime in the 1970s primarily to supplement the music program. I have seen it transform over the last 10 years and in particular the last 3 years it has become a phenomenal force in the Madison public school system. The goal in the by-laws of the MMA is to create a meaningful relationship between the parents, students, music and arts faculty, and the public. It supports the students, faculty and all the visual and performing arts programs of the Madison Public Schools, kindergarten through twelfth grade. The organization constantly provides assistance and encouragement, along with financial assistance to applicants of the summer music program and aid in defraying administrative expenses associated with arts education.
We sponsor many fundraising events such as the ever-popular “Dessert and Jazz.” This yearly event combines dessert in the cafeteria with coffeehouse-style entertainment from auditioned high school students, followed by an energetic jazz band concert in the auditorium. “Arts Matter,” a concert put on by the music teachers, is another successful event as the students enjoy watching all of their skillful music teachers turn into talented performers. Two more favorites are the “District Strings Festival” and “Bandapalooza,” which pull all orchestra and band students in grades 6-12 together to make music.
We have also granted a number of extremely useful items to the Madison public schools. Band shells, sound systems, posture chairs, piccolos, ukuleles and a marimba are just some of the fun and exciting additions to our band rooms and stage. This fall the Madison Junior School did not have the funding it needed to present a fall play, so the MMA stepped in and granted money to reinstate the Fall drama (which my daughter was in) and the play was a wonderful success.
It's just $20 to support arts education in Madison schools and become a member of MMA.
Let me tell you, I have been the membership coordinator for over 7 years and have watched membership go from paper to electronic. I spent many a summer stapling and stamping to get those membership packets out in time for the August mailing before school starts. Now you can get the membership form online (see below), print it out and send in your dues!