“Passion and collaboration have proven time and time again to be far more effective and impacting than pride (entitlement) and individual gain (stardom).”
Maestro Stephen P Brown
Connecting local communities with live music through large festivals and local concerts with the award-winning Dunedin Concert Band, educational opportunities for amateur and professional performers with the Pinellas Community Players, and a multitude of workshops and spectacular events, DMS members both near and far get priority notice and access, as well as opportunities to advocate to make the world a better place through live music. (65)
The Dunedin Music Society, Inc. was founded in late 2016 after more than two years and over 20 volunteers working hard to set up an awesome, fully accountable organization.
On March 11, 2017, the DMS hosted its first event: a Founder’s Day to raise awareness and initial funds.
Here is what Interim General Director Stephen P Brown shared with those who attended:
The DMS grew out of two primary needs:
- In 2014, the City of Dunedin Parks and Recreation Department contracted the new Director of the 32 year old Dunedin Concert Band to convert the band from a program run by an individual into a fully accountable 501(c)(3) public charity.
- There is an immense live music community in Dunedin and the surrounding areas yet no central hub for residents and visitors to participate in, or just find out what is going on.
After extensive consultation and visioning, the DMS was formed to connect local communities with live music. From International and State-wide festivals to town, development and even street-focused concerts, the DMS produces public and private live music events and educational opportunities for amateur and professional performers, and local and temporary audiences.
Primarily through tax-deductible donations and special membership programs, the DMS is able to coordinate events of its own performing groups and teachers, and for groups that ask for help, in addition to providing affiliated groups with tax advantageous fiscal sponsorship. By sending amateur and professional musicians into local communities, those communities not only benefit from live music on their doorstep, but enjoy expanded opportunities to participate in larger music-related events.
And as music is such an integral part of everyday life, how could we resist connecting local communities with live music?