How We Do It

CreativeBridge Coalition brings effective music-based programs into the lives of young children and those with special needs to improve their educational, social and learning potential. CBC bridges the efforts of caregivers, SideLogomusic providers, researchers, and philanthropic funders who seek to innovate and execute meaningful music-based programs for children through well-managed projects.

Current Projects

Count Me In - Los Angeles, CA
Lanterman Read More

Count Me In - Youngstown, CA
Rich Center Read More

Count Me In - Los Angeles, CA
Vista Del Mar Read More

Count Me In - Niles, OH
Fairhaven Read More
  • Identify Project Goals

    Following a request for assistance, CreativeBridge Coalition identifies an appropriate music-based program to match the educational needs of the project location and its target population. We work with the site personnel to clearly articulate the project’s basic goals and objectives, delivery requirements and oversight expectations that are agreed upon by all parties. Initial consultations (typically done via conference call and email) allow us to gather data about the situation, the children, the organization providing care for these children, and most importantly, the specific goals that the organization and its caregivers have with regard to developing (or perhaps refining) a music-based program for these children.

    Next we do basic research to learn more about the specifics that matter. For example, if the organization cares for infants and toddlers, we seek out information about using music with young children of this age range and which music-based programs make what claims. The result of this phase is a working narrative that accurately describes the potential client's goals and how these might best be met. After communicating at length with the client about this narrative and doing appropriate revisions, CBC produces a draft plan for use throughout the project.
  • Find the Right Programs and People

    The next step is for CBC to evaluate various music-based program providers to determine possible programs, personnel, supplies, and budgets needed to accomplish the project. CBC selects the most qualified music-based provider(s) and invites them to become a part of the project coalition formed to accomplish the project goals. Finding the most suitable music-based program can take anywhere from three to six weeks to accomplish.

    During this phase, CBC conducts meetings with both the caregiver and the proposed music provider. Over time, we help these two parties sort out and agree to all of the details, including goals, responsibilities, time frames, costs, and so on, of the proposed project. We incorporate these details into the coalition Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The process of finalizing this MOU may take several months to complete.

    Our work in developing MOUs for coalition projects is unique because we build a formal research component into the proposal. This is extremely important to us because our goal is not simply to connect young children to music-based programs but to do so in meaningful and effective ways. We believe that conducting formative and summative evaluations in relation to each coalition project will enhance the likelihood of careful implementation and promote the dissemination of knowing "what works and what doesn't" among caregivers, music providers and funding representatives on future projects. Formative and summative evaluation reports are provided to all project funders and site personnel.
  • Find a Funding Partner

    After helping coalition partners (caregivers and music providers) develop a final Memorandum of Understanding, CBC begins the search for funding partners. It’s our responsibility to secure 100 percent of the funds needed for a project. As the list of successful CBC projects grows, foundations and other funding sources are contacting CBC to discuss their needs for projects that will fit their missions.
  • Oversee Project Goals

    In all cases, CBC offers routine oversight throughout the life of a project, providing our continued support and project management. Our team bears direct responsibility for ongoing coalition project evaluations, administrative oversight and project coherence. This evaluation and oversight work is guided by the Memorandum of Understanding, with the principal parties, including caregivers and music providers, as collaborators in the design and conduct of the overall project. Our purpose in overseeing and evaluating a project is to ensure that it unfolds as planned (or is altered where and when necessary) and that the children benefit from the project's efforts to enable music-based education to enhance their lives.

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Our clients come to us with a specific need and a desire to help their populations. We assess prospective project participants on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Needs, Services, Circumstances

    1. Their needs, services, and circumstances fit within our mission: Our mission, and our non-profit status, requires CBC to focus on bringing music to young children and those with special needs.
  • Goals and Intentions

    2. Their goals and intentions can be clearly articulated and appear to be reachable and fundable.
  • Non-profit Status

    3. Their non-profit status.

    One of CBC’s important basic commitments is to identify the music-based curriculum that best suits the needs of students at a particular site. Our current projects feature two music-based curriculums: The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) and Contemporary Urban Percussion (CUP). We have carefully vetted both of these for use at our Count Me In project sites. If a particular site wishes to bring a different curriculum, such as “El Sistema,” “Suzuki” or “Music Together” to its students, we would honor those wishes and work to make sure that the desired curriculum is well suited to the students being served.

    In some cases, a requestor may be for-profit but with an educational goal that cannot be met through their current situation. We are happy to have an initial conversation with you. We look at each project on a case-by-case basis.