Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Kid Pan Alley

  • Washington, VA
  • www.kidpanalley.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education. Through the group songwriting process, our programs foster teamwork and collaboration which helps us to build community wherever we work. Kid Pan Alley's songwriting residencies and character development assemblies give children more than just the opportunity to express their creativity, our workshops also: Build and reinforce self-confidence Teach and encourage teamwork and collaboration Foster appreciation for diverse ideas Develop and hone critical thinking and problem-solving skills Help children to learn and increase their ability to learn improve retention and recall Promote community awareness of the arts as essential elements of instruction in the lives of children Provide opportunity for collaboration between students, teachers, administrators, artists, and the community by bringing them together in a creative process Teach respect for intellectual property. Children who have written their own songs have a first-hand understanding of the negative effects of "pirating" on creators and their communities. Since its inception with a single residency in rural Rappahannock County, VA in 1999, Kid Pan Alley has grown into a national education project serving schools from Vermont to Hawai'i. To date, Kid Pan Alley has helped over 30,000 school children across the country to write and perform more than 2,000 original songs that give voice to their deepest feelings and highest values.

Main Programs

  1. Kid Pan Alley Songwriting Residencies
  2. Across the Ages
  3. Kid Pan Alley Character Development Assemblies
  4. Strike Up the Band!
  5. The Music of Art
Service Areas

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National

Kid Pan Alley works in schools from Vermont to Hawai'i and everywhere in between, however, the bulk of our work is here in the Commonwealth. If you would like to inquire about bringing Kid Pan Alley to a school in your community, please contact us! (info@kidpanalley.org)

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2012

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Deverell Pedersen

Co Principal Officer since 1999

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Paul Reisler

Keywords

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Songwriting, kids, children, music, kids' music, music education, music performance, Kix Brooks, Delbert McClinton, Amy Grant, John McCutcheon, Sissy Spacek, Cracker, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Paul Reisler, Parents’ Choice Award, Grammy, WAMMIE

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EIN

20-1609731

 Number

1895907151

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Kid Pan Alley songwriting residencies are best evaluated by looking at the completed work—the songs, the children's pride in their work, and the extensive documentation of the process and product. For each residency, we produce a mastered recording of the classroom and concert performances, a short video of highlights from the residency, a slide show of the residency that is shown prior to the concerts, a printed program of the lyrics, and we post selected recordings, video and photos on our website, www.kidpanalley.org. By honoring the work of the children in this professional way, the children feel they really have been heard; that their creative work has value; and that they have something tangible to show for their work. Kid Pan Alley had a remarkable 2011! We wrote 198 songs with more than 3,000 children and performed concerts attended by approximately 20,000 people. In addition to our school-based residencies and successful Across the Ages intergenerational songwriting workshops, we are particularly excited about our new museum program, The Music of Art, developed in partnership with the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. This model utilizes abstract visual arts as inspiration for songs. Going forward, we look to expand on our museum partnership, the intergenerational program and our highly successful orchestral partnership program. We also look forward to producing the first section of the Kid Pan Alley Musical, Bouncin!, this summer, in conjunction with a program with Live Arts. We continue to seek strategies to bring the program to a broader community audience, thereby raising awareness about the importance of arts education for our children.

Programs

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Program 1

Kid Pan Alley Songwriting Residencies

Songwriting Residencies In a typical Kid Pan Alley residency, two professional songwriters work with 200 elementary school children to write 8 original songs in a weeklong workshop. In the first two days, four class groups of 20-25 children work with the songwriters for about an hour minutes each day to compose a song-both music and lyrics, then different classes repeat that process on the third and fourth days. The songwriting process goes something like this: The lead songwriter asks the kids what they want to write about. They come up with some ideas, vote to select one, and then brainstorm about that idea. As the collection of thoughts and ideas takes shape on the blackboard and the songwriter senses there is enough material for a song, they start writing the lyric for verse or chorus. As with the lyric, the children come up with a melodic idea to use as the basis for the song. By the end of the first session, the whole class joins in singing and recording the song. The second day, they complete the verses, practice, and record their completed song for rehearsal through the week. Residencies generally conclude with two performances at the end of the week of the songs written by the students - one for their school, and an evening performance for families and the community. These typically reach an additional 800 people per school. Each residency is thoroughly documented with photos, a concert program containing all song lyrics, a CD of the classroom recordings and concert, as well as website postings of some of these materials. All of Kid Pan Alley's programs are a variation on this core format. The Music of Art includes a visit to a museum and generally a concert at the museum, while Across the Ages brings elders into the classroom to talk with the children. The orchestral partnership program, Strike Up the Band, brings the kids on stage to sing accompanied by an orchestra that has arranged their songs for full orchestra. Please contact us for program pricing.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 2

Across the Ages

Kid Pan Alley leads intergenerational residencies that bring elementary students together with seniors from a nearby retirement community or senior center to share stories about their lives. KPA's two professional songwriters then work separately with the students and seniors in 2-3 songwriting sessions to create songs based on some of the topics the two generations shared during their meetings. At the end of the residency, the seniors join the students in performing the songs at an assembly for the school and an evening concert for their community. Intergenerational songwriting residencies have proven to be a richly rewarding experience for all generations, and an opportunity for the seniors and children to explore their cultural differences.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 3

Kid Pan Alley Character Development Assemblies

Stand Up and Be Heard - One Little Song Can Change the World, is a Kid Pan Alley character development assembly program featuring songs written by children from previous Kid Pan Alley residencies across the country. The assembly is a 45 minute interactive concert delivering a message of respect - for each other, the community, the environment and especially self, and encourages children to explore who they are and what they want to see in their world. The day starts with an opportunity for four classes to write and perform a new verse to one of the songs. In the afternoon, the students will perform their song with the artist during the program. The program is augmented by high quality support materials, including lesson plans designed to be incorporated into the instructional day, recordings of the songs, lyric and lead sheets. This provides an effortless way for the school to help reinforce the program's message throughout the year. This program is an excellent resource for supporting character education initiatives and bullying prevention programs.Please contact us for program pricing.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$750.00

Program 4

Strike Up the Band!

Kid Pan Alley's orchestral partnerships bring symphony musicians into schools to arrange and record some of the songs written by the children. We then arrange the songs for full orchestra and perform them together with other Kid Pan Alley orchestral arrangements. Elementary students also have written songs to accompany silent films and performed them during screenings at film festivals in Virginia and Texas.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 5

The Music of Art

This program brings children into a museum to experience abstract art, which they then use as inspiration for writing songs. The children take this one step further, creating paintings that are inspired by the songs they've written. This program is art inspiring song....inspiring art.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$8,000.00

Service Areas

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National

Kid Pan Alley works in schools from Vermont to Hawai'i and everywhere in between, however, the bulk of our work is here in the Commonwealth. If you would like to inquire about bringing Kid Pan Alley to a school in your community, please contact us! (info@kidpanalley.org)

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

This year marks Kid Pan Alley's initial effort to develop and produce the first section of the recently completed Kid Pan Alley Musical, 'Bouncin!' This project will commence this summer, in conjunction with Live Arts. Ultimately, we would like to be able to produce the entire script, however, this would require funding not earmarked directly for school programs. (Project estimate: $12,000). The decrease in funding for school arts programs across the country, coupled with a drop in public funding from state arts commissions and school parent-teacher organizations devoting their budgets to basic school expenses has resulted in far fewer schools being able to afford a Kid Pan Alley residency ($6,500, plus travel expenses, for one week). Kid Pan Alley has increased our private fundraising efforts to be able to offer residencies to schools at a significantly-reduced price, with the goal of raising 1/2-3/4 of the cost of each residency, plus operating costs (in excess of $165,000 each year). We also are looking at alternative ways of bringing the program to kids through partnerships with existing afterschool programs such as Boys & Girls Clubs and at better marketing our extensive song catalog and our commercial CDs. Support from grants, corporations, and individuals to bring the Kid Pan Alley program to our schools is greatly appreciated! A $40 donation is enough to cover the cost of a single child in a weeklong group songwriting residency. Please consider bringing Kid Pan Alley to an underserved school near you. Kid Pan Alley is in need of the following "Wish List" items: Filing cabinets Bookcases Windows PC

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Principal Officer

Deverell Pedersen

Co Principal Officer

Paul Reisler

BIO

As Managing Director, Ms. Pedersen is responsible for organizational operations, program administration and management, along with fundraising, and grant procurement and administration. A graduate of VCU Theatre, who has worked for 20+ years as a business administrator, primarily in financial services, she comes to Kid Pan Alley armed with the perfect blend of background and experience: music, performance and core business administration, giving KPA renewed focus. Ms. Pedersen is also a gifted writer, who's strong background in grant-writing serves Kid Pan Alley well.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jennifer Manly

Retired, World Bank

Term: Jan 2013 - Jan 2015

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