Big 3 for 2013!
Since 2009, Spintronix has worked to connect local youth with national performance opportunities by preparing them for the experience and walking them safely through it. Our volunteer administrative staff includes Jackie Krasuski, Anna Carter, Cheryl Glasscock and Joy Ellsworth. We also receive donated assistance from dozens of experienced professional performing arts instructors who want performance-minded kids in our disadvantaged rural region to have the same chances as kids from more affluent areas of the country.
In 2013 we’ll be responding to growing demand in South Central Missouri by adding dance classes to our regular program schedule, by hosting a new drum camp, and by purchasing our very own Spintronix Bus. Our newly earned 501c3 status will help us attract more supporters this year, but to get started with a responsible fundraising plan, we need your help.
We are going to raise $48,300 in 2013 to cover the cost of our “Big 3 for 2013” expansion goals, described in detail below. If we don’t take this opportunity to expand our programs and transportation services, we anticipate having to turn away interested students. That would be awful, so we're asking you, our adoring supporters, for small, medium or large contributions to start off the giving trend. In exchange, we're offering some wonderful Spintronix swag for you to remember us by, and some great ways for you to be remembered by our students as one of our valued supporters.
Your contribution will help us take the first 3 steps toward our ideal program expansion, and further, it will enable us to continue providing young performers with life-defining learning experiences. Every little bit helps. Thanks so much!
What is Spintronix?
Spintronix provides low-cost, qualified training to youth in a rural region currently burdened with poverty rates that are even higher than what is seen in nearby densely populated Midwestern cities (according to the 2010 US Census). Founder Jackie Krasuski, having grown up in the area, does not believe that the kids in her hometown deserve fewer opportunities just because they have fewer resources to start with.
Every year, Spintronix has facilitated local youth participation in national performing events like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The Spintronix Weekend Camp has grown in number since '09, now numbering over 40 students who pay only a quarter of the fees charged by similar camps to learn from instructors with nationwide performance experience. The Spintronix Indoor Guard entertains audiences in four regional winterguard shows before competing at regional championships to finish their season. The guard has advanced from 4th place in their first year to 2nd place in 2012 at the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association Regional Independent Championships. Advanced students interested in being touring performers during the summer are provided with audition training and then transportation to Drum Corps International-sanctioned performing ensemble auditions across the country.
Spintronix programs promote educational growth, physical fitness and self-awareness to young adults through the color guard and drum line activities. Program content stimulates concrete learning in mathematics, physics, biology and the visual, musical and performing arts. The nature of the activity requires learned teamwork and leadership, which are universally valuable skills likely to improve students' work in any chosen walk of life.
Local Demand for Expansion
For six years, Spintronix has earned revenue through low participation fees only, using in-kind donations of goods and volunteer instruction services to keep programs alive. Preserving the quality of learning has always been top priority, but the nature of this beggar's revenue stream means the learning materials provided for participants remain at bare minimum quality.
In 2012 Spintronix earned 501c3 nonprofit status, and recieved pro-bono consultation on building the sustainability of the organization. These 2013 improvements will not only help us meet a growing demand from our community, they will also strengthen our organization and prepare us for increased service capabilities in the future.
South Central Missouri has taken notice of Spintronix and its youth programs, prompting partnerships with school performing arts programs and requests for us to expand our program offerings. With respect to our current staff capacity, out of all the inquiries Spintronix has recieved, here are the projects we are prepared to tackle in 2013:
Dance Studio Classes
After experiencing an increase in dance choreograpny contract requests from outside performing groups in 2012, and especially because the original Spintronix activity, color guard, is heavily steeped in dance performance, Spintronix will begin offering dance classes on weekday evenings starting in August 2013.
To achieve this, we will have to renovate our current rehearsal space, the historic Angelica Garment Factory of Mountain View. Creation of the Spintronix Wing will require construction of new walls, re-routing of HVAC systems, re-wiring of electrical systems, and installation of sprung dance floors, glassless mirrors, and sturdy rehearsal barres for performer safety.
The new dance program will provide Spintronix with a more consistant income stream, which will allow for increased professionalism in the production of our still growing traditional programs. Conservative estimates price this renovation at $25,000. A detailed budget can be provided upon request.
Weekend Percussion Camp
Here at Spintronix we truly appreciate the benefits of win-win relationships created by our nationwide activism. A budding partnership with a nationally-connected award-winning band educator teaching at Eminence High School nearby, created an opportunity to bring highly qualified percussion performers to teach at a weekend camp geared toward the same showcase structure that our existing weekend camp follows.
The weekend of May 17th has been reserved as the ideal time for this camp based on feedback from instructors and interested campers. In a town where space is limited and preference is given to annual traditions, finding a cost-free venue for the new camp has proven difficult. This price hurdle is one we anticipate will disappear after the first year, as it did with the original color guard weekend camp. Other costs include instructor travel reimbursement and camp food items, which are usually donated from area businesses but may be difficult to secure the first year for the same reasons as described before.
Our total anticipated payout for adding the Weekend Percussion Camp to our program offering is only $1,300.
Our out-of-town trips take kids to march in nationally-televised parades or to audition for performing groups that will travel the country throughout an entire summer. All that excitement really gets the town talking about the benefits that Spintronix provides to the South Central Missouri region. Sometimes all it takes for a student to start feeling a civic connection to the rest of the country, or for a student to overcome a fear of the unknown, is for that student to be supported in an experience that introduces them to parts of the country they have never seen before.
In remote areas where public service and entrepreneurialism are key to the health of small communities, experiences like these trips arranged for students by Spintronix work to sustain community health.
Currently we borrow a 16-passenger van to transport groups of students to parades and auditions. The capacity of this van limits the number of students we can include in travel opportunities. This bus purchase will erase our concerns about turning interested students away, at least until far into the future when our growth requires another bus.
Our estimates for buying a used 50-passenger coach, plus initial maintenance costs, amount to $23,000.
In this online campaign we are hoping to raise at least 20% of the $49,300 total cost of expansion. That means at least $9,860 needs to be raised in this first 30 days. All Indie Go-Go contributions given during this 30-day period will go toward the achievement of our three goals for 2013. If this 30-day campaign miraculously earns us more than our $49,300 goal, we will reserve the surplus to be applied to 2014's expansion measures.
Your gift will make a difference! After this 30-day kickoff, we plan to appeal to large-scale individual donors, grantmakers and corporate sponsors for their support.
Your donation, whatever size it is, shows major donors that other people care about what we're doing, and that they should give too.
Thank you for considering a gift.
The Perks of being a Spintronix Supporter!Since you'll become one of our valued Spintronix Supporters just by giving whatever amount you feel is appropriate, we want to make sure your gift is remembered by Spintronix students, and that you feel welcomed into the Spintronix family. We hope you enjoy your experience as a Spintronix Supporter!
Other Ways You Can HelpIf you aren't comfortable with online giving, you can mail a contribution along with any information you'd like us to have about yourself (name, contact information) to: