Melodic Connections Flood Relief

$46,104 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 498 people in 36 months
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Betsey Nuseibeh
for Melodic Connections Incorporated
 CINCINNATI, OH
Melodic Connections is Cincinnati’s only nonprofit music therapy organization.  We serve nearly 500 individuals with developmental disabilities, ages 5 to 85. Our programs and concerts inspire and encourage audiences to recognize the value of exceptional persons and their contributions to the arts.

We suffered devasting losses in our studio due to flooding. Instruments, sound equipment, and furniture were submerged, tossed about and deposited hapazardly throughout our space. Four feet of water poured through doors and windows, ruining what was once a home to many. Our beloved studio, a space of joyful music making, is now unsafe, desolute, and destroyed.

In order for  Melodic Connections to continue services, we need your help. GoFundMe proceeds will go directly to replenishing ruined supplies: guitars, keyboards, drums, microphones, and speakers. With multiple concerts already booked for fall, and a vast majority of our musicians utilizing instruments from our studio, we need your assistance to move forward.

Although we've been devasted by this loss, our students can perservere through your generous support. Any monetary or instrument donations will directly help our individuals to engage with the community.  Together, we can empower musicians of all abilities, and provide every voice an opportunity to be heard.

Instrument donations can be dropped off at any Willis Music location  or sent to:
407 Vine St. 
Suite 112
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Visit our website here to learn more about our programs and services.
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"There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays"

Because of you, this classic holiday song has a special meaning for the musicians at Melodic Connections this year. We are thrilled to announce that we have found a permanent home for our beloved music community. ` We are embarking upon an amazing season of celebration and joy, and

You made it happen!

When we pried open the heavy, water-logged door to our studio on August 29 and surveyed the flood damage, we were devastated. Our studio home, once a safe-haven for our community of musicians, was destroyed. We feared their voices might be silenced forever.

But then you heard our story, and you made a difference. You let us know you believed in us and that you cared about keeping the music going. You were our light during that dark time. What an amazing gift you have given us.

In this season of giving, I think about the gifts we can now give our musicians in 2017: A place to belong. A place to make and build friendships. A place where, like our musician Brian said, "We come to learn music and learn how to get along with each other." There is a place for an awesome garage band rehearsal space, and even a store front and potential for a recording studio where our musicians can dream for their futures.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for believing in us. I want to invite you to celebrate with us in the months ahead as we create a community music studio like no other. You helped ignite the spark. Together, we can fan the flames of creativity and inclusion that will burn brightly for many years to come.

Betsey Zenk Nuseibeh,
Executive Director, Melodic Connections
We have a new studio home!
Our new home!
Volunteers start the renovations
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At this point, all of our immediate instrument needs have been met! Thank you! For those who still wish to help, here is what we still need assistance with:

Between 3,500 and 4,500 square feet of Class B or C office space, wheel chair and bus line accessible in or near the Norwood area.

Builders and architects who will provide low to no-cost services to assist with a build out.

Cabinets, racks and storage for our instruments and equipment.

Staples, Office Depot or Amazon gift cards. We lost ALL of our office supplies, from white boards to clipboards! Gift cards can be mailed to 407 Vine Street, Suite 112 Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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We are so grateful for all of the instrument and monetary donations we've received thus far! For those of you who have expressed interest in giving time, we are looking for volunteers Tuesday and Wednesday, anytime from 9:00am-3:00pm, at our temporary location (LADD, 3603 Victory Parkway), to help with adding our color coding system to our new instruments and creating song charts and teaching materials. We'd love to see you there!
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Thank you so much for the shares and donations today! We are so grateful for the instruments we have received thus far. We also wanted to share our "non-instrument flood wishlist" of the things that were lost in the flood and that we greatly need. Thank you again for the support!

Office supplies:
Printers
Printer paper
Color paper
Laptop
Stereo/Boombox
Markers
Folders
Laminating pouches
Sheet protectors
Posterboard
Sharpies
Pens
Clipboards
Surge protectors
Portable scanner
Ipad charger
File folders
Hanging folders
Envelopes
Clear tape
Projector
Water Cooler
Microwave
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$46,104 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 498 people in 36 months
Created August 29, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Melodic Connections Incorporated
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Cincinnati, OH
EIN: 263815913
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for Kyle

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keep spreading to JOY of MUSIC!

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