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A Big Sound Shout Out to the Community Foundation Grey Bruce

As school wraps up for another year The Big Sound would like to acknowledge that our Music and Movement Program, which was delivered to over 240 students in three Owen Sound Elementary Schools, was made possible by a grant from Community Foundation Grey Bruce.

Great Canadian Giving Challenge

For the In the month of June, for every $1 donated via CanadaHelps (minimum $3 donation required), CanadaHelps enters a ballot for The Big Sound’s in a draw to win a $20,000 donation. The more we raise, the greater the chances The Big Sound has to win!

Your donation will help a child who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn music to receive ensemble music lessons from a qualified professional musician, or Teaching Artist as we like to call them.

This August we will be offering our first ever Summer Music Camp, at no cost to eligible families. Please help to send a child to camp.

We’re Hiring … Again!

El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound

JOB POSTING

Title:                         Program Administrator

Program:                El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound

Reports to:             Human Resources Committee

Hours:                     25 hours/week

Duration:                 52 Weeks, Dates To Be Determined

Wages:                   $50/hour

El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound is an inclusive after-school music program that seeks to affect social change through the pursuit of musical excellence.  This program helps children and young people achieve their full potential and create positive change in their community.  El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound will focus on children with the fewest resources and greatest need and is delivered at no cost to participants.

El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound is looking for a results-driven Program Administrator to assess the short and long-term goals of the organization and suggest ways to accomplish them to ensure its ongoing sustainability.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Board President, the Program Administrator will support the Board of Directors by preparing monthly Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes and keeping track of Action Items; researching solutions to challenges; creating and posting content on social media to heighten the Organization’s profile and visibility.

The position is also responsible for preparing both a Strategic Plan and a Fund Development Plan to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the Organization.  The Program Administrator will be responsible for increasing the profile and visibility of the organization in Grey Bruce, as well as the international El Sistema community.

The Program Administrator for The Big Sound will assist the Board of Directors to identify the long and short-term goals of the organization and develop strategies, including both a Strategic Plan and a Fund Development Plan that will contribute significantly to the growth and sustainability of El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound.


Responsibilities include:

  • Assess the Organization’s current Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives.
  • Research comparable El Sistema Programs.
  • Identify areas for improvement.
  • Prepare a Strategic Plan for the Board of Directors.
  • Facilitate the Board’s relationships with new and existing donors.
  • Research funding prospects and keep an eye on grant and funding trends.
  • Explore potential partnership opportunities with like community organizations.
  • Track and report on data for fundraising and grants; assisting in the creation of Event Revenue Reports.
  • Work with the Board to develop and enhance promotion and recognition tools (website, print pieces, email content, etc.).
  • Create a Fund Development Plan that addresses both the expansion of existing and the addition of new revenue streams, thus increasing the Organization’s annual revenues in support of the strategic direction of The Big Sound.
  • Develop and implement a budget for the Fund Development Plan.
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Positive, energetic, solutions-oriented attitude.
  • A degree in Arts Organization Administration, Business, Finance, Marketing or a related field.
  • Prior experience as a Planner and/or Business Analyst/Marketing Professional.
  • Knowledge and experience in planning most types of fundraising initiatives including direct mail, special events, sponsorship, and grant writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation skills.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Working knowledge of donor management software, Microsoft Office, social media.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Not-For-Profit Sector.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Experience overseeing complex projects.
  • Responsible/dependable/flexible.
  • Works well independently as well as a member of a Team.

Please Note:

As a condition of employment, Proof of Vaccination against COVID-19 is preferred.

El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound is an equal opportunity employer.  Upon request, accommodations for interviews and assessments will be provided to qualified candidates/applicants.

Applicants should submit their cover letter and resume to thebigsound@rogers.com by June 13, 2022 at 4:00p.m.

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest, however; only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

We’re Hiring

El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound

JOB POSTING

Title:                                           String Instructor

Program:                                  El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound

Reports to:                               Human Resources Committee

Hours:                                        9 hours/week

Dates:                                         To Be Determined

Starting Hourly Wage:       To Be Negotiated

El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound is an inclusive after-school music program that seeks to affect social change through the pursuit of musical excellence. This program helps children and young people achieve their full potential and create positive change in their community. El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound will focus on children with the fewest resources and greatest need and is delivered at no cost to participants.

Position Summary:

This position will collaborate with an exciting team of Sistema instructors and volunteers to facilitate both ensemble learning and individual progress, in alignment with El Sistema’s ideas of musical excellence and social inclusion. The instructor will be responsible for leading beginner, intermediate, and senior string classes. The instructor will ensure the highest quality string experience; create curriculum and pedagogy in collaboration with other instructors, nurturing each child holistically. The instructor will support the Mission and community of El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound, and have a strong commitment to excellence in artistry, pedagogy and advocacy.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree (Bachelor or Masters) in music and/or a combination of education and equivalent experience in the field.
  • Experience teaching strings (especially violin), particularly in a group setting, to children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate excellent musicianship and artistry as a performer and educator.
  • Strong commitment to El Sistema philosophy of social change through music and the Mission of El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound.
  • Ability to work and contribute in a team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively.
  • Commitment and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and peers as an artist, educator and citizen.
  • Willingness to travel for performance and professional development opportunities.
  • Provide a current (less than 6 months) Criminal Record Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Search.

Please Note:

As a condition of employment, Proof of Vaccination against COVID-19 is required.

El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, accommodations for interviews and assessments will be provided to qualified candidates/applicants.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, and their salary expectations to thebigsound@rogers.com by May 9, 2022 at 4:00p.m.

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

https://thebigsound.org/

The Big Sound @ The Harmony Centre

Dear Parent:

In previous years, The Big Sound (TBS) has been able to offer its after school program 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) immediately after school at Hillcrest Elementary School.

Since we find ourselves in the 4th wave of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we are not able to operate our Program at Hillcrest.  As a result, we are considering running the Program at The Harmony Centre (THC) in Owen Sound (890 4th Avenue East).

In order to gauge interest in this opportunity we are conducting a brief survey to determine if a sufficient number of families are interested.  If your child is interested in participating, please complete the following questionnaire and return it to The Big Sound at thebigsound@rogers.com.

 

So…

Would your child be interested in participating in this no cost after school music program?  (circle one)

Yes          No

Can you ensure your child’s safe arrival at THC?

Yes          No

If the answer is no, please tell us why:  _______________________________________________________________________

 

Would your child only be able to attend if transportation was provided from the school to THC after school?

Yes          No

Would you be able to pick your child up at the end of each day (Tues, Weds, and Thurs @ 6:00 p.m.)?

Yes          No

If the answer is no, please tell us why:  _______________________________________________________________________

Would your child only be able to attend if transportation was provided from THC to your residence at the end of the day?

Yes          No

Would your child be able to participate in the program if one of the weekly sessions was offered on Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)?

Yes          No

Would you be interested in your child attending a full day program at no cost on designated P.D. Days?

Yes          No

If you would like more information and/or would like your child to be considered for the program, please provide us with your contact information (below) and have your child return this form to the office at their school or your child’s classroom teacher.

 

Your Name:  ___________________________________________________________________________________

 

Child’s Name:  _______________________________________________________  School: Hillcrest    Alexandra    East Ridge

(please circle one)

Home Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Email:  ___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Phone:  Cell: _______________________________________                 Other: _________________________________________

 

If you prefer, you can send your reply by email to:

thebigsound@rogers.com

Phone:  519-372-9715

 

 

Please note:

 

Requirements for new applicants:

New applicants are accepted to the program through recommendations received from their school and/or by lottery.   Even though we would like to accept every child that applies to participate in The Big Sound, space is limited.

Children who participate in the program are expected to attend all 3 sessions held each week for the entire school year (except for legitimate absences such as illness, medical appointments, etc.).

Everything your child needs to participate in the program is provided at no cost, including snacks, music, use of instruments, etc.

In addition, strict COVID-19 protocols will be enforced, including frequent hand washing, masking, and social distancing.

https://thebigsound.org/

Annual General Meeting

Please be advised that El Sistema Grey Bruce -The Big Sound will be holding its 

Annual General Meeting virtually on Tuesday August 10th, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact The Big Sound at:

thebigsound@rogers.com

519-372-9715