MBS Performing Arts

Performing Arts, A Universal Language with Dedication, Exelance, and Friendship.

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Website or social media url(s) (optional):

www.mbsperformingarts.com https://www.facebook.com/mbsbrassmusic/ https://mobile.twitter.com/MBSPerforming https://www.instagram.com/mbsperformingart/

Date Started

January 2016

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

Carlos M. Shorter is CEO and Founder of MBS Performing Arts located in Saginaw, Michigan. Shorter attends Central Michigan University obtaining a BAA. He is a music composer and has played trumpet for the past 15 years while touring with multiple professional musical groups. Leslie Campbell is MBS Founder and CO-CEO. She has been promoting music and the fine arts for young people since the 1970s. Campbell currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. The Michigan Education Association shows students who have a performing arts background succeed and graduate from college. But it also shows that schools are cutting out of school showing that this a correlation to the drop out rate in high schools. Shorter founded MBS with a mission to rebuild music programs. MBS Performing Arts want to better Mid-Michigan quality of student life by offering these programs.

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

The Michigan Education Association (MEA) shows that 95% of students who have a performing arts background succeed and graduate from college. MEA study also shows that schools have cut funding for programs to meet their budgets. 80% of schools in Michigan alone have cut funding for extracurricular programs. But research over the past 30 years shows involvement in extracurricular activities helps in lowering the high school dropout rate.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

As such, a problem exists with the availability of performing arts education and MBS is a solution to that problem. MBS is a program design to rebuild music programs. MBS gives students a higher accelerated music program to further their education. MBS is the best fit because MBS provides a higher chance of graduation, and MBS helps provide students access to college and conservatories. MBS Offers first-class professional programs to all students. MBS Performing Arts lives by its mission statement, “Performing Arts, A Universal Language with Dedication, Friendship, and Excellence.”

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

MBS gives students a higher accelerated music program to further their education Provides a higher chance of graduation Help provides students access to college and conservatories MBS Offer first class professional programs to all students MBS Performing Arts mission statement is “Performing Arts, A Universal Language with Dedication, Friendship, and Excellence.”

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

MBS targets students looking for higher accelerated music programs in grades K-12. MBS Performing Arts mission statement is “Performing Arts, A Universal Language with Dedication, Friendship, and Excellence.”

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

To date, 85 students have used MBS services, generating over $20,00 in sales revenues (EBIT 8,100). As of March 2018, MBS has an interest of 60 students for the third year, who paid a down payment towards tuition in 2019. MBS foresees a $186,518 sales revenue within year four and has 133 students by year five growing by 45% each year of the program. With the program, we have gotten 4 students full rides to music colleges and conservatories.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

MBS, in its first year, has developed a partnership with College Bound My Future Tutoring Service, which is focused on scholastics. Major Chords for Minors will provide summer outdoor facilities for marching ensembles. YMCA will provide the indoor facility for ensemble use at no cost. With these partnerships, MBS will develop 3 music performing ensembles within the area for secondary students and also in the upcoming years we will develop writing creativity, dance, and recording arts for students as well.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

We’re lucky to have the support of organizations such as Saginaw YMCA and CMURC (Central Michigan Resource Center) of Mt. Pleasant MI, where we’ve accessed mentors, material resources, training, and more from Central Michigan University. Moving forward, MBS Performing Arts is looking for driven teachers and music tutors to join our team; specifically, brass and percussion, as well as a content creator for marketing/media efforts (get us in magazines, interviews, and news). Finally, we see partnerships with Chamber of Commerce and student College & Career Centers to expand our reach. MBS also needs instruments for students use, and uniforms and new facilities for practices and office space for staff and storage of music, and equipment

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations between $100-$1k
  • Donations between $1k-$5k

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

MBS Performing Arts continue to be excited to take it's idea further because our customer research shows that we address a critical communication issue between the arts and high school drop out rates. We’ve engaged all types of students and businesses through our customer interviews, connected with teachers and adults for mentorship/feedback, and worked within a cohesive team to establish traction in the market. We seek to engage other changemakers to make a difference by offering this program and plans for this program to others who want to start this program and offer this first class program to students. We can also create a program where changemakers receive the training and resources to go into their own communities and join MBS in connecting students to first class performing arts programs. Most importantly, MBS Performing Arts business model is extremely flexible, and we are open to change. Initially, MBS Performing Arts live envisioned to be a social enterprise, where the majority of our profits would go towards streamlining the music program for all. MBS sees a potential theme of education equity in our work; we're interested in exploring that option and nonprofit.

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Join the conversation:

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun

I commend you for offering students k-12 an higher accelerated music program. It is good to
find out what youth interest and passion are and offer a program that not only educates them, but inspires them
to become great musicians.

Photo of Carlos Shorter

Thank you!