Dane County New Horizons Music Inc
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Dane County New Horizons Music, Inc. (DCNHM) was organized on November 30, 2015 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity by several people wanting to meet the need in the Dane County (Madison) Wisconsin area for a band for adult musicians who may be new to playing a musical instrument, those who have not played since they were in high school or college, and those who want to learn to play a different instrument. The organization is also open to input from the community for the need to start or partner with additional bands, orchestras, choruses, and ensembles. DCNHM is a proud member of the New Horizons International Music Association and the Association of Concert Bands. We hold a blanket public performance license for copyrighted music from ASCAP and BMI through the Association of Concert Bands.

While many adults would like to learn to play a musical instrument, they are unaware of how to start. The New Horizons Music movement provides for this entry into making music for adults throughout the world. While originally developed for those over 50 years of age, any adult is welcome to participate in the DCNHM program. Music is a great way to exercise and expand mental capacity, increase social contacts, and have fun in the process.

Our Mission:

The mission DCNHM is to provide a band for mature players, with additional bands, orchestras, choruses, and/or ensembles developed as needed.

Our Values:

  • Provide an environment that promotes collegiality.
  • Promote musical enjoyment and growth in playing ability.
  • Recognize music as a part of, and a way to obtain, mental and physical wellness and wholeness.
  • Respecting, honoring, and celebrating diversity in the mature community.

Our Board of Directors:

President: Gary Lensmeyer

Vice-President: Tony Torres

Secretary: Marli Johnson

Fin. Sec./Treasurer: Doug Dowling

Our Vision:

DCNHM will be an umbrella non-profit under which the band and other ever evolving groups will operate.

DCNHM will provide:

  • Contracting for group lessons and musical director services.
  • Supporting musical groups with educational, rehearsal, and performance opportunities.
  • Assistance finding instruments.

Our By-Laws:

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As a 501(c)(3) public charity, you may deduct donations to DCNHM under IRS section 170 on your federal and state income tax returns. You may deduct bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under IRS Sections 2055, 2106, or 2522. Gifts of up to $100,000 from your Traditional or Roth IRA are deductible if you are age 70 1/2 or older. Please consult your tax preparer, estate planner, or IRA custodian for more information. To date, we have received over $3,700 in individual and non-profit organization donations.

Dane County New Horizons Music's by-laws

DCNHM ByLaws 0216 (pdf)