The ROCmusic Collaborative



Across the United States, many community-based, music education programs serve youth who face significant barriers to a high-quality music education. A free music academy based in Rochester, New York, ROCmusic is similar to these programs in vision, but has an uncommon structure, which presents both benefits and drawbacks. Rather than functioning as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, ROCmusic is governed by a partnership among the major cultural organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies in the city of Rochester, known as the ROCmusic Collaborative. This case study intends to explore the ways this alliance accomplishes its mission. One challenge that ROCmusic faces is the lack of a written document that specifies the expectations for each member organization. As this case explores the inner-workings of the ROCmusic Collaborative, the reader is tasked with imagining how a Memorandum of Understanding among the partners could be revised to deliver outcomes for students and the community.

Author: Emma Gierszal 
Published: Fall 2021
Details: PDF Download – 10 pages
ISSN: 2475-4994

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