How is COVID-19 affecting Foundation Music School?
Undaunted and unstoppable, Foundation Music School continues to provide the highest quality music education and music therapy in northern Colorado, in spite of COVID-19 restrictions which have drastically reduced our revenue in 2020.
FMS started the year 2020 with full classrooms and studios for all our excellent professional instructors. In March, new health restrictions forced us to move the entirety of our programming to recorded and virtual classes, and also to make changes to the way we offered our private instrument lessons and music therapy. Our programs definitely took a hit.
During the initial quarantine, we rapidly transformed our brick-and-mortar school into a fully online program. After that we provided live stream options through summer and into fall in order to keep our doors open and continue to offer our students, families and clients the high-quality services they have come to know and expect from FMS.
Since reopening our doors in Summer 2020, we have safely, and with the highest of health standards, provided more than...
Hours of Instruction
Thanks to our ability to be innovative and remain positive, we are proud that our private lessons and private music therapy sessions have remained steady and even increased slightly, despite the current situation. We thank our students and their families for working with us, being flexible and continuing to support the school.
On the other hand, while some of our programs remained strong, other programs saw a decrease in enrollment. We were forced to eliminate our camps, and reduce our group classes and outreach programs for students of all ages. Many of our programs could not happen at all.
FMS is accustomed to running at full capacity, with up to 10 students per class. To maintain health and safety at our highest standards, we have limited our classes to five students at most, greatly diminishing our typical class capacity. In some cases our programming is reduced by more than 80% of our pre-covid maximum capacity.
Our outreach programs have taken an even bigger hit. We love providing our community with music classes and music therapy. However, these outreach programs are also facing limited enrollment and revenues. Our outreach programs are the lowest we've seen in recent years.
In addition to decreased enrollment, we have also incurred the cost of livestream equipment and technology. With the help of a grant, we bought new streaming equipment and internet capacity. The cost of running livestream classes continues as we cover additional staff time to run the live stream classes and pay monthly charges to operate virtually.
As a non-profit music school, we always have limited resources, and we rely on grants and donations to maintain our highly educated staff and high-quality programs while keeping tuition affordable; however, our needs are even more acute during this pandemic.
Please consider joining our monthly giving program, the Music Everyday Club, to help us weather these storms, or give generously to our year-end High Note fundraising campaign.
Please give generously. The future of Foundation Music School depends on it.