This year has been extraordinary for me, personally: It marks the twentieth anniversary of our pilot project in Romania. It saw us deliver more projects (10) to more countries than ever before (Romania, England, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Georgia and India) and, unsurprisingly, saw us making some of the benefits of music therapy to more children and adults worldwide than I would ever have dreamt of all those years ago.
We have also made the time to stop and take stock. We've developed a 3-year plan, which requires us to develop an accompanying fundraising strategy. To achieve this we had our first foray into the world of Major Donors and we've been so heartened by the willingness of some key loyal supporters who have stepped forward as Ambassadors for the charity to help us attract major donors and corporate partners. After all that is what we will need if we are to be able to move from planning and undertaking our activities year by year to being an organisation that is robust enough to plan further ahead. And we have just appointed our first dedicated fundraiser, who will be joining the team just as soon as we can finalise all the details of his appointment.
I have been moved on many occasions which have reminded me how far we have come. It's incredible. The charity grew out of such a small idea held by a naive teenager: I couldn't walk away from the children and friends I made when I first volunteered in a Romanian orphanage. But I could see a teenage volunteer wasn't the solution to helping Romania recover its care system. Every step of the way I have been joined by passionate music therapists, open and dedicated Local Partners, children and adults excited to show themselves to us in their music, and organisations and agencies responsible for improving the opportunities these people have to achieving their potential. So whilst at first it was a journey I was taking on my own, there is now a significant body of people walking alongside me, leading me, pushing me from behind, in the name of Music as Therapy International.
Our team is now working to decide where this journey will go next, informed by the ideas and wisdom of everyone who has participated in our projects this year and in the past. We've done so much this year, we haven't left time or resources for our usual Christmas update and postal mailing. But that is truly a good sign - in terms of how we have chanelled our resources into our projects, rather than shiney brochures! Please bear with us as we overhaul our website at the start of 2016, and plan our activities for the next twelve months and beyond. Trust that we are busy making sure that music therapy is more widely available to people whose lives it can be truly transform. And we will be back in touch (with a shiney brouchure I'm sure) as soon as we can. In the meantime you can view the 2014 Annual Report and Accounts which we have submitted to the Charity Commission by following the links here.
Alexia Quin, Founder and Director