After doing my blog post on The Red Dress and Trumpets Not Guns, I decided that the best thing I could do would be to start a music program. I got together with a couple of friends and what we ended up with was Rapsodic. I have to say that it’s one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done. Starting something like this makes me a grown up who is responsible for things. It’s not like I haven’t been a grown up who is responsible for things before, it just means that I’m going to be in charge. People are going to want answers from me. I have lots of answers, but I’m going to have to banish a lot of self doubt to really finally be in charge. I often feel like I’m not able to ask people for their thoughts if I’m in charge, but I remind myself that asking for help is the exact way a person who’s in charge might have to respond. (Reminder #1 – Always ask for help.)
Everyone who I’ve told about it thinks that it’s a fantastic idea. Unfortunately, I feel very much like I’m beating people over the head with it. Also, unfortunately, I think that may be my only option. I feel that this could help a lot of families and schools, so I don’t feel like it would be fair to them for me to back down. I have to keep fighting when I am faced with apathy from other people. This is MY city, and I can’t sit back and expect other people to fix it. I keep telling myself that all the effort that I’m going to have to put in is going to be worth the return on investment. (Reminder #2 – Don’t let other people’s apathy become your attitude.)
Right now, I have so many things to do that I’ve never done, like file paperwork to become a 501(c)3, come up with contracts for the parents of the children who get instruments, and figure out how to get the funding to make sure that all of that is done correctly. I’ve got to choose a board of directors, which is causing my chest to hurt. I just keep making lists and researching how to do everything I need to do. I’m reading up on all these things so that when I do them the first time, I do it as economically as possible. (Reminder #3 – Research first. It’s better to delay and do things right than jump in and do things wrong.)
What I’d like is for everyone to pass on the information, even if you don’t care, please pass it on to someone you think might care. If everybody could pass on the information to five people, that would be an amazing thing for getting started. I have had some wonderfully enthusiastic people who have passed it on already, and I’m grateful. I’ve had people helping me out as well, and I’m eternally grateful to them as well. If you’re interested yourself, feel free to follow all the social media things.
and on Twitter – @rapsodicchatt