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Program Information
Program Name: Tunefoolery Music, Inc.
Year the Program was Started: 1994
Public Contact Person: Jens Rybo
Address: 85 East Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118
Telephone #: 617-626-8991
Email Address: info@tunefoolery.org
Website URL: www.tunefoolery.org
Program Category: Other
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Borrowed Space (church, school, community center)
Annual Program Budget: $70,000-$100,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: 5-10
Volunteers: 3-5
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Some
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Program brochure, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Create a supportive adn musical community; Bring quality music to underserved populations; Create opportunities for healing, growth, and paid work for our members.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: The mission of Tunefoolery is to: • Use music making and community-building to provide individuals with psychiatric disabilities or conditions with opportunities for hope, healing, empowerment, employment, self-reliance, and socializing; • Perform high-quality music for those who lack access to live performances, and especially for peer populations; • Eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness through dialogue, education and modeling the true talents and strengths of people with psychiatric conditions.
Additional Information: Tunefoolery is program for consumer musicians. Our 50 musicians perform a variety of music (classical, jazz, Broadway tunes, folk, rock, etc.) as solo acts or in ensembles. We travel around Massachusetts and beyond, performing over 140 gigs per year, mostly at mental health centers, hospitals, and nursing homes. We provide low-cost music lessons to our members to support their music skills and personal growth. With the goal of eliminating stigma, our Education Outreach program visit schools and other institutions to educate children and adults about the possibilities and abilities of people with psychiatric conditions.

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