Will the real PMT please stand up, please stand up, please stand up...
~ inspired by Eminem's The Real Slim Shady (2000)
Piedmont Music Therapy (PMT) chose to change classification from a Limited Liability Corporation to a not-for-profit organization (NFPO) earlier this year. This structural difference will now provide funding options to clients who could not previously afford "out of network" options. Grants designated only for NFPOs are one such funding option that will be newly accessible under this designation. Although this means many additional hours of PMT staff writing and applying for additional grants, PMT believes this change will grow its mission!
Over an estimated 125 hours of work was placed into completing necessary NFPO documentation. PMT wanted to maintain its history of inclusive service to greater Charlotte (CLT). When energy was running low during these months of paperwork, PMT gained inspiration modeled by the perseverance and self-advocacy of clients, families and organizations with whom we have served!
PMT received the 501(c)(3) categorization as a tax-exempt organization effective March 1, 2023. This structural change will yield a sustainable way for clients to receive highly qualified services, AND fair wages for clinicians earning their livelihoods. Maintaining the name "PMT" allowed the continued use of established email accounts, website branding, employee uniforms, etc.
The seven member Board of Directors was formed spring 2023. These volunteers aspire to promote increased access to music therapy. PMT is grateful these individuals are sharing their expertise and time!
As we officially embark with the tax-exempt status, we ask for your ideas, feedback and vision approaching the reformed identity. The private practice once solely geared towards mobile service delivery has evolved to provide more appointments for individual clients of all ages visiting PMT's location in South CLT.
Our organization hopes to improve its reach within our community. Tailored offerings for veterans, individuals with Parkinson's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, and post-stroke will be a new focus. We also hope to improve group opportunities for children, youth and young adults of diverse abilities.
Please consider PMT with your yearly tax-deductible contributions. Thanks for encouraging our formation as...
the real PMT please stands up, stands on up...
Written by: Gretchen Benner, Exec. Director
Providing music therapy services for early childhood to older adults, music instruction and enrichment plus continuing music therapy education in Greater Charlotte Area of the Carolinas.