PMT's Executive Director joined the cohort for the Non-Profit Management Certificate Program. This blog post is the first of nine with reflections on attending the monthly training through the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The first class I attended was inspiring! There were over 40 individuals attending from local organizations across the Palmetto State. It was wonderful to learn more about offerings for community members of varying ages and needs!
This picture on the grounds of the training site was meaningful.
The evolution of PMT's 10 history is amazing. PMT started as a "pop-up" mobile service provider that was a "for-profit". Today, PMT is a team of 5 employees, one intern, and many volunteers. PMT is still conveniently mobile, but also has two stationary locations. Staff overcame much education and advocacy within greater Charlotte in order to methodically introduce ourselves as a private practice and inclusive studio.
This leadership training is appealing as PMT is new to the non-for profit sector. One of PMT's main learning objectives is to improve communication. Specifically, we want to improve communication with stakeholders in order that we can best convey the impact of music therapy in our community. Though the nine-month course is not a brief journey, it is a necessary training that is conveniently located in our backyard.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost
It can feel daunting as PMT has shifted to a non-profit structure. However, this certificate program will inform PMT of resources and connections to smooth this transition. The countless clients, caregivers and organizations that we have served, fuels this long journey. Potential clients whom we could share services with in the future through donation or grant funded opportunities is also fueling our energies!
Thank you for supporting PMT's growth and evolution. If you have questions or ideas on our new path, please share in the comment section below:
Written by: Gretchen Benner
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.