Beit Almusica Shefa'amr (R.A.)

Beit Al-Musica is a non-profit organization (NGO) established in 1999 by a group of young artists and intellectuals. Our mission is to promote cultural rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel, to enrich society through the development of musical frameworks, open prospects for artists, and interact musically with other cultures at the highest standards. We believe that the Palestinian community in Israel is entitled to equal opportunities for cultural and musical expression, to have their own cultural identity, and to benefit from music education at high professional standards. Providing this rich cultural experience will ensure that Palestinians in Israel feel proud and confident of the...

Beit Almusica Shefa'amr (R.A.)
Street No. 470, Nakhleh/Sobhii Building, 4th Floor P.O. Box 787,
Shefa-Amer, Galilee 20200
Israel
+972-4-9500230
http://www.beit-almusica.org/eng/

Director

Amer Nakhleh

Management Team

Heidi Paredes, Melanie Atrash, Basheer Al Saleh

Board of Directors

Heidi Paredes, Melanie Atrash, Basheer Al Saleh

Project Leaders

Melanie Atrash

Mission

Beit Al-Musica is a non-profit organization (NGO) established in 1999 by a group of young artists and intellectuals. Our mission is to promote cultural rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel, to enrich society through the development of musical frameworks, open prospects for artists, and interact musically with other cultures at the highest standards. We believe that the Palestinian community in Israel is entitled to equal opportunities for cultural and musical expression, to have their own cultural identity, and to benefit from music education at high professional standards. Providing this rich cultural experience will ensure that Palestinians in Israel feel proud and confident of their heritage, thus reinforcing their sense of belonging to society.

Programs

Community Outreach Palestinian citizens have suffered from the total absence of professional musical frameworks and infrastructure since the establishment of the State of Israel, which has hindered their cultural growth and the development of music as a professional art. Our Community Outreach program addresses this need through different activities at high quality standards. The specific objectives of this program are: To raise awareness, preserve and revive the Oriental cultural heritage of the Palestinian community thus reinforcing their sense of belonging to society. To expose Palestinian community to the richness of music, develop musical culture and raise Palestinian community's awareness of music appreciation empowering them to explore a variety of musical genres; To open opportunities, especially for the most marginalized, to have access to professional musical frameworks including education, performances, training, etc. To provide constructive alternatives for the Palestinian society for self-expression, and to reinforce their sense of belonging to their society. AACT Project Palestinian children in Israel are more vulnerable than ever before: 73% are at poverty risk (according to the Central Bureau of Statistics). The Affirmative Action for Children Today is a pilot project that aims at supporting Palestinian children growing up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage to reach their full potential through musical education at high professional standards. Our program nurtures a sense of self-identity and exposes children to social and cultural diversity using music education as a positive agent of change for both themselves and their community. Through the project, we will find 60 talented children from Shefa-Amr and Ibillin, giving priority to the most disadvantaged, offer them an environment conductive for their development and well-being, and develop music skills and excellence during two school years. We expect the project to create positive change in the lives of the target groups, their families and to have a positive impact at the community level. Beit AlMusica Convervatory At Beit Almusica students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Each student has his/her own musical potential and abilities. We believe that effective teaching models help to develop critical thinking skills. An amiable physical and social environment also helps to promote successful learning. The Conservatory specializes in the education of Oriental and Western music. Studies are conducted in two principal streams: (1) the Formal Program, enabling students to specialize in music from an early age, which culminates with the 'Bagrut' examination; and (2) the Amateur Program, which is open to those interested in acquiring musical knowledge and technique. In addition to its methodical approach, the conservatory provides several creative and supportive group activities that aim to nurture the talent of the student, including: (1) Oriental Music Ensemble; (2) Choir; (3) Youth Orchestra; (4) Guitar Quintet; (5) Violin Group; (6) Arabic Percussion Ensemble; (7) Music Workshops and Master Classes; (8) Participation in Competitions and Public Events. At the beginning of the school year 12-13, 400 students were enrolled in the Formal Program. Of all the senior students that completed their courses, 35 have sat for the 'Bagrut' matriculation exam in music. All of the eight received excellent grades (higher than 90 out of 100). During the school year 11-12, we provided 50 scholarships and supplied instruments for students on a small scale. The scholarship program enables students from low-income families to pursue professional music education. Financial support is also provided for students, whose music education could be endangered due to financial issues, in order to ensure continuity to their studies. At Beit Almusica, no student is turned away due to lack of funds. Festival In the year 2000, Beit Almusica launched a yearly music festival, a large-scale qualitative artistic event that contributes to the revival of the local musical heritage and to revitalizing the cultural life of the Palestinian community. Through a series of activities and performances of first-rate local and international artists and ensembles, organized in a number of places around the four seasons of the year, the festival opens up opportunities for various musical styles, such as classical music, classical Arabic music, Jazz and ethnic music. Through this program, we aim to: Expose the different communities to a wide variety of music genres with all its richness and horizons through high quality events. Contribute to the preservation and promotion of Palestinian and Oriental cultural heritage and to raising awareness of the importance of music as part of our cultural wealth and as an important artistic expression. Interact musically with other cultures, thus promoting cultural exchange and multicultural dialogue. Each year, the various concerts reach about 3000 community members each year.

Statistics on Beit Almusica Shefa'amr (R.A.)

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $390,000
  • Annual Budget for 2008: $400,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $450,000
  • Other funding sources: We cover a significant part of our expenses through local income and fees for services provided. Other sources are foundations, businesses and governmental institutions.
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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