History of Music Academy of Eastern Carolina
♪ Established in 1997 as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), community music school offering music instruction and music therapy services for people of all ages and abilities.
♪ In 1997, awarded a New Arts Schools and Centers startup program grant with the National Guild for Community Arts Education (formerly the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts): including intensive training in nonprofit arts management, seed funding, and a multi-year partnership with a successful community music school.
♪ The Music Academy started the first lessons and music therapy services in July 1997 with two teachers, one music therapist and three families in a 1600 square foot facility, offering both music instruction and music therapy services. Within four months, the program grew to six teachers, two music therapists and over one hundred students.
♪ MAEC first's facility was next door to a music retailer and enjoyed a partnership with this music retail store, allowing for both to grow together.
♪ By 1999, the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina had outgrown its location and through the retail store partnership, expanded teaching space.
♪ When the neighboring retail space became vacant, the Music Academy doubled its teaching space. MAEC continued to grow and quickly fill the new 3200 square foot space beyond capacity!
♪ In 2003, Music Academy of Eastern Carolina secured a commerical bank loan to purchase the 10,000 square foot property at 1400 Red Banks Road. Through grants with local foundations, renovations were completed, studios were created and a paved parking lot was awaiting the Music Academy!
♪ By 2004, Music Academy had over twenty faculty and 250 students providing many families with their dreams of making music and providing many community musicians and arts organizations a facility to present concerts, recitals, rehearsals, meetings and more. A community home for the arts was a reality!
♪ By 2007, despite continued music making, bank loans for the building and property maintenance costs were insurmountable – more than the program budget could sustain! Private investors stepped in and purchased the property, allowing the Music Academy to continue community music making in this location.
♪ When the national economy fell, the Music Academy was not immune. While MAEC maintained fifteen or more faculty, meeting facility operating expenses continued soaring beyond the programming budget and general fundraising efforts.
♪ In 2012, the property investors decided to offer the property for general purchase, dreaming of another benevolent investor. After much consideration, the Music Academy Board of Directors decided to launch a multi-year capital campaign. This was the first MAEC capital campaign and would have allowed the Music Academy to purchase the Red Banks Road property, without the liability of a bank loan, and continue to provide quality community arts services for generations to come!
♪ After much discussion and consideration, the MAEC Board of Directors determined in 2013 that the Music Academy would seek a new home. Unfortunately, the MAEC capital campaign was not launched at a time the community could support this endeavor. Over the tenure of the Music Academy, the program has thrived on community support. While the Red Banks Road has been a great location, it was felt that it is time to move to another location and continue to serve our commuinty in new and growing means! While we were all anxious for change, we were also excited to continue serving our communities musical endeavors!
♪ 2014 brought a new chapter to the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina. The Music Academy of Eastern Carolina joined the Greenville Uptown Arts District, finding a new home on Evans Street, directly across the street from The Greenville Museum of Art. Moving out of our Red Banks Road facility in December 2013 was accomplished with the assistance of many community volunteers. After making the necessary construction and remodeling for studio space, we began teaching in February 2014 in Uptown Greenville!
♪ 2015 -more new ventures as MAEC joined the First Friday Artwalk activities with Uptown Greenville. In addition to providing recitals and concerts throughout the year, we have First Friday events September - May as well.
♪ 2016 -MAEC continues to serve the community with music ensembles, music instruction, music therapy and more! Summer camps continue and partnerships with the Greenville Museum of Art are happening! MAEC is enjoying the life of Uptown Greenville!
♪ 2017 - Music Academy of Eastern Carolina tunrs 20! It is through the generosity of our community, families, students and patrons that MAEC continues to serve eastern Carolina! Thank you for all your support!