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The Musical Arts Institute (MAI) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3, music school that provides a gateway high-quality instrumental and vocal training for culturally and economically underserved Chicago youths.

Our mission is to transform the minds of our youth via world-class musical instruction. Since its founding ten years ago, MAI has become a leading music performance organization whose purpose is to prepare students, particularly those who live in under-resourced communities, with the character and skills aligned with school and life success, reaching their full potential.


  • Arts, Culture, and Humanities
  • Education

Board Member duties & responsibilities:

  • Being a trusted advisor to the executive and co-executive as she/he develops and implements MAI strategic plan
  • Developing and managing relationships and communicating with: funders, partners, and other potential donors
  • As a board member, approving MAI annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by MAI for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics
  • Assisting the executive director and nominating committee in recruiting board members
  • Periodically consulting with board members on their roles and helping them assess their performance
  • Planning, presiding over, and facilitating board and committee meetings; partnering with the executive and co-executive to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring MAI commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities MAI serves


  • In collaboration with the executive and co-executive, generating substantial annual revenue and fostering MAI overall financial health
  • Personally treating MAI as a top philanthropic priority reflected in an annual financial gift
  • Ensuring that 100 percent of MAI board members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity
  • Identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting

Board term & limits:


Financial commitment:

3,000 give get.

Skills needed:

  • Advocacy / Public Policy
  • Financial
  • Marketing / Communications