Building Community with Support from Capacity-Building Grants


Key to Change is proud to announce that we have been awarded grants from the Tulalip Tribes Council, Renton Arts Commission, Renton Regional Community Foundation Reeder Family Fund, and the MMS Giving Foundation. This generous funding will be used toward growing our studio and expanding our outreach to provide more opportunities for underserved students in South King County.

Key to Change is grateful for the support of these inspirational foundations. We share the same vision of strengthening our local communities, providing opportunities for our youth, and building a brighter future for the next generation. When we provide affordable access to to music and arts education, we help our youth cultivate critical skills that will serve them both within and beyond the classroom.

Thanks to the support of our community and organizations like the Tulalip Tribes Council, the Renton Arts Commission, and the MMS Giving Foundation, we are able to provide affordable violin and viola lessons, performance opportunities, master classes, leadership development, and more to underserved students in our region. Together, we empower the next generation through music.

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Allied Arts Foundation Awards Two-Year Grant to Key to Change

Allied Arts Foundation Awards Two-Year Grant to Key to Change


January 22, 2019

Key to Change is thrilled to be the recipient of a two-year grant from the Allied Arts Foundation. This $4,000 grant will be used toward repairs and accessories for our Instrument Library of over 30 violins and violas. Providing free access to high-quality instruments is one of the key ways we remove financial barriers to studying classical music in South King County.

Since the 1950s, the Allied Arts Foundation has enlivened the cultural vitality of the Seattle area through arts funding.and sponsorship. Key to Change shares this same vision of empowering the broader community through affordable access to music education and performance.

“Allied Arts Foundation is proud to partner with Key to Change to provide opportunities for these talented students, many of whom reside in underserved areas. Far more than mere instruction, Key to Change’s winning format of exceptional music training as a conduit for instilling leadership skills and self-confidence is an outstanding model of community empowerment through the arts.

– Llewelyn G. Pritchard, Allied Arts Foundation President

Thanks to the support of our community and organizations like the Allied Arts Foundation, we are able to provide violin and viola lessons, scholarships, instruments, performance opportunities, and more to underserved students in our region. Together, we empower the next generation through music.

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Charlotte Martin Foundation Awards Capacity-Building Grant to Key to Change

Key to Change is honored to have been awarded a $10,000 capacity-building grant from the Charlotte Martin Foundation. This funding will be used toward scholarships for students in need, as well as a studio accompanist, sheet music, and instrument supplies.

Based in Seattle, the Charlotte Martin Foundation works to create opportunities for underserved youth to explore their passions and grow into well-rounded individuals through arts, athletics, and education. Key to Change shares this same vision of increasing access to music and arts education in our region and helping our youth cultivate critical skills that will serve them both within and beyond the classroom.

“The Charlotte Martin Foundation’s engagement with Key to Change will improve youth access to world-class music instruction, making this partnership vital to the success of music students in South King County.”

Micaela Pearson, Key to Change Board President

Thanks to the support of our community and organizations like the Charlotte Martin Foundation, we are able to provide affordable violin and viola lessons, performance opportunities, master classes, leadership development, and more to underserved students in our region. Together, we empower the next generation through music.

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Social Media Marketing Internship Opening

Key to Change is a nonprofit violin studio dedicated to inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction. The Key to Change Social Media Marketing Internship is ideal for students who are interested in creating and implementing social media campaigns, building a diverse work portfolio, and gaining hands-on experience with an arts nonprofit.

The successful candidate will assist Key to Change with social media marketing efforts and publicity surrounding lesson registration, fundraisers, concerts, master classes, and other studio events. Responsibilities include planning and implementing marketing objectives across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This includes organizing social media campaigns, writing and creating multimedia content and distributing it across platforms, coordinating social media efforts with our marketing committee, and researching and pursuing methods to gain followers and increase engagement.

Position: Social Media Marketing Intern

Number of weekly hours:  Part-Time Temporary, 8-12 hours per week

Compensation: Paid upon completion of the term; students may arrange for course credit in place of payment

Brief Description of Responsibilities

  • Draft overarching social media strategy for the coming year
  • Plan and implement social media campaigns surrounding events and fundraisers
  • Create engaging multimedia content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Write content across social media platforms
  • Attend, photograph, and post about Key to Change events such as concerts, master classes, and fundraisers
  • Highlight stories of Key to Change students, teachers, board, and community members through engaging social media content
  • Research and implement new methods to gain followers and increase engagement
  • Other projects as assigned


  • Student must have excellent knowledge of popular social media platforms
  • Student must have excellent writing and communication skills
  • Student must have excellent time management skills and be able to meet weekly deadlines
  • Student must have an interest in the arts
  • Student must maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Student must have strong organizational skills
  • Student must have evening and weekend availability
  • Student must have a high school degree and be currently enrolled in college
  • Photography experience is preferred

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume and three names of reference directly to Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2019.

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Donor and Event Manager Position Open




Position: Donor and Event Manager
Reports to: Executive Director; will also work closely with the Communications Director. The Donor and Event Manager is expected to work remotely and operate in an independent, self-motivated fashion.
Status: Independent Contractor
Starting Date: February 19, 2019
Salary: $20,000 (20 hours per week at $20 per hour)

The Donor and Event Manager will have a key role in building our donor base and increasing our grant income fundraising over the next 12 months. The Donor and Event Manager will participate in other capacity building priorities to strengthen Key to Change’s reach to underserved youth in South King County.

Event Management
40% of this position includes event management. The first four months will include assisting with the planning and execution of our spring fundraiser event and the following duties:
• Event logistics (venue, catering, décor, RSVP process and tracking, etc.)
• Event marketing
• Write compelling materials for production
• Secure and steward event sponsors
• Volunteer recruitment and coordination
• Assist Director of Development with audience development
• Assist with RSVP process and RSVP tracking
• Other duties as assigned

50% of this position includes donor acquisition, cultivation and retention
• Identify, solicit and support Executive Director and board members in identifying and cultivating potential new donors and prospects in South King County
• Engage potential donors to determine interest and set next steps for further engagement
• Assist with major gifts campaign logistics
• Assist with executing individual giving campaign logistics (year-end appeal, etc.)
• Call donors before the event for pledges
• Identify opportunities for donor recognition, stewardship, and appreciation
• Other duties as assigned

Grant Writing and Grants Management
10% of this position includes the following:
• Systematically research and propose relevant new funding opportunities through foundations, businesses and government aligned with Key to Change’s mission and general operating needs
• Assist with grant writing as needed to produce well-written, compelling, research-based, and competitive grant proposals, letters of inquiry, narratives, acknowledgement letters, and reports following funding guidelines, parameters, and procedures through completion and on-time submission of full proposal and report packages (narratives, budgets, and attachments)
• Other duties as assigned

Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Public Affairs, Communications, or related field. Will
consider equivalent combination of education and experience.
• At least 6-8 years of professional fundraising experience, five as a Grant Writer with
significant and increasing fundraising responsibility (general nonprofit fundraising
experience is preferred)
• Successful track record with small start-up nonprofits

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Corporate and foundation development and proposal writing experience, with a proven ability to secure grants and contracts, familiarity with the corporate funding community and knowledge of government (city, state, federal) and private funding sources
• Strong research, analysis and critical thinking skills
• Proven project management skills; highly organized, with an ability to balance projects in a highly deadline-driven environment
• Timely response and feedback
• Proficiency in all programs of the current Microsoft Office suite
• Google Drive familiarity

• Demonstrated experience creating and managing successful fundraising events, including logistics, sponsorships, and audience development, is preferred.
• Understanding and adherence to generally accepted fundraising ethics and privacy standards and policies
• Experience setting up endowments with community foundations preferred
• Previous grant, research, and budget experience of five (5) to seven (7) years
• Not-for-profit grant writing experience, preferred
• Ability to articulate a passion for the arts
• Demonstrated understanding of donor prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies
• Comfort working independently and collaborating
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills that can be adapted for different audiences

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and three professional references to Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder,

No phone calls, please.

Deadline: Review of application materials begins on January 22, 2019. Application materials received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Key to Change is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We conform to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

About the Organization
Key to Change is a Washington State 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction and supporting their development as self-aware leaders. Key to Change strives to provide young artists with the educational tools and resources they need in order to grow and thrive as musicians and as individuals.

Key to Change operates two violin studios, of the same name, in South King County which provide private violin and viola lessons or group classes in Renton, Kent, Auburn, Tukwila, Maple Valley, and Federal Way communities. The Key to Change studio offers scholarships for students requiring financial assistance.

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Key Changemaker: Mollie Ewing

Key Changemaker of the Month: 
Highlighting excellence in our community 

“My passion for violin was encouraged by a supportive family, inspiring private teachers and great school music programs. I played with youth symphonies and knew when I got to college that I wanted to be a music educator.

I had been raising my boys and conducting for the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra when I heard there was a new middle school being built in Renton, just miles from my house. When I was hired, I had been mostly unfamiliar with the private teachers in the area and it was great when Dr. Morris got in touch with me early in the school year and offered to visit my school. I was able to attend a strategic planning meeting to see how much work Dr. Morris and others were putting into the dream of outreach and access to private lessons for students in South King County area.

I have seen how family incomes can dictate the level of involvement a student has, and what their local schools can offer. If Key to Change can help kids access private lessons and supplement and give individualized support for what they are receiving in their classroom orchestras, we can be a stronger force within the music community, offering our students more opportunities and broadening their learning experiences.”

-Mollie Ewing, Orchestra Director of Risdon Middle School

Our Key Changemaker of the Month is Mollie Ewing! As the Orchestra Director of Risdon Middle School she exemplifies the power of music education in our community. She supports our youth’s musical development both within and beyond the classroom, helping to cultivate the passion for classical music in South King County. Thank you Mollie for your work in the community and supporting Key to Change!

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