The purpose for which The American Bandmasters Association Foundation, Inc. was formed is to solicit, receive, and administer funds, the income of which provides support for various educational projects of The American Bandmasters Association Foundation.
The statement above from the Foundation bylaws summarizes the basic idea of its founders. The bylaws and incorporation papers provide for holding all contributions in perpetuity, stipulating that only the income from the foundation investments can be used for projects approved by the Foundation board. Your gift is tax deductible.
This will be acknowledged in writing by the ABA Foundation for tax credit purposes. The American Bandmasters Association Foundation, Inc. is exempted from Federal income taxes under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Donations to the ABA Foundation, Inc. are received by Myron Welch, Treasurer, at the address listed at the bottom of this page.
The ABA Foundation provides annual financial support for the preservation of material in the ABA Research Collection, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland. Beginning in 2011, the Sousa Foundation joined with the ABA Foundation to provide financial support to the Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Band Composition Contest. Financial support is provided for the publication of books on band research and biographies of distinguished band conductors and composers, as well as to select publishers for new editions of full scores to cherished wind band works.
With the valued help of our donors, The American Bandmasters Association Foundation, Inc. will continue to be a major catalyst in the development of original band repertoire and other projects of importance to the bands throughout the world.
ABA Foundation Officers
John R. Locke, Executive Director
Myron D. Welch, Treasurer
Joe Hermann, Chair
Johnnie Vinson, Vice Chair
ABA Foundation Board Members
Harris Brinson, Richard Mayne, John O’Reilly
Ex-Officio Foundation Board Members for 2022-23
Michael Colburn, President
Bobby R. Francis, President-Elect
Thomas V. Fraschillo, Secretary-Treasurer
Kerry Taylor, Chairman of the Board of Directors
The American Bandmasters Association Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Myron Welch, Treasurer
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Coralville, IA 52241