The Quest Center for Art & Community Development, Inc.
202 East Railroad Street
Dickson TN 37055-1820
Mission Statement
The Quest Center helps build and strengthen community through music, providing year-round music education & youth development programs that help improve the lives of children living in rural, lower-income communities (including individuals with special needs) regardless of financial resources, abilities or other factors. Our programs are proven to help students develop self-confidence, positive self-esteem, social skills, accountability and collaborative peer support - skills that help them succeed in school and prepare them to compete in the job market. And they can read and play music.
 
GOALS & OBJECTIVES: Our immediate and longer-term goals and objectives include: 
• make year-round music education & youth development programs accessible for all students living in rural, lower-income communities regardless of financial resources, abilities or other factors;
• eliminate most barriers to participation by 1) offering low-cost instrument instruction; 2) providing additional financial scholarships for qualified families; 3) reducing transportation issues by conducting programs at locations throughout the community as well as at our studio; 4) providing free in-class use of instruments and 5) offering home-loaner instruments, as available;
• provide a positive, creative & empowering environment that helps children develop self-confidence, positive self-esteem, social skills, accountability and collaborative peer support - skills that help them succeed in school and will prepare them to compete in the job market;
• provide a curriculum where all skill levels can experience a continuum of music activities: learn to read & play music, improve existing skills, collaborate with others, explore songwriting & performance and develop new relationships outside their normal routine;
• offer extended education opportunities that expose students to technical, business & creative career paths in music;
• engage & integrate many of the underserved students within the community, including those who may remain segregated due to factors outside their control;
• provide leadership, passion and student engagement that help reduce boredom & risk behavior among youth, especially during non-school hours & summer months;
• involve youth in leadership roles, as Teaching Assistants.
• reinforce that character and relationships matter. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Lutz
Board Chair Mr. Jim Lutz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder & CEO
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $126,072.00
Projected Annual Revenue $126,408.00 (2018)
Statements
Mission
The Quest Center helps build and strengthen community through music, providing year-round music education & youth development programs that help improve the lives of children living in rural, lower-income communities (including individuals with special needs) regardless of financial resources, abilities or other factors. Our programs are proven to help students develop self-confidence, positive self-esteem, social skills, accountability and collaborative peer support - skills that help them succeed in school and prepare them to compete in the job market. And they can read and play music.
 
GOALS & OBJECTIVES: Our immediate and longer-term goals and objectives include: 
• make year-round music education & youth development programs accessible for all students living in rural, lower-income communities regardless of financial resources, abilities or other factors;
• eliminate most barriers to participation by 1) offering low-cost instrument instruction; 2) providing additional financial scholarships for qualified families; 3) reducing transportation issues by conducting programs at locations throughout the community as well as at our studio; 4) providing free in-class use of instruments and 5) offering home-loaner instruments, as available;
• provide a positive, creative & empowering environment that helps children develop self-confidence, positive self-esteem, social skills, accountability and collaborative peer support - skills that help them succeed in school and will prepare them to compete in the job market;
• provide a curriculum where all skill levels can experience a continuum of music activities: learn to read & play music, improve existing skills, collaborate with others, explore songwriting & performance and develop new relationships outside their normal routine;
• offer extended education opportunities that expose students to technical, business & creative career paths in music;
• engage & integrate many of the underserved students within the community, including those who may remain segregated due to factors outside their control;
• provide leadership, passion and student engagement that help reduce boredom & risk behavior among youth, especially during non-school hours & summer months;
• involve youth in leadership roles, as Teaching Assistants.
• reinforce that character and relationships matter. 
Background
Dickson County is a largely rural, lower-income community 35 miles west of Nashville. The Dickson County school system consists of 15 schools and almost 9,000 students. 6 of 8 elementary schools are classified as Title 1 and 56% of K-12 public school students participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). At several Dickson County schools, that number reaches 75%-85%.
 
Our programs help address the limited and diminishing availability of affordable, accessible youth-based programs, including music programs, that provide developmental & social benefits to students both at school and during non-school hours. Like many communities across the country, Dickson is a largely rural, lower-income community with a strong focus on youth sports, but one that provides little or no access to after-school programs, including music programs, for children who are not interested in, not selected or not capable of playing sports. In most schools, traditional options such as choir or band are offered, but these may require audition or a pre-requisite level of talent. Unfortunately, these options are more selective than inclusive, and they do not address the need to pro-actively offer music education for students who fall outside the mainstream, who do not participate in sports or other organized after-school activities, who don’t meet minimum talent requirements or who require more individual focus. 
 
Established in 2013, the Quest Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music education & youth development center located in Dickson TN. We help build and strengthen community through music, helping to improve the lives of children living in rural, lower-income communities. Our programs are proven to help students develop self-confidence, positive self-esteem, social skills, accountability and collaborative peer support - skills that help them succeed in school and will prepare them to compete in the job market. And they can read and play music. Our operational model eliminates most barriers to participation & accessibility, and no child is turned away for financial reasons. But everyone is expected to contribute.
CONSTITUENTS & DEMOGRAPHICS: The Quest Center is committed to a culture of inclusion, acceptance & respect. Our programs serve elementary, middle and high-school students from all ethnic and income demographics (although most are lower-income) living in rural communities, as well as individuals living with disabilities (behavioral, social, emotion or developmental). Therefore, 100% of our constituents may be classified as underserved, many of whom are in desperate need of positive, structured after-school activities. 
Impact
Our key accomplishments in the past 12 months include:
 
STUDENT ENROLLMENT: >700 students served through classes, workshops & camps, including over 100 students enrolled in weekly music classes.
STUDENT RETENTION: 88-91% (percentage of students completing the session they begin; variable by semester).
ACHIEVEMENT OF MUSIC EDUCATION OBJECTIVES: Students demonstrate progress through oral exams and musical performance. A number of our students also perform at charitable community events throughout the year.
ABILITY TO SECURE FUNDING: Each of our 3 revenue streams (program fees, donations & grants) have significantly increased year-on-year.
IMPACT STATEMENTS & FEEDBACK from parents, students and partner organizations: Sample impact statements follow. To view more testimonials & impact statements, please visit https://www.qcdickson.org/testimonials/
YOUTH LEADERSHIP: Our student Teaching Assistant program has grown from 1 student to a team of 5 students.
 
We have pragmatically ambitious plans for the balance of the 2018 fiscal year, each dependent on bandwidth and funding:
 
• Continued growth and diversity in community penetration, including a sustainable presence in 7 Dickson County schools during 2018-2019 school year
• Recruit passionate educators to increase our program delivery capabilities and meet an overwhelming, unfulfilled need within the community
• ‘Right-size’ organization, functionally and with competitive compensation
• Strengthen our Board of Directors
• Shift revenue mix to increase donor contributions, particularly focusing on corporate philanthropy, donor relationships and effective fund-raising (annually; monthly)
 
Sample impact statements from parents & students:
 
• “… I was losing Dixie at only 11 years old. She was sad, angry, reclusive. She had been having trouble for years with teachers and other kids at school. Not anymore. I can’t say enough, how much the Quest Center has positively impacted her life. As a single-income family of 6, we could not provide Dixie with lessons without the Quest Center. I believe the Quest Center has truly changed her.” — Mother of 12-year-old Dickson Middle School student
• “… after just one semester of beginner guitar instruction, emotionally she was a changed person. It built her self-confidence, her self-esteem. She became more outgoing. She just seemed to love life more.” — Parent of 12-year-old homeschooled student
• “I see the self-esteem of children – not just my own children, but all children who attend classes at the Quest Center – rise, really improve… because the staff believes in them, and they start to believe in themselves.” — Parent of 4 Quest Center students, ages 12-17
• “You help me in inspiring and unexplainable ways and I thank you.” — J.Y., Homeschooled student
• “I never had role models in my life until I was introduced to the Quest Center. It’s been honestly the best thing I’ve ever experienced and had in my life.” — 15-year-old McGavock High School student (formerly CWHS and DCHS)
• “Quest Center teachers are very encouraging and patient with us. I am very shy, but when I’m at the Quest Center that just goes away. Along with that I have made many friends that I wouldn’t have met without the Quest Center. I’m now playing guitar, sax and fiddle.” — S.E., Charlotte Middle School student
• “The Quest Center works so hard with Dickson County youth… They have given my son… more confidence in himself and the gift of love for music and his growing into a better young man.” — Mother of Charlotte Middle School student
• “New Directions Academy is a public alternative school… students have behavioral and learning disabilities… Mr. Lutz’s guitar class has had a positive impact on all involved. Students have improved social skills… students give and receive positive feedback and accept constructive criticism. Students offer support and encouragement to each other…” — Dr. Marvene Fultz, Site Director at New Directions Academy
Needs
Our most immediate needs:
 
FINANCIAL SUPPORT to attract and reasonably compensate talented, gifted resources required to meet Quest Center growth objectives, offset operational & program expenses and deliver sustainable, quality programming.
TALENTED EDUCATORS: selfless educators with a Passion for children and music, and willingness to share that passion with children grades 4-12 to lead after-school group guitar classes at age and skill-appropriate levels, consistent with the mission, values and goals of the Quest Center. After-school availability, exceptional youth-engagement skills and successful background check required.
EFFECTIVE BOARD MEMBER CANDIDATES: we are seeking to strengthen our Board of Directors. Pre-requisite 3-month Advisory Board position.
FUNDRAISING SUPPORT – grant writing, grassroots fundraising, and donor relationship management.
AN EXPANDED NETWORK OF ARTIST RELATIONSHIPS to help connect our students to the 'real' world, lead student workshops, assist with periodic music camps (limited run or one-off) and participate in fundraisers.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Support and contributions come in many forms. Our program is only successful with the support and participation of many people & organizations. Please consider donations in the form of your time, talents or financial support. Our current needs include:
 
FINANCIAL SUPPORT. It takes money to compensate our gifted instructors and run the operation. Help us expand our network of benefactors & donors, esp. recurring financial support from corporate philanthropy, employee matching programs, private wealth. Online donations are accepted through our Giving Matters profile page, on our website qcdickson.org and on our Facebook page. Click the DONATE button and follow the PayPal instructions. Checks may be payable to The Quest Center and mail to 202 East Railroad Street, Dickson, TN 37055. THANK YOU!
EDUCATIONAL TOOLS, eg: internet service; tablets; 60” monitor; digital recording software licenses
EXPANDED NETWORK OF ARTIST RELATIONSHIPS to help connect our students to the 'real' world, lead student workshops, assist with periodic music camps (limited run or one-off) and participate in fundraisers
TALENTED EDUCATORS: selfless educators with a Passion for children and music, and willingness to share that passion with children grades 4-12 to lead after-school group guitar classes at age and skill-appropriate levels, consistent with the mission, values and goals of the Quest Center. After-school availability, exceptional youth-engagement skills and successful background check required.
EFFECTIVE BOARD MEMBER CANDIDATES: we are seeking to strengthen our Board of Directors. Pre-requisite 3-month Advisory Board position
FUNDRAISING SUPPORT – grant writing, relationships and grassroots fundraising
SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORT (marketing, engagement, measurement) expertise to help expand and improve effectiveness of our digital footprint
PASSIONATE, TALENTED VOLUNTEERS. NOTE: talent is not limited to musical proficiency. If you’d like to get involved, let’s talk!
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Dickson
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
Our studio is located in Dickson County, TN. While the large majority of our students reside within Dickson County and adjacent communities, we do not place any geographic restrictions on student participation.
CEO Statement
Programs
Description Year-round, weekly instrument instruction for students grades 4-12.
Budget 85,250
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations,
Short Term Success
The Quest Center has adopted the following metrics to help capture & measure the quality & impact of its programs on students, their families and the community: 
 
• Growth/stability in student participation & partnerships: we will expose over 700 children each year to music and music education opportunities, many who have never had access to musical instruments, and over 100 students will be enrolled in weekly music education classes.
• Student retention (percentage of students who complete the session they begin): we will maintain an average 75-80% student retention rate.
• Achievement of music education objectives: Students demonstrate progress through oral exams and musical performance. A number of our students also perform at charitable community events throughout the year.
• Ability to secure funding; allowing us to sustain, strengthen and grow our program participation.
• Feedback from parents and partner organizations: Our programs help students develop self-confidence, positive self-esteem, social skills, accountability and collaborative peer support - skills that help them succeed in school and help prepare them to compete in the job market. And they can read and play music. To view testimonials, including video statements from parents, teachers, school administrators, grantors and celebrities, please visit https://www.qcdickson.org/testimonials/
Long term Success
The Quest Center has adopted the following metrics to help capture & measure the quality & impact of its programs on students, their families and the community:
• Growth/stability in student participation & partnerships: we will expose over 700 children each year to music and music education opportunities, many who have never had access to musical instruments, and over 100 students will be enrolled in weekly music education classes.
• Student retention (percentage of students who complete the session they begin): we will maintain an average 75-80% student retention rate.
• Achievement of music education objectives: Students demonstrate progress through oral exams and musical performance. A number of our students also perform at charitable community events throughout the year.
• Ability to secure funding; allowing us to sustain, strengthen and grow our program participation.
• Feedback from parents and partner organizations: Our programs help students develop self-confidence, positive self-esteem, social skills, accountability and collaborative peer support - skills that help them succeed in school and help prepare them to compete in the job market. And they can read and play music. To view testimonials, including video statements from parents, teachers, school administrators, grantors and celebrities, please visit https://www.qcdickson.org/testimonials/
Program Success Monitored By Program success will ultimately be monitored by the Executive Director, in partnership with Quest Center staff, constituents and Board members. Our measurement tools include student registration and attendance forms, student participation in community events and feedback & impact statements from parents, students and teachers.
Examples of Program Success To view testimonials, including video statements from parents, teachers, school administrators, grantors and celebrities, please visit https://www.qcdickson.org/testimonials/
Description
Extended education & community activities that take students out of the classroom and expose them to 'real' world aspects of music, frequently featuring professional artists, engineers and other industry professionals. Subjects include technical & creative careers in music; studio recording; songwriting; live performanceActivities also include monthly student jams and student musician support for charitable & community events.
 
Budget 18,550
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations,
Description

Year-round, weekly music-themed programs serving children, young adults and adults living with disabilities. In partnership with the Arc Dickson County and Developmental Services of Dickson County.

Budget 15,200
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations
Description

A series of 5 summer and winter music camps that provide children and youth with hands-on, music-related activities, including access to musical instruments, songwriting, arranging original and cover material, studio recording and performance.

Budget 8,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations,
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jim Lutz
Company Affiliation Founder & CEO
Term Jan 2013 to Jan 2019
Email jim@qcdickson.org
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Dara Carson Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Bradford Diehl Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Jim Lutz Founder & CEOVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 66%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 66%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Youth Board Members
Additional Boards: Youth Board Members
NameAffiliation
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Tim DuBois Music executive & educator
Mr. Taylor Eagleson Student, Creek Wood High School
Mr. Bernie Nelson Singer/Songwriter
Mr. Jonah Rabinowitz W.O. Smith Music School
Dr. Drew Williams Educator; musician
Mr. Charlie Worsham Singer/Songwriter - Warner Music Nashville
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jim Lutz
Term Start Jan 2013
Email jim@qcdickson.org
Experience
Jim has over 30 years experience in business leadership & individual contributor roles, 20+ with P&L accountability. He's supported diverse industries including music, sports, financial services & social services. Jim began teaching music in mid-1970's, providing programs for at-risk youth in a residential treatment setting. Since then, he's led emerging & successful organizations to their next levels of growth. As a member of the of echomusic executive team between 2006-2009, his client roster of over 300 entertainers included: Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley, Diddy, Brooks & Dunn, Janet Jackson, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and corporate clients such as Clorox Corporation, Disney, Sony Music, RIM, General Motors, Vee Corp and the Professional Bull Riders. Jim’s demonstrated successful performance in organizations ranging from start-up to $4 billion in revenue.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Contractors 10
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Under Development
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Community ServiceDevelopmental Services of Dickson County2014
Senior Staff
Title Founder, CEO, Individual Contributor
Experience/Biography

Jim has over 30 years’ experience as a business leader & individual contributor, 19+ with P&L accountability, supporting diverse industries including music, sports, financial services & social services. Jim recognized his passion for music instruction in mid-1970’s, providing music education & enrichment programs for at-risk youth in a residential treatment setting. Since then, he’s led emerging & successful organizations to their next level of corporate growth. As a member of the of echomusic executive team, his 300+ client roster included Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Diddy, Dierks Bentley, Janet Jackson, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Alicia Keys, Brooks & Dunn and corporate clients such as Clorox Corporation, Disney, Sony Music, RIM, Vee Corp, General Motors and the Professional Bull Riders. Jim’s demonstrated successful performance in organizations ranging from early stage to $4 billion in revenue.

Title Instructor. MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist & Certified Neurologic Music Therapist
Experience/Biography

Heather earned an associates degree in music from Northwest Shoals Community College in Phil Campbell, AL and a bachelors degree in music therapy from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She completed her internship at the STAR Center in Jackson, TN and has been a board certified music therapist since March 2009.

Title Instructor, Intermediate/Advanced Guitar, Fiddle
Experience/Biography

Russell is a graduate of Belmont College with a major in Commercial Guitar. He began playing piano and guitar at ages 12 and 15, respectively. Through high school he played in the school jazz band (guitar & bass), concert band (french horn) and marching band (alto horn). A musical omnivore, Russell’s performed as a singer/songwriter and has played with various rock bands, country bands, Irish dance bands, old-time string bands, a bluegrass band and as a utility member of various worship groups. His early career included gigs at Nashville Songwriter’s Association and Cornelius Publishing

Title Instructor, Voice Conditioning, Keyboards
Experience/Biography

Lisa comes to us with a B.A. in Music and a Master of Education. She began her own musical studies as a piano and vocal student at Dickson County High School (DCHS), and was a member of the All-State choir during her senior year, accompanying for all DCHS vocal ensembles. Lisa attended Central Bible College (now Evangel University) where she toured the U. S. and Canada as the keyboardist for Revivaltime Radio Choir. Since 2010, Lisa has been teaching private voice and piano lessons at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN and her own Z School of Music. Between 2010-16, she served as the choral director and class piano instructor at Creek Wood High School in Dickson County.

 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $126,408.00
Projected Expenses $126,072.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$67,234$32,632$0
Administration Expense$8,812$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.581.65--
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$74,580$31,566$0
Current Assets$74,580$31,566$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$196$1,547$0
Total Net Assets$74,384$30,019$0
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities380.5120.40--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $75,000Contributions, Gifts and Grants $47,913 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $33,336Program Revenue $5,981 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $12,075 -- --
Form 990s
990EZ2016
990EZ2015
990-N2014
990N2013
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from Form 990.
Form 990 was prepared internally by the nonprofit.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 6/19/17.
 
Nonprofit The Quest Center for Art & Community Development, Inc.
Address 202 East Railroad Street
Dickson, TN 37055 1820
Primary Phone (615) 326-5090
Contact Email jim@qcdickson.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Lutz
Board Chair Mr. Jim Lutz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder & CEO
Year of Incorporation 2013

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