Couch Music Education Foundation Inc
700 Haben Blvd
Manatee School for the Arts
Palmetto FL 34221
The Del Couch Music Education Foundation was formed to provide students with opportunities to create and learn about music and to provide an understand of the music business, to record and listen to their musical creations and to provide a platform which can enhance their musical, cultural, academic and life opportunities. 
CEO/Executive Director No Executive director
Board Chair mr del couch
Board Chair Affiliation couch music education foundation
General Info
Organization DBA
Del Couch Music Education Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2017
State Registration Yes Mar 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $42,000.00
Projected Expenses $42,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
The success of the program is evident in all of the students accomplishments, some students have entered the military  and private studios as audio engineers  after completing our training , others are performing on stages around the country. Here are a few student successes : 
*Sam Woolf  , Top 5 American Idol , singer songwriter currently touring, recording and has charted at # 14 on Billboard, awarded a full Berklee College of Music Scholarship .   
*Matt Walden , singer songwriter, has 2 songs charted in the top 10 on ITunes worldwide charts, currently touring, & recording , recently performed in Times Square NY at the All American High School Film Festival with Sam Woolf.  Recorded a new music video of original song while in New York . 
*Colton Cason :  Featured performer  at the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach S.C. multi instumentalist, vocalist, Colton has 2 original songs featured in movies, one produced by Ray Ramano's  production team,  "The investigator" and the other "Breathe " is the closing  track from the award winning documentary about domestic violence " A Way Out"
* Taylor Zebracki  :  attending Belmont in Nashville as a commercial music major, she also had one of her songs featured the documentary about domestic violence "A Way Out" as the  title track.
* Paige Merriman :  singer songwriter, winner of Rock for A Cause in Sarasota at 15 , she has recorded her first CD and performed in New York's Time Square at the All American High School Film Festival.
Paige Irene Bruns:  Paige is a film maker who came to us from the prestigious  Interlachen School in Michgan. paige produced a documentary on the foundation as her senior project and the documentary was submitted to film festivals around the country. Paige has won best student documentary at 8 film festivals including Hollywood International Documentary Festival in LA,  and the All American High School Film Festival in New York, where 5 foundations students attended the festival and performed on opening night in Times Square.
Needs Statement
1.  Software , Instruments , costs are around $ 2500.00 per student to provide students with these needs for the training.
2. Music Lessons : A $ 1000.00 donation provides each student with 25 weeks private vocal , guitar, piano, instruments as needed by the                   student. 
3. Computers :  $1500.00 provides each student with their own work station that they can sign out and utilize at home and in the studio.
4. Music Scholarships to summer music camps:  $8000.00 provides a student to attend Berklee College of Music ,5 week camp at the campus           in  Boston, which can transfer to a full degree program if the student receives at least a B in all classes.
5. Studio Production/ Recordings :   $  5000.00 will furnish a student with professional full length recordings of CD's and the creation of                   electronic press kits (EPK) for each student to use in marketing and promotions  of themselves to labels and producers around the industry. 
Background Statement
The foundation was born from a need in the community that Del Couch recognized was not being  fulfilled  by our schools. No
one was teaching students about the business side of music, or providing private training in all aspects of the music industry, providing access to a full commercial recording studio . Del opened his studio to the needs of disadvantaged , underprivileged youths and started providing the students with the tools and training to be success in the music business.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Tampa Bay area of Florida, and other parts of the US as students find out about us.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Employment
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

“There are 3 ways to move a child out of poverty; education, athletics or music.”

This is the credo that drives Del Couch to be a mentor, teacher, advocate, agent, role model, manager and father figure for many of the vulnerable kids in our community. And he provides all of this unconditionally, at no cost and with no expectations.

The future would be bleak for many of the kids if it weren’t for Del. He is selfless in his thoughts and actions and he performs extraordinary deeds everyday. He serves children, teens and young adults in our community who are less; less affluent, less popular, less accepted and less understood by their peers. These children would never have the opportunity to experience the wonder and benefits of music let alone to be empowered with the knowledge and self-actualization to have a career in music.

Every child is accepted into the Del Couch Music Education Foundation. And every child has a story. Del created his foundation out of necessity. Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument through their school’s music program (if a program exists). One or two years later, more than 50% of those students quit. This is due to a variety of factors including a lack of adequate funding, music teachers that are not musicians, the lack of proper tools, instruments and/or technology, the curriculum is not relevant or it does not prepare kids for real world opportunities.

Del’s concept was unique. Nothing like this existed in our community.  Professional musicians mentor the kids and they have opportunities to earn scholarships and internships. And all of this is provided at no cost. Although the foundation accepts donations the majority of the funding comes from Del. He is the main contributor in all aspects, financial, teaching, mentoring, promotion, coordination and most importantly his time.

The Foundation gives kids hope that they will survive today and an opportunity to dream of a better tomorrow through free access to music education, recording equipment, performance opportunities and mentorship. At any given time Del works with over 100 kids of various ages and expertise.

Del teaches all aspects of music from performance to production including writing, recording, industry law and technology. He provides free lessons for students in voice, guitar, piano, brass, percussion and strings. And he provides all the necessary instruments, equipment , technology and the development of social media skills which is required in todays music business .

Del’s passion has inspired Grammy award winning producers, hall of fame inductees, and professional musicians to become mentors for the kids. Del has used these music connections to record celebrity “wake-up” calls for our school district for its involvement with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Celebrities record messages as a reminder to parents to get their child to school on time, every day. The families of the 48,000 students in our public schools receive these messages monthly. These kids would never have had these opportunities to create, to inspire or change the world if it wasn't for Del. 

 Audio Engineering & Production : Classes in  studio recording, production , commercial music, includes areas of copywriting, the business of music, social media promotion,  artist representation and more. Classes are held at Manatee School for The Arts at no cost tho the school or students. Students receive a grade which is part of their GPA.  Currently have 4 levels of classes, recording 1, 2, 3 and commercial music .  Student enrollment to these classes exceed 100 students. Training exceeds military standards for entry as audio engineers or performers.
Budget $12,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Graduates have received  jobs in the military , in live sound production companies, started their own music businesses,  perform at nationally recognized  facilities, and all classes provide the training to go to college to become audio engineers.
Long Term Success We are providing students with the opportunities to have a successful career in the music business with the training that our  high school music programs can't provide. Many students are working at recognized national institutions like The Carolina Opry in Myrtyl  Beach S.C. , Skywalker Sound in Cal. , American Idol and more. Students have entered the military as audio engineers, and performers. Students have received jobs in live sound with tour companies,  have their songs in movies and documentaries. Students have also had their original songs on  the charts around the world. Some have gone on to open their own studios , and start their own production companies.
Program Success Monitoring
Continued mentoring of students that have completed the program and gone on to their careers is provided on an on going bases. Successful students return to the class and other their own mentoring and advice to students currently enrolled. The foundation becomes a family for a lot of these students and they are eager to give back.  
Program Success Examples
SamWool:American Idol top 5, charted on billboard , has successful touring career.
Matt Walden ;  charted on  I tunes world wide, performs concerts all over the country.
Thomas Sanford: success career as sound engineer with touring company
Trevor Bystrom : opened successful studio, performs at Universal Studios, and tours
Mario  Martinez : signed with latino label in LA , sold ove 80,000 cd's on first album tours
Paige Merriman : won Rock for a Cause, performed in Times Square, recorded first CD, (she is still in high school)
Taylor Zebracki:  song selected for documentary film on domestic violence, recieved entry into Belmont Music School in Nashville.
Colton Cason: songs in nationally release movie , and documentaries, and is a full time performer with The Carolina Opry 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % n/a
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 25
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Manatee School for the Arts
Manatee County School Board 
S One Coporation /Rock for The Cause 
Manatee Technical College
YMCA of Manatee County
Drug Free Manatee
The Taste of Manatee 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Under Development
Multi-Media Comments by Organization This documentary of the foundation was filmed and edited by foundation student Paige Irene Burns. The documentary has been nominated 10 times at film festivals around the country and has been awarded "best student documentary" at The Hollywood International Film Festival  in LA, Festival, Chandler Arizona Film Festival, and The High School All American Film Festival in New York,  were the students featured in the documentary went to New York by invitation of the film festivals board , and performed at the opening ceremonies for the festival , held in Times Square.
Board Chair
Board Chair mr del couch
Company Affiliation couch music education foundation
Board Term Jan 2008 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Jessica A Couch Genentec
Mr. Del Couch couch music education foundation
Ms Delaney Couch student
Mr. Rick Derringer Rick Derringer Productions
Dr. Shelia Halpin Manatee County School Adminstration
Ms. Diane Kalley-Bradely community volunteer
Mr Henry Lawrence Oakland Raiders-retired
Dr. Erol Oszever Manatee School for the Arts
Mrs. Elizabeth Wallace University of Alabama
Dr. Roy Woolf retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 70
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Capital Campaign
Governance Comments by Organization
Our board represents a diverse highly group of advisers that are in the top of their fields. All are committed to helping students 
achieve success in their careers and believe that music education is one of the ways to help students throughout their life.
Dr. Jessica Couch , neuroscientist , specializing in brain functions and provides us with insight  into how young brains are affected 
by music education.
Dr. Erol Oszever is our guitar mentor/teacher and has achieved a doctorate in classical guitar from  Jacob School of Music at the University of Indiana
Dr. Shelia Halpin is a Tilte 1 school specialist and provides the foundation with advice for facing the challenges of working with this group of students. 
Dr. Roy Woolf is a retired dentist and the grandfather of Sam Woolf, American Idol top 5 finisher and a successful business man.
Rick Derringer is a world class musician, singer/songwrtier and grammy award winner. Rick has several # 1 hits including Hang on Sloopy and Rock & Rock Hoochie Koo. Rick has produced Records for grammy artists Edgar & Johnny Winter and others. He recently completed a tour with  Ringo Starr and the Allstarr band. 
Diane  Kalley Bradley is a successful touring singer and vocal coach, She and the band Shaman have performed over  1000 gigs all over the US as a corporate event band and she mentors students on performance & voice.
Elizabeth Grimes Wallace is  the former director (retired) of special events for the University of Alabama and is married to George Wallace Jr.
Elizabeth advises on affairs, fund raisers and matters that relate to the social side of non profits.
Henry Lawrence    is a former NFL football player with the Oakland Raiders, having won 3 super bowls in his career.  Henry is a gifted performer and public speaker and recently ran for US Congress. Henry mentors at risk kids and provides insight in to what it takes to be great at what a student can accomplish if pointed  in the right direction and given the proper tools for success.
Delaney Couch  is founder Del Couch's daughter and in 11th grade at MSA. She is a gifted performer and leads the foundations students in planning and preparing for events and gigs. She founded and organized  the foundations glee club and prepares them for their performances. She plans to attend Berklee College of Music with a major in  Music Business Production when she graduates.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $42,000.00
Projected Expenses $42,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal $100,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2017 to July 2017
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$27,500$18,200$12,200
Administration Expense$12,000$9,800$4,250
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%65%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $39,500Contributions, gifts, grants $28,000Contributions, gifts, grants $16,450
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's unaudited compilations.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately identified on the compilations.
Nonprofit Couch Music Education Foundation Inc
Address 700 Haben Blvd
Manatee School for the Arts
Palmetto, FL 34205
Phone 941 545-4379