Center for Music by People with Disabilities (Missoula, MT)


  • Name:Devan Kartha
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Music by People with Disabilities
  • Address:c/o Devan Kartha
    415 West Central Avenue
    Missoula, MT 59801-6813
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:406-728-9193

User Address

  • Address:
    Missoula, MT 59801
    United States

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • “Center for Music by People with Disabilities will strive to make music-related activities – music learning, music making, composing, performing, and recording – accessible to children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities in the county of Missoula so that the vision of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 of full inclusion of people with disabilities in the educational, social, and cultural life of the community can be transformed into a reality.”

  • History:
  • CMPD is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation incorporated (2004) in the state of Montana. Our board includes parents and relatives of children/adults with disabilities and educators at the school and university level as well as music professionals. The Board has gender and racial parity and we welcome people with disabilities to serve on the Board.

    Our work builds upon the activities of Missoula Project for Music by People with Disabilities of which we are the continuation. We have been operating studios since 1998 to create actual music learning and music-making opportunities on a weekly basis in the lives of children, youth and a few adults with disabilities with the purpose of enhancing their quality of life. Also we have experienced that music has magical outcomes in uplifting the spirit, energizing the mind, exercising the body, and enhancing digital skills, social skills, and skills of cognition such as pattern recognition and focusing. We have also used music practice as means of teaching mathematics, physics, poetry, and social studies.

    Montana being an agricultural state, our resources are minimal and our cultural opportunities need improvement. We need all the help we can get from out of state sources. Only the music teachers in the program are paid and all the other participants such as board members, legal advisers, music consultants, evaluators, and parents of the beneficiaries work on a voluntary basis.

    Since 1998, we have raised over 70 small grants totaling $200,000 for purchasing instruments and paying small honoraria to 9 musicians and music-teachers who help in organizing music sessions for our 72 beneficiaries. The local community has donated music studio space and supporters have volunteered time, phone and printing costs, etc. Local music stores have given us generous discounts. In short, our program has its roots in the local community. The original impetus comes from the work of the Executive Director with a large group of people with mental and physical disabilities using the healing and developmental powers of music-making in Washington, DC from 1993 – 1998.

  • Year established:1998
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:10

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • 1. Thomas Graff 2. Jennifer Copley 3. Brian March 4. Janet Stroethoff 5. Lesa Setters

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Devan K.M. Kartha (Executive Director)
    Thomas Graff (President of the Board

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • 1. Jennifer Slayden (Music Instructor--Part-time)
    2. Katherine Skinner (Music Instructor--Part-time)
    3. Matthew Nord (Music Instructor--Part-time)
    4. Amy Ratzlaf (Music Instructor--Part-time)
    5. Loy Marks (Music Instructor--Part-time)
    6. Ken Grant (Music Instructor--Part-time)
    7. Chuck North (Music Instructor--Part-time)
    8. Nancy Seldin (Music Instructor--Part-time)
    9. Rhanda Johnson (Music Instructor--Part-time)


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:73-1706500

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:731706500
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:415 W CENTRAL AVE
  • Organization City:MISSOULA
  • Organization State:MT
  • Organization Zip:59801-6813
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 2004
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:A6C
  • Asset Amount:$115,086
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$107,975
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$107,975
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 7:21:07 pm

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