Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Policy

Modern Marimba is committed to dismantling white supremacy by amplifying and reclaiming the musical voices of living, formerly living, and collective people who have been muted throughout western history. This means that our Board of Directors, music creators, educators, and staff understand that Modern Marimba is openly committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism through work that directly benefits the local Sarasota community. We openly acknowledge the problematic and limiting nature of the nonprofit industrial complex, and we intentionally try to limit our impact in participating in harm.

MODMA commits to the following policy starting in the 2020/2021 season:

No less than 75% of Modern Marimba’s assets, Board of Directors, and programs will be led, represent, or serve music creators, staff, and grantees who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), Queer and Genderqueer (LGBT2QIA+), Disabled, and Women. Modern Marimba’s Board of Directors commits to having regular conversations and taking action in advancing anti-racism and dismantling white supremacy in our music ecosystems and in our community. 

Modern Marimba will conduct identity surveys every year, financially measure its depth of impact, and be held accountable by its Board of Directors and the public.

If we cannot adhere to this policy, Modern Marimba will dismantle at the end of the 2024/2025 season, and its assets will be transferred to non-profit organizations in Sarasota committed to justice and peace through anti-oppression and anti-racism.

Modern Marimba aspires to be a nonprofit organization grounded in equity, especially for those who continue to be silenced, ignored, or muted, so we do a different kind of work than what is currently the status quo around us.

Modern Marimba is committed to these ten principles inspired by Community-Centric Fundraising:

1. We foster respect for living beings.

2. Our mission is not as important as the health of the Sarasota community and the health of the planet.

3. We promote the understanding that people benefit by engaging in music – it’s not just about charity and compassion.

4. We see the work in music as holistic and transformative, not transactional.

5. We recognize that healing and liberation require a commitment to economic justice.

6. Donations must be grounded in equity, racial, and social justice. We are committed to creating sustainable and equitable musical ecosystems that dismantle oppression.

7. We treat donors as partners, and this means that we are transparent and are willing to have difficult conversations.

8. All who engage in strengthening the community in Sarasota and greater Southwest Florida throughout our organization are equally valued, whether a musician, composer, student, teacher, volunteer, staff, donor, audience member, or board member.

9. Time is valued as equally as money.

10. We are generous and mutually supportive of other nonprofits and mutual aid groups that share our values.