Dane County New Horizons Music, Inc.

Dane County New Horizons Music, Inc. (Dane County New Horizons Music) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides an entry point for aspiring adult musicians, a re-entry opportunity for individuals who have been exposed to playing in a band during their school days and those who have been continuous players.


To effectively carry out our mission, DCNM requires funds to support the educational activities necessary to develop and maintain an ensemble. Unlike for-profit-supported New Horizons bands, DCNHM returns all fees back to the ensemble to support its programs, build on its successes and maintain low costs to participants. Our Summer Session is July-September and includes 8 rehearsals. The cost is $72 if paid by July 12th or two payments of $40 (July 12th & September 6th). A second person living at the same address is $40 with payment due by July 12th.


  • Fees support our conductor's efforts at rehearsals, sectionals, concerts and for preparation time.
  • As the number of participants in the band increases, we will add sectional teachers to maintain a high level of quality in our music education.
  • The cost of buying printed music can be significant. We hope we can keep this as low as possible by borrowing music from other bands whenever possible.
  • Liability insurance, licensing fees to publicly perform copyrighted music and our web site adds another layer of cost.
  • While individual members supply their own instruments, percussion instruments are typically purchased, maintained and stored by the ensemble.
  • We also pay rent to the Madison Metropolitan School District for rehearsal space.


As a non-profit, we can accept donations, apply for grant money and develop a partnership relationship with individuals and businesses, all sources of untaxed funds that can decrease participant fees.


Our board wishes to maintain transparency of budgeting and costs of the band and share the information with band members. If you have any questions about DCNHM's finances, please speak with our Financial Secretary.

FEES FOR PARTICIPATION IN DCNHM ENSEMBLES

You're never too old to make music.