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FAQ

What COVID-19 precautions are you taking?

In order to safeguard the health and well-being of our students, staff and community, OMF has instituted several COVID-19 precautions. Lessons are via Zoom. Band rehearsals and recording sessions occur in a 400 sf garage with the door fully raised. Two industrial fans circulate 7000 cubic feet of fresh air per minute. All students wear masks, nitrile gloves, chemical suits and stay 6 feet apart. All staff wear masks, nitrile gloves, chemical suits and stay 6 feet apart. The restroom is a portalet that remains outside. The restroom, instruments and all gear are sanitized after each use. Please follow this link for more info: https://www.okmusicfoundation.org/omf-covid-19-precautions/

Where are you located?

OMF’s offices are located at 15 North Broadway St., Lebanon, OH 45036. However, we offer our programs throughout the Cincinnati, Ohio area by renting classrooms, performance halls, recording studios, camp grounds and other venues. If the budget permits, OMF will record in Chicago, Nashville, Louisville and Indianapolis.
We are in the process of raising funds for a dedicated facility.

Who is eligible for this program?

Any child in the world, age 18 or younger, can get involved. To register please use our online application which is located on the main menu.

How can I get my child involved?

At this point in time, the foundation is still raising funds in order to schedule more OMF programs. Meanwhile, you can submit an online application which is located on the main menu.

What are the audition video requirements?

When you apply to OMF you’ll be asked to provide a link to a YouTube video of you performing any song. You can also email videos of those performances. When songs become available you might be asked to send a video demonstrating that you can play the parts with a metronome (also called a “click track”). Here is an example of an audition video from 6 year old Fuzz, who auditioned for the OMF version of “Primal Concrete Sledge” by Pantera: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16XA_lxzO6Pq-nY6jWTFBhel4ng45NYJv/view?usp=sharing
These audition videos don’t have to professional filmed and recorded. You can just use your phone.

Are the OMF programs completely free for the kids?

Yes, all OMF programs are free.

If we live out of town, does OMF cover our transportation, food and lodging costs?

Unfortunately, OMF cannot cover the costs (food, gas, lodging) of a student traveling to our facility. But OMF is hard at work raising funds so we can provide financial aid to those students in need.

What kind of music do you record?

From jazz to classical, to metal and everything in between, OMF wants all students to appreciate and learn different genres of music.

Do you offer summer camps?

Yes, we offer 1 and 2 day long camps. Week long camps are also in the process of being scheduled.

Where can I download the OMF recordings?

Please visit the OMF Spotify or iTunes page for streaming and downloads. You can also find our catalog of nearly 200 songs on Bandcamp, Amazon, Tidal and countless other music platforms. All proceeds help make the OMF programs completely free for any child in the world.

Is my donation to the O'Keefe Music Foundation tax deductible?

Yes, contributions to the O’Keefe Music Foundation are tax deductible. The foundation has also been qualified by the IRS to receive tax deductible bequests, transfers and gifts.

Can I donate an instrument or recording equipment to the program?

Yes, please contact us for more information.

How is my donation used?

100 % of your donation supports music education. OMF offers lessons, classes, recording sessions and
camps. Please check out the photos and videos located on the OMF website to see these programs in
action.

Can I post the video on my own youtube channel or social media platform?

Everyone is welcome to embed the OMF YouTube video into your website or share the OMF Facebook video. But
no one is permitted to rip and re-upload the video. To maximize views there can only be one version of
the video online and that will appear on the official OMF social media platforms and YouTube channel.

Are there any copyright restrictions with the OMF photos?

OMF students are welcome to use the photos from their recording session however they like. For example,
Eli Dykstra’s album cover features a photo from his OMF recording session. We just ask that you credit
the photographer whenever you use a photo.

What is the O'Keefe Music Foundation's EIN?

O’Keefe Music Foundation / 47-1692867
Need help making a donation? Contact:
contact@okmusicfoundation.org

Can I volunteer at OMF?

OMF is always on the look out for volunteers to interview students and write articles, submit grants,
raise funds, manage social media and countless other activities. All volunteers will be background
checked. Email us at contact@okmusicfoundation.org for more information.

Do the OMF students tour?

Our students are from all over the country so it would be cost prohibitive for them to have band
practices, collaborate and tour. But our students do perform in their hometowns. Be sure to check out
their social media pages for more information about their live performances.

What kind of recording equipment do you use?

At OMF, students get to record using the absolute finest gear available: Neve and SSL preamps, Neumann
microphones., Apollo AD/DA converters and Mogami cables.