Frequent Questions and Answers Regarding Donations
Why are you asking for "non-service" donations? What
are the donations for?
When an artist makes a "donation for
services" offer that is below the suggested donation rate, we need "non-service"
donations to kick-in to make up the difference. Generally, our overhead
expenditures are no different when helping an artist offering less than our
suggested rate. So anytime an artist cannot afford our full suggested
price, there is a need for a non-service donation to make up the difference -
and that's just to maintain our operation! Of course, we want
to be able to grow and expand our range of services and keep up with technology
in order to offer our clients the level of professional quality service they'll
need to compete in the music world. We also want to hire more engineers
and increase the amount of time we can dedicate to this ministry and enlist
whatever means we can find to get the word out to as many artists as possible
that we are here to help - and advertising is not cheap! Of course, all
this growth requires even more funding and need for more donations!
Are you a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization? Will I receive
a tax deductible receipt?
At this time we are not "officially" a
non-profit 501C3 organization, however we are taking serious steps towards that
goal. Again, this is something we could use your financial help with,
because it takes money to set it all up! At this present time, our
official registration with the State of Washington is as a Sole Proprietorship
under Mr. Joseph R. Nicholson, DBA: JC Music Connection, Project Won Studios and
Boat Rocker Records, (WA State License # 601842793). All donors WILL
receive a receipt, but as far as we know, it is not tax deductible. But
please, consult your tax advisor to be sure!
Specifically, how will my donation be used , where does the
money go, and how will I know?
We'll answer this question in two parts. The
first part will explain the many different expenses your donation may help to
cover. The second part will explain how you are kept informed about how
your donations are being used.
PART 1 - Your donations can be
used in several possible ways. There are monthly bills that the
business/ministry must pay. We need to pay off the bank loans that were
incurred to finance the construction of our studio as well as the purchase of
the majority equipment, software and instruments used. There are other
regular expenses like advertising and promotional costs, phone and internet
costs, office and printing supplies, recording media (CD's, DVD's, CD/DVD cases,
etc.). There are travel and auto maintenance expenses, instrument tuning
and maintenance expenses, (like piano tuning, new guitar strings, etc.), and
there is the cost of keeping this web site going! Then there is the
occasional purchase and upgrading of studio gear and software to be able to
offer our clients the quality of technology their music deserves. Much of
the technology we seek out and purchase is for the purpose of saving our clients
money by using gear and software that allow us to process and edit audio quicker
and more efficiently, and thereby saving time. There is of course, all the
usual utilities to pay, and there is the monthly mortgage on the facility
itself. Most of the utility and mortgage expenses are currently subsidized
by the salaries the owner and his wife receive from their outside employment!
Of course, there is always the hope that after all monthly expenses are paid,
there is something left to pay the owner and any other on-call staff members who
have worked on projects during the month. Last, but certainly not least,
we make sure we give a portion to our local church.
PART 2 - There are basically two
ways to donate. The first way is to make a donation in exchange for
services. These donors are most often referred to as Clients. The
second way to make a donation... is to simply donate! For this you will
receive a receipt and, for a year following the date of your most recent
donation, you'll receive a monthly newsletter, part of which contains a
financial report and a general itemization of our expenses, the donations we've
received, and how the donations are being used.
Can I specify how my donation will be used?
It depends. If you make a donation in exchange for a service - no.
If you make a "non-service" donation then yes, you may specify how the entire
amount of your donation will be used within a given set of categories. When you
don't specify how you want your donation used, it will go into the general fund
and used wherever it is needed most at the time.