Mass Street Music: Hypothetical Donor Memo

As a part of an information exploration class, we were to do research into a local company and write a hypothetical donor memo to explore putting the gathered information into writing. This assignment demonstrates the ability to use search strategies to find information, documenting how this information was searched for and found, and synthesizing the information found.

TO: KUE Fundraising Staff

FROM: Alexandria Brown, Communications intern

DATE: Sept. 16, 2022

SUBJECT: Potential partnership with Mass Street Music

I recently looked into Mass Street Music, a local music repair and equipment shop, as a possible candidate for our Community Partnership Program.

The Business

Mass Street Music is a local music shop in Lawrence, Kansas. It’s open five days a week and offers instrument repairs as well as custom orders.

The official website describes Mass Street Music as the “first and foremost, a top quality resource for musicians to find great gear and get exceptional repair work done.”

The business is:

Located at 1347 Massachusetts St.

Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An independent music store

A Lawrence staple being open for over 30 years

The Owner

According to the company website, Mass Street Music is owned by Jim Baggett, who has a passion for the creation of instruments. In an interview with the Kansan, Baggett revealed that he opened the store in 1978 and moved it to its current location in 1983. Since his youth, Baggett has been fascinated by the creation of instruments and did everything he could to learn about them. In his journey to learn about instruments, He opened Mass Street Music. Through the connections he made on this journey, he was able to lock down a recurring guest spot on the TV show Antiques Roadshow. He can usually be found in his workshop, repairing or creating an instrument, or on the floor of the shop, sharing his knowledge with customers.

Why target Mass Street Music?

There are three reasons we should target Mass Street Music:

Mass Street Music has deep roots in the Lawrence Community, specifically the music scene, and is beloved by many in the community.

On the company website, Jim Baggetts profile says he has a passion that he is more than eager to share with anyone interested and, with his connections and notoriety, is a successful business owner willing to give back to the community.

The Mass Street Music website states that they have a passion to support the community and give the best experience to every customer, no matter skill and interest level, which has allowed them to stay open and successful for three decades. This has caused them to be a beloved staple of the extensive Lawrence music scene.