Listening Lab Cincinnati
Community Partner FAQ

We’re currently seeking community partners to host listening workshops and would love to work with your organization to “Create a Community of Listeners.” All that is required is a reserved, (mostly) quiet space for 15-20 people that has some kind of sound system.

 What do you mean by a “mostly quiet” space?

Many of the exercises in the listening workshops involve listening closely to music. Part of listening is filtering out noise and distractions, so ambient noise - from the street, an adjacent room, an air conditioner - is fine, as is an occasional distraction. But space that has significant distractions – another conversation or event going on, for example – can be frustrating for participants. Ask yourself if you’d be satisfied watching a movie, taking a test, or taking a nap in the room, and you should have a pretty good idea of whether or not it’s an appropriate space.

What kind of sound system do you need?

All we mean by “sound system” is a pair of speakers that can connect to a phone’s headphone jack. Depending on the size of the room and group, a strong pair of computer speakers can do the job. If you've got a great space and absolutely no access to speakers, we may be able to bring a pair with us. People listen to music carefully in these sessions, so it’s worth checking out your speakers for any hisses or crackles. Listen to a few minutes of music on them – quiet is best, because extraneous sounds will be more obvious – and just see if there’s any noise that bothers you.

What else do you need in the space?

Not much. Of course, there should be chairs for attendees, and some other things that are nice to have, but not necessary, are: writing surfaces for participants, a chalkboard/whiteboard/ easel pad, water/coffee/snacks. But a comfortable, quiet room with chairs and a pair of speakers is enough to get started.

Who’s going to come?

This is a brand new program in the Cincinnati area, and we’re relying, in part, on our community partners to help draw an audience. So it’s worth thinking about if this kind of program is a good fit for the people you serve and how you could best get the word out to them. We’ll promote all workshops on our website, fliers, post-cards, etc., and we’ll ask people to register for workshops so we have an idea of how many to expect. If you have any music-lovers in your organization who might be interested in volunteering, we could certainly use help putting fliers throughout the city, so please send them our way.

How much does it cost?

There’s no cost to participants or to community partners, although if you have funds in your budget you would like to contribute, we would gratefully accept. Listening Lab Cincinnati is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501c3 organization, so donations are considered charitable. We also have various levels of sponsorship if you’d like additional recognition for your organization.  

Unfortunately, we don’t have the budget to pay for workshop space, although we respect the fact that some organizations rely on space rental fees as revenue. All community partners will be recognized on our website and printed materials, and we hope that the program can provide value and enrichment to the people you serve in exchange for the use of your space.

What's the timeline? 

We're trying to hold workshops within 1-2 weeks of the final concert date, Sept. 29, but we could go a little outside of that timeframe if needed. Other than that, we'll work with your availability on a specific date and time.