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Joy of Music Program, Inc.

 1 Gorham Street
 Worcester, MA 01605
[P] (508) 856-9541
[F] (508) 856-0983
Rich Ardizzone
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3055099

LAST UPDATED: 11/05/2017
Organization DBA Joy of Music; JOMP
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is "to enrich lives and foster community through accessible music education and performance." Our primary goal is to help students make music a joyful part of their lives. Our strong commitment to serving the whole community is at the core of our vision as a community music school, reflected in our efforts to keep our tuition affordable, to provide financial aid, and to reach out to the under-served populations in our community.

Mission Statement

Our mission is "to enrich lives and foster community through accessible music education and performance." Our primary goal is to help students make music a joyful part of their lives. Our strong commitment to serving the whole community is at the core of our vision as a community music school, reflected in our efforts to keep our tuition affordable, to provide financial aid, and to reach out to the under-served populations in our community.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016
Projected Income $860,000.00
Projected Expense $860,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Music Classes and Lessons

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

Our mission is "to enrich lives and foster community through accessible music education and performance." Our primary goal is to help students make music a joyful part of their lives. Our strong commitment to serving the whole community is at the core of our vision as a community music school, reflected in our efforts to keep our tuition affordable, to provide financial aid, and to reach out to the under-served populations in our community.

Background Statement

Joy of Music was founded in the fall of 1986 by its current Director as a program of music & movement classes for preschoolers. In November 1989, JOMP was incorporated as a non-profit organization to meet the growing demand, to raise funds for financial aid, and to develop a lasting community music school teaching private instrumental and voice lessons and offering over 20 ensembles and classes. The school currently has an enrollment of over 500 students from infants to 80+ and a faculty of 40. 


In June 2000, JOMP was seriously impacted by a fire at the church where it was a tenant. The school had to relocate, resulting in substantial loss of space. For 18 months the faced the enormous challenge of continuing operations while spread out in three churches. In December 2000, the Joy of Music Program embarked on its first capital campaign and, with generous community support, succeeded in purchasing its own building. Renovations started in April 2001 and on January 3, 2002, the school opened in its new site. A vacant, rundown building is now a beautiful cultural resource for the community.

Impact Statement

The school is known for its deep and significant commitment to a remarkable level of financial aid.   We raised and awarded $143,133 in financial aid in FY 2017 to 132 students and nearly $2 million for 1,000+ students since our incorporation in 1989.  Nearly 33% of our student body receives Financial Aid.  This is key to our mission “to enrich lives and foster community through accessible music education and performance.”  

The school has also earned a reputation of excellence for its outstanding faculty and its comprehensive curriculum from Music & Movement classes for toddlers and parents to our very accomplished and exciting Joy of Music Youth Orchestra.  JOMP’s Jazz Ensembles and chamber music groups routinely receive rave reviews from a wide variety of audiences at community festivals, nonprofit events, retirement communities and corporate meetings.  


Needs Statement

1) Contributions for financial aid to enable low-income and low-middle income students to study music.
2) Outreach grants to enable faculty to provide special programming at local human service agencies for mentally ill youth and adolescents in a residential recovery program for substance abuse.
3) Contributions to purchase, maintain and repair good quality instruments for needy students.

CEO Statement

Wendy Webster Ardizzone, Director and Teacher, provides the central leadership and creative vision for JOMP. Her perspective on music education is influenced by her experiences as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician, and her training in Early Childhood Education and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Each step in the development of JOMP's curriculum resulted from Wendy's skill in building a strong faculty, made up of individuals who can bring an idea to life through their own special talents.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Massachusetts

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Education -
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Music Classes and Lessons

Our 40 faculty members are the heart of our school, and are chosen for their dedication to teaching students of all ages and levels of ability.  Music & Movement classes for toddlers and parents as well as preschoolers get the youngest students off to a joyful start.  Children's Chorus; Creative Movement & Drama, World Drumming help prepare students for instrumental study as they deepen their understanding and love for music.   Recorder lessons (ages 7-adult) introduce children to note-reading and playing melody. Private instrumental lessons (ages 7-adult) are provided in piano, guitar, string, woodwind, and brass. Our more advanced students participate in String Ensembles, Early Music Ensemble, JOMP Youth Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, and Chamber Music Trios and Quartets. Currently over 500 students are enrolled annually in our programs and classes.
Budget  700,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Each year, many students participate in the Central Mass District Junior and High School Music Festivals, as well as the Massachusetts State Festival.  Students and faculty perform over 70 concerts a year at the school and in the community.
Program Long-Term Success  Almost every high school senior who has studied at JOMP, continues their music studies as part of their college education.  Many students study at the school from their preschool through their high school years.  JOMP graduates who have prepared for a career in music have been accepted at some of the tiop conservatories in the country, such as East,am School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Juilliard School of Music, New England Conservatory and many more.    
Program Success Monitored By  JOMP is known for a positive, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere in the school, which results in students, even the beginners, approaching performance with excitement.   The Directors monitor success not only by how well students are progressing, but especially by the emotions they express through music.  Although not every student is required to perform - many choose to simply play for the love of music without performing - we still use musical elements to monitor progress.  These elements range from ability to play scales, play in tune, read music accurately, understand rhythm and play musically. 
Examples of Program Success  --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms Wendy Webster Ardizzone
CEO Term Start Sept 1986
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Wendy Webster Ardizzone earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied piano with Jack Radunsky and Emil Danenburg, chamber music with Jack Fraser, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Inda Howland. She also gained extensive experience as a collaborative pianist at Oberlin, serving as accompanist for many Student and Senior Recitals. She spent a summer studying with her father, Beveridge Webster, at Aspen Music School. Wendy’s interest in teaching young children led her to do graduate work in Early Childhood Education at Tufts University, where she studied music for preschoolers with Beatrice Spaulding. She later studied piano and chamber music with Victor Rosenbaum and Eurhythmics at the Longy School of Music with Lisa Parker and Anne Farber. Wendy has performed with many musicians, including Leone Buyse, flute, Michael Webster, clarinet, Arturo Delmoni, violin, Kevin McGinty, piano, Beth Pearson, cello and George Seaman, cello.
After making the decision to incorporate JOMP as a non-profit community music school in 1989, she gave up her professional performing to focus her creative energy on managing and developing the school and teaching. But one of her favorite things to do at JOMP is accompany students on recitals. Wendy was the 2002 recipient of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts’ Katharine Erskine Award in the Arts and Humanities.
Co-CEO Mr Richard Ardizzone
Co-CEO Term Start Feb 1994
Co-CEO Email
Co-CEO Experience


Richard Ardizzone graduated from Boston University College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Trombone Performance. He holds a Masters of Education in Early Childhood from Tufts University. Before transferring to BU, he attended Oberlin Conservatory as a Music Education major and George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville as a Special Education major. Rich and his family moved to Worcester in 1977, when he became Executive Director of Rainbow Child Development Center, a position he held for 16½ years. Prior to moving to Worcester, Rich was a day care teacher and later the Preschool Coordinator for Cambridge/ Somerville Catholic Charities Day Care Program.  Rich served for many years as an active member of the Massachusetts Associated Day Care Administrators and the Worcester Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force. He has also served on the boards of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Grants Advisory Committee to the Worcester Arts Council.


While attending BU and Tufts, Rich performed with a variety of jazz, Salsa and Latin bands, including the Paul Fontaine/Jimmy Mosher Big Band and the Brass Menagerie.  He was also a member of Conjunto Azul, a Latin Jazz group that played as the house band at the legendary Paul’s Mall. After moving to Worcester he became a member of the Rich Falco Quartet and the Sonic Explorers. Rich became Associate Director of the Joy of Music Program in 1994, where he was already volunteering and teaching trombone.


Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms Nancy Ackerman Education Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Visions Award for Cultural Enrichment in the Arts and Humanities Worcester Telegram & Gazette 2005


Affiliation Year
National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts - Member 1990
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Current Outreach Programs

-Great Brook Valley/Boys & Girls Club (ages 7-11) - We are in our sixth year of collaborating with the Worcester Housing Authority's summer and after-school programs for children living in Great Brook Valley. In the summer children 7 to 11 years old come to JOMP twice a week for Chorus and Drumming classes. During the school year children come every week to participate in Chorus and Creative Movement & Drama. This summer we began including children from Boys & Girls Club. WHA provides transportation.

 -Rainbow Child Development Center (ages 7-11) - on hiatus due to transportation issues

 -Burncoat Quadrant Initiative - We have a strong commitment to supporting and strengthening the music programs in the Worcester Public Schools in JOMP's neighborhood.  Since 2007 we have been providing need-based scholarships for 28-34 students a year from 6 elementary schools and Burncoat Middle and High Schools to take private lessons and play in JOMP's ensembles. These students are recommended by their school music teachers.

 -Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living - Student concerts and faculty-led drumming circles for residents
 -Briarwood - Faculty and student concerts for residents

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 40
Number of Volunteers 21
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 97%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 39
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 26
Male: 18
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Tri-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Tri-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A


Board Chair Ms David Gerbereux
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bank of America
Board Chair Term Oct 2014 - Feb 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms Mary Ellen Beaton Shrewsbury Public Schools Voting
Mr David Dimenstein The Feingold Companies Voting
Mr David Gerbereux Bank of America Voting
Hon. Geoffrey German Massachusetts Probate Court Voting
Mr. Jack Giarusso Retired Human Resources Administrator Voting
Ms Janet Graeber Retired Pediatrician Voting
Ms Sharon Mahoney Freelance Journalist Voting
Mr David Perez Bay State Savings Bank Voting
Ms Kathleen Roche-Goggins Adoption Journeys Voting
Ms Erika Wade Artist Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 71%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Executive
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016
Projected Income $860,000.00
Projected Expense $860,000.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,351,184 $828,133 $1,202,092
Total Expenses $862,176 $806,603 $786,746

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $7,600 $36,678 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $7,600 $36,678 --
Individual Contributions $789,629 $276,716 $674,965
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $542,021 $501,615 $506,319
Investment Income, Net of Losses $5,609 $7,591 $14,381
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $6,325 $5,533 $6,427
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $598,378 $572,172 $567,898
Administration Expense $215,457 $190,376 $218,848
Fundraising Expense $48,341 $44,055 --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.57 1.03 1.53
Program Expense/Total Expenses 69% 71% 72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 14% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $2,485,245 $2,175,304 $2,137,506
Current Assets $687,792 $339,690 $360,556
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $154,651 $151,448
Current Liabilities $23,988 $23,584 $29,263
Total Net Assets $2,461,257 $1,997,069 $1,956,795

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $225,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 3.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 1.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose To implement the current strategic plan for capital improvements and stragic planning to strengthen the school's sustainability.
Campaign Goal $2,300,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Sept 2011 - Aug 2016
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $2,100,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 28.67 14.40 12.32

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 7% 7%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990 for fiscal years 2015 and 2014 and per the audited financials for fiscal year 2013. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Financial aid enables us to break down barriers and foster opportunities for people from richly diverse backgrounds and a wide geographic radius to join together in working toward common goals.  For example, this year’s JOMP Youth Orchestra brings 33 teenagers together from 13 cities and towns; 14 of these very talented young people require financial aid to make their participation possible. Without our Financial Aid Program, this orchestra, which brings Mechanics Hall audiences to their feet with tears in their eyes, could not exist.
Our current strategic plan includes raising $300,000 for a Financial Aid Fund to enable more students to study at Joy of Music and to alleviate the cash flow stress of raising funds the same year we award them.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

We are approaching foundations and individual donors help with this special project.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Having recently completed a $2.3 million  capital campaign, we have excellent relationships with many people who are invested in helping young people experience the joy of music.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

This indicator is a matter of tracking funding for financial aid and receiving funds before the expenses are incurred. 

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

This is an on-going project started in the fall of 2017.  A full detailed report will be available with the final FY2018 in the winter of 2019.