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Mission StatementMORE »

Young Audiences of Massachusetts' (YAMA) mission is to initiate life-long involvement in the arts by making them integral to EVERY child’s education. 

Mission Statement

Young Audiences of Massachusetts' (YAMA) mission is to initiate life-long involvement in the arts by making them integral to EVERY child’s education. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $821,445.00
Projected Expense $828,623.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Arts Education Programs
  • Healing Arts for Kids

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Mission Statement

Young Audiences of Massachusetts' (YAMA) mission is to initiate life-long involvement in the arts by making them integral to EVERY child’s education. 

Background Statement

            Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) was established in 1962 with the mission to “initiate life-long involvement in the arts by making them integral to EVERY child’s education. We work with artists, schools and community partners to find, develop and implement programming that leverages the many powers of the arts to strengthen learning skills, bring curriculum vibrantly to life and to introduce students to unfamiliar cultures and new modes of self expression. While YAMA began with a focus on music education, our programming has expanded to include a wide variety of dance and movement, storytelling and literary arts, theater and puppetry, visual arts and graphic design.

After 50 years of service to Massachusetts, schools, libraries, museums and other learning centers throughout the Commonwealth have come to think of us as the go-to resource for arts education programs—performances, hands-on workshops, and in-depth residencies—which are sure to be of the highest artistic quality and are also guaranteed to tie-in to state curriculum frameworks.

In 2004, in an effort to reach out to more children who lack access to the arts, YAMA began developing Healing Arts, a grant and donor-funded initiative to bring arts education to healing centers such as hospitals, hospital schools and homeless shelters, working both with our affiliated teaching artists and with expressive artists in the community. In 2007, we began our grant-funded partnership with Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA), a Title I, K-8 school in the Allston neighborhood of Boston that values the arts as essential to the kind of holistic education they strive to provide, but has no dedicated arts teachers. In 2013, our grant-funded partnership began with massmouth, inc, a non-profit that trains students in live story performance, building skills applicable to coursework, college application essays and job interviews. 

YAMA is one of 32 affiliates of Young Audiences, Arts-For-Learning, the largest arts education network in the country. This network provides us access to leading researchers, arts education conferences and training guides for assessment and learning. Young Audiences requires an accreditation review every five years, certifying that our chapter meets national standards of excellence in program and professional development.

Impact Statement


In the 2013-2014 school year, YAMA


·      brought quality arts learning to over 400 site partners throughout Massachusetts including schools, libraries, museums, hospitals, homeless shelters and other learning and healing centers.


·      added 9 new programs to our catalog ranging in topic from S.T.E.A.M. skills through improv, to hip hop dance, to Native American history, to operetta.


·      increased our capacity with the creation of a new Marketing and Development Manager position.


·      invested in new communications and administrative technology, overhauling our Website and adapting a powerful and comprehensive Web-based platform for managing programming, development and finance.


In the year ahead, we continue to work toward our long-term goals of:

1.     Establishing YAMA as the preeminent arts-in-education organization in the Commonwealth

2.    Building capacity in staff, board, and volunteers to support and grow organizational activities

3.    Developing a sustainable, robust, and impactful model for delivery of programs

4.    Developing a sustainable financial model, which will support growth

5.    Collaborating locally and nationally to advance our mission, outcomes, and advocacy


Needs Statement

We need financial support to:
1. further increase staff capacity so that we can reach more site partners (and therefore more children), deepen our residency work and broaden our donor base. 
2. update our office technology and marketing materials.
3.  provide more professional development opportunities for our artists.
We need more volunteer support to:
1. Bring new networks and more diversity to our Board of Directors
2. Bring fresh perspectives to our Program Committee 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

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

Our reach includes the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Today, our earned-income programs (i.e, funded by sponsoring schools or parent groups)  are focussed in suburban and wealthy urban areas. We require contributed income to extend our programs into areas where access to arts education is more limited: specifically, the Boston Public Schools, and the secondary urban areas of Lowell/Lawrence, Brockton and Worcester.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
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Arts Education Programs

A 45-60 minute program for up to 250 students presented by nationally and internationally recognized professional artists and authors who bring the school curriculum to life through music, dance, performance and storytelling.

A workshop is a 45-60 minute classroom session for up to 25 students that offers students the opportunity to work closely with a professional artist in a hands-on environment.

Professional teaching artists works with classroom teachers to provide skills-based programming that addresses specific student needs while simultaneously integrating the arts into curriculum objectives in innovative ways.

Master Classes: (Grades 6-12) A select group of YAMA professional musicians provide master-classes in instrumental music,  (orchestral and band), drumming, and vocal music.
Budget  $627,750.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success 
Annually serves over 215,000 students in the state of Massachusetts, with a concentration on Greater Boston, North Shore and South Shore.
Program Success Monitored By  Programming is reviewed b school representatives, YAMA staff and program committee volunteers to ensure the highest quality of arts education is provided.
Examples of Program Success  --

Healing Arts for Kids

We provide assembly program, workshops and residencies for acutely and chronically ill children, physically and emotionally challenged children and other special education populations in schools, hospital schools, hospitals and homeless shelters.
Budget  $64,860.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.) Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified Homeless
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  The Healing Arts for Kids program provides unique services that previously were unavailable to children and families in special education programs in public schools and hospital schools. Our trained, professional artists provide children with arts experiences that:
•  Foster artistic, social, cultural and academic engagement.
•   Foster the learning and healing process through creativity, imagination, empowerment, and laughter.
•  Renew feelings of hope, often hidden when children are critically ill, faced with crisis or chronic dysfunction.
•  Enhance connections between teacher, children, families, artists and staff that foster wellbeing and health.
Program Success Monitored By  Programming is reviewed by hospital and hospital school administrators, YAMA staff, teachers, and outside professional evaluator.
Examples of Program Success  --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kimberly Dawson
CEO Term Start Sept 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jason Rabin Program Coordinator
YAMA Program Coordinator:  12.11-current
Emerson College, MA Publishing and Writing: May, 2011
Kenyon College, BA English, May 2003
Freelance writer/arts enthusiast.


Gail Zarren Program Director, Healing Arts for Kids
Affiliated with Young Auidences of MA for 25 years.  Natioanlly acclaimed arts advocate. 


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 22
Number of Contract Staff 110
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
Caucasian: 72
Hispanic/Latino: 18
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Arab-American
Gender Female: 51
Male: 52
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually


Board Chair Mrs. Maryalice Sloan-Howitt
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
Board Chair Term July 2013 - June 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Elizabeth Alizadeh Alternative Vehicle Service Group Voting
Donald Carlin MarComm Links, LLC Voting
Jeremy Cohen This World Music Voting
Dr. Frank E. Davis TERC, Inc Voting
Mary K. Eliot Eliot & Associates Voting
Laila Freedberg Community Volunteer Voting
Sarah Leaf-Herrmann The Idea Company Voting
Marisa Murtagh State Street Corporation --
Nancy Nizel Community Volunteer Voting
Maryalice Sloan-Howitt Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $821,445.00
Projected Expense $828,623.00
Form 990s

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $792,259 $596,134 $790,946
Total Expenses $791,277 $634,198 $733,845

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$117,700 $94,000 --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $11,121 $45,468 $182,825
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $597,059 $459,245 $489,907
Investment Income, Net of Losses $39,939 $-8,513 $75,250
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $25,490 $2,770 $31,103
Revenue In-Kind $950 $3,164 $11,547
Other -- -- $315

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $656,121 $527,537 $595,163
Administration Expense $109,995 $67,251 $95,287
Fundraising Expense $25,161 $39,410 $43,396
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 0.94 1.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 83% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 28% 20%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $490,037 $472,923 $520,858
Current Assets $184,500 $169,151 $214,830
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $20,558 $17,742 $27,613
Total Net Assets $469,479 $455,181 $493,246

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $370,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 0.1%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.97 9.53 7.78

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

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