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Juventas Music

 PO BOX 230015
 Boston, MA 02123
[P] (617) 334-5145
[F] --
Lidiya Yankovskaya
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EIN 26-2583870

LAST UPDATED: 07/07/2015
Organization DBA Juventas New Music Ensemble
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

To perform new music by young, living composers.

Mission Statement

To perform new music by young, living composers.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2012 to July 31, 2013
Projected Income $108,000.00
Projected Expense $90,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Annual Opera Project
  • Project Fusion
  • University Residencies

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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Mission Statement

To perform new music by young, living composers.

Background Statement

A Boston Globe five-time "Classical Music Pick,” the Juventas New Music Ensemble voices the musical culture of the present by featuring the repertoire of composers under age 35. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the ensemble has seven core musicians augmented with guest artists to form a wide array of instrumentations—both traditional and non-traditional.

Since its founding in 2005, Juventas has showcased works by over 100 composers in more than 75 exhilarating performances and has held residencies at The Boston Conservatory (2006-present), Middlebury College (2010, 2011), and Harvard University (2011, 2012). Juventas has also collaborated on several recording projects with Parma Records and with individual composers. This season, Juventas will produce a full album of new music by young composers with the support of New Dynamic Records.

In addition to chamber music concerts, performances have included collaborations with visual artists, dancers, scientists and political activists. Juventas also produces an annual Opera Project, featuring a new, fully-staged production each season.

Recent productions have received The American Prize for Best Professional Opera Production (2012) and the National Opera Association Award for Best Professional Production (1st place 2011, 2nd place 2012). 

Impact Statement

1. Winning two national awards and invitation to the NYC International Fringe Festival
2. A continued success in fostering steady fiscal growth, almost doubling our budget annually each year since our founding
3. Plans for a full CD recording, in collaboration with New Dynamic Records (to take place in January)
4. Being able to give access to the under-served and under-priviledged in our last Opera Project (including busing in families from an in-between home)
5. Being able to once again raise musicians' and staff stipends
 1. To improve the fiscal health of the organization by increasing the amount of money in savings/reserves
2. To continue to increase staff and musicians' stipends in an effort to meet standard wages within the field
3.  The partner up with a larger number of organizations within the community through sponsorship opportunities, joint performances, joint designs, etc.
4. To continue to increase audience numbers and diversity of audience members.
5. To develop a strategy for larger-scale educational programming.  

Needs Statement

1. Better funding for additional full or part-time staff $40,000
2. Union scale wages for musicians, up from current amount $50,000
4. Additional funding for individual performances $10,000 per concert series
5. Funding for outreach and educational programs

CEO Statement

In a world where culture and society spin by in a faster whirl-wind than every before, the world of classical music has largely come to a stand-still. Organizations which we used to see as the pinacles of music-making now primarily serve the function of museums and fail to attract a younger generation.  Music written 100 years ago is often still viewed as "contemporary" and music written by composers near the end of their lives is seen as relevant to today's listeners. This applies also to nearly all "new music" ensembles, who focus on the avant-garde of the early 20th century.
Juventas breaks the mold by performing music that is current and relevant to our culture and society--music that reflects the here and now.  Our composers are young (mostly under 35) and our audience members are young professionals in their 20s and 30s. The performances are collaborative, engaging and listener-focused.
 Rather than reflecting the past, Juventas is creating the art of today and forming the art of the future.

Board Chair Statement

Statement from the Juventas Board President, Steven Lewis
I have always believed that young composers are in a “Catch-22” situation - they need to get their works performed in order to develop as artists, but because they don’t yet have a reputation, most companies aren’t willing to perform their works.
When I came across the Juventas New Music Ensemble about five years ago, I felt it was the answer to this conundrum.  Juventas is dedicated to performing the works of talented young composers, who are still early in their careers.  This enables them to get the exposure they need in order to grow as professionals, as well as recognition in a wider audience.
One challenge we never have is “enthusiasm!”  Everyone brings great enthusiasm to their work with Juventas, in fact composers often attend the rehearsals and the performers can interact with them directly.  
On the other hand, our governance challenges tend to result from our smallness and newness - we don’t have easy access to many wealthy board members, as do some of the well-known and established performing organizations here in Boston.  This results in a need to spend much time in fundraising and grant-writing.  A related challenge is that we have a very small - mostly volunteer - staff.  This requires everyone, including board members to pitch in on administrative and clerical tasks.  Fortunately, the rewards for our efforts arrive very quickly, as we are able to attend the performances which we know we personally helped to make happen!
Steven Lewis, President
Juventas New Music Ensemble Board of Directors
Newton, MA
September 10, 2013

Geographic Area Served

Juventas primarily serves the greater Boston area, although we also travel to other cities and states, most recently to New York City, Harrison and Raymond, Maine and Middlebury in Vermont.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Opera
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Performing Arts

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Annual Opera Project

Annual performance of a fully-staged, full-length operatic work.
Budget  $30,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Opera Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Young composers receive valuable experience and audiences attend opera in an intimate, much more personable and hands-on setting.
Program Long-Term Success  Bringing new works to the largely stale operatic canon and allowing young composers the opportunity to explore this genre.
Program Success Monitored By  regular surveys
Examples of Program Success  Continued audience growth and critical acclaim.  Several national awards, including 2-time winner of the National Opera Association Prize and The American Prize in Opera (both in the Professional category).  Recent invitation to attend the prestigious NYC Fringe Festival, where the project saw great turnouts and critical acclaim.

Project Fusion

Annual performance featuring a collaboration between music and another art form.  Past projects have included work with dancers, visual artists, performance artists, poets and political activists.  Upcoming projects include a Puppet collaboration.
Budget  $20,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Bringing innovative artistic collaboration and creation to audiences.  Increasing awareness of new artists and opportunities for young composers.
Program Long-Term Success  The collaborative nature of Project Fusion brings people who have never attended 'classical' or contemporary musical performances to explore this art form.  Many return year after year and surveys have demonstrated that nearly 100% of first time attendees have a positive experience.
Program Success Monitored By  Regular audience surveys.
Examples of Program Success  Consistent rise in audience attendance and press recognition.

University Residencies

Working directly with student composers in workshops and performances of student works.  Recent residencies include The Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, and Middlebury College.
Budget  $10,000
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Student composers gain personal success and acquire knowledge.  Audience members at performance receive personal enrichment and hear new music.  
Program Long-Term Success  Student composers receive valuable training and insight--we are helping to create the music of today and tomorrow.
Program Success Monitored By  Number of residencies/students reached, attendance at performances. 
Examples of Program Success  Positive feedback from students, returning for residency at the same institution for several years in a row.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our primary challege is in raising funds for these exciting programs.  Because one of our goals is to attract audience members who are new to contemporary classical music, we keep our ticket prices very, very low and offer ample student discounts, group rates, and free tickets for children and special groups.  We believe in presenting only work of the highest level and want to compensate our artists and staff accordingly, but it is difficult to raise sufficient support for a smaller organization that operates on a chamber-music scale.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lidiya Yankovskaya
CEO Term Start May 2013
CEO Email
CEO Experience
When I first joined Juventas as a pianist and conductor five years ago, I was struck by the then newborn organization's incredible vitality and high level of professionalism.  Since then, I have been priviledged to become the groups Music Director for three years, and most recently Artistic Director. 
 Since stepping into my new leadership role last spring, I have been working alongside the board and staff to build our board of directors, increase funding opportunities, and continue to provide the highest possible level of artistry. 
Juventas has a unique mission--no other organization focuses on the training of young composers the way we do.  More importantly, our collaborative performance approach has brought new audiences to exciting presentations unlike any others available in the Boston area.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience Lidiya Yankovskaya's experience includes work with opera companies, symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choruses.  In particular, Lidiya has become known for her interpretations of new and rarely-performed works.  Currently, Lidiya also serves as Music Director at Harvard University's Lowell House Opera (the longest continuously-operating opera company in New England) and Music Director with Commonwealth Lyric Theater.  She is also an affiliate scholar with the Harvard Davis Center & a member of the Lowell House Senior Common Room.  In addition, she is an active pianist and coach.   Lidiya regularly performs as a collaborative pianist and has served the Music Director/Pianist for Opera Boston's education tours and the cover pianist for Opera Boston's mainstage productions.  She has also served as a Russian language coach for Opera Boston, Lowell House Opera, and currently, for Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Erin Huelskamp Aug 2005 Dec 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Tammy Lynch Managing Director A native of Central Massachusetts, Tammy Lynch has extensive project management experience in several countries through her work with organizations that advised labor and non-profits groups.  She served as Communications Director at Snow, Courtney & Associates, a media firm in Boston with clients that included The Boston Carmen's Union and The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (MA). 
She spent many years as a Senior Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), a non-partisan development-oriented NGO.  At NDI, Lynch's portfolio included the Russia program, with an annual multi-million dollar development program including 12 employees in two countries.  She served as Interim Russia Director in Moscow, and lived and worked in Ukraine during the contested 2004 presidential election.  Following this, she wrote for Boston University's Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology & Policy, the Jamestown Foundation and several publications.  
In addition to her work with Juventas, she now advises several non-profit organizations on community outreach, event planning and social media.  She has a B.S. in Communications from Ithaca College and a Ph.D. from Boston University.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Invited to participate in festival (one of only 2 operas) NYC International Fringe Festival 2013
Best Production, Professional Catogory, 2nd place National Opera Association 2012
Best Professional Production The American Prize 2012
Best Production, Professional Category National Opera Association 2011


Affiliation Year
OPERA America 2012
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


We work regularly with other arts organizations, especially in our annual Project Fusion project.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 4
Number of Contract Staff 30
Staff Retention Rate % 40%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

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 Annually


Board Chair Mr. Steven Lewis
Board Chair Company Affiliation President, The Systems Audit Group, Inc.
Board Chair Term July 2012 - July 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kristen Battistelli Manager, Portfolio Management Office at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Voting
David Berry Flagship Ventures Voting
Paul Bohn Optical Systems Laboratory Engineer at Draper Laboratory Exofficio
John Carey Executive Vice President at Pioneer Investments Voting
Peter Lane independent composer Voting
Steven Lewis President, The Systems Audit Group, Inc. Voting
Tammy Lynch Juventas staff, independent PR specialist Exofficio
Jason Pavel Vice President of Marketing at TurningArt Voting
Daniel Schwartz NYU, Brandeis University Voting
Kenny Smith Sales Compensation Analyst at Pegasystems, BU Business School Voting
Lidiya Yankovskaya Juventas, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Harvard Lowell House NonVoting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ashleigh Gordon Professional Freelance Violist NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Board Governance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Building a strong board can be challenging for a small organization.  We are currently working to expand a diverse board, that includes individuls working in various areas in business, non-profit arts management, and includes some artists.  Currently, we are working to add interested and qualified individuals to our board and to also raise current board member engagements through board training sessions, regular executive updates, and regular personal contact.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2012 to July 31, 2013
Projected Income $108,000.00
Projected Expense $90,000.00
Form 990s

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $48,209 $32,244 $20,664
Total Expenses $50,345 $26,435 $17,572

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $33,067 $21,858 $5,978
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $15,142 $10,386 $14,686
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $42,090 $26,435 $15,969
Administration Expense $6,945 -- $1,603
Fundraising Expense $1,310 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 1.22 1.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% 100% 91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets $11,247 $13,383 $7,474
Current Assets $11,247 $13,383 $7,474
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $11,247 $13,383 $7,474

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

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 2012 2011 2010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The largest challenge is fundraising. We are currently working to solve this by increasing the number of grant applications and expanding board size and involvement.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Additional expense breakout detail was obtained from the From PC documents on file with the state of Massachusetts.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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