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Tunefoolery Music Inc

 85 East Newton Street, 3rd Floor
 Boston, MA 02118
[P] (617) 626-8991
[F] --
www.tunefoolery.org
[email protected]
Jens  Rybo
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INCORPORATED: 2010
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 27-1440424

LAST UPDATED: 05/01/2019
Organization DBA Tunefoolery
Former Names Tunefoolery Concert Ensembles (1994)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Tunefoolery is to:
• Use music-making and community-building to provide individuals in mental health recovery with opportunities for hope, healing, empowerment, employment, self-reliance, and socializing;
• Perform high-quality music for those who lack access to live performances, especially for other people in mental health recovery;
• Eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness through dialogue, education and modeling the true talents and strengths of people with mental health conditions.

Mission Statement

The mission of Tunefoolery is to:
• Use music-making and community-building to provide individuals in mental health recovery with opportunities for hope, healing, empowerment, employment, self-reliance, and socializing;
• Perform high-quality music for those who lack access to live performances, especially for other people in mental health recovery;
• Eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness through dialogue, education and modeling the true talents and strengths of people with mental health conditions.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $168,000.00
Projected Expense $167,880.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Live Music Performances
  • Music Education Program

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Tunefoolery is to:
• Use music-making and community-building to provide individuals in mental health recovery with opportunities for hope, healing, empowerment, employment, self-reliance, and socializing;
• Perform high-quality music for those who lack access to live performances, especially for other people in mental health recovery;
• Eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness through dialogue, education and modeling the true talents and strengths of people with mental health conditions.

Background Statement

Tunefoolery was created in 1994 at the Cambridge-Somerville Social Club, a mental health drop-in center, for the purpose of providing a way for its members to establish identities based on musical achievement rather than mental illness. Starting with four musicians and a $2,000 grant, Tunefoolery had 24 gigs in its first season. Today Tunefoolery has 60 musicians who perform over 200 gigs a year, most within the Greater Boston mental health community.
 
In 1997 we launched our Education Outreach Program, with the goal of reducing stigma by visiting schools to talk about the talents and potential of people with psychiatric disabilities. Since education and opportunities for professional and personal growth are essential parts of successful mental health recovery, we created our Music Education Program in 1999, offering low-cost music lessons and workshops to our members.
 
Since 2001, we have also offered our musicians a yearly, 3 or 4-day summer retreat where music making, workshops, and community building fill our days. To support our administration and to create more paid work for our musicians, we have established musician-held paid positions in the areas of Member Outreach, Booking, Concert Manager/Driver, Financial Management, Development, and Coffee House Host.
 
A new chapter in Tunefoolery’s history started in Dec. 2008. As a result of massive state budget cuts, the Cambridge-Somerville Social Club, Tunefoolery’s home, closed. Our budget was also cut by 20%. This was a devastating blow to our community. Thanks to the recognition and respect Tunefoolery already possessed, the Department of Mental Health offered us a new, free space in Boston’s South End.
 
As we began a new era, we registered Tunefoolery as an independent nonprofit organization: Tunefoolery Music, Inc. We currently publish a monthly online newsletter with updates about our gigs and events and with contributions from our musicians. We have built our own recording studio and have produced three CDs, which highlight the talents of our performers.
 
In 2015, we expanded the Music Education Program to include individualized goals coaching for our musicians. And, in 2016, we started training select musicians to become meditation/mindfulness instructors so that we can offer Mindfulness and Music groups at venues in the mental health community and at shelters. In 2018, we have relationships with two venues to provide these groups on a regular basis.
 

Impact Statement

Top accomplishments from the past year:

1. Our Executive Director was hired full-time after working part-time previously

2. We developed a training for our musicians to become mindfulness/meditation group leaders

3. We found a new foundation to completely make up for the loss of funding support from Kalliopeia Foundation, our biggest funder for many years

Top goals for the current year:

1. Create collaborations with shelters run by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to provide weekly music performances, open mic sessions, and mindfulness groups

2. Transform current stipend positions (part-time positions for our musicians in mental health recovery) into employment part-time positions.

3. Expand the board of directors


Needs Statement

1. An updated strategic plan, outlining our goals for the next 3-5 years.

2. A plan for improved financial sustainability

3. Develop more defined employment and organizational strategies and policies.

4. A Volunteer strategy

5. Supporting and training our Executive Director to expand his skills in areas of long-term planning and management.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Employment - Job Training
  3. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Mental Health Disorders

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

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Programs

Live Music Performances

Tunefoolery is a courageous group of 60 musicians in mental health recovery who play a wide variety of music (classical, folk, jazz, rock, Irish, original) in solo acts and ensembles for those in mental health recovery at hospitals, mental health centers, shelters, clubhouses, and also at nursing homes, schools, and for the general public.

Tunefoolery musicians act as role models for people in mental health recovery and others, demonstrating what is possible when one focuses on one’s strengths rather than one’s limitations. In addition, most of our audiences consist of underserved, low-income populations, who would likely not personally be able to afford to hear quality live music. Every Tunefoolery concert highlights the talents of people in mental health recovery, which helps decrease the stigma associated with mental illness.

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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

For our musicians (all in mental health recovery and low-income)

  1. Paid work
  2. A sense of accomplishment as a performing musician
  3. Support and feedback from audiences, supervisors, peers

For our audiences (all low-income and in mental health recovery)

  1. Access to quality music performances
  2. Inspiration from their peers performing, showcasing a commitment to recovery through involvement in the arts.
  3. Potential opportunities to perform (at the Tunefoolery Coffee Houses with Open Mic).

 

Program Long-Term Success 

For our musicians

  1. A regular source of income
  2. Enhanced identity as a performing musician
  3. Less dependency on traditional mental health treatment, including hospitalizations
  4. Increased confidence as workers
  5. Increased employment skills and readiness

 For our audiences

  1. Inspiration to play music or get involved in other art forms
  2. Increased awareness of the importance of involvement in the arts for their recovery
  3. Elimination of the stigma associated with mental illness

 

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Examples of Program Success 

In 2017, Tunefoolery did 193 gigs, up 16% from 2016, and the most for a year in Tunefoolery’s history.

This is the story of Ella, who joined Tunefoolery in 1998:

“There were periods when I was so depressed that I couldn’t play or sing or do anything. When I didn’t play, I felt dead. I thought I wasn’t supposed to do music anymore. I lost my voice, I couldn’t sing. Tunefoolery kept me singing and playing when I didn’t do it at home. It forced me to show up and play even when I was going through a really hard time.”

Ella is now working as a music teacher and musician in the Greater Boston area. She is still doing a few Tunefoolery gigs every year.

Quote from an audience member at a Tunefoolery concert:

“What I got the most out of the concert was the fact that it just goes to show you that you can overcome anything, even if you have a disability.”


Music Education Program

This program supports the Tunefoolery musicians, who are all in mental health recovery, in building stronger identities as musicians rather than mental patients and supports their professional attitude toward musicianship. It includes individual and ensemble music coaching, workshops, individual goals coaching, and music and meditation group leadership training.

Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

For our musicians (all in mental health recovery and low-income)

At the end of the year of workshops and individual lessons:

 

  1. 80% of the participants believed that the education program contributed to their development as musicians as well as to their general recovery.
  2. 80% of the participants will take action to expand their musical skills (e.g., new artistic collaborations, expanding repertoire, style of music, etc.)
  3. 80% of the participants in multi-week classes will complete all classes

 

Program Long-Term Success 

 

For our musicians (all in mental health recovery and low-income)

 

  1. 80% of participants would report enhanced identities as performing musicians
  2. 80% of participants would report less dependency of mental health services, especially hospitalizations
  3. 80% of participants would report increased readiness to work
  4. 80% of participants would report increased readiness to work within and outside of Tunefoolery
  5. 80% of participants would report an increase in general well-being from being part of the Tunefoolery community and participating in the programs offered

 

 

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Examples of Program Success 

In 2017 Tunefoolery provided 112 music lessons and 35 workshops to its musicians.

In 2018, we started offering Music and Mindfulness Groups at two shelters in our area, and plan to expand that this winter/spring.

Gwen’s story:

"I've been taking lessons from Tunefoolery's music coach for at least 8 years now. She has helped me in all sorts of ways. She gave me singing lessons for a long time, particularly when I bought a guitar and was learning songs to sing. Then, two years ago I applied to the Longy School of Music, here in Cambridge. I composed a piece for soprano, violin, piano and percussion. She sang the soprano part and we recorded the piece. That piece got me into the Longy School of Music as a composition major."


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jens Rybo
CEO Term Start Dec 2009
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

The Executive Director since December 2009, when Tunefoolery registered as a non-profit organization, Jens Rybo had been Artistic Director, since 2000. Prior to that, beginning in 1994, he had been an intern, volunteer, accompanist, and teacher for Tunefoolery. Mr. Rybo effectively combines his two roles as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and musician to offer Tunefoolery members the support and direction they need. He skillfully led the organization through its change from a program of mental health vendor to the creation and growth of Tunefoolery as a non-profit organization. Previous to working with Tunefoolery, Mr. Rybo has had experience in running a record company and has managed several rock bands. Over the years he has brought creativity, flexibility and vision, as well as his strong leadership skills to the program. He is skilled in and contributes to virtually all aspects of Tunefoolery’s activities. As a musician, he works with members, both as a back-up musician, recording producer, and as a music coach.

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Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Fern Fisher
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Dec 2009 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Hannah Davidson La Donna Musicale and Rumbarroco Voting
Fern Fisher Retired Voting
Maria Fontellio Eastern Bank Voting
Peter Heller Community Volunteer Voting
Fran O'Reilly Evidence-Based Education Research & Evaluation (EBERE) LLC Voting
Cate Solomon Boston University School of Social Work Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $168,000.00
Projected Expense $167,880.00
Form 990s

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2016 990EZ

2015 990EZ

2014 990EZ

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $107,909 $134,576 $129,106
Total Expenses $136,416 $107,609 $118,266

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $85,384 $118,189 $114,840
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $22,485 $15,571 $14,266
Investment Income, Net of Losses $5 $11 --
Membership Dues $35 $805 --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $129,826 $100,879 $100,050
Administration Expense $6,590 $6,469 $6,717
Fundraising Expense -- $261 $11,499
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.79 1.25 1.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses 95% 94% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $50,134 $78,401 $51,532
Current Assets $50,134 $78,369 $51,532
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $241 $0 $98
Total Net Assets $49,893 $78,401 $51,434

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 208.02 inf 525.84

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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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.

Documents


Other Documents

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