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Global Narratives, Inc.

 103 Highland Road
 Somerville, MA 02144
[P] (617) 718-0328
[F] --
http://artsfuse.org/
[email protected]
Peter Walsh
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INCORPORATED: 2009
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 27-0924769

LAST UPDATED: 09/02/2016
Organization DBA The Arts Fuse
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

To support the Arts Fuse: An online magazine that nurtures serious and innovative commentary, reviews, and features about the arts and humanities in New England. The publication plays a vital part of the cultural eco-system -- generating serious (but not solemn) dialogue about the arts -- small as well as large, marginal as well as mainstream -- along with news. Quality arts reviewing is rapidly disappearing from newspapers and magazines. We are dedicated to preserving this important service, for those who love the arts and those who create them.

Mission Statement

To support the Arts Fuse: An online magazine that nurtures serious and innovative commentary, reviews, and features about the arts and humanities in New England. The publication plays a vital part of the cultural eco-system -- generating serious (but not solemn) dialogue about the arts -- small as well as large, marginal as well as mainstream -- along with news. Quality arts reviewing is rapidly disappearing from newspapers and magazines. We are dedicated to preserving this important service, for those who love the arts and those who create them.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $18,228.00
Projected Expense $18,400.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • The Arts Fuse

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


Overview

Mission Statement

To support the Arts Fuse: An online magazine that nurtures serious and innovative commentary, reviews, and features about the arts and humanities in New England. The publication plays a vital part of the cultural eco-system -- generating serious (but not solemn) dialogue about the arts -- small as well as large, marginal as well as mainstream -- along with news. Quality arts reviewing is rapidly disappearing from newspapers and magazines. We are dedicated to preserving this important service, for those who love the arts and those who create them.

Background Statement

The Arts Fuse began to dream about what an ideal arts and culture website might look like in the 21st century.
 
First of all, we decided that it should provide serious, informed criticism and opinion about the arts, not just random blog posts or “Tweets.” It should be literate, not wasting its readers’ time with rambling, poorly written copy. It should be thought-provoking. It should inspire a conversation among critics, producers, and consumers of the arts. It should be local. A website in Seattle or Washington, DC, might provide good national political commentary, or useful garden tips, or even movie reviews, but it probably is not going to engage very directly in local theatre or the Boston jazz scene.
 
Finally, it should be independent and self-sustaining, not relying on free “user generated content,” hand-outs from interested parties (like the arts organizations themselves), or on hidden sugar daddies with motives of their own.
 
Another thing we thought is that a good cultural website should not be entirely virtual. After all, the arts are still mostly a real-life, face-to-face activity. We don’t go to see theatre or art exhibitions on-line and chat rooms are no substitute for a good conversation after dinner. Early on in our existence, with the help of a Mass Humanities grant, a judicial reviewing paradigm, a fresh approach that combines editorial integrity with the community-making power of interactivity. Arts events are evaluated by local panels of “judges” who will post majority and dissenting opinions in the form of written reviews or via video- or podcasts. The panel was made up of a combination of professional critics and non-professional observers. Our aim is to introduce a supervised space for educational, passionate, and incisive conversation about the arts that draws on the strengths of various levels of expertise. Arts organizations, artists, and readers were invited to file dissenting opinions or “friend of the court” briefs. Also, in individual blogs judges will address important issues raised by the arts in ways that encourage discussion. We are working toward organizing a series of public forums and events on the state of arts criticism -- and its importance to the cultural ecosystem.

Impact Statement

Over the past year, the magazine has posted over 700 features, reviews and commentaries on the arts, providing expert coverage by veteran and budding critics of a number of events, performances, and books, etc that are overlooked in the mainstream media. Also, we hosted the first annual Fusical Awards -- a fundraising evening in which the magazine's first prizes for accomplishment in the arts - given to marginalized artists and institutions. Also, completed a grant to the MCC for our Mentorship program -- a project that will connect our critics with young, want-to-be critics in neighborhoods around Boston.
 
As for our goals -- we plan to grow our budget -- through fundraisers and developing our board  -- so the magazine can post more material, hire a copyeditor, freshen up web design, and get the word out about our good work.

Needs Statement

Five needs -- not necessarily in order of importance
 
1) Funding to increase coverage, both in terms of payment to writers but to the arts events we can cover in Boston and beyond. The goal is to give groups small and large serious coverage in order to generate interest and dialogue.
 
2) Funding for marketing and social media help. We need to get the word out about our excellent arts coverage in a busy web world. 
 
3) Need to hire copyeditor and editorial assistants
 
4) Funding for web site redesign and backend help -- necessary software, etc
 
5)  Funding for operating expenses -- need to explore strategies for sustainability as well as creating some public forums that will talk about the value of arts criticism. 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

The Arts Fuse is the only online arts magazine in the Boston area dedicated to covering a wide variety of the arts -- dance, film, books, theater, music, etc. It is not a blog, but an edited arts section in which knowledgeable critics evaluate, debate, and invite comment. It is independent and pledged to covering local arts off the beaten path. The challenges at a time of shrinking or decaying arts coverage in newspapers and magazine are formidable. 
I have spent my life reviewing the arts in the Boston area for NPR, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and many other publications. The Arts Fuse represents a labor of love and of faith. I deeply believe that there is a need in audiences to read and talk about the arts -- as a way to articulate their value. The arts must be more than consumerism -- they reflect who we are, what we think, and what we dream.
 
Arts coverage is a vital part of putting the impact -- emotional and intellectual -- of the arts into words. If arts coverage turns into advertising and marketing then the  place of the arts in our lives will be diminished. The Arts Fuse is about keeping the language of evaluation, provocation, and admiration alive.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
The Arts Fuse, the website of Global Narratives, Inc, provides serious, innovative coverage of the arts and humanities in New England -- commentary on literature, the performing arts, film, music, the visual arts, and creativity in the new media. Because we are an online magazine we have a local and a global reach.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
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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

The Arts Fuse

Online magazine covering the arts and culture in Boston and beyond: the publication posts 50 to 60 edited reviews, features, and interviews a month on music, theater, dance, film, and book events. Over 60 writers, veteran and fledgling critics, contribute to the magazine.
Budget  $18,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  More funding will help efforts to work on new programs that will extend the reach of The Arts Fuse: The Judicial Review and Mentorship programs. It will enable the magazine to grow the number of its writers so it will be able to increase coverage of the smaller, more marginal artistic groups. Also, to help with efforts to market the magazine – get the word out about what we do so that more people will learn about what is happening in arts and culture, as well as their value. Also, to provoke more critical thought and dialogue about criticism – there are plans to host a symposium on the future of journalistic arts criticism.
Program Long-Term Success  The goal is to make The Arts Fuse into an indispensible part of the cultural eco-system of Boston and New England. Right now we reach between 25, 000 to 35,000 unique visitors a month (Google Analytics). We would like to double – even triple – this number in the coming years. We will grow the staff of editors, developers, and web admin along with the number of writers and articles posted per month ---the current 50 to 70 articles a month will be doubled – and more advantage will be made of the web’s potential to create dialogue, educate, and experiment with the ways criticism will be created in the future. Also. The goal is to establish a mentorship program dedicated to diversity, in which veteran critics will work with young writers in Boston’s neighborhoods.
Program Success Monitored By  Readership is stable and becoming larger. The magazine’s articles and reviews are quoted in an increasing number of ads (as well as more re-tweets, shares on Facebook) from arts organization and readers. The number of articles posted on The Arts Fuse -- as well as the number of writers who want to contribute to the publication and the arts organizations who want coverage – is growing at a fast pace. There is a considerable need for more staff, copyediting, development expertise – that would help us monitor our success.
Examples of Program Success  We regularly hear from arts organizations – the Celebrity Series, Lily Pad performance space, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Hibernian Hall -- about the valuable service we provide for Boston’s arts and culture. At a time when cultural coverage in newspapers and magazine is shrinking, That Arts Fuse is expanding and deepening its look at the arts. The number of requests received for coverage doubles every year.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Marx
CEO Term Start June 2007
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
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

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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 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 4
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 3
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 No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
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? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair William Marx
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boston University
Board Chair Term Feb -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
James Carroll No Afflication Voting
James Carroll Arts Fuse Webmaster Voting
Debra Cash Founding Senior Contributor and Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance Voting
Rebecca Hunt Harvard University Voting
Mr Douglas Kennedy Novelist Voting
William Marx Boston University Voting
Charles McEnerney The Grommet Voting
Roberta Silman Retired 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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Currently working, with the help of consultant, to develop and diversify a working board. 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $18,228.00
Projected Expense $18,400.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $15,701 $12,346 $10,457
Total Expenses $15,061 $12,698 $9,055

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $15,701 $12,346 $10,457
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $15,061 $10,451 $8,021
Administration Expense -- $2,247 $1,034
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.04 0.97 1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 82% 89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $640 $800 $1,152
Current Assets $640 $800 $1,152
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $640 $800 $1,152

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

People are interested in supporting the arts. Supporting excellence in covering the arts poses considerable challenges. Need to inform people about the need for a magazine like the Arts Fuse in the cultural eco-system -- how thoughtful, independent coverage supports new and marginal work as well as the existing arts organizations.
 
Working on creating a large working board,  have hired a consultant to help with developing more professionalized fundraising strategies, hiring grant writers, and bringing in donors concerned with the future of arts journalism.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
Please note, for FY15 the net asset amount above is based on the total asset amount and total liability amount listed on page 2 of the Form 990EZ.

Documents


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