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Boston City Singers Inc.

 17 Waldeck Street
 Dorchester, MA 02124
[P] (617) 825-0674
[F] (617) 825-0674
[email protected]
Jane Money, Founding Artistic Director
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EIN 33-1046833

LAST UPDATED: 12/14/2018
Organization DBA Boston City Singers
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide-ranging performance opportunities to young people ages 4-18, inspire personal development, celebrate diversity and foster good will. Our vision is to transform the lives of inner city young people, one voice at a time, encouraging each heart to live with compassion in a world of differences.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide-ranging performance opportunities to young people ages 4-18, inspire personal development, celebrate diversity and foster good will. Our vision is to transform the lives of inner city young people, one voice at a time, encouraging each heart to live with compassion in a world of differences.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
Projected Income $717,200.00
Projected Expense $717,200.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Boston City Singers Programs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide-ranging performance opportunities to young people ages 4-18, inspire personal development, celebrate diversity and foster good will. Our vision is to transform the lives of inner city young people, one voice at a time, encouraging each heart to live with compassion in a world of differences.

Background Statement

Founded in 1995, Boston City Singers serves young musicians ages 4 - 18. With a focus on artistic excellence, youth development and neighborhood commitment, our programs are known for a family atmosphere where diversity of all kinds is acknowledged and welcomed. We intentionally integrate a rigorous, relevant and responsive music curriculum with youth development activities, building critical life skills designed to support the upward trajectory of each participant.

The original program was developed under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Jane Money in collaboration with West Newton’s Youth pro Musica (YpM). 27 children sang the first year. After 8 years, surpassing YpM in size and scope, YpM supported a separation, allowing the now Boston City Singers to develop wider performance opportunities and collaborations, separate funding, commission new music and undertake tours.

In response to stakeholder interest, we added our Jamaica Plain (2005) and Cambridge (2012) program sites. As of 2011, our membership had grown to 275 in 8 programs. We now serve 450 singers in 15 programs, each gateways to life-changing experiences.


• 100% of our graduates have been accepted at 4-year colleges, universities and military academies. 2018 graduates will attend Denison, MA College of Liberal Arts, Colorado College, Franklin & Marshall and Fitchburg. Alumni recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan,​ Bard​, Barnard,​ Hampshire College​, ​West Point, Northeastern​, Berklee, Lesley​, UMass Lowell​, Southern Maine​, and Juilliard School​.

• 4 graduates are Posse Scholars

• Founder Jane Money received the prestigious Robert Quinn Award from UMass Boston for Outstanding Community Leadership.

• Tour Choir member Sam, 15, was a Grand Prize Winner - Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition/Boston Pops. Nine of our singers were accepted into the BSO's Children’s Chorus after an extensive auditions. They performed at Tanglewood this summer.

Impact Statement

 Through learning and performing together in Boston City Singers programs, we can attest that lives are changed, voices found, barriers lowered and communities united.

Expected outcomes leading to success:

• Participation in our programs ensures the life of a child will be wholly acknowledged. Our wrap-around services children address those in adverse and vulnerable situations by reaching out to family advocates and schools, directing them to appropriate professionals and government service departments, enlisting community involvement and providing generous tuition financial aid to any family in need.

• 100% of our graduating seniors will continue to be accepted to 4 year colleges, most with substantial scholarship.

• Members will continue to be successful in their bid to become Posse Scholars.

• Children are to allowed to express themselves freely in a sustained high-quality music education forum.

• Members are supported by staff, board members, volunteers and mentors as they validate their identity. We provide continuing and consistent opportunities resulting in confident, resilient leaders regardless of socioeconomic standing, gender-identification, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or special circumstances.

• Members have taken advantage of the opportunities we provide that enable them to participate in leadership activities, including teen mentors, peer leadership teams, and section leaders.

• Members know that each adult involved in our programs supports their quest for educational achievement as we continue to consistently uphold a high standard of academic success through mentoring and tutoring, providing reinforcement of geography, history, language and math curricula during rehearsals and assigned homework.

• Programming is regarded as exemplary by adjudicators, community activists, funders, families and member, resulting in membership at or near capacity.

• Multi year partners and collaborators help us create personally-relevant and motivating high-quality art while expanding opportunities for member growth and opening doors to local and global communities.

“Boston City Singers is the reason I believed in myself enough to pursue my passion. It has always been there for me - from teaching me how to sing, developing my leadership skills, helping me to perfect my college essay, showing me how to believe in myself to achieve my full potential, teaching me about cultures beside my own, and finally, to feel like I had a second family when mine was in the middle of falling apart.” — Tory, 2016 graduate, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford


Needs Statement

Boston City Singers is an El Sistema-inspired music instruction and youth development organization. Our programs provide a sound and healthy haven for 500 singers, many of whom have limited opportunities to express themselves, fulfill dreams and transform their worlds.

Our primary needs are:

1) Secure a rehearsal and administrative space that serves as the hub of youth-oriented programs in the Dorchester Center area.

2) Encourage multi-year funding from foundations, corporations and government grantors.

3) Have access to educators throughout the region to encourage them to promote the positive relationship between participating in traditional academic subjects in conjunction with the arts.

4) Ensure that Boston City Singers and its divisions have ample scholarship funds to support children of low and modest means.

5) Build our collaborative relationships that expand the horizons of our singers.

CEO Statement

As we begin our third decade, we reflect on our mission, growth and experiences. We are proud of our highly trained staff, who provide remarkable music and youth development instruction. They have given scores of young people in metro Boston a means to understand history, languages, geography, mathematics and culture.

The new year is positioned to be very exciting – so many new faces, so many returning singers and the acclaim of audiences throughout the year. With after school programming in Dorchester, North Cambridge (Cambridge Children’s Chorus), Jamaica Plain and Weymouth (MetroWest City Singers, we work with over 500 members aged 4–18. We also maintained our 80%+ retention rate.

We will continue to provide three levels of programming for middle  and high school: Cantare, the Tour Choir and Harmony. The popular World Rhythm Ensemble continues to teach West Africa and Caribbean rhythms to members of the Tour Choir, and all take weekly movement and improvisation classes.

Having returned from a Goodwill Tour to South Africa in August, 2017, we anticipate that the Tour Choir will venture to a new, off the beaten path location in July/August 2019. As we look back at our past performance tours — Argentina, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Costa Rica— we are proud of the way the lives of our singers were enriched, gaining maturity, self-reliance, compassion and a deep understanding of the music and countries visited.

During the school year, local “repeat” performances included “Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday” at St. Cecilia Parish, American Choral Directors Association’s “Big Sing East” and annual neighborhood tree-lighting festivities. Boston City Singers is now collaborating with The Boston Conservatory to bring a range of new opportunities and talents to our members while supporting BoCo’s reach into our urban neighborhoods.

Boston City Singers continues to redefined urban after-school music education by adapting to community needs and students’ progress as it has over the past 22 years. Low- and middle-income families in the targeted area remains our target audience. We are proud to continue our commitment of never denying access to our programming due a lack of a families’ financial resources.

We consider our partners and collaborators to be key to our extensive experience and capacity, supporting the achievement and provision of rigorous, personally relevant and motivating high-quality creative art making while expanding opportunities for member growth and opening doors to local and global communities.

1. Artistic Collaborators: In the past two years, we have performed with Boston Camerata, Soweto Gospel Choir, Chorus Pro Musica, Monadnock Chorus, New England Philharmonic, Saengerfest Men’s Chorus, Coro Allegro, Boston Public Quartet / Celebrity Series of Boston, BSO Chamber Players, and Cambridge Community Chorus.

The Celebrity Series of Boston is partnering with us through its Neighborhood Arts program. Last season, Cantare and Tour Choir participated in three collaborative events, each designed to provide access to the arts in undeserved neighborhoods including Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury. Artistic collaborators are the international tour de force: Guy Mendilow Ensemble (Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom - the stories of displaced people), genre-defying performer/composer Shaw Pong Liu and the Argentinian male dance sensation Che Malambo.

2. Teaching Collaborators: Our partnerships with The Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory play a vital role in the development of our young singers. Graduate students in Vocal Pedagogy programs are our Teaching Fellows. They work with singers individually and in small groups, establishing a solid foundation in vocal technique. These colleges also seek out Boston City Singers members for performances, affording our singers unique opportunities to participate in professional productions. Partnerships also provide graduate students with an opportunity to work with urban singers and contribute to the development of arts programs in our neighborhoods.

We are also proud to mention that Boston City Singers’ Tour Choir and Neighborhood Training Choruses in Jamaica Plain and Dorchester have performed at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Dorchester on in commemoration of the President’s 100th birthday. The Tour Choir celebrated Israel Independence Day with Governor Charlie Baker at the State House on May 12. These types of invitations come our way because Boston City Singers is a part of the artistic fabric of Boston with the experience and capacity to carry out significant music and youth development programming. 

Boston City Singers continues to train and inspire the musician, student and ambassador in each of our singers while never turning away a singer due to personal financial hardships.

It was a truly inspiring and extraordinary year made possible by the tremendous support and involvement of singers, families, foundations, corporations and community and government agencies.

Jane E. Money, Founding Artistic Director  

Board Chair Statement

It is our pleasure to present Boston City Singers to you.

Our staff are exceptional and demonstrate their devotion weekly. Teaching Fellows from Longy School of Music at Bard College, New England Conservatory, and The Boston Conservatory at Berklee bring depth and breadth to our members. We are proud of our artistic collaborations.

Plans are underway for two tours in 2019. Cantare will embark on a 4-day Good Will Tour to Puerto Rico in the spring and the Tour Choir has been training for a 3-week residency to the Czech Republic, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina starting in late June. We look forward to sharing the new music both choirs are rehearsing over the next year.

As we embark on our 23rd season, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest, generosity and support. We are successful because we have so many families, individuals, corporations and foundations who have invested in our singers.  Please don't hesitate to reach out should you have any questions. We welcome site visits throughout the school year.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
Boston City Singers target neighborhoods are those underserved by arts programming: Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Roslindale, South Boston, North Cambridge and the MetroWest region of greater Boston. Boston City Singers has grown each year; currently serving nearly 500 young people aged 4 – 18.


Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools

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Boston City Singers Programs

All programs are conducted weekly throughout the school year.


1. Kodály Singing Classes - 4–Kindergarten - 4 sections - Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and No. Cambridge. Singing, dancing, creative movement and the playing of percussion instruments, to develop rhythmic skills, practice part-singing and gain performance experience. 1 hour classes

2. Melody Makers - grades 1–2 - North Cambridge. Members build upon skills learned in the Kodály Singing Classes,  and gain performance experience and learn music in 2/3 parts in 2-3 languages with more complex rhythms and melodies. 1-hour classes

3. Neighborhood Training Choruses – grades 3–5 - Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, North Cambridge and Framingham. Learn to read and play complex rhythmic patterns, work with composers, learn music in three parts in 2-3 languages and perform at local events and concerts. 1 1/4 hour rehearsals

B. CONCERT CHORUS  The following details the active engagement in supervised programs for youth aged 11–18 in Dorchester:

1. Cantare – intensive training for young tweens and teens. Members receive weekly intensive classes in music literacy and age-appropriate vocal coaching. They prepare music in 3-4 parts, in multiple languages, and appear at regional events, festivals and concerts. 2-hour rehearsals

2. Harmony - a mixed chorus for those seeking to pursue choral music education in addition to other extracurricular activities (sports and instrument lessons). Gain advanced skills and experience in preparation for college auditions, attend festivals and workshops and perform regionally. 2 hour rehearsals

3. Tour Choir – for those committed to in-depth training, extended rehearsals and international tours. The Tour Choir represents BCS at major national conferences, local events, concerts and collaborations, as well as travels both domestically and internationally. Weekly 2-6 hour rehearsals.
Budget  $717,200.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

All members receive the benefits of rigorous music training, leading to improved cognitive performance, teamwork skills, self-confidence, and self-discipline.

Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate success of our programs will be that we continue to have 100% of the singers who graduate with us be accepted to 4 year colleges and universities and 96% graduate in 4 years. 
Program Success Monitored By 

Boston City Singers curriculum and evaluations are conducted during rehearsals and performances based on the National Common Core Music Standards—Ensemble Strand’s assessment and evaluation diagnostic.

We use these benchmarks to develop advanced curricula focused on creating, performing, responding and connecting to music. Artists-in-Residence with specialized knowledge, such as the music of the Maori people, supplement our teaching. Our staff meets regularly to discuss individual and ensemble progress toward these benchmarks, customizes objectives for each singer, provides written feedback, and adjusts teaching as necessary. Data collected for each singer includes music learned and performed, sight-reading levels, attendance, timeliness, number of performances, personal presentation and participation in outside opportunities. Collected program data also includes hours of training, and number of performances.

The quantitative and qualitative evaluations are used to assess the impact of each one of our organization-wide objectives.

In evaluating our program for at-risk children, Boston City Singers staff clearly defines our program goals and intended outcomes, and monitors and documents the program implementation and service-delivery process using portfolios, surveys, and artist observations as our key evaluation measures.

We use these evaluations to improve and enhance our programs and develop a curriculum focused on creating, performing, responding, and connecting to music. Rehearsal plans demonstrate the depth of mastery each rehearsal aims to achieve. Our artistic team meets regularly to discuss individual and ensemble progress toward these benchmarks, and customizes objectives for each singer.

Data collected for each singer includes: music learned and performed, sight reading levels, number of performances, personal presentation, participation in outside opportunities. Program data includes: hours of training, attendance, audition results, and number and type of performances.

We also evaluate our scholarship program to make sure that we meet our goal of providing accessible and affordable programming to all, regardless of circumstances. Our senior staff keeps confidential financial records for all members including family determination of where they fall on our modest, sliding scale, payment records and accommodations made.

Examples of Program Success 

• 2014 + 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Finalist 

• Finalist - WGBH’s program “Sing That Thing,” aired April/May 2015

• Selected as the only Boston area youth chorus to perform at the 2014 American Guild of Organists National Convention and 2015 Chorus America National Conference

• Performed lead roles in Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking”, Janáček’s “Cunning Little Vixen,” Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde,” Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt” and The Boston Camerata’s “Play of Daniel”

Educational Achievements

• Over our 20-year history, 100% of graduates have received college placement and 95% have graduated “on time,” including Harvard (5), Boston University (5), USAFA, West Point, Oxford, Stanford, University of Michigan, and UMass. Two graduates were Posse Foundation winners, 8 have been finalists.

• 96% of our alumni graduate “on time” from Harvard, Smith College, Boston College, Center, Union, UMass, Drexel and Vanderbilt. One graduate was a Posse Foundation winner, another a Posse finalist, one a Janey Scholar, and another gained admission to USAFA.  

• Our college graduates are teachers, engineers, performing musicians, music therapists, recording engineers, marketing professionals and actors and are active in their communities. Three have served on the Boston City Singers Board of Directors.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Boston City Singers does an excellent job of engaging students from diverse backgrounds and providing them with world-class instruction and enrichment, allowing student to build their singing skills but also build their confidence and networks as they perform and travel around New England and around the world. For my daughter, who had a chance to sing her way across Argentina as an 11-year-old -- and now looks forward to a performance tour of Costa Rica this summer -- City Singers is a truly extra-ordinary leadership experience.---Eric Schwarz, author of The Opportunity Equation and Co-Founder and former CEO of Citizen Schools

The Boston City Singers consistently prepares young, talented singers for a life filled with music. The level of instruction is of a professional level and young singers receive excellent music education in ensemble and solo settings. Recently, the Boston Conservatory was fortunate enough to have two singers from Boston City Singers serve as soloists for Bernstein Chichester Psalms. Both students were impeccably prepared from the first rehearsal. It was obvious from their singing and comportment that Boston City Singers trains not only excellent musicians, but teaches young students what it means to act with professionalism. It is a testament to the work that Boston City Singers is doing in the city of Boston. — George Case, Boston Conservatory regarding Chichester Psalms.

I’ve always felt a sense of purpose and belonging when I come to rehearsals, knowing that I will be accepted, but also that I will be held to a very high standard. I’ll never forget Jane’s reminders not to sound like “bananas on my counter!” or “you sound like toothpaste salesmen.” We have sung in languages like Finnish, Russian, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Portuguese, Vietnamese and some languages that I had never even heard of, such as Sliammon, Sami, and Samoan. In fact, one of the first songs that I learned when I joined the concert chorus was in Maori. I’ve found that being a part of this amazing group has a lot of those “I never imagined” experiences. For example I never imagined that I would get to sing at the Boston Pops Holiday concert with Elmo—the fuzzy red monster on Sesame Street. I never imagined that I would sing at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which was broadcast on national TV. I never imagined that I would get to tour in four different countries before I even entered high school. And I never imagined that I would make some of the best friends in my entire life through singing in Boston City Singers The opportunities that come in this chorus are endless." - Boston City Singers graduate Annika


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jane E Money
CEO Term Start May 1995
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Jane Money,  Founding Artistic Director 

Ms. Money founded Boston City Singers in 1995 as a division of Youth Pro Musica. In 2003, Boston City Singers became a separate chorus and youth development program with headquarters in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood and currently serves 500 young people in 16 programs for children ages 4 - 18. Jane has over 25 years of experience in teaching music in classrooms, school and church choirs. She is passionate about teaching children to sing.

Ms. Money holds masters degrees in music from Auckland University in New Zealand; in music education from Trinity College of Music in London; and in engineering (MS) from Boston University. She is also the Founding Artistic Director of “Children’s Voices of Ireland.” She is a former instructor with the Metropolitan Opera’s Urban Voices program in Boston, and the Director of Youth Choirs at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA. She is a frequent workshop presenter at ACDA, MMEA, AGO and now Chorus America.

A native of New Zealand, Jane has been a resident of Dorchester for over 25 years where she fosters dogs for New England Brittany Rescue and knits socks near and far.

Co-CEO Ms. Melissa J. Graham
Co-CEO Term Start Feb 2011
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Melissa Graham is the Managing Director and Liaison between the staff and Board of Directors. She joined Boston City Singers in February of 2011 where she focuses on fundraising, financial and staff management, marketing and public relations and is the designated liaison to the Board of Directors. Ms. Graham, a Dorchester transplant of 19 years, comes to Boston City Singers after serving as a Founding Director of The Boston Guys, a Boston-based event planning, fundraising and marketing collaborative that served political, not-for-profit, educational and business clients domestically and abroad. In the past she also hosted Commonwealth Journal, a weekly radio talk show on WUMB, served as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank FSB, and was a senior advance person for former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Clinton White House years. Previously she had been Vice President and General Manager for Nathan Tyler Productions in Waltham and Director of Local Fundraising for WGBH. She lives in Dorchester with her husband and teenaged son.


Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Melissa J. Graham Managing Director

Melissa joined Boston City Singers in 2011 to manage fundraising and special events, financial and staff management, human resources, marketing and public relations, government and community outreach and serve as the designated staff liaison to the Board. She came to Boston City Singers to take on this newly-created position from her position as a Founding Director of The Boston Guys, an event planning, fundraising and marketing collaborative that served political, not-for-profit, educational and business clients domestically and abroad. Melissa was the host of Commonwealth Journal, a radio talk show on WUMB where she interviewed remarkably successful bold facers weekly, and served as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank FSB (now Citizens Bank). During the 1990s, she was a senior advance person for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Clinton White House years and had the privilege of traveling throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa meeting kings, queens and presidents, community leaders and everyday people who are the backbone of society. She was Vice President and General Manager for Nathan Tyler Productions and Director of Local Fundraising for WGBH Television/Radio. She holds a BA in Sociology and Public Relations from Miami University in Ohio after attending William Smith (Hobart) College in New York. A native of New York and raised in Ohio, Melissa lives in the Dorchester with her husband of 22 years, a son attending Quinnipiac University in CT and a rescued Catahoula named Elvis. When not working, Melissa is am an avid traveler, grandmother to five, gardener, Phantom Gourmet fan, and she loves to explore the back roads throughout New England.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association Massachusetts

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborators are key to our extensive experience and capacity, supporting the achievement of rigorous, personally relevant and motivating high-quality creative art making while expanding opportunities for member growth and opening doors to local and global communities. Our members receive training that extends well beyond the concept of a traditional children’s chorus, including world drumming, dancing in American step and gumboot styles, spoken word, and composition.

• Artistic Collaborators
Over the past two years, collaborators have included Soweto Gospel Choir and Cape Town Youth Choir (South Africa), Gondwana Chorale (Australia), Boston Camerata, New England Philharmonic, Coro Allegro, Chorus pro Musica, Boston Musica Viva, and Cecilia Chorus of New York. We partner with the Celebrity Series of Boston’s Neighborhood Arts program in events designed to provide access to performances in underserved neighborhoods, especially Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury. Artistic collaborators include Guy Mendilow Ensemble, Shaw Pong Liu, Che Malambo, Kristin Chenoweth and Sol y Canto’s Brian & Rosi Amador.

• Educational Collaborators
Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory play vital roles in our singer’s development. Graduate students serve as Teaching Fellows, working in each of our programs. In addition to their music related activities, they are charged with building confidence and engaging singers as part of a successful group.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 15
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 95%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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


Board Chair Ms. Jocelyn Heywood
Board Chair Company Affiliation MIT
Board Chair Term Sept 2015 - Sept 2020
Board Co-Chair Ms. Jocelyn Heywood
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation MIT
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2017 - 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Lissette Cummins Community Relations Voting
Ms. Melissa J Graham Boston City Singers Exofficio
Ms. Jocelyn Heywood Massachusetts Institute of Technology Voting
Ms. Valery Kennedy Reporter Voting
Ms. Melody Komyerov Pingree School Voting
Ms. Jane E. Money Boston City Singers, Founder, Artistic and Education Director Voting
Mr. Sean Rogers Simeio Solutions Voting
Dr. Mehmet Rona Director of Applied Physics and Modeling at TIAX, Inc. --
Mr. John Stone Fidelity Investments Voting
Mr. Charles Tevnan Esq. Tevnan | Tevnan 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: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $590,967 $618,062 $544,846
Total Expenses $610,689 $522,187 $625,932

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$255,524 $355,999 $274,184
Government Contributions $23,800 $30,336 $9,069
    Federal -- -- --
    State $23,800 $30,336 $9,069
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $62,412 $62,061 $58,889
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $237,561 $168,092 $199,706
Investment Income, Net of Losses $8 $6 $52
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $11,662 $1,568 $2,946
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $465,885 $384,815 $430,273
Administration Expense $136,382 $134,797 $195,529
Fundraising Expense $8,422 $2,575 $130
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.97 1.18 0.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 74% 69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 1% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $204,058 $218,518 $123,451
Current Assets $200,128 $212,818 $115,981
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $7,045 $1,783 $2,591
Total Net Assets $197,013 $216,735 $120,860

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

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 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 28.41 119.36 44.76

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. 
Please note, the organization changed its fiscal year from a July - June fiscal year, to a Sept. - Aug. fiscal year. As such, as short year Form 990, covering Jul. 1, 2010- Aug. 31, 2010 is posted above and the 2011 audit posted above covers a 14 month period, ending on Aug. 31, 2011.


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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?

Our vision is to transform the lives of inner city young people one voice at a time, inspiring and developing each heart to live with compassion in a world of differences.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

I. Sing for Good: Sharing the gift of music to support our community and motivate change.

We recognize the power of music to unite hearts and minds toward the common good, regardless of personal differences.

II. Teen Mentors and Peer Leaders: Inspiring the next generation of leaders.

We offer specialized training for teens to become mentors, program leaders, and administrative assistants, and provide them with substantive work opportunities.

III. Chorus to College: Upholding high standards of academic achievement.

We are committed to helping our students achieve academic success in high school and college.

IV. On Stage: Developing personal skills through performance and collaboration.

Performance opportunities allow singers to put into practice the discipline, teamwork, and musical skills learned in rehearsals, and positive audience interaction and feedback enhances self-awareness and self-confidence.

V. Global Voices: Encouraging cultural ambassadors for peace, harmony, and cooperation.

We value cultural differences and seek to educate our singers to live cooperatively in an increasingly small world.

Our music is unique, and supports our belief that young singers from all ethnic and social backgrounds can come together through music. We perform music from a vast background, including classical, medieval, folk, jazz, Broadway, international and multi-cultural works. We place particular emphasis on music from the countries of origin of our families.

A. Objective: Music

• Develop age-appropriate vocal technique, including healthy tone quality with correct placement

• Learn advanced musical techniques according to Kodály methodology

• Build musical literacy and singing in multiple languages

• Develop broad understanding of multiple genres and styles and increase independence in preparation

• Provide outside-the-box programming, including collaborations with artists in multiple genres

B. Objective: Youth Development

• Establish outstanding behavioral standards, supported by substantive mentoring opportunities

• Engage members in problem-solving, timeliness, personal presentation, meeting deadlines, cooperation, listening, self-assessment, constructive criticism, honesty and empathy

• Provide leadership development workshops led by outside specialists

• Adjust teaching practices for singers with special needs

• Enable singers and families to understand and appreciate cultural differences as an asset to their community

C. Objective: Access

• Provide programs in multiple neighborhood locations making them readily accessible.

• Select locations that are within safe walking distance from subway and bus lines.

• Ensure all locations are handicapped accessible.

• Arrange car pools and supply buses for hard to reach and “away” engagements.

• Accommodate different learning styles to enable all to succeed in our programs.

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


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

The Boston Indicators Project, an initiative of The Boston Foundation, has given us significant insight into the state of arts programming in the communities we serve. For example, Boston Indicators found that the highest concentration of arts and culture organizations in Boston are in the neighborhoods with the lowest concentration of children; conversely, the neighborhoods with the highest concentration of children are home to the fewest arts and culture organizations. Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury not only have the highest number of children in Boston’s neighborhoods, but with 42 percent of its children in poverty, this tri-neighborhood area represents Massachusetts’ largest concentration of child poverty. Furthermore, Boston Indicators notes that “The location of cultural facilities has a direct impact on the people they attract and the ways in which they are utilized…The distribution of neighborhood-scale facilities in proximity to the concentration of children —with most children unable or not permitted to travel great distances — indicates the potential for cultural enrichment closer to home.”

The Board of Directors and consultants conduct periodic needs-assessment surveys examining our programs, performances and funding plans resulting in the knowledge that without scholarship assistance, 70% of our members would be unable to participate in our programs. Also singers, families and community leaders expect performance opportunities to showcase program results.

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