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Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Inc.

 214 Lincoln Street, Suite 331
 Boston, MA 02134
[P] (617) 987-2000
[F] (617) 987-0195
www.landmarksorchestra.org
[email protected]
Jim Murray
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INCORPORATED: 2001
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 31-1750843

LAST UPDATED: 04/25/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is a professional orchestra that brings together Boston's diverse communities through the beauty and power of orchestral music. Its main series takes place at the DCR's Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, with additional programs in Boston neighborhoods. The orchestra frequently collaborates with other artists and organizations in the region and is recognized as a leader in eliminating barriers to access, including those of cost, location, disability, and racial and cultural divides.

Mission Statement

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is a professional orchestra that brings together Boston's diverse communities through the beauty and power of orchestral music. Its main series takes place at the DCR's Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, with additional programs in Boston neighborhoods. The orchestra frequently collaborates with other artists and organizations in the region and is recognized as a leader in eliminating barriers to access, including those of cost, location, disability, and racial and cultural divides.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income --
Projected Expense --

ProgramsMORE »

  • Breaking Down Barriers Initiative
  • Concerts at the DCR's Hatch Shell
  • Instrument Playgrounds
  • Notes in the Neighborhoods

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is a professional orchestra that brings together Boston's diverse communities through the beauty and power of orchestral music. Its main series takes place at the DCR's Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, with additional programs in Boston neighborhoods. The orchestra frequently collaborates with other artists and organizations in the region and is recognized as a leader in eliminating barriers to access, including those of cost, location, disability, and racial and cultural divides.

Background Statement

Founded in 2001, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents exceptional orchestral performances that are always free and open to the public in significant settings. In 2007, the orchestra began its annual series of concerts at the DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade to fill the void of high quality orchestral music performances during the summer. The orchestra, now under the direction of Christopher Wilkins, continues to present concerts at the Hatch Shell and other venues in Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods.

The orchestra is comprised of 30 to 50 musicians of the highest professional standards, who perform as members of the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet Orchestra, and Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra during the fall and winter seasons. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in New England that performs all of its concerts for free.


Impact Statement

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Needs Statement



CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Northeast Massachusetts Region
Metrowest Region
Southeast Massachusetts Region
Central Massachusetts Region
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
Since most of our concerts take place in Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods, Greater Boston is our most directly served geographic area. We do however have many attendees who travel to our Hatch Shell concerts from towns and cities in other parts of the state. We view the Esplanade as neutral turf where people from all of Boston's diverse neighborhoods and the surrounding area can come to enjoy great music together.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Symphony Orchestras
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education

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

Breaking Down Barriers Initiative

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is committed to removing barriers for people with disabilities to attend our concerts at the Hatch Shell. We offer braille and large print programs at all performances and volunteer ambassadors to greet and assist people with mobility challenges at our special handicapped drop-off point. For people with hearing loss we offer assisted listening devices. What began as a program wherein American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters were hired for one performance has grown into a concert experience designed specifically for the Deaf community. In 2012, the orchestra began to work with interpreters as performers. Rather than providing direct translation of spoken word, the interpreters on stage communicate the feeling of the audible music as well as the remarks given during the concert.

Budget  .
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Disabilities Other Health/Disability
Program Short-Term Success  Our short term goal is to make members of the disabled community aware of our efforts to promote accessibility at our concerts and to build strong relationships with disabled organizations in the Greater Boston area. We have already witnessed a noticeable increase in the number of audience members who use wheelchairs at our concerts and have received positive feedback in response to our braille and large print programs.
Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate goal of the Breaking Down Barriers initiative is to see a significant increase in the number of disabled persons at our concerts. We truly want to provide access to great orchestral music for all members of the community, and are hoping that we will be able to dramatically improve accessibility at our concerts over the next few years.
Program Success Monitored By  We are encouraging audience members to contact us with questions or concerns related to accessibility. We have received positive e-mail and telephone correspondence, as well as comments and suggestions at our concerts.
Examples of Program Success  Members of our staff have seen a significant increase in the number of audience members who use wheelchairs at our summer concerts. Our large print and braille programs have also been quite popular and many attendees have thanked us for providing various types of assistance to those who need it. Many have also said that they were never aware of the safe and convenient drop off location at the Hatch Shell and were appreciative of the accessibility information section on our website.

Concerts at the DCR's Hatch Shell

Since 2007,the Boston Landmarks Orchestra has presented its annual series of free concerts at the DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade to fill the void of high qualityorchestral music performances during the summer. It is presented in association with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and provides audience members of all ages with great live music in a truly spectacular setting. On any given concert night, people journey to the Esplanade to partake of a truly beautiful experience that bridges age, race, ethnicity, and cultural and socioeconomic differences. Concerts take place on Wednesday nights during the months of July and August, and typically run from 7pm to 9pm. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra performs at the majority of these concerts with guest orchestras featured on some programs. Some of the area's finest musicians are also featured as soloists.
Budget  .
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  During the 2013 season, we hope to see a further increase in the number of attendees at our concerts and hope to continue working with non-traditional partners, such as the MBTA, to expand our audience. We also intend on continuing to provide high quality programming that will help maintain Boston's reputation as a city where one can enjoy great classical music all year long.
Program Long-Term Success  Our long term goal is to be able to draw people from each of the 20 diverse neighborhoods in Boston to our concerts and create an atmosphere that is appealing to someone of any age, race, or socioeconomic background. We feel that bringing various groups of people together through a shared, positive, and family friendly experience will strengthen the community as a whole and add to their quality of life. It is our hope that we can fully engage each of Boston's 20 neighborhoods by the year 2020.
Program Success Monitored By  Boston Landmarks Orchestra evaluates its programs through assessment of the size of audiences, breadth and focus of media coverage, the effectiveness of educational and community outreach, sponsorship response, and growth of partnerships in the community. Landmarks Orchestra tracks trends in audience interest and satisfaction by conducting intercept surveys at its concerts and solicits comments on its website. Strong and ongoing relationships with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department, and Mayor Thomas Menino’s office help Landmarks consider important needs in Boston neighborhoods.
Examples of Program Success  Over 55,000 people attended the Landmarks Festival at the Shell in 2012, and our attendance numbers have steadily increased over the past three years. Our audience spans a wide range of age, race, and background on any given night. We have also been fortunate to develop partnerships with various community organizations that are given the opportunity to set up marketing tables at our concerts, and have successfully collaborated with other performing organizations including Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Ballet and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Instrument Playgrounds

As part of our Notes in the Neighborhoods initiative, launched in 2012, Landmarks began its own series of Instrument Playgrounds. The purpose of these playgrounds is to give children an opportunity to try real musical instruments. Through a partnership with Johnson String Instrument, the Musary, and Rayburn Music, Landmarks secured a number of rental instruments which we transported to schools, community centers, and parks throughout the city to set up our playgrounds. Trained musicians provide instruction and help participants learn the basic skills required to play an instrument. We hope these events will help young people discover their love of music and foster a life long appreciation of the arts. One of our greatest successes from the summer of 2012 resulted in a scholarship for a young boy to play violin after attending one of these Landmarks events.
 
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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  As a short term goal, we'd like to have kids in the 7-10 age range who attend these playgrounds to be able to identify musical instruments by sight and sound.
Program Long-Term Success  Ultimately these events create the opportunity for people in underserved neighborhoods to engage with music throughout their lives. Through relationships with local schools and summer camp programs, we hope to increase our outreach efforts and expand our audience base for these events.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success will be monitored by the number of students who attend as well as feedback from parents and school administrators. One of the goals of the program is to build partnerships with local school programs. The number of lasting partnerships will be another indicator of success for this initiative.
Examples of Program Success  One scholarship was awarded in 2012 to a young man who is now studying violin at the Suzuki program.

Notes in the Neighborhoods

Launched in 2012, this initiative benefits youngsters in underserved Boston neighborhoods by providing them with the opportunity to experience live music and learn valuable listening, performance, and comprehension skills from professional musicians. Our efforts engage public, private and charter schools' summer programs. By developing strong partnerships with schools and summer camps, we hope to allow children in Boston to fully reap the benefits of the city's rich resources in the arts. Some students have prior music training and some have none at all. For the appropriate age groups, instrument playgrounds and master classes by our musicians will be followed up with attendance at one of our Hatch Shell concerts, where we provide many youngsters with the opportunity to hear live orchestral music for the first time.
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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term success will be measured by the expansion of the program into new Boston neighborhoods. It is our goal to perform in three neighborhoods per year. In 2012, we surpassed that goal with performances in Brighton, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roxbury, South Boston and the South End.
Program Long-Term Success  Our Notes in the Neighborhoods Concerts support our long term goal of reaching out to all of Boston's 20 diverse neighborhoods by 2020. These concerts are a way of bringing live orchestral music to neighborhoods where performances by a professional orchestra are scarce. It is our hope that by providing families young people in these neighborhoods with this positive experience, we will improve their quality of life and give them an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of classical music.
Program Success Monitored By  Boston Landmarks Orchestra evaluates all of its programs through assessment of the size of audiences, breadth and focus of media coverage, the effectiveness of educational and community outreach, sponsorship response, and growth of partnerships in the community. For our neighborhood concerts, we are also interested in seeing whether members of the audience are from that neighborhood or have traveled from somewhere else. This allows us to see how much of an impact we are having on residents of the particular neighborhood and whether or not our marketing and outreach methods have proven to be beneficial.
Examples of Program Success  800 children and their families attend our first concert in the South End on July 19 in Blackstone Square. One concert goer praised the event saying, "Although our neighborhood is very diverse, there are few activities that bring everyone together. The Landmarks Orchestra was the essential ingredient to bring out the large and very diverse crowd tonight...tonight the orchestra made a great contribution to strengthening and knitting the neighborhood together".

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jo Frances Meyer
CEO Term Start Jan 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience


 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Harron Ellenson Sept 2010 Dec 2014

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Associated Industries of Massachusetts 2011
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau 2007
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce --
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

2015 Season Partners:
  • Alex Alvear & His Salsa Band
  • Back Bay Chorale 
  • BAJUCOL Colombian Folkloric Ballet 
  • Boston Public Schools 
  • Boston University Office of Disability Services 
  • Camp Harbor View 
  • Carroll Center for the Blind 
  • City of Boston, Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities
  • City of Boston, Parks and Recreation Department 
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company 
  • Conservatory Lab Charter School 
  • Emerald Necklace Conservancy 
  • Grooversity 
  • HONK! Festival Musicians 
  • Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
  • IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción 
  • John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars Program 
  • Longwood Symphony Orchestra (w/Albert Schweitzer Fellowship) 
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind 
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
  • Museum of Science 
  • New England Aquarium
  • North End Music and Performing Arts Center
  • One City Choir
  • Outside the Box Festival
  • USS Constitution Museum
  • Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury
  • ZUMIX

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 13
Number of Volunteers 70
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Laura Connors
Board Chair Company Affiliation Beacon Hill Village
Board Chair Term Nov 2016 - Nov 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Laura Connors Beacon Hill Village Voting
Ms. Gene D. Dahmen Verrill Dana LLP Voting
Mr. Peter Fiedler Boston University Voting
Mr. Richard Hawkins MFS Investment Management Voting
Ms. B. J. Krintzman The Law Offices of B. J. Krintzman Voting
Mrs. Katharine M. Pell Conservatory Lab Charter School Voting
Mr. J. Brian Potts Fiduciary Trust Voting
Mr. Michael Rotenberg Rotenberg Management Voting
Ms. Allison K. Ryder Retired Voting
Mr. Stephen Spinetto Retired Exofficio
Mr. Stephen Symchych Investment Consultant Voting
Mr. David Szabo MFS Investment Management Voting
Mr. Edwin Tiffany Retired Voting
The Honorable Milton L. Wright Jr. Retired Voting
Dr. Michael Yogman Yogman Pediatrics Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 14
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 93%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Governance and Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,335,598 $1,379,567 $1,570,681
Total Expenses $1,427,198 $1,170,287 $1,313,061

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$731,900 $698,350 $594,750
Government Contributions $80,080 $50,060 $18,440
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $80,080 $50,060 $18,440
Individual Contributions $230,612 $391,315 $812,568
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $99,391 $93,189 $34,567
Investment Income, Net of Losses $472 $538 $498
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $144,125 $103,465 $75,375
Revenue In-Kind $49,018 $42,650 $34,483
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $1,023,816 $806,535 $933,093
Administration Expense $182,083 $229,556 $236,941
Fundraising Expense $221,299 $134,196 $143,027
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.94 1.18 1.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 69% 71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 19% 11% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $777,274 $860,688 $653,888
Current Assets $742,863 $838,508 $641,994
Long-Term Liabilities $8,921 $11,446 $0
Current Liabilities $26,622 $15,911 $29,837
Total Net Assets $741,731 $833,331 $624,051

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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 --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

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

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 27.90 52.70 21.52

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 1% 1% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials.

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