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Boston Singers Resource, Inc.

 PO Box 51832
 Boston, MA 02205
[P] (617) 297-7266
[F] --
www.bostonsingersresource.org
[email protected]
Margaret Felice
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INCORPORATED: 2005
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 83-0417553

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Established in 2001 as one of the most important networking tools for New England musicians, Boston Singers' Resource is a fully incorporated 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Its purpose is to support the New England classical singing community by providing educational, promotional and career service resources to New England classical singers, vocal organizations and to the general public. BSR currently provides this artistic support through its extensive website (www.BostonSingersResource.org), weekly eCalendar mailings; daily eNews alerts, educational programming and live audition opportunities.

Mission Statement

Established in 2001 as one of the most important networking tools for New England musicians, Boston Singers' Resource is a fully incorporated 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Its purpose is to support the New England classical singing community by providing educational, promotional and career service resources to New England classical singers, vocal organizations and to the general public. BSR currently provides this artistic support through its extensive website (www.BostonSingersResource.org), weekly eCalendar mailings; daily eNews alerts, educational programming and live audition opportunities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $24,000.00
Projected Expense $20,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. Website and eCalendar
  • 2. BSR Annual Auditions
  • 3. Workshops
  • 4. Boston Singers' Relief Fund

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Established in 2001 as one of the most important networking tools for New England musicians, Boston Singers' Resource is a fully incorporated 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Its purpose is to support the New England classical singing community by providing educational, promotional and career service resources to New England classical singers, vocal organizations and to the general public. BSR currently provides this artistic support through its extensive website (www.BostonSingersResource.org), weekly eCalendar mailings; daily eNews alerts, educational programming and live audition opportunities.

Background Statement

Boston Singers’ Resource began as a small DBA with 85 subscribers in January 2001. It was founded with the awareness that there was previously no support system for New England based classical singers – information was available only to a select few by word of mouth. So the creators of BSR developed programs that would unite and strengthen NE based singers and other regional musicians as well as programs that educate the community at large about local classical performances.
 
BSR became a fully incorporated 501 ©(3) nonprofit organization in February 2005. Since that time, the number of paid subscribers has increased to an average of 350 musicians per year. Dozens more visitors access the free BSR web resources each month. BSR continues to be the only regional service organization of this kind for classical singers in the New England area.
 
Paid membership to BSR give members access to the paid resources on our website, which include job, audition and class postings. These are sent in a daily email to member based on their preferences. Any one can post with a free login. Connecting singers with auditions and other opportunities through our website is one of our signature services. 
 
BSR offers twice yearly auditions, which allow singers to present a short audition to multiple directors and producers at the same time. This has been one of our most popular events since 2002.  
 
Our workshop series provides continuing education to singers on topics ranging from auditions to stagecraft to taxes.
 
The BSR recital series has presented 4 recitals under the leadership of artistic director Beverly Soll.  
 
Boston Singers' Relief Fund has had two major fundraiser in partnership with Boston Singers' Resource (its fiscal sponsor) and has given thousands of dollars in grants to singers in need. 
 
As modes of communication change and grow, BSR has added new methods to reach New England's classical singing community. BSR has an active Facebook page and Twitter account. Our blog, edited by Angela Jajko, was started in 2013 and offers career tips to classical singers. 

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
Connect singers with hiring directors at open and select auditions.
Provide affordable continuing education through audition and tax workshops.
Promote concerts and recitals through our free eCalendar of Singing Events.
 
Goals:
Refresh website, which is technologically out of date, while still providing the key services members gain from our website (daily emails of opportunities). 
Provide meaningful feedback to singers through our open auditions.
Fundraise so we can redesign website without raising membership fees. 

Needs Statement

Website redesign: Our website is 7 years old and is reaching the end of its technological viability. Because many of our services are automated through membership management software, we need a redesign which incorporates MMS, which will cost $15,000-$25,000. 
Staff: a marketing assistant would manage our social media accounts, promotions, and long-term planning for fundraising initiatives. $250/month.
Programs: We hope to continue our new workshop series with 5 workshops a year (Sept-May), budget for each workshop is $500.
Board development: replace outgoing board members and increase board member involvement.
Promote Boston Singers' Relief Fund: BSRF is a grantmaking fund that BSR administers that provides financial assistance to singers facing financial hardship. The board member who founded the fund has left our organization and we are looking for a volunteer to administer the fund as part of BSR.  

CEO Statement

Boston Singers' Resource is one-of-a-kind: we offer comprehensive resources to classical singers at all levels of development, we have a specific regional focus, and we keep membership fees low to increase access for all. 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

BERKSHIRE REGION, MA
CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA
CENTRAL REGION, MA
METROWEST REGION, MA
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
PIONEER VALLEY REGION, MA
SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Membership in BSR is limited to New England residents and students. We advertise job opportunities throughout New England. Our programs and events take place in Boston and surrounding towns.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Services
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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

1. Website and eCalendar

BSR distributes comprehensive and current information to the singer community via its extensive website and emailed news letters. The website includes over 50 pages of job and career information. The eCalendar of Singer events is distributed weekly and features performances by regional singers and vocal groups. Opt-in readership is over 2000.
Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Continue to connect members with auditions, classes, and other opportunities. We are the only organization with a local focus to do this. 
Program Long-Term Success  Increase the number of postings and members to connect more Boston-area artists. 
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  One singer reports "every opportunity I have had as a singer in Boston has been thanks to Boston Singers' Resource." Singers use our postings to find opportunities, and hiring organizations use them to find singers. 

2. BSR Annual Auditions

BSR hosts two combined company general auditions each year for New England area singers, accompanists and singing companies. There are Open auditions (open to any BSR member singer age 18+ ) and Invitational auditions (pre-selected BSR member singers age 18+, only). Any company wishing to hire a singer may attend the auditions. The BSR Annual Auditions provide an opportunity for company leaders to screen talent for upcoming projects as well as to network with other company leaders.
Budget  $6,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Singers are regularly hired from Open and Select Auditions. Hiring organizations (choruses, opera companies, orchestras, etc) continue to attend to hear Boston's vocal talent. Every audition has a waitlist due to interest from singers. 
Program Long-Term Success  We hope to grow the number of attending organizations. We currently have 6-8 organizations/audition and would like to have 10-12. 
Program Success Monitored By  Registration. 
Examples of Program Success  At our 2016 Select Auditions a choral conductor was so impressed with a local soprano that she dashed from the audition hall and hired the young woman in the hallway. 

3. Workshops

BSR started offering regular continuing education events in 2016. These have included recurring auditions workshops, a tax workshop and a stagecraft workshop. These educational programs aim to meet the needs of post-graduate artists and are offered to members and non-members for a small fee.
Budget  $2,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Offer at least 5 opportunities for education each season. Singers will leave with increased confidence, connections and expertise in performance. 
Program Long-Term Success  Singers of all levels will have opportunities to develop their skills in an encouraging, low-stress environment. 
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
Testimonials:
The workshop gave practical insight into professional auditioning that was never addressed in music school. Angela and Adrienne created a warm, energetic learning environment and delivered specific solutions on how to audition as your BEST self from repertoire, etiquette, singer hacks and more.
 
The audition workshop hosted by Boston Singers' Resource was just what I needed! As someone who does opera on the side, this workshop was perfect to help me understand what the different sects of the industry (musical theater vs. opera vs. chorale etc) were looking for in an auditionee. I also suffer from stage freight and tend to clam up at auditions. The panelists were not only extremely knowledgeable, but extremely down-to-earth and approachable so I was comfortable enough to ask them for tips and tricks regarding audition nerves. I was nervous to attend this workshop since I am not as experienced as other fellow singers, but there was no reason to be nervous! I'm so glad I was able to be a part of this workshop and I look forward to more BSR educational opportunities.Thanks to BSR and the panelists for a fantastic workshop.
 
The Audition Workshop was such a unique and invaluable experience to participate in. Being a young singer, I am frequently working the audition circuit where you often don't hear any feedback. Auditions are a craft of their own, and to be able to practice that craft in front of such an accomplished panel was very helpful. Their focus was individualized, professional, and just spot on. They were able to talk about everything from your audition materials (headshot, resume, etc.) to the repertoire pieces you were offering. The environment was encouraging and warm. The experience to also sing in front of other singers added an element of performance practice that is crucial to your development as a young performer. I hope to see these workshops continue and grow, the Boston community certainly needs this type of mentorship!
 
The Audition Workshop was such a unique and invaluable experience to participate in. Being a young singer, I am frequently working the audition circuit where you often don't hear any feedback. Auditions are a craft of their own, and to be able to practice that craft in front of such an accomplished panel was very helpful. Their focus was individualized, professional, and just spot on. They were able to talk about everything from your audition materials (headshot, resume, etc.) to the repertoire pieces you were offering. The environment was encouraging and warm. The experience to also sing in front of other singers added an element of performance practice that is crucial to your development as a young performer. I hope to see these workshops continue and grow, the Boston community certainly needs this type of mentorship! I want to thank the BSR for putting together the Audition Workshop a few weeks ago. The panelists were so insightful, and I loved the variety of their experience and expertise. As someone who is not as recent of a graduate as some of the other participants, it was so refreshing to be back in a studio/masterclass setting again. I got as much, if not more, out of observing the other participants as I did singing for the panel! It is eye-opening and encouraging to get immediate responses from these directors/adjudicators, and important that they have experienced these situations from both sides of the table. I really hope that this becomes a workshop series, not just a one-time occurrence. If possible, I would love to attend more of these to get feedback on a few different types of audition situations

4. Boston Singers' Relief Fund

Founded in 2009 by Murray Kidd, the Boston Singers' Relief Fund is a BSR program which provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to those in the singing community who have contributed significantly to the artistic life of New England and are facing job loss, illness or other catastrophic life events.
Budget  $2,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  We hope to reconnect with our principal sponsors after the departure of the Fund's founder, increase the number of principal sponsors, and increase the amount granted each year. 
Program Long-Term Success  We will continue to be a help to struggling performing artists in Boston by increasing the number of grants given each year. 
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Since our first grant in 2012 BSRF has granted nearly $10,000. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Margaret Felice
CEO Term Start Sept 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. Lynn Shane Sept 2001 Aug 2015

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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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 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Jonathan Saxton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Freelance Artist
Board Chair Term Jan 2013 - Jan 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Keith Eric Brinkley Freelance Artist Voting
Margaret Felice Boston Singers' Resource Exofficio
Angela Jajko New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society Voting
Vincent James Masterworks Chorale, New World Chorale, Harvard School of Public Health Voting
Stephanie Mann Freelance Artist Voting
Erin Merceruio Nelson Shelter Music Boston Voting
Peter Pulsifer Choral Arts New England 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: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 60%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $24,000.00
Projected Expense $20,000.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $27,857 $27,700 $35,797
Total Expenses $23,759 $25,131 $27,604

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $14,298 $10,844 $5,180
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- $12,917
Investment Income, Net of Losses $214 -- $126
Membership Dues $13,345 $16,838 $17,574
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $18 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $23,759 $25,131 $27,604
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.17 1.10 1.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $57,221 $52,941 $53,394
Current Assets $57,221 $52,941 $53,178
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $398 $216 --
Total Net Assets $56,823 $52,725 $53,394

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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 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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 143.77 245.10 --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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 is 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

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Boston Singers' Resource wants to help classical singers at every stage of their career. Our membership is limited to New England-based singers and performance organizations. Our website and the daily emails that paid members receive through the site is the centerpiece of our mission, giving daily access to audition postings, job listings, workshop opportunities and performance listings. Though some resources are limited to our paid members, we also provide free resources on our website such as teacher and ensemble listings. Our programming focuses on supporting singers in a positive environment through auditions, workshops, and recitals. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

We support recent graduates with free memberships as they transition into the professional world, welcome singers who are new to Boston by giving them opportunities to "break in" to the local scene, share information with singers through our social media pages and website, provide continuing education on performance and career management, promote performances of vocal music through our free newsletter, aid singers dealing with hardship through the Boston Singers' Relief Fund, and connect singers with each other and with those who want to hire them through audition postings and annual auditions.

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

Boston Singers' Resource is the only area non-profit with a local focus devoted to serving classical vocal soloists. We have developed partnerships with similar organizations such as StageSource, Greater Boston Choral Consortium, Choral Arts New England, and Classical Singer. We have planned collaborative programming and shared resources with these groups, and regularly share resources and advice. Our board is comprised of leaders with executive and board experience in other organizations, all of whom have the experience as classical singers which allows them to truly understand the needs of our membership. 

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

The number of paid members is a clear indicator of progress, demonstrating that local singers see value in the features limited to paid members. We also monitor the number of organizations who attend open and select auditions to hear our singers, and how many of them hire singers from them. Though attendance is affected by external factors such as time of year, scheduling conflicts and ensemble needs, we believe robust attendance and follow up from organizations is a marker of programmatic efficacy. 

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

In 2017 our paid membership grew by 50 members to 378. We heard approximately 100 singers at our 2017 open auditions, giving feedback and exposure to each, inviting 40 of the highest scoring singers on to our 2018 select auditions. Based on feedback from opera companies and choruses, we moved our select auditions to the spring so that the timing is more convenient for their hiring. We have switched our audition registration process to a digital format and are planning to offer digital resume books for upcoming auditions to reduce waste and expense. We have increased our social media presence to reach singers who may not need a paid membership but who want to find articles, videos, and other resources about classical singing. 
 
One major initiative that remains incomplete is our website redesign, though we have begun that process and plan to have it completed by December 2018. Additionally, we hope to re-energize two initiatives that were developed by now-departed board members. One is the recital series, conceived to promote art song, hire local singers, and create concert programming for the community. We have reconceived our recital programming as a training opportunity which would pay singers and pay for their coaching with the pianist as part of a collaborative recital. We also hope to move this series, previously focused on the North Shore, into the city of Boston. We seek funding for this program. 
 
We also plan to revitalize the Boston Singers' Relief Fund, created by former board member Murray Kidd. This fund supports singers who lose income due to illness and has disbursed nearly $10,000 in grants. With the departure from the board of Mr. Kidd the fund was left without a chief promoter and administration of the fund was added to the portfolio of the Executive Director. We seek funding for a part-time staff person to administer the program and to serve as the liaison to the choral ensembles that are the funds principal sponsors.