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musiConnects

 20 Belgrade Avenue, Suite 1
 Roslindale, MA 02131
[P] (617) 990-2983
[F] --
www.musiconnects.org
[email protected]
Nancy Galluzzo
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INCORPORATED: 2002
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EIN 47-1483077

LAST UPDATED: 08/23/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names Boston Public Quartet (2009)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to model and teach self-expression, peer leadership and community development through the transformative power of chamber music. musiConnects accomplishes its mission by engaging in two central activities:

1. Creating access to outstanding music education to children who would not otherwise have it, through its Residency Programs in schools and community centers in Mattapan, Dorchester and Roslindale. 

2. Creating access to high quality free public chamber music performances in diverse communities, including those who have little opportunity to experience live music.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to model and teach self-expression, peer leadership and community development through the transformative power of chamber music. musiConnects accomplishes its mission by engaging in two central activities:

1. Creating access to outstanding music education to children who would not otherwise have it, through its Residency Programs in schools and community centers in Mattapan, Dorchester and Roslindale. 

2. Creating access to high quality free public chamber music performances in diverse communities, including those who have little opportunity to experience live music.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $258,995.00
Projected Expense $258,965.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • musiConnects Residencies
  • Roslindale Community Program

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Overview

Mission Statement

Our mission is to model and teach self-expression, peer leadership and community development through the transformative power of chamber music. musiConnects accomplishes its mission by engaging in two central activities:

1. Creating access to outstanding music education to children who would not otherwise have it, through its Residency Programs in schools and community centers in Mattapan, Dorchester and Roslindale. 

2. Creating access to high quality free public chamber music performances in diverse communities, including those who have little opportunity to experience live music.

Background Statement

Betsy Hinkle founded musiConnects in 2007, motivated by the lack of arts programming in Boston Public Schools and inspired by the model of Community Music Works in Providence, RI. Her vision was to place members of professional string quartets in residence in low-income Boston neighborhoods as teachers and performers. musiConnects' founding string quartet was the Boston Public Quartet, which started teaching violin, viola and cello as well as chamber music at the Chittick School in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, at no cost to students. In 2011, musiConnects expanded the program to the Sumner School in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood, and created a second string quartet – the Sumner Quartet – to teach in the Sumner program.

musiConnects started a Roslindale Community Program in 2010, through which students who did not attend either the Chittick or the Sumner Schools could take individual lessons on violin, viola and cello. There is a modest tuition for Roslindale Community Program lessons, and families pay on a sliding scale. No child has been turned away for financial reasons.

In the 2016-17 year, musiConnects turned two of its pilots from the previous year into Residency Programs. The new Residency Program locations serve students in Mattapan and Dorchester. By moving its Residency Programs out of two specific elementary schools and into community center locations, musiConnects has been able serve students from a broader range of schools in these neighborhoods, and has been able to continue working with students past elementary school age, to ensure long-term learning and mentorship. It was a successful first year at Lena Park and Mildred Avenue community centers. Two new pilot programs were also added at the KIPP School and Mattahunt Community Center.
 
In the upcoming 2017-18 year, we will be programming at KIPP Mattapan, Lena Park CDC Community Center in Dorchester, the Mattahunt BCYF Community Center in Mattapan and the new Mattapan Early Education School.    

Throughout its history, musiConnects has also been committed to bringing high quality musical performances to diverse Boston communities. Both the Boston Public Quartet and the Sumner Quartet give free public concerts in libraries, churches, community centers, senior living facilities and outdoor venues, often in neighboods that do not have access to live classical music. 

Impact Statement

In the 2016-2017 season:
1. musiConnects serve more than 85 students in grades 1-8. Students in the school and community center Residency programs received weekly private lesson on violin, viola or cello; chamber music classes; music theory and improvization class; and orchestra, all taught by members of musiConnects' two professional resident string quartets. Thus, the depth and breath of the experience musiConnects provided in 2016-2017 is unusual relative to most after-school music programs.

 2.  This past year, musiConnects honed its program evaluation methods.  All musiConnects students completed written reflections and goal-setting twice over the year in their one-on-one lessons with Resident Musicians. Students answer questions such as, “What does it mean to be a musician?,” “How do you feel when you play music?” and “Does playing music change you?” Students keep these written reflections in binders with their music to look back on and refer to with their teachers throughout the years. This year, some of the written responses from students that stood out as demonstrating life changing self-perceptions. One student said wrote that when he’s playing the violin, “I feel happy and alive.” Another wrote, “I think of myself as a musician because playing makes me feel free and it makes me feel like I can do anything." We also saw responses this year that evidence the development of coping and anger management skills such as, "playing music does change me because it lets me feel like I can let some anger out."
3. musiConnects students performed in 5-10 public and community concerts. The resident string quartets (Boston Public Quartet and Sumner Quartet) gave 33 free Boston-area concerts to more than 1,000 audience members of all ages. Some of these performances were in partnership with the Boston Nature Center, the Mattapan Post Office, America's Food Basket in Mattapan, the Mattapan Health Center and focused on neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan, which typically have little access to live chamber music.

4. In 2016-2017 musiConnects continued strong partnerships with National Public Radio's From the Top and New England Conservatory's Community Partnerships Program.

5. musiConnects was awarded a three-year highly competitive SerHacer grant by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in recognition of the excellence of its youth development work through intensive ensemble music education.

Needs Statement

musiConnects needs to achieve a consistent yearly income of at least $250,000 to compensate its resident quartets with part time salaries for their work at musiConnects and to cover programming costs. musiConnects needs to build our budget to fully compensate our current directors and employees and expand the budget to include more specialized staff such as a Development Director.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- South Dorchester
musiConnects serves youth and families in schools and community centers in Mattapan and Dorchester.   Our Roslindale Community Program serves children from all over Boston. The Boston Public Quartet and Sumner Quartet perform for communities in and around Boston, including those in which their students live, and neighborhoods which have little access to live classical music.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
  2. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Citizen Participation

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Programs

musiConnects Residencies

musiConnects offers free one-on-one music education programs to students in its Residency Programs which take place at the Mattapan Early Elementary School, the Mattahunt BCYF Community Center in Mattapan, KIPP Mattapan and Lena Park CDC Community Center in Dorchester.  In these residencies, programming and instruments are supplied free of charge. The private lessons enable teachers and students to forge lasting mentoring relationships, explore musical areas of expression, technique, and literacy, and address individual strengths and weaknesses. In chamber music, students cultivate empathy, practice positivity, increase flexibility and create shared purpose in small groups through the challenges of playing together, knowing one’s part in a whole, and performing for peers. In Music Theory, Music Improvisation, and Orchestra, teachers and students model successful communication and behavior through large ensemble improvisation, rehearsal, and exploration. Through immersion, younger students learn that making music can be more harmonious when members work as a diverse, democratic team. Our students represent a diverse cross-section of the school communities we serve, and are among those who can most benefit, due to financial or family circumstances; additionally, engagement in music education often serves to enhance engagement in the classroom. All musiConnects students participate in our community concerts, performance parties and social events. These events connect students and families through performance, creative play, and celebration.
Budget  $250,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served Families K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Students who remain in the program for 3 years or more will advance musically and will show marked improvement in classroom behavior and leadership skills and confidence, as well as academic achievement.
Program Long-Term Success  Students who participate in musiConnects education residencies through graduation from high school will attend college, and will have developed a lifelong appreciation of the arts and their power to communicate and build community.
Program Success Monitored By  Children and parents teachers report improvement in child's self-image, engagement in the music program, and engagement in school. Classroom teachers report improvements in behavior and grades. musiConnects teachers chart musical program using program-wide evaluation metrics. Data is compared over several years.
Examples of Program Success 
Testimonials from parents about value of program:
 “ensemble important for only child, interacting in groups, learning to participate”
“the music makes her more patient, concentrates better, improves her knowledge about music as well as other things”
“Very high - she likes it, enjoys playing at home. Helps her concentration. She likes talking about it.”
“It helps him because you have to pay attention to the teachers and listen and because he has ADHD, it really helps him.”
“Helpful for her to continue playing cello and to be with peers playing other instruments.”
"Music is the key to success in many things because they learn to listen and follow directions.”
“Improved her temperment, be a better person, made her calm.”
“Helped him so much with gaining independence and taking care of something that is not his.”
“Definitely a good opportunity for city kids who can’t afford music class outside the school. It’s a great program.”

Roslindale Community Program

Youth from all over Boston may study with our Resident Musicians in Private Lessons and participate in a chamber music experience that is customized, through new compositions, to fit their level through the Chamber Kids program. Members of the Boston Public Quartet and Sumner Quartet and other musiConnects teachers accept students for Private Lessons at the musiConnects studio. Lessons range from 30 minutes to an hour in length. Lessons are offered on a sliding scale. Chamber Kids seeks to bring young musicians together from different backgrounds and neighborhoods to experience chamber music - the music of friends! Tuition is affordable for all families.
Budget  $250,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Private Lessons and Chamber Kids bring our unique curriculum to students in and around Boston, and aims to connect students and families from greater Boston’s diverse neighborhoods.
Program Long-Term Success  Our goal is to engage families and the community through attendance and volunteer efforts at concerts and meetings, and other ways in which music helps them connect with their children and each other. Involved parents and guardians interact with their children around their curiosity about the instrument and facilitating practice, and become more involved, meet other families, and speak up and advocate for better and expanded arts programming.
Program Success Monitored By  Long-term progress is measured by students' commitment to leadership and mentoring opportunities, involvement in Chamber Kids and similar programs, and the commitment to applying for and attending college; these activities demonstrate the participation in a wider civic and cultural world that musiConnects aims to foster.

 

Examples of Program Success  We currently have a 75% parental concert attendance rate, and through our parent letter and other outreach efforts, we have recruited volunteers at our residencies, to provide snacks, help students transition between program components, give rides to other families to events, and perform other tasks.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nancy Galluzzo
CEO Term Start May 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Nancy became the first Executive Director of musiConnects in the spring of 2016. Nancy started her career path as a lawyer and served as a Senior Investigator for the United States Department of Labor. After coming to the realization that she would find more personal fulfillment in the arts, Nancy embraced a new direction as the sole proprietor and resident artist of 3D and UP Pottery Studio in Jamaica Plain. This community-based experience helped position Nancy for her next career move: Associate Director of the Society of Arts and Crafts, where she built up her arts administration skills, including serving as Interim Executive Director. Nancy has also served as the Finance Manager at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Mass. Along with this extensive experience in nonprofit management, Nancy is no stranger to music education and performance. As a drummer—in her spare time—Nancy can be found volunteering during the summer at Girls Rock Boston or performing with her band. With her past experiences as a litigator, musician and arts administrator, Nancy Galluzzo joined musiConnects with a breadth and depth of knowledge that has  served to strengthen the organization as it prepares to head into its 11th season.
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Co-CEO Email --
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Betsy Hinkle Artistic Director Betsy founded musiConnects in 2007 to establish and support educational and artistic residencies, using an innovative chamber music model. Prior to founding musiConnects, she created a successful strings program at the Chestnut Hill School in Newton, MA, growing the program from five students to more than 70 during her four-year tenure. In June 2014, she was a recipient of the Barbara C. Harris award for social justice, presented by the Episcopal City Mission, in honor of her dedication to increasing access to music education. An accomplished violinist, Betsy performs regularly with the Boston Public Quartet, the resident quartet of musiConnects, the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, and the Back Bay Chorale, while teaching a vibrant studio of students and chamber ensembles through musiConnects. The daughter and granddaughter of musicians, Betsy began her violin studies at the age of five as a Suzuki student of Kathleen Weidley. She attended Florida State University as a violin performance major on full music and academic scholarships and, while there, played in an Honors Piano Trio as a Liberace Scholar. In 2001, she received a Music in Education Concentration along with her Master of Music from New England Conservatory. There she studied with Nicholas Kitchen of the renowned Borromeo String Quartet.
Laura Messina Education and Programs Director Born in New York and raised in Connecticut, Laura Messina earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and a Master of Science in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. She has studied cello with Elizabeth Simkin, Heidi Hoffman, and Lois Errante, and has worked with bassist Nicholas Walker and pianist/conductor Jeffery Meyer in chamber music and orchestral settings. Laura is an active freelancer in the Boston area, and teaches cello through musiConnects and her own private studio. She also teaches the elementary string program in the Belmont Public Schools. Laura is a certified Suzuki Cello Teacher and has recently studied with Nancy Hair at the Suzuki School of Newton in Newton, MA, and Carol Tarr at the Chicago Suzuki Institute in Deerfield, IL. Laura strongly believes that all children should have an opportunity to have music be a part of their lives, and that they all have the capability to learn. Her ultimate goal is to teach students to become lifelong lovers of music through performing on stringed instruments.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Barbara C. Harris Award for Social Justice (Awarded to Betsy Hinkle) Episcopal City Mission 2014
Boston Public Quartet invited to perform as part of a day of remembrance for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 2014

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Heath Marlow
Board Chair Company Affiliation musiConnects
Board Chair Term Oct 2015 - June 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Monique Ewing Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences International Admissions Administrator Voting
Jane Gilman Board Member Voting
Heath Marlow Director, Sistema Fellowship Resource Center, New England Conservatory Voting
Laura Messina Board Member Voting
Jackney Prioly Board Member Voting
Maureen Quigley Portfolio Manager and Chief Compliance Officer Howland Capital Management Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $258,995.00
Projected Expense $258,965.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990 EZ

Audit Documents

2016 Reviewed Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $232,777 $190,000 $121,140
Total Expenses $207,769 $174,591 $142,629

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $80,000 $55,000
Government Contributions $0 $5,000 $0
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    State -- $5,000 --
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    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $186,091 $60,500 $33,245
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $46,686 $44,500 $32,895
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $148,569 $130,648 $99,151
Administration Expense $51,720 $39,943 $36,474
Fundraising Expense $7,480 $4,000 $7,004
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.12 1.09 0.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 75% 70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 3% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $62,981 $38,045 $0
Current Assets $62,981 $38,045 $0
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $4,960 $5,032 $0
Total Net Assets $58,021 $33,013 $0

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

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

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 12.70 7.56 --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

musiConnects hired its first full-time managing director in March 2015 as an investment in its future. She is working with the artistic director and the board to expand the board, build infrastructure and plan for more sustainable funding.

To coincide the hiring of a managing director, the Klarman Family Foundation awarded musiConnects a grant to work with consultant on a long-range planning process. We are currently evaluating our programs relative to best practices of peer organizations and examining our relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders, both current and potential. We will also review and refine the program evaluation tools described above. The resulting insights will guide our plan for strengthening musiConnects’ programs and partnerships. ensuring that we can continue to provide in-depth music education and outstanding free public performances to those who would not otherwise have it for a long time to come.

Under the fiscal agency of Community Arts Advocates since 2008, musiConnects applied for its independent 501c3 status in September 2015, and is awaiting a decision.

Foundation Comments

musiConnects received its nonprofit status from the IRS in December 2015, per the above posted IRS Letter of Determination. From 2008 to December 2015, musiConnects was fiscally sponsored by Community Arts Advocates.
 
Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s for FY16 and FY15 and per the organization's records for FY14.

Documents


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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

We hope to see a transformation in each child demonstrated by greater family involvement, a commitment to success that extends beyond learning an instrument, and a greater interest in developing musical skills and appreciation. Students will be motivated to work together, using communication skills to interact with peers, resolve conflicts, mentor younger students, and become a model for other students. We also hope to improve access to free, continuous music education, and help students connect to opportunities to continue their instruction after graduation from our Residencies. The ability to continue our programming will pave the way to long-term progress, measured by students’ commitment to leadership and mentoring opportunities, involvement in Chamber Kids and similar programs, and the commitment to applying for and attending college; these activities demonstrate the participation in a wider civic and cultural world that musiConnects aims to foster.


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

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