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Boston String Academy Inc

 162 Boylston Street, Suite 69
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 7806728
[F] --
www.bostonstringacademy.org
[email protected]
Marielisa Alvarez
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INCORPORATED: 2014
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 46-1423890

LAST UPDATED: 11/21/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
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 provide a vibrant string program for inner-city young students, offering high quality string instrument instruction, using standards that will give them the necessary skills to build a strong foundation in their musical growth. To offer many performance opportunities, master classes, lessons and ensemble settings, which will enable students to build self-confidence, discipline, commitment, social skills, and other fundamental values essential to every child’s development. To forge social integration through music by creating a path for young people to become sensitive, responsible and creative human beings.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a vibrant string program for inner-city young students, offering high quality string instrument instruction, using standards that will give them the necessary skills to build a strong foundation in their musical growth. To offer many performance opportunities, master classes, lessons and ensemble settings, which will enable students to build self-confidence, discipline, commitment, social skills, and other fundamental values essential to every child’s development. To forge social integration through music by creating a path for young people to become sensitive, responsible and creative human beings.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $164,410.00
Projected Expense $160,072.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • String Orchestra Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a vibrant string program for inner-city young students, offering high quality string instrument instruction, using standards that will give them the necessary skills to build a strong foundation in their musical growth. To offer many performance opportunities, master classes, lessons and ensemble settings, which will enable students to build self-confidence, discipline, commitment, social skills, and other fundamental values essential to every child’s development. To forge social integration through music by creating a path for young people to become sensitive, responsible and creative human beings.

Background Statement

BSA was founded in November, 2012 by Marielisa and Mariesther Alvarez, two accomplished violinists who are also graduates of Venezuela’s “El Sistema”. In El Sistema, teachers are often former students of the program which certainly speaks to its ability to instill humanistic
connections and music learning in its students. The Alvarez sisters live both the social and musical mission of El Sistema — they felt the need to create a program in Boston that models their El Sistema experience, a program that nurtures both the individual person and the musician at the same time. With the help of interested parents and community members, the Alvarez sisters found rehearsal space at the Boston Children’s Chorus studio in Chinatown and the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston. BSA serves 80 inner-city students grades K-2 to 7th grade from two communities.
The learning in BSA is based in ensemble experience, with an individual attention component. The orchestra acts as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition between individuals is replaced by shared aspiration and investment. In ensemble training, students are guided by teachers, and also assist one another in musical learning and achievement through peer-mentoring.

Students’ primary musical identification is as an ensemble member. Emphasis is placed on creating a community that supports one another. Teachers and students alike are invested in both personal and community success, creating a place where children feel safe and challenged. Students build a sense of capability, endurance and resilience — owning a confidence about taking on enormous challenges in their lives. A deep sense of value, of being loved and appreciated, and a trust for group process and cooperation, enables them to feel that future achievement is within their reach.

BSA is a social change/youth development program that uses ensemble music to enable every child to experience being an asset within her or his community. We develop citizens not musicians, who exhibit the core values of teamwork, commitment, respect, and empathy. Students thereby take responsibility for the music making process, both individual and group improvement.



Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
1. BSA was awarded three grants from Massachusetts Cultural Council, Harvard Allston Partnership Fund, Boston Cultural Council. 
 
2. BSA duplicated the student body at the Allston program.
 
3. 100% of our 6th grade students got accepted into the top Boston exam schools. 
 
4. BSA will send a selection of students to participate in the first National Youth Orchestra of El Sistema-inspired programs called National Take a Stand Festival organized by Los Angeles Philharmonic.
 
Goals:
 
1. Expand our student body
 
2. Expand human resources of BSA. 
 
3. Identify performance opportunities and tours on a local and national level. 
 

Needs Statement

1. Teaching and rehearsal space for the downtown/chinatown program.
 
2. Human Resources: administrative assistant, marketing developer, development expert.
 
3. Scholarship Fund
 
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District

BSA currently serves the communities of Chinatown and Allston.

Organization Categories

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

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

String Orchestra Program

Students experience group, ensemble and individual lessons on a weekly basis, masterclasses with renowned guest artists several times per year, solo and ensemble performances in different halls in Boston and other cities throughout the year. They all participate in collaborating performances with the students from our two sites for the end of the semester concerts. They also participate in collaborating activities and and performances with students from other El Sistema inspired programs in Massachusetts, such as: the Annual El Sistema Showcase, performance in Pittsfield with Kids for Harmony students, Day of Joy in Somerville, Sistema Side by Side organized by Longy School of Music, El Sistema Summer Academy, among others.

Students receive daily group and orchestral instruction. In addition they all receive an individual lesson once a week.  

Budget  $300,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
­ Academic performance:
Improvements in GPA, increased number of Honors classes in both programs and acceptances into exam schools.
 
They show proficiency in music theory, rhythmic skills, ear training, Solfege reading and singing, music history, instrument technical skills as assessed by teachers’ observations, quizzes and survey data shows maturity in their interactions with their instructors, visiting artists and peers as assessed by teacher feedback in meetings and observations. 
 
90% BSA attendance and punctuality, and therefore improved school attendance ­ Parents and teachers report that children feel motivated, encouraged, proud of themselves, trusted, challenged, confident, sensitive. They behave better at home and at school. We will implement surveys to students and parents starting in the fall to document these developments. 
Program Long-Term Success  Develop life­long learners with multiple intelligences. Prepare students for advanced study or careers in music Strong foundation for musical growth. Students build self­-confidence, discipline, persistence, and social skills. Empower children from underserved neighborhoods to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change. Improve academic achievement.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  A handful of world renowned musicians have praised the artistic level of Boston String Academy students. Among these artist are Midori Goto (international concert violinist), Gustavo Dudamel (music director of Los Angeles Philharmonic), Jose Antonio Abreu (Founder of Venezuelan Youth Orchestra program better known as El Sistema), David Ying (cellist of Grammy-Award winning Ying Quartet), Lynn Chang (winner of Paganini Competition and faculty at The Boston Conservatory), Edicson Ruiz (International double bass soloist and member of the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic). 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marielisa Alvarez
CEO Term Start Nov 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO Ms. Mariesther Alvarez
Co-CEO Term Start Nov 2012
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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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 3
Number of Volunteers 6
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 8
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 N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Dr Erik Gregory
Board Chair Company Affiliation Harvard Humanist Hub
Board Chair Term Nov 2012 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr. Erik Gregory Harvard Humanist Hub Voting
Gregory Karas Mount Ida College Voting
Taide Prieto Longy School of Music Voting
Maria Rodman Boys and Girls Clubs of Farmington 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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

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 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $164,410.00
Projected Expense $160,072.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2015 Form PC

2014 990

2013 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $128,616 $69,689 $29,665
Total Expenses $110,783 $69,684 $24,220

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $10,613 $14,230 $9,414
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $118,003 $55,459 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- $20,251
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $85,000 $55,000 $20,000
Administration Expense $25,783 $14,684 $4,220
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.16 1.00 1.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 79% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $23,283 $5,450 $5,445
Current Assets $23,283 $5,450 $5,445
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $23,283 $5,450 $5,445

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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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 --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
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 -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s for fiscal years 2013 and 2014, and per the Form PC for fiscal year 2015.

Documents


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