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Bach Beethoven & Brahms Society of Boston Inc

 26 Davis Avenue, Suite 3B
 Brookline, MA 02445
[P] (617) 9918721
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www.BBBSociety.org
[email protected]
Steven Lipsitt
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INCORPORATED: 2016
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 81-1301317

LAST UPDATED: 06/02/2017
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society is to present imaginatively programmed concerts to a wide and diverse public, forging a connection between performers and audience. Central to our mission is our Signature Series of orchestra concerts played in historic Faneuil Hall by our professional instrumentalists. Other series will present chamber music, new music, and vocal music at other venues. BB&B also has a residency mentorship at Boston Arts Academy (the magnet arts high school of the Boston Public School system), holding open rehearsals, masterclasses, and question-and-answer sessions with BAA students.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society is to present imaginatively programmed concerts to a wide and diverse public, forging a connection between performers and audience. Central to our mission is our Signature Series of orchestra concerts played in historic Faneuil Hall by our professional instrumentalists. Other series will present chamber music, new music, and vocal music at other venues. BB&B also has a residency mentorship at Boston Arts Academy (the magnet arts high school of the Boston Public School system), holding open rehearsals, masterclasses, and question-and-answer sessions with BAA students.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $156,900.00
Projected Expense $156,854.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • April orchestra concert
  • March orchestra concert
  • November orchestra concert
  • October orchestra concert
  • September orchestra concert

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society is to present imaginatively programmed concerts to a wide and diverse public, forging a connection between performers and audience. Central to our mission is our Signature Series of orchestra concerts played in historic Faneuil Hall by our professional instrumentalists. Other series will present chamber music, new music, and vocal music at other venues. BB&B also has a residency mentorship at Boston Arts Academy (the magnet arts high school of the Boston Public School system), holding open rehearsals, masterclasses, and question-and-answer sessions with BAA students.

Background Statement

BB&B was formed by the orchestra musicians and conductor, after Boston Classical Orchestra suddenly dissolved. Music director Steven Lipsitt learned of BCO's bankruptcy filing February 1st, and by noon on February 2nd had rallied the players, formed a board, filed all necessary IRS, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, and Massachusetts Attorney General forms to incorporate as a 501(c)(3). BB&B played concerts on March 6th and April 17th (taking over the dates, venue, soloists, and repertoire that BCO had abandoned). The arts & culture press, and an enthusiastic public, welcomed the emergence of the new orchestra (Boston's newest professional chamber orchestra).

Impact Statement

BB&B incorporated on February 2, 2016 and played its first orchestral concert on March 6, 2016. This was a "feel-good" story (in the words of our arts industry peers) about a group of musicians banding together to keep a beloved musical enterprise alive. (The conductor and orchestra musicians had been employed as contractors by Boston Classical Orchestra, whose board of trustees abruptly (and without discussion with the musicians) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on February 1, 2016.) BB&B essentially "rescued" the March 6th and April 17th programs, taking over the dates, repertoire, and soloists that BCO had abandoned. The resilience of BB&B's efforts was widely noted in The Boston Globe, WBUR's The ARTery blog, and the (Metrowest) TAB newspapers. 

Needs Statement

1. Capacity-building: board recruitment, fundraising & development staffing, marketing staffing & resources. $35,000. 2. General operating expenses: current budgeting expects 50% of budget to come from subscription and single-ticket sales --- a bit high by industry standards. Individual, corporate, & foundation grants will need to perform well. $35,000. 3. Administration support: QuickBooks, bookkeeper services, accounting services. $25,000. 4. Website redesign and management. $15,000. 5. Acoustical drapes/banners for Faneuil Hall. $10,000.
 


CEO Statement

Our Faneuil Hall venue offers an intimacy & immediacy not available on other orchestra concert series; and the historicity and architectural splendor of the hall add additional charm & atmosphere. The palpable enthusiasm of the orchestra musicians and soloists in sharing their artistry, and conductor Steven Lipsitt's comments from the podium, make these concerts especially vivid, enjoyable, engaging events.

Board Chair Statement

BB&B was launched with abundant good will, enthusiasm, musical professionalism, and a strong desire to serve the several hundred concert-goers who already enjoy orchestra concerts in Faneuil Hall, and to draw newer and more diverse audiences as well. The musical artistry is world-class, and is the most powerful attraction of the group to subscribers and donors. The guest solo artists and choice of repertoire strengthen the appeal of attending concerts and volunteering to help guide the organization. We already have the enthusiastic support of ArtsBoston, staff at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Musicians' Association, many members of the Boston music press, and several hundred concertgoers. Our biggest and most immediate challenge is to build a board, establish a track record of successful grantsmanship, and generally leverage the goodwill and interest to stabilize our business plan and begin to spread our wings.

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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Organization Categories

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

April orchestra concert

April 23, 2017

Brahms: Hungarian Dances; Bach: Concerto for Oboe d'amore (with Robert Sheena, BSO English horn); Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
 

Budget  $37,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success  See September.
Program Long-Term Success  See September.
Program Success Monitored By  See September.
Examples of Program Success  See September.

March orchestra concert

March 5, 2017

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; Howard Frazin: Viola Concerto [world premiere] (with Kim Kashkashian, NEC faculty); Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
 

Budget  $22,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success  See September.
Program Long-Term Success  See September.
Program Success Monitored By  See September.
Examples of Program Success  See September.

November orchestra concert

November 20, 2016:

Stravinsky: Concerto in D for Strings; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto (with Tamara Smirnova, BSO associate concertmaster); Haydn: Symphony No. 104 ("London")
 

Budget  $32,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success  See September.
Program Long-Term Success  See September.
Program Success Monitored By  See September.
Examples of Program Success  See September.

October orchestra concert

October 23, 2016: Ginastera: Concerto for Strings; Bach: Suite in B minor (with Elizabeth Rowe, BSO principal flute); Mozart: Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter")
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success  See September.
Program Long-Term Success  See September.
Program Success Monitored By  See September.
Examples of Program Success  See September.

September orchestra concert

September 11, 2016: In memory of the victims, in tribute to the heroes, in celebration of the survivors.

Bach: Air on the G-string; Brahms: Violin Concerto (with InMo Yang); Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")
 

Budget  $35,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Greater Boston concertgoers will experience the beauty and thrill of hearing Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms live, at a world-class level, in an intimate space.
Program Long-Term Success   Greater Boston audiences will experience the beauty and thrill of live classical music in an intimate space, fostering a connection between performers and public. Enjoyment, enrichment, edification. Improved quality of life.
Program Success Monitored By  Audience response; music industry peer response; music press critical response (reviews).
Examples of Program Success  380 attendees at March 6th concert; 490 attendees at April 17th concert. BB&B was the third-highest-ranked classical music non-profit in the Boston Globe's GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together) program, state-wide, demonstrating an extraordinary groundswell of "populist" support for a brand-new organization. We also garnered positive preview and review press.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our most immediate challenges include building a board, establishing a track record of grantsmanship, putting in place systems & procedures that will guarantee that the administrative side of BB&B can match the already-high artistic side.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Robert L. Pape
CEO Term Start May 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

 Managing Consultant Robert Pape is assisting us into September 2017. He serves as (full-time) Executive Director of Boston Musica Viva.

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Collaborations

Boston Arts Academy

Boston Public School system

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our biggest challenges are expanding the board, shoring up our business plan & finances & administrative structure & capacity.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 31
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 24
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 18
Male: 13
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
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 Prof. Herbert F. Voigt III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boston Univ.
Board Chair Term May 2017 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair Mr. Richard Fried
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation self
Board Co-Chair Term May 2017 - June 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Richard Fried self-employed Voting
Ms. Claude Hobson self-employed Voting
Ms. Donna Jerome Jack Conway Realtors Voting
Mr. Steven Lipsitt self-employed musician Exofficio
Ms. Patricia Ostrem retired Voting
Ms. Kristen Severson Owner, Oboe Cane & Reeds Voting
Mr. Dennis Sullivan PIMCO Voting
Prof. Herbert F. Voigt III Boston Univeristy Voting
Mr. Joel Wechsler Tzell Travel Voting

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Immediate challenge is expanding the board, staffing fundraising/development efforts (including grantwriting), building capacity.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


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Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $156,900.00
Projected Expense $156,854.00
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are currently establishing best practices in accounting & bookkeeping.

Foundation Comments

This organization is new and received its nonprofit status in 2016, per the IRS letter above. Financial information will be presented when it becomes available.

Impact

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