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Music for Food Inc.

 P. O. Box 590561
 Newton Centre, MA 02459
[P] (857) 2695587
[F] --
www.musicforfoodboston.org
[email protected]
Cashman Kerr Prince
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INCORPORATED: 2014
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EIN 32-0384693

LAST UPDATED: 10/28/2016
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 »

We believe both music and food are essential to human life and growth. Music has the power to call forth the best in us, inspiring awareness and action when artists and audiences work together to transform the ineffable into tangible and needed food resources.

Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Our concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, empowering all musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice.

Mission Statement

We believe both music and food are essential to human life and growth. Music has the power to call forth the best in us, inspiring awareness and action when artists and audiences work together to transform the ineffable into tangible and needed food resources.

Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Our concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, empowering all musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $90,000.00
Projected Expense $85,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Core Concerts
  • Music for Food Fellowship Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

We believe both music and food are essential to human life and growth. Music has the power to call forth the best in us, inspiring awareness and action when artists and audiences work together to transform the ineffable into tangible and needed food resources.

Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Our concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, empowering all musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice.


Background Statement

In 2010, inspired by Carol Rodland’s Rochester-based “If Music be the Food…” food drive concerts, violist Kim Kashkashian launched Music for Food, a concert series to help relieve food insecurity in the Greater Boston area, with a group of Boston-based musicians and guest artists. We have expanded beyond Boston as we spread our message about transforming nourishing music into food for those in need.


Currently in its 7th season, Music for Food has created over 350,000 meals through donations made at concerts on behalf of more than a dozen hunger-relief organizations.

More than 130 international artists have performed on Music for Food concerts throughout the country.

Music for Food has chapters in 10 U.S. cities and a growing international presence.

Music for Food is incorporated in the state of Massachusetts and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in 2014 (effective date 2012).


Impact Statement

We measure our success in the number of meals we have created. Using Feeding America’s formula of $1 = 3 meals, we announce at our concerts the number of meals created that evening thanks to the generous participation of the audience.

We raise awareness about hunger and food-insecurity, and demonstrate the power of using music to address social problems. We ask people from the designated pantry to speak at our concerts; anecdotally we know these testimonials can be a powerful way to give a face to hunger and make real the transformation of music into food. Our social media reaches an ever-growing audience, sharing news about hunger and details about the activities of Music for Food. We have an ever-growing cadre of musicians who have joined us in this journey, sowing harmonious seeds of change. We are working on a way to measure the impact of musicians volunteering their time and talent to present Music for Food concerts.

We have chapters across the US, demonstrating the success of our model beyond the greater Boston region. Currently we are working to help musicians abroad create Music for Food events in their home communities. We are proud to have launched a chapter with a concert series in New York City, involving faculty and students at Juilliard, this past year.

Finally, our success is evident in two awards we received this year. First, readers of Twenty-first Century Musician (21cm.org) voted Music for Food the POP Icon of 2015 (POP stands for “People, Organizations and Projects”). Second, Music for Food, jointly with Daniel’s Music Foundation, shared the inaugural Father Eugène Merlet Award for Community Service from the Pro Musicis Foundation, presented at a gala in New York in May, 2016.

Current goals are to redesign our website, shift to a more-inclusive URL reflective of our growing presence outside of Boston, and convey our message to a wider audience.


Needs Statement

Our current needs are:
 
to expand our marketing and public relations work so more people hear about our efforts;
 
to expand our volunteer base while maintaining effective management of their efforts; &
 
to pursue more diverse sources of funding for Music for Food as an organization.

CEO Statement

The concept of Music for Food came into existence over dinner with friends and colleagues. We spoke about the need to use our training and talents to serve our community. We felt that a concert series with a focus on fighting hunger here at home would serve artists, audiences, and more importantly, those in need.


Feeding America tells us that every county in the United States experiences some degree of food insecurity. The absence of proper nutrition fuels a vicious cycle in which health and the ability to learn are compromised, the effects of which are crippling on local communities. Therefore, we feel compelled to take what we have started in Boston and create a network capable of reaching out to food pantries nationwide by becoming an established model that empowers musicians all over the country to take action in their own communities. 

--Kim Kashkashian, Artistic Director/Founder


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Concerts support local pantries near the venue. Locally, our current season concerts are in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, Watertown, & Weston.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Alliances & Advocacy

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

Core Concerts

World-class musicians volunteer their time and talent to perform intimate chamber music concerts, usually in donated venues. (Currently our financials do not capture these in-kind donations.) Admission is free with a suggested donation; 100% of donations go to support a designated pantry local to the concert venue.
 
We assist artists with travel costs and offer them hospitality. This is our flagship program and the bulk of our administrative expenses as an organization go to ensuring the success of these core concerts.
Budget  $42,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served US& International Homeless
Program Short-Term Success  Reach more than 2,000 people through our mailing list (currently around 1,100). Reach more than 1,500 people through our social media channels (currently around 700 on Facebook, more for ads and boosted posts). Create more than 200,000 meals through concerts each season.
Program Long-Term Success  Our ultimate goal is to see a drastic, marked decrease in hunger and food insecurity. This is a global problem; our specific target is to have thousands of musicians in every state involved in the work of Music for Food. We want all musicians, classical or otherwise, to embrace the power for social change which their artistry represents, and do good while making great music.
Program Success Monitored By  Our primary monitor of success if the number of meals created (based on Feeding America’s statistic that $1 = 3 meals). We want to supplement this through audience surveys to better understand the reach of our message.
Examples of Program Success 
Over 350,000 meals created since inception, and more than 15,000 meals created in September 2016 alone.
 
Growth and expansion beyond Boston into other U.S. cities (including Appleton, WI; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Dallas; Los Angeles; New York City; Philadelphia; & Washington, D.C. ).

Music for Food Fellowship Program

Now in its third year, this program helps young musicians become citizen-artists and learn to use music as a tool for social justice.

Fellows serve as Ambassadors for Music for Food, presenting assemblies, massterclasses, and concerts at local middle and high schools, and assist with the core concert series. We teach Fellows the skills needed to be effective ambassadors during the year of the fellowship, and beyond.

Through this program we as musicians aim to engage with social problems in our local community and address them through artistry.

Budget  $7,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of 2017-2018, have 8 regularly committed schools who join with Music for Food for this Fellowship program.
 
Start Fellowship programs in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and New York City (in conjunction with music schools and Music for Food chapters in those cities). 
Program Long-Term Success 
Expansion of this fellowship program beyond Boston
 
Increased number of Fellows per year
 
Increased number of committed schools for the Fellowship program 
Program Success Monitored By 
Positive evaluations from Fellows at the end of their term.
 
Increase in schope and reach of Fellowship concerts at area schools (increased audience size; increased pantry donations). 
Examples of Program Success 
This program received seed funding in the form of a grant from a Boston-area musical organization. Since then we have expanded our funding resources to continue our Fellowship program. This year we have had interest in starting a similar program affiliated with one of our U.S. chapters.
 
We have ongoing, established relations with two area schools and are working to build similar log-term relations with additional schools.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Cashman Kerr Prince
CEO Term Start Aug 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Contributor, The Arts Fuse. 2014 – present. Provide occasional theatre, concert, and CD reviews.

Co-Organizer, Concerts at the Chapel 2014 – present. Present chamber concerts in the Chapel of St. Gabriel the Archangel, Norwood: organize musicians, and venue; approach sponors and write grants for funding; prepare and print programs; present artists at concert.

Educational Programs Associate, iCadenza. 2013 – 2014. Responsible for curriculum development, social media presence, writing marketing materials, contacting potential clients, and maintaining CRM database.

Staff Writer, The Boston Musical Intelligencer. 2011 – present. Attend and review classical music concerts in the Boston area, ranging from Baroque music to premieres of contemporary works. Propose and write articles on music-related topics; conduct interviews as assigned.

Board Member, Brookline Symphony Orchestra. 2011 – present. Research and write grant applications; create promotional brochures and videos; target, approach, and cultivate potential donors and sponsors, commercial and individual; discuss and implement personnel policies; review contracts with personnel and venues; write and analyze audience experience survey; co-author personnel satisfaction survey.

Program Annotator, Brookline Symphony Orchestra. 2010 – present. Write notes on composers and works for concert programs.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Robert Cinnante Jan 2014 July

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Father Eugène Merlet Award for Community Service Pro Musicis Foundation 2016
POP Icon Twenty-First Century Musician 2015

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 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

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 Ms. Kim Kashkashian
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder
Board Chair Term June 2016 - June 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Christine Arveil Community Volunteer Voting
Miriam Fried Community Volunteer Voting
Kim Kashkashian Community Volunteer Voting
Laurence Lesser Community Volunteer Voting
Chris Reuning Community Volunteer Voting
Thomas Stone Community Volunteer Voting
Willem van Eeghen Community Volunteer 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
Leon Fleisher Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ara Guzelimian Community Volunteer NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 88%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 71%
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, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $90,000.00
Projected Expense $85,000.00
Form 990s

2015 Music for Food 990 (public)

2014 Music for Food 990 (public)

2013 Music for Food 990 (public)

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 $150,297 $130,841 $13,261
Total Expenses $131,344 $51,784 $11,571

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 $95,640 $110,575 $2,240
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $54,657 $20,266 $11,021
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $70,834 $22,088 $10,373
Administration Expense $60,510 $29,696 $1,198
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.14 2.53 1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses 54% 43% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $99,700 $80,747 $1,690
Current Assets $98,720 $80,747 $1,690
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $980 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $98,720 $80,747 $1,690

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 N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 12.00

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 100.73 -- --

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 990EZ's. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Please note, the 990EZ's posted above reflect a calendar year fiscal year (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31).

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