501c3 Charities (Arts)

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Organizations who Support Music in Schools - Cleveland

501(c)(3) charities that are supporting Cleveland public schools in their music programs include: Music Alliance, Open Tone Music, VH1 Save The Music, The Music Settlement, Reaching Heights, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, The Singing Angels and The Mocking Bird. All these organization are non-profits that support musical education both at local or nat

Additional details on the above charities has been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

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Organizations who Support Music in Schools - Denver

Nine 501(c)(3) charities in Denver, Colorado that specifically provide or help with getting music into their public school system are the following:


The name and a brief description of each organization have been entered in rows 2-10 of the "Denver" tab of the attached spreadsheet. Below, is our methodology for selection.

Methodology

To identify 501(c)(3) charities that operate in Denver, Colorado and are dedicated solely to music in schools, we began our search with local organizations that provide direct services to public schools in Denver. We found 303 Magazine, a local publication, that provided a list of music charities that serve the Denver area. We curated the list for organizations that provide music services to public schools in Denver. This article led to the identification of Take Note Colorado, and Youth on Record. We used each organization's website to verify they work with Denver's public schools and that they are solely dedicated to music in schools.

From there, we continued our search for local charities by accessing the non-profit organizations on ColoradoGives, a website that lists various 501(c)(3) organizations that solicit and accept donations through Colorado's giving program. This provided us with the Colorado Honor Band, Bringing Music to Life, and the Rockley Family Foundation. We used each organization's website and the ColoradoGives website to verify they work with Denver's public schools and that they are solely dedicated to music in schools.

At this point, we began to run out of local organizations that were solely dedicated to music in schools. We found numerous 501(c)(3) groups that are dedicated to music in general and have school outreach programs, but we felt they did not fully meet the criteria since helping get music into public schools was not their main function. However, during our search, we came across the Central City Opera website, which listed its educational partners. One was for Inside the Orchestra and when we investigated further, we discovered this local non-profit's mission aligns with the requirements. This was the last local organization we were able to find that has the explicit goal of helping to get music into Denver's public schools.

Since the search criteria indicated we could expand our search to national funders of music education, we began looking for foundations and other organizations on a national level. We were able to identify three national organizations that have worked directly with Denver's public schools or with some of the local organizations we had already found. These organizations are Little Kids Rock, Spirit of Harmony, and VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

Once we had identified nine 501(c)(3) organizations that are solely dedicated to music in schools and work with Denver's public schools, we used each group's website to find a description of the work they do, including their mission and their accomplishments. This information was entered in column B of "Denver" tab of the attached spreadsheet.
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Organizations who Support Music in Schools - Minneapolis

We have entered the required details of nine organizations in Minneapolis that support or provide programs that foster music in schools in the attached spreadsheet.

Methodology

We started our search for non-profit 501c3 organizations in Minneapolis that are solely dedicated to music in schools by searching the public domain, as well as databases like Guide Star. We were able to find only three relevant organizations that meet the criteria of being solely dedicated to music in schools. They are Hopewell Music, MacPhail Center for Music, and Vega Productions.
We broadened our search to include non-profit 501c3 organizations in Minneapolis that are solely dedicated to music but not only to music in schools. This produced five other organizations namely, The Cedar Cultural Center, Commusication, Rock the Cause Records, Keys 4/4 Kids, and MN Sinfonia. Although, they are not completely dedicated to music in schools, there programs for schools form a significant part of their activities.
We then expanded our search to non-profit 501c3 organizations in the US. We hoped to find non-profit 501c3 organizations which are based in other parts of the country, dedicated to music in schools, and are actively impacting the Minneapolis community. We found Dose of Music, which is based in Florida but is actively involved in Minneapolis. Although, it is also not completely dedicated to music in schools, its programs for schools form a significant part of its activities.

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Cleveland Organizations 1

Details pertaining to Music Alliance, Open Tone Music, and VH1 Save The Music have been populated in the attached spreadsheet.

METHODOLOGY

In order to fulfill this request, we began by searching the organization's websites and social media pages. However, not all of the required information was available in these sources. Thus, we researched non-profit and industry portals like Guidestar, Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Sound Waves; regional domains like Cleveland Arts and Events; business directories like Info Free and Clustr Maps; and media sources like Forbes. While we were unable to find the budgets for the organizations, we have provided other financial metrics that we found.
In the case of Music Alliance we were unable to find the annual budget or any other similar financial metric. The website did not contain any financial information, but we found an estimate for the expenses of the organization:
Accounting Expenses: $5,000 to $24,999
Business Expenses: $2,500 to $7,499
Office Equipment Expenses: $5,000 to $9,999
Rent Expenses: $5,000 to $9,999
Technology Expenses: $5,000 to $9,999
Telecom Expenses: $2,000 to $4,999
Utilities Expenses: $2,500 to $7,499
Total expense will range between $27,000 ($5000+$2,500+$5,000+$5,000+$5,000+$2,000 +$2,500) and $74,993 ($24,999+$7,499+$9,999+$9,999+$9,999+$4,999+$7,499). However, Music Alliance has 11 teachers and the above heads do not include payroll expenses; therefore, we decided not to include this information.

SUMMARY

  • Music Alliance and Open Tone Music are local organizations that provide music programs, while VH1 Save The Music is a national organization that supports music programs at schools.
  • VH1 Save the Music has aided 2,000 schools and received public support of $4,704,250 in 2018.
  • Open Tone Music focuses on Ohio schools with a significant proportion of minority communities and has provided music education for thousands of students.
  • Music Alliance supports 30 schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area and also provides music education for homeschoolers.
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Cleveland Organizations 2

The Cleveland Orchestra, Reaching Heights, and The Music Settlement are all local organizations. The requested information about those organizations is included in the attached spreadsheet. Below is an explanation of our research methodology and an overview of our research findings.

METHODOLOGY

The only data point we couldn't find was the total number of schools or students that Reaching Heights supports. However, we found relevant data points on that topic from the organization's Facebook page, which we included. In attempting to find the total number of schools or students served by the organization, we implemented three research strategies.

First, we looked directly on the organization's website and reviewed the pages therein. While there was plenty of information about the organization itself, such as programs, history, and staff, there was no mention of the total number of schools or students supported by the organization whatsoever. For our second strategy, we utilized the nonprofit database Guide Star and looked up the organization therein. We used that source because it provides detailed data about nonprofits. That source provided us with the organization's budget information, but did not mention anything about the number of schools or students supported by the organization. As a third strategy, we looked for articles about the organization because we thought an article might discuss the number of people or schools the organization serves. One article we looked at was published by Heights Observer, which discussed the organization's work and history, but did not mention the number of people or schools served either. Lastly, for our fourth strategy we checked the organization's Facebook page, which provided us with the related data points that we included, but did not provide the total number of schools or students served.

1. the music settlement

The Music Settlement is a local organization. Its budget is $3.7 million, though its endowment is approximately $11 million. Half of that budget and endowment money is directed to scholarships and financial assistance. The organization provides its own music-in-school program. In terms of demographics, the organization supports "people of all ages and levels of experience in Northeast Ohio."

2. reaching heights

Reaching Heights is a local organization. We calculated that its budget is $65,000 from the organization's individual program budgets provided: $10,000 Exceptional Children's Advocacy Group + $25,000 Heights Summer Music Camp + $5,000 Private Music Lesson Scholarships + $10,000 Community Care Teams, + $10,000 Many Villages Tutoring, + $5,000 Reaching Heights Role Models). The organization's gross receipts amount to $130,626 and its assets total $124,130. The organization provides support for music in schools.

3. the cleveland orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra is a local organization. Its budget is $53 million. The organization provides a music-in-schools program. Each year, "60,000 young people and adults" are served by the organization. In terms of demographics, the organization serves (1) "people throughout Northeast Ohio" (2) "18 Cleveland Metropolitan School District pre-school classrooms" (3) "Cleveland and East Cleveland elementary schools."
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Cleveland Organizations 3

The Singing Angels also known as the Northern Ohio Children's Performing Music Foundation, Inc. provides music education to about 350 children. The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz provides music programs in high schools as well as support aspiring Jazz musicians with scholarships. On the other hand, The Mockingbird Foundation only provides grants to other non-profits that provide music education to children. The Mockingbird Foundation has provided 401 one-time basis grants to nonprofit organizations in 50 states. The Performing Arts High Schools program by the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is currently offered at 11 high schools. The average annual functional expenses of The Singing Angels, The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and The Mockingbird Foundation is $497,592 (calculations below), $4,707,577 (calculations below), and $138,379 (calculations below), respectively. All the aforementioned information and further details have been added to the attached spreadsheet.

Methodology

Of the requested information, we were unable to find the annual budget of the three organizations listed in rows 8 to 10 of the Cleveland tab of the attached spreadsheet. We commenced our research by thoroughly searching through each organization's website and annual reports as these non-profit organizations typically talk about their plans in such documents. For these organizations, though, this was not the case.

We next expanded our search to public releases, news articles, and interviews by executives from each organization. This approach was equally unsuccessful as media mentions centered around recent programs and announcements; our search did not turn up any useful information as it pertains to their budget. There wasn't a lot of media coverage surrounding The Mockingbird Foundation.

Our next strategy was to explore non-profit directories and organizations that publish non-profit data such as GuideStar and ProPublica, but what we found were only details of their revenue, gross receipts, expenses, and other information. In examining these organizations on GuideStar, we found that they were both required to file either the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form 990 or form 990 EZ. Also, our search through these platforms show that The Singing Angels is the same as the Northern Ohio Children's Performing Music Foundation, Inc., while the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is the same as the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz as the website listed for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz on the profile page on GuideStar loads the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz's website.

As a last resort, we provided the average annual expenses over the last three years as a proxy for the budget, even though we recognize that expenses can sometimes fall below or over the initial budget. The most recent filing for Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and the Mockingbird Foundation covered their 2017 operations, while the most recent filing available for The Singing Angels is from 2016. The possible reason for this, as the Foundation Center points out is that "there can be a 12-18 month lag period between the end of an organization's fiscal year and the point when its IRS return is available to the public." The calculations for each organization have been provided below.

Kindly note that due to the source of the IRS filing going back to the home page, we have provided screenshots of the functional expenses in the attached document.

The singing angels

2016: $345,616
2015: $711,533
2014: $435,628
Total: $1,492,777 /3 = $497,592

Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

2017: $4,330,076
2016: $6,229,892
2015: $3,562,762
Total: 14122730/3 = $4,707,577

The Mockingbird Foundation

2017: $132,999
2016: $215,811
2015: $66,328
Total: $415,138/3 = $138,379

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Denver Organizations 1

Details pertaining to Take Note Colorado, Bringing Music to Life, and Colorado Honor Band have been populated in the attached spreadsheet.

METHODOLOGY

In order to fulfill this request, we began by searching the organization websites and social media pages. However, as all the required information was not available on the organization websites and social media pages, we searched non-profit portals like Guidestar and Colorado Gives, regional domains like Choose Colorado, and media sources like CBS and Forbes. While we were unable to find the budgets for a couple of organizations, we have provided other financial metrics that we found.

In the case of Take Note, we were unable to access the detailed financial report as it was behind a paywall. The number of schools it has supported was unavailable. Currently, there are about 26 schools that have put up their requirement on the Take Not website and it serves 5 school districts.

The number of schools that Colorado Honor Band serves was not available on its website. This statistic was not found in its profile on Colorado Gives either (where we found the annual expenses). All we were able to learn was that Colorado Honor Band provides training programs for schools in Denver and surrounding areas like Littleton, Westminster, and Centennial.

SUMMARY

Take Note Colorado and Bringing Music to Life provide support to school while Colorado Honor Band provides music programs. All three organizations are local. Take Note Colorado operates in 5 school districts and Bringing Music to Life has aided over 200 schools in Colorado. Both provide support to K-12 schools. Bringing Music to Life focuses specifically on Title One schools that are underfunded. Colorado Honor Band provides programs for students aged 9-18 and spent $384,705 in 2017.

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Denver Organizations 2

Youth on Record and Inside the Orchestra both provide music programs in schools, while the Rockley Family Foundation only provides support through scholarships and musical instruments donations. Since starting out, Youth on Record's budget has grown from approximately $125,000 to $900,000 in 2018. On the other hand, between 2015 and 2017, the annual functional expenses of Inside the Orchestra and the Rockley Family Foundation has on the average been $348,510 (calculations below) and $4,988,734 (calculations below), respectively. Youth on Record serves 1,000 students time and currently partners 8 schools in Denver Public Schools. The Rockley Family Foundation is currently in partnership with 34 universities, 5 school districts and public schools boards, and 8 other musical institutes and organizations. In the 2017-2018 season, Inside the Orchestra served 21,459 students and adults, and currently offers in-person follow-up programming in 14 schools serving 882 students for its "Inside the Orchestra for Schools" program. This and further details have been added to the attached spreadsheet.

Methodology

Of the requested information, we were unable to find the annual budget of Inside the Orchestra and the Rockley Family Foundation. We commenced our research by thoroughly searching through each organization's website and annual reports as these non-profit organizations typically talk about their plans in such documents. For these organizations, though, this was not the case.

We next expanded our search to public releases, news articles, and interviews by executives from each organization. This approached proved useful in the case of Youth on Record as its executive director, Jami Duffy gave an interview with the Denver Post where she talked about the organization's budget. For Inside the Orchestra and the Rockley Family Foundation, our search did not turn up any useful information as it pertains to their budget.

Our next strategy was to explore non-profit directories and organizations that publish non-profit data such as GuideStar and ProPublica, but what we found were only details of their revenue, gross receipts, expenses, and other information. In examining these organizations on GuideStar, we found that they were both required to file Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form 990 or form 990 EZ.

As a last resort, we looked at each organization's filing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), however, these reports only show their revenues and expenses. The most recent filing for both organizations covered their 2017 operations. The possible reason for this, as the Foundation Center points out is that "there can be a 12-18 month lag period between the end of an organization's fiscal year and the point when its IRS return is available to the public." As a proxy, we decided to use the organization's expenses in place of their budgets, on the premise that they are the same; although expenses can sometimes fall below or over the initial budget.

Rockley Family Foundation

Expenses in the past three years:
2017: $5,198,822
2016: $4,915,222
2015: $4,852,159
Total in the last three years: $14,966,203
Average expenses last three years: $14,966,203/3 = $4,988,734

Inside the Orchestra

Expenses in the past three years:
2017: $353,823
2016: $371,159
2015: $320,548
Total in the last three years: $1,045,530
Average expenses last three years: $1,045,530/3 = $348,510

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Denver Organizations 3

We have entered the required details on the three identified Denver organizations on rows 8-10, columns C-H of the attached spreadsheet.

The three organizations are Little Kids Rock, Spirit of Harmony Foundation, and VH1 Save the Music Foundation. They are all national organizations.

Spirit of Harmony Foundation is unique because it does not focus on providing direct support to schools and students. Instead, it supports music programs and other non-profit organizations.

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Minneapolis Organizations 1

The MacPhail Center for Music and Hopewell Music both provide music programs in schools, while Vega Productions only provides support through scholarships and musical instruments donations. The MacPhail Center for Music budget for 2017 was $11.4 million. On the other hand, between 2015 and 2017, the average annual expenses of Hopewell Music is $167,077 (calculations below), while Vega Productions' annual expense in 2016 was $82,355. The MacPhail Center for Music served 16,000 students in 2017. The aforementioned details and other requested information have been added to the attached spreadsheet.

Methodology

Of the requested information, we were unable to find the annual budget of Hopewell Music and Vega Productions. We commenced our research by thoroughly searching through each organization's website and annual reports as these non-profit organizations typically talk about their plans in such documents. For these organizations, though, this was not the case.

We next expanded our search to public releases, news articles, and interviews by executives from each organization. This approach was equally unsuccessful as media mentions centered around recent programs and announcements; our search did not turn up any useful information as it pertains to their budget. There wasn't a lot of media coverage surrounding Vega Productions.

Our next strategy was to explore non-profit directories and organizations that publish non-profit data such as GuideStar and ProPublica, but what we found were only details of their revenue, gross receipts, expenses, and other information. In examining these organizations on GuideStar, we found that they were both required to file either the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form 990 or form 990 EZ.

As a last resort, we provided the average annual expenses over the last three years as a proxy for the budget, even though we recognize that expenses can sometimes fall below or over the initial budget. The most recent filing for Hopewell Music and the Mockingbird Foundation covered their 2017 operations, while the most recent filing available for Vega Productions is from 2016, followed by the filling from 2013. The possible reason for this, as the Foundation Center points out is that "there can be a 12-18 month lag period between the end of an organization's fiscal year and the point when its IRS return is available to the public." As such, we only provided the 2016 expenses for Vega Productions as a proxy for its annual budget. The average expenses for Hopewell Music between 2017 and 2015 is shown below.

Hopewell Music Annual Expenses

2017: $199,041
2016: $166,419
2015: $135,770
Total: $501,230/3 = $167,077


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Minneapolis Organizations 2

On the attached spreadsheet, additional required data points have been entered into rows 5 – 7, columns C — F. The data points were uncovered by further exploring the previously completed request and conducting additional searches on individual websites. The companies profiled are elaborated below based on the requirements of the spreadsheet.

THE CEDAR CULTURAL CENTER

The Cedar Cultural Center does not limit its services to the local level but offers them nationally to support a more diverse group. It supports international artists and has an estimated annual budget of $2 million. The Cedar cultural center supports and provides for cultural connections in Minneapolis and its Midnimo program has benefited 17,000 students.

COMMUSICATION

Commusication supports and provides music education to disadvantaged students via community performance and choral programs. It serves the locals and has an estimated annual budget of $240,000. Commusication has so far supported five schools in the local region where it operates.

ROCK THE CAUSE RECORDS

Rock the Cause Records is a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization supporting and providing education to high school students via music-based education and inspiration. It has an estimated annual budget of $250,000 and has supported a total of 10,000 students.
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Minneapolis Organizations 3

Keys 4/4 Kids operates nationwide and has an annual budget of $1.3 million. MN Sinfonia operates locally in and around the Twin Cities metro area and has an annual budget of $32.6 million. Dose of Music operates nationwide with a new division, Godsend Gang Charity, primarily focusing around Minneapolis / St. Paul Twin Cities metro area. We have summarized the data on rows 8-10 of the attached spreadsheet.

Research METHODOLOGY

The number of students or schools supported by Keys 4/4 Kids and Dose of Music was not applicable to the research. This is because Keys 4/4 Kids provides pianos to underprivileged families and also sells pianos at their retail stores. The organization does not work directly with any schools or students. Additionally, the organization does not have any programs that focuses on providing music. Keys 4/4 Kids paints pianos on the streets for public use and does this with the help of local businesses, professional artists, municipalities, children, teachers, and schools. It means that the program can run even if children, teachers, and schools are not involved since the organization can seek help from other sources. On the other hand, Dose of Music is purely a charity-based organization that primarily focuses on providing free musical entertainment to fundraisers, disaster relief, charities, and other events. The organization also provides fundraising opportunities for school music departments, bands, musical artists, music organizations, businesses, and benefits among others. In short Dose of Music neither does work with directly with any schools or students nor does it have any programs that focus primarily on schools or students.

While we were able to provide all the relevant data for Keys 4/4 Kids and MN Sinfonia, we were not able to the annual budget of Dose of Music

We commenced the research to determine the annual budget for Dose of Music by searching for relevant information regarding any partnership that Dose of Musci has had with any other organization over the past five years. We also searched for relevant information regarding any funding that the organization may have raised in the past five years. We hoped that this information could enable us to determine the annual spend of the organization. Unfortunately, we were not able to obtain any relevant results. The only helpful information that we were able to find was from ProPublica which detailed that the financial info of Dose of Music may not be available because their website only contains "IRS digitized Form 990 data (dollar-figure amounts) for filings processed in 2012 and later".

Next, we decided to search through databases that publish the financial data for non-profit organizations such as Council for Non-Profits, The Center for Public Integrity (CPI), The Intercept, and Guidestar among others. Unfortunately, our search did not yield any relevant results because we were not able to locate any financial data for Dose of Music. We decided to search through the official website of Dose of Music for any mention or press release that could enable us to determine the annual spend of the organization. Unfortunately, we were not able to find any relevant information. We also found out that the sponsor's page on the website was under development, and therefore, we could not determine how much the organization receives from sponsors annually.

As a last resort, we decided to search for any relevant data through crowdfunding websites dedicated to music like PledgeMusic, ArtistShare, Indiegogo, Patreon, and Artiste Connect among others. Unfortunately, we were not able to find any information regarding Dose of Music. The only information that was found on these websites detailed how the crowdfunding websites operate and the total funds raised by various organizations.

Limitation of the research

The most probable reason why we were not able to find the annual budget for Dose of Music could stem from the fact that the organization is a private entity and therefore, it is not mandated by law to disclose any financial data. Additionally, the organization may be run by donors and sponsors hence the info on their budget may be accessible to them only.

1. KEYS 4/4 KIDS

  • Keys 4/4 Kids main objective is to re-purpose used and donated pianos with the goal of promoting music within communities in the US.
  • Keys 4/4 Kids operates nationally. In 2017, Keys 4/4 Kids expanded their program activities to serve other markets across the US.
  • The annual budget for Keys 4/4 Kids organization is $1.3 million.

2. MN SINFONIA

DOSE OF MUSIC

  • Dose of Music supports fundraising opportunities for non-profit charities, school music departments, bands, musical artists, music organizations, businesses, and benefits among others.
  • The organization operates nationally although its primary regions of focus are in the state of Florida with a new division, Godsend Gang Charity, running in Minneapolis / St. Paul Twin Cities metro area.
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  • "Despite that upheaval, this week’s 10th annual Global Roots Festival offers a steady-as-she-goes statement on the nonprofit venue’s continued commitment to international music."
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  • "As of 2016, we are part of a consortium between universities and performance venues in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, and Mankato to create a statewide Midnimo touring network. "
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  • "As an organization, we are committed to working after school with St. Paul’s most disadvantaged youth and families, providing young people an equitable opportunity to experience rigorous community music-making and a safe, caring community where youth can freely express themselves. Considering many of our youth have challenging home lives, we also help to address systemic barriers to access including tuition waivers and scholarships, meals, transportation, and academic support."
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  • "Rock the Cause not only produces large-scale music events, but can also be found in high schools and colleges throughout Minnesota and the region, working one-on-one with young people to educate and inspire a new generation of community-minded citizens, while helping young people discover the power of music and how it can impact their communities and peoples’ lives. "