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.
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.