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Education Through Music, Inc. (New York)

Promoting and supporting music instruction in disadvantaged schools

four stars

94.20

122 East 42nd Street Suite 1501
New York, NY 10168
tel: (212) 972-4788   Web Site
EIN: 13-3613210

Board Leadership
Richard I. Bernstein
Chair

CEO
Penny Swift
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.20 four stars
  Financial 91.81 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) promotes and supports music instruction in disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students' academic performance and general development. ETM forms long-term partnerships with under-resourced elementary and middle schools that lack the resources to develop school-wide music programs. We ensure high-quality instruction by hiring qualified music teachers, providing ongoing training, and performing regular program assessments. We encourage non-music teachers and music teachers to collaborate so that music can reinforce learning and development in all areas. And we help schools embrace music as a core subject by involving all members of the school community. ETM also provides advisory services to organizations and schools around the United States, including advising two independent 501(c)(3) organizations that replicate our model in schools in the Los Angeles and Denver communities.

Founded in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) promotes and supports music instruction in disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students' academic performance and general development. ETM forms long-term partnerships with under-resourced elementary and middle schools that lack the resources to develop school-wide music programs. We ensure high-quality instruction by hiring qualified music teachers, providing ongoing training, and performing regular program assessments. We encourage non-music teachers and music teachers to collaborate so that music can reinforce learning and development in all areas. And we help schools embrace music as a core subject by involving all members of the school community. ETM also provides advisory services to organizations and schools around the United States, including advising two independent 501(c)(3) organizations that replicate our model in schools in the Los Angeles and Denver communities.

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Financial

four stars

91.81

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
82.6%
  Administrative Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.66
  Program Expenses Growth 24.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Education Through Music, Inc. (New York) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Education Through Music, Inc. (New York) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, DOE regulations
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
In March and April 2019, ETM’s program and evaluation staff led three focus group sessions of music teachers, engaging teachers of varying experience levels to gather from them feedback and insights on training Feedback revealed that music teachers were interested in having more time to informally network with their peers; teachers were positive about using a tiered model for classroom management and lesson planning sessions; teachers wanted more content focus on working with students with special needs; and teachers valued chances to learn from each other’s best practices ETM incorporated teacher suggestions into training design for the summer 2019 Academy and subsequent workshops
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Education Through Music, Inc. (New York) (NY) 94.20 four stars
Inner-City Arts (CA) 92.21 four stars
MacPhail Center for Music (MN) 85.73 three stars
Little Kids Rock (NJ) 89.46 three stars
Free Spirit Media (IL) 92.42 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,090,911
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $583,089
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $426,700
Total Contributions $3,100,700
   Program Service Revenue $2,071,702
Total Primary Revenue $5,172,402
   Other Revenue $19,756
TOTAL REVENUE $5,192,158
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,564,225
   Administrative Expenses $327,987
   Fundraising Expenses $517,922
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,410,134
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-217,976
   
Net Assets $3,254,131

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Education Through Music, Inc. (New York) has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 03/01/2020 94.20 four stars
2017-08 12/21/2018 93.96 four stars
2016-08 03/01/2018 93.92 four stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 95.95 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 93.58 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 94.36 four stars
2013-08 05/01/2015 93.62 four stars
2013-08 04/01/2015 93.02 four stars
2012-08 12/01/2013 93.34 four stars
2011-08 12/01/2012 92.95 four stars
2010-08 11/01/2011 91.22 four stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 92.96 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 02/01/2011 85.61 three stars
2008-08 02/01/2010 92.37 four stars
2007-08 10/01/2008 95.55 four stars
2006-08 08/01/2007 92.90 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-3613210
Name in IRS Master File EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC INC
NTEE Code A99
NTEE Classification Arts, Culture, and Humanities N.E.C.
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 1991
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$176,372 3.26% Katherine Damkohler Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Education Through Music, Inc. (New York) (NY) 94.20 four stars
The Ghetto Film School (NY) 90.17 four stars
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (NY) 85.96 three stars
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington (OR) 85.23 three stars
Arts for Learning (FL) 89.95 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Education Through Music, Inc. (New York)
122 East 42nd Street
Suite 1501
New York, NY 10168
tel: (212) 972-4788
fax: (212) 972-4864
EIN: 13-3613210

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Board Leadership

Richard I. Bernstein
Chair

CEO

Penny Swift
Executive Director

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