BROOKLYN MUSIC SCHOOL

Discover the joy of music

Brooklyn, NY   |  www.brooklynmusicschool.org

Mission

Our Vision To make it possible for everyone, regardless of their background and resources, to be able to experience the joy of music and the artistic and intellectual benefits of the performing arts. Our Mission Making high quality musical instruction approachable and affordable to a wide range of students. Creating frequent opportunities for performance for our students and cultural enrichment for our community. Representing a wide range of musical traditions, including European, African, Middle Eastern, and American to represent the diversity of Brooklyn's musical talent. Offering a warm and welcoming space for families and individuals to explore new talents and make lasting friendships.

Ruling year info

1936

Interim Executive Director

Mr. Brian Adamczyk

Main address

126 St Felix Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217 USA

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EIN

11-6000202

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Opera (A6A)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Brooklyn Music School works to address the limited opportunities of many children and adults to access excellent music and performing arts education in greater New York City. Our vision: To make it possible for everyone, regardless of their background and resources, to be able to experience the joy of music and the artistic and intellectual benefits of musical performance. The BMS Vision is consistent with our roots as a musical settlement at the beginning of the 20th Century and remains just as relevant more than 100 years later. Despite being the nation's cultural capital, many NYC residents, including children, families, and adult amateurs have limited access to musical instruction and performing arts. Since our founding, we have embraced a vision of a radical inclusion and diversity to form a welcoming community space for all cultural traditions, races, abilities, and income levels to participate in the arts.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BMS Outreach

Through BMS Outreach, we bring the quality of Brooklyn Music School's faculty, programming, and pedagogy to schools, senior centers, and community organizations across greater New York City, serving 8,000 students and seniors per year. BMS Outreach is dedicated to formulating just the right educational programming in music and dance to suit the needs of each organization and its students.

As a community institution, BMS is committed to engaging with schools – public, charter, and private – after-school programs, and community centers in an effort to foster literacy and cooperation in the performing arts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

After School Program, Arts Reaching Youth (ARY), offers a range of creative options with classes in music, dance, theater, and the performing arts, along with homework support and healthy snacks. Designed to be affordable for working families and with generous financial aid available, this program offers immersion in a wide range of music and performing arts in a safe and constructive environment.

Our location in Brooklyn's cultural district makes us convenient for families with kids in grades K-5 from around Brooklyn. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 11 years old.

When students participate in ARY they have the opportunity to join in group music classes, dance classes, join ensembles such as Rock Band or the Orchestra, or even develop their Musical Theater skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

BMS Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Decrease in 2020 number of performances dramatically increased due to Covid-19.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 and 2021's audience members also include online audience members.

Number of students receiving music and performing arts education (outreach)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

BMS Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goals

 Make high-quality musical instruction approachable and affordable
 Create frequent opportunities for performance for our students and cultural enrichment for our community
 Represent a wide range of musical traditions, including European, African, Middle Eastern, and American
 Offer a safe and welcoming environment for families and individuals of all ages to explore new talents and make lasting friendships
 Nurture a vibrant community of local cultural non-profits by providing access to affordable rehearsal and performance space

Consistent with our history, BMS is working to reinvent the community music school for a changing educational, demographic, and technological context in the 21st Century. Music has a unique ability to connect people across different ages and cultural backgrounds and support a sorely needed sense of community. We strive to be inclusive and welcoming in all we do.

• Musical instruction and performance is now absent from many schools in our community, requiring innovative approaches to bringing this human birthright to young people.
• Brooklyn and New York City continue to be a melting pot of new immigrants, but today the breadth of countries, cultures, and musical traditions is far more varied than 100 years ago.
• New technologies have eroded traditions of amateur musicianship by making music pervasive and passive, but have also made the creation of high-quality recordings and electronic music much more accessible.
• As the pace of urban life increases, common cultural spaces have become even more vital to building communities and allowing new relationships and artistic experiences to flourish.
• Every musician, artist, and student is a product of their environment. Even as technology advances communication, every community needs a haven for holistic human interaction that nurtures meaningful relationships between teacher to student, peer to peer, and organization to family, that creates camaraderie using the power of music.
• Given the overall proven cognitive benefits of music and performance education, BMS does not just create musicians, but also the future generation of lifelong learners, leaders and arts patrons.

Brooklyn Music School’s strategies focus on:
• Furthering equity and inclusion to high-quality cultural education for underserved audiences;
• Sustaining affordable spaces for emerging artists and smaller non-profits to do innovative work in the heart of Brooklyn’s cultural district;
• Preserving the neighborhood character by providing a refuge for enrichment programming in a rapidly changing part of Brooklyn; and
• Delivering quality music and performing arts education to youth both in-school and at our community music and performing arts center, and to seniors as part of a healthy aging and cognitive resilience program.

Our capabilities to achieve our goals include:

The credibility that comes with having served the community for over a century with a consistent focus on diversity, accessibility, enriching the lives of the disadvantaged, and adapting to meet the changing needs of New York City
An engaged Board of Trustees that is committed to sustainability and growth of the institution
A strong leadership team in charge of major programs who combine artistic excellence, commitment to the mission, resourcefulness
A sizable roster of teaching artists who combine strong training and performance backgrounds with an authentic love for teaching and nurturing the next generation
A strategic location in the heart of Brooklyn's cultural district, accessible from all corners of New York City through public transportation

What We Have Accomplished

Grown served students from 400 to over 8,000 per year
Achieved revenue growth of 20-30% each year for past six years
Paid off prior debts to strengthen financial condition
Achieved profitability in Fiscal 2018
Begun investments in upgrading existing facility
Secured $6 million for a badly needed expansion that will more than double our instructional space
Began partnership with New York State Parent Teacher Association in order to provide affordable programming to participating schools
Developed our Early Childhood Education courses to reflect consultation with NYC Blueprint for the Arts
Piloted first Artist In Residence Program in 2021


In Progress

Growing our annual fund from 10% of revenues to 30% of revenues
Increasing our funding for merit-based scholarships and financial aid
Increasing our cash reserves and endowment
Completing the planned expansion of our facilities with a new Community Performing Arts Center adjacent to our building
Optimizing and streamlining our registration process for students and parents
Expanding key programming and providing more free services to low-income members of our community
Making our historic building completely ADA compliant
Creating podcasts to expand our reach and uplift our community voices
Offering substantial cultural programming that includes more diverse backgrounds
Increasing the number of concerts we offer and hosting these in neighborhoods throughout the borough
Diversifying our revenue options to include stocks and cryptocurrency

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BROOKLYN MUSIC SCHOOL

Board of directors
as of 03/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Shelby Green

Pace Unviersity Law School

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

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John Flores

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Charles Swartz

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Drew Bernstein

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Zach Kouwe

Dukas Linden Public Relations

Jacqueline Parker

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Brian Pope

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Daniela Bauer

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/25/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data