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CONCERTS IN MOTION INC

"caring through music"

New York, NY   |  www.concertsinmotion.org

Mission

Concerts in Motion (CiM) brings uplifting, live music concerts to homebound, hospitalized, or otherwise isolated individuals throughout New York Metro Area. Our motto is "caring through music," and our dedicated professional musicians and compassionate youth performers focus on bringing the music that is most beloved by our concert recipients and using the music as a catalyst for social interaction.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Jennifer Carnahan

Main address

P.O. Box 231097

New York, NY 10023 USA

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EIN

27-1367692

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Geriatrics (H94)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Concerts in Motion seeks to address the problem of social isolation among older adults and other isolated individuals throughout NY Metro Area. New York's older population is growing, and many of these individuals are isolated or at risk. Estimates suggest there are close to 100,000 frail, at-risk, homebound individuals throughout the five boroughs, for example. People who are homebound are much in need of meaningful social contact, as are people in hospitals, including returning veterans now hospitalized within the VA Harbor Healthcare system. In tandem with our efforts to address social isolation, Concerts in Motion also works to make high-quality music performance accessible to people living in neighborhoods where arts programming is extremely limited, including the city's many immigrant communities. We work to connect local institutions with one another, particularly through our intergenerational concert program which links underserved schools with agencies that serve older adults.

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?

Music for the Homebound

Music for the Homebound provides uplifting, private music concerts for people who are unable to leave their homes because of illness or disability. Family members and other caregivers are present for the concerts so each reaches an average of three individuals. This program provided 453 concerts in 2019, representing 39% of our overall program activity. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic required us to suspend in-person programming, we began serving homebound individuals through our Virtual Visiting Program (see below).

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

The Interactive Music program provides concerts for people of all ages with disabilities. The concerts are designed for people who need more engagement and interaction than the typical concert format allows. Our musicians work with staff recreational therapists to engage audiences in whatever way possible. For communities that welcome this, small percussion instruments are passed out so that recipients can play along with our musicians. The Interactive Music program includes Music for Veterans, through which Concerts in Motion provides monthly concerts to patients at all Harbor Healthcare System VA Hospitals in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, and to the James J. Peters VA Hospital in the Bronx. These concerts are performed for the general population of patients at the Rec Hall and at bedside or in a lockdown unit for patients unable to attend big group concerts. The Interactive Music program as a whole provided 118 concerts in 2019, representing 10% of our overall program activity. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic required us to suspend in-person programming, we began serving some recipients of the Interactive Music concerts through our Virtual Visiting Program (see below).

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

The Community-Based Series provides festive group concerts at nursing homes, hospitals, homeless shelters, senior centers, group residences, and other such venues. This program provided 297 concerts in 2019, representing 25.5% of our overall program activity. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic required us to suspend in-person programming, we began reaching many of the Community-Based Series audiences through our Virtual Visiting Program (see below).

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Immigrants and migrants

Young musicians who participate in our Youth Program most commonly perform in private homes and in intergenerational concerts for and sometimes with groups of older adults in their local communities. Youth receive training in how to engage the concert recipients effectively and understand the impact of their visits. Participants in the High School Leaders program have the opportunity to guide and support middle school students who are performing in private homes and organizing intergenerational shows. The Youth Program provided 246 concerts in 2019, representing 24% of our overall program activity. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic required us to suspend in-person programming, youth musicians began reaching isolated older adults through our Virtual Visiting Program (see below).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

The subscriber series makes private, in-home concerts available to the same individual on a regular basis through private pay, agency subcontracts, and donor support. The subscriber series provided 47 concerts in 2019, representing 4% of our overall program activity. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic required us to suspend in-person programming, we began providing Milestone Moments concerts through which loved ones can attend private, virtual concerts together and in that way commemorate special occasions

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

The Virtual Visiting Series provides Concerts in Motion's personal concerts via the online platform Zoom. The series offers 14 concerts each week, 10 with performers from our professional roster and 4 with youth musicians. Available genres include Jewish/klezmer, Chinese, Spanish/Latin, Jazz, Broadway/Standards, Classical, Russian, and Motown/Soul/R&B. We offer one concert specifically designed for people with dementia. The professional concerts feature two musicians who are able to engage with the audience (often in languages other than English) and facilitate meaningful connection and interaction, as in our in-person concerts. The youth concerts are facilitated by an adult musician and similarly allow time for interaction with the audience. We reach an estimated 800 older adults each week with the Virtual Visiting Series.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

Innovations in Alzheimer's Care 2023

Maude's Award

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of concerts provided

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

Older adults, Low-income people, Seniors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Represents total number of annual concerts provided via professional and youth performers.

Number of people reached

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

Seniors, Older adults, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Represents total number of people reached via concerts provided by professional musicians or youth.

Percentage of concert visits that "exceeded expectations" of partner agency

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

Seniors, Older adults, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Percentage of reporting partner agencies that rated our program as "exceeding expectations." In most cases, the remainder of reported concert visits were rated as "met expectations."

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.

The organization's programs reflect a commitment to three interrelated goals: relieving isolation and depression in older adults and others in need of meaningful social contact, supporting high-quality musical performance, and offering leadership and service opportunities for youth. Our goal is to bring to these isolated or otherwise in-need individuals the music that they love most, and to offer a personalized concert that includes social interaction between the performers and the listeners. In so doing, our related goal is to offer professional musicians an opportunity to use their talents for a meaningful purpose and to provide genuine service opportunities for youth. After developing virtual programming during the pandemic that, like our in-person concerts, combines first-rate music performance with meaningful social interaction, we are moving forward in a hybrid model to offer our recipients both in-person and virtual concerts.

Concerts in Motion uses personal, live music performance as a strategy to relieve isolation and depression in older New Yorkers. With both professional and youth performers, we bring concerts to private homes and to group venues at settlement houses, senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, food pantries, and other such venues. We reach people with physical and intellectual disabilities, patients at VA hospitals and patients receiving palliative care, people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, people with HIV/AIDS, and people from a wide range of immigrant communities. Our signature strength is our ability to provide the music most beloved by those we are reaching, which might be rock guitar or Broadway standards or Chinese erhu or klezmer or Motown, to name just a few examples. Concerts typically include interaction between musician and concert recipient, and our musicians are skilled at reaching people who have been previously unresponsive.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to suspend in-person programming early in 2020, we were able to pivot rapidly to begin providing concerts via Zoom. We reach individuals in extremely isolated, low-income communities who may not be able to access other online arts offerings. and our concert visits are both live (rather than prerecorded) and personally interactive. Each concert is formatted to allow time for questions and conversation.

Our Founder and Executive Director is an accomplished opera singer, violinist, and music educator. Other staff combine experience in human services with experience in the arts. Our professional musician roster includes some of the city’s finest musicians, and we orient and train both professionals and youth in reaching our recipients most effectively. We have established strong partnerships with agencies around the city and have worked to streamline our administrative systems, including our procedures for matching musician with agency venue, so that we are able to maintain a consistent standard of artistic excellence while also focusing on the human service aspects of our work.
We have been able to manage the transition to virtual programming effectively. We have been able to train our staff and musician roster in best use of the Zoom platform. Additionally, we have provided our staff and musicians with training in person-centered, trauma-informed care and engaged the services of an Outreach Director who is a licensed social worker to oversee this process.

During 2020 when many arts organizations paused services, we reached more isolated older adults than ever before. As of 2022, we serve 600 people each week through both virtual and in-person concert programming. We developed strong partnerships with 116 agencies and became increasingly skillful at matching musician with agency request, orienting and training our musicians, and ensuring a consistent standard among our many concert visits. We launched a weekly concert series serving Mount Sinai patients, their loved ones, and their care providers, as well as a weekly virtual Music and Meditation concert facilitated by a licensed social worker. We developed a structure that enables us to serve homebound individuals with repeat concerts regardless of their ability to pay for such concerts, and are interested in observing the effect of these regular visits over time. We initiated a series of concerts for people receiving palliative care, and developed an interactive concert format for reaching people with developmental disabilities. We launched a pilot project that links public school students with local settlement houses, as part of our goal of diversifying our youth music series so that it is accessible to students regardless of their school's or family’s ability to provide formal music training. Through our PEAK Program (Performance, Education, Access, Knowledge) we work with school and organizational partners to develop panels and workshops that enhance students’ personal and artistic growth in a relevant, meaningful way.

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

  • 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 people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

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

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CONCERTS IN MOTION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Deborah Korzenik, Esq.

Legal Department of Mount Sinai Healthcare System


Board co-chair

Rhett Brandon, Esq.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Dr. David Muller

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ronnie Ellen Raymond

United Spinal

Navah Perlman

LPS Promusica

Monica Rich Kossan

CFDA

Doris Ullendorff

Common Sense Therapy

Susan Kurz Snyder, Esq.

Greene-Levin-Snyder Legal Search Group

Shari Brooks

E! Entertainment Television

Thomas Oh

American Intl Group

Roni Jacobson

Chief Operating Officer of Moore Holdings LLC

Seth Novatt

AllianceBernstein

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/5/2023

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
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/06/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.