Sing for Hope

Creating a Better World through the Arts

aka Sing for Hope   |   MANHATTAN, NY   |  www.singforhope.org

Mission

Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Through dynamic education, healthcare, and global initiatives, Sing for Hope activates creativity in schools, hospitals, refugee camps, and transit hubs for millions of people worldwide. Founded in New York City in 2006, Sing for Hope partners with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizes thousands of artists in creative service, and produces and programs hundreds of artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos that activate public space to galvanize individuals, bind communities, brighten urban landscapes, and foster social cohesion. We champion art for all because we believe the arts have an unmatched capacity to uplift, unite, and heal.

Ruling year info

2007

Co-Executive Director

Camille Zamora

Co-Executive Director

Monica Yunus

Main address

575 8th Ave Suite 1812

MANHATTAN, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

01-0856384

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Access to the arts is not equitable today, but organized, artist-led action can level the field for our future. We believe that through Sing for Hope's network of support, artists can act as powerful resource re-allocators for creativity, sharing the arts and their byproduct — hope — where they are needed most. The arts don’t just uplift and inspire: they heal. Research also demonstrates that arts programming helps those with long-term illnesses feel more control over their future and their pain. Arts programming has even been proven to slow memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients and help those with dementia or Alzheimer’s to connect with their past and with their loved ones. As the study “Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning” concludes, “engagement in the arts – whether the visual arts, dance, music, theatre, or other disciplines – nurtures the development of cognitive, social, and personal competencies.”

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?

Sing for Hope Youth Arts Program

Dynamic arts programming created in partnership with the NYC Department of Education for under-resourced youth ages 4-19 benefiting 100,000+ students and community members in 200+ schools. Sing for Hope’s Youth Arts Programs combine artistic instruction with service learning, teaching young people to be Citizen Artists, which we define as those who use their art to give back to their communities. Our programs are designed to stimulate confidence, enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and nurture positive development in at-risk youth and their communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Sing for Hope’s Healing Arts Program brings dynamic arts experiences to hospital patients, persons with disabilities, seniors, and veterans. Each week, Sing for Hope Artist Partners share the uplifting spirit of the arts in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, disability networks, and treatment centers. With programming specially tailored to each healthcare community, our Healing Arts Program provides a consistent source of joy and inspiration for patients and caregivers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Sing for Hope Pianos Program has placed over 500 artist-created pianos in NYC’s public spaces for all to enjoy, and transported them to permanent homes in schools and hospitals. This program impacts over 2 million New Yorkers and visitors annually.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Sing for Hope Global is a three-tiered initiative bringing creative arts programs to refugee sites and mass transit hubs worldwide, while driving the international
movement for increased inclusion of the arts in global convenings on social change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Congressional Citation 2013

United States Congress

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Affiliations & memberships

Founding member, National Organization for Arts in Health 2018

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 children served in Sing for Hope Youth Arts Program

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Sing for Hope Youth Arts Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Dynamic arts programming created in partnership with the NYC Department of Education for under-resourced youth ages 4-19 and the surrounding community members.

Number of people served in Sing for Hope Healing Arts Program

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

Adults

Related Program

Sing for Hope Healing Arts Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bringing the healing power of the arts directly into healthcare settings throughout New York City and beyond. This was transformed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of people that are served by, and have access to Sing for Hope Pianos

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

Adults

Related Program

Sing for Hope Pianos Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Enlivening neighborhoods with public arts throughout the year. Although COVID prohibited the Pianos in 2020, we partnered with the community via both live and virtual ways, extending our reach.

Number of people served by Sing for Hope Global Expansion including: Cultural Diplomacy: Citizen Artist (Convenings) Relief Sites (Camps, Organizations) Quality of Commute (Transit Hubs)

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

Adults

Related Program

Sing for Hope Global

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A 3-tiered initiative bringing arts programs to refugee sites & mass transit hubs worldwide, & driving international movement for increased inclusion of the arts in global convenings on social change.

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.

Sing for Hope envisions a world in which all individuals and communities have easy access to creative resources, because creativity fosters healthier, happier, and more equitable lives, and where the creative arts are leveraged to facilitate healing and address society’s areas of greatest need- a world in which artistic expression is once again positioned as a central component of human wholeness and societal harmony. Sing for Hope was founded to close the arts “equity gap” for students in high-poverty schools, and to explore art’s catalytic power for individual and community healing. The arts teach students how to approach complex problems with creativity and innovation, encourage young people to develop confidence and emotional maturity, and provide youth with an essential form of expression. We continually work to address our SFH Pianos and programming waiting list, currently 150 under-resourced schools, and we continue to present the case for creative arts interventions worldwide.

Sing for Hope’s Artist Partners are the engines that power our broad range of arts outreach programs, inspiring and fostering positive change for those in need. Our core programming in NYC engages our Artist Partners and youth leaders at partner sites that serve schoolchildren, hospital patients, people with disabilities, military veterans, and seniors, in order to inspire countless people throughout the US and abroad through our arts access initiatives. By sharing creativity in communities, our programs enrich artists in tandem with those they serve.

Sing for Hope Artist Partners serve in every program as our most vital asset, leveraging their creative service to transform individuals and communities in need. Our arts outreach programs bring hope and inspiration with the belief that the arts have unmatched power to uplift, unite, and heal, and that all people deserve access to them. Sing for Hope has made a commitment to financially support all of our artists, who have reported a sector-wide unemployment or under-employment rate of 95% due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2006, our experience and partnerships with over 300 community-based organizations, and mobilization of thousands of artists in creative service, have reached 100,000 students & community members at NYC public schools, and placed 500 artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos throughout public spaces, hospitals, and schools.

We mobilize a vast network of artists to power high-level arts programming at under-resourced schools, community centers, and bring dynamic arts experiences for hospital patients, persons with disabilities, seniors, and veterans provide a source of joy and inspiration for patients and caregivers alike. Sing for Hope brings award-winning arts advocacy and healing arts programming to cities across the United States. As the first-ever arts organization to serve as Panel Curator at the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, Sing for Hope holds that the inclusion of the arts and artists in international summits ensures more dynamic, productive global policy change.

SING FOR HOPE HEALING ARTS — Research-based creative performances, workshops, and curated cultural experiences that promote wellness, connection, and respite in hospitals, vaccination centers, long-term care facilities, hospices, and treatment centers. Our programs encompass both in-person arts experiences as well as daily live virtual performances, classes, and workshops via our Open Arts platform.
SING FOR HOPE EDUCATION — Dynamic arts workshops and standards-based curricula that inspire civic action and uplift youth, educators, and local communities.
SING FOR HOPE GLOBAL — Creative advocacy, leadership, and program design that drive the integration of the arts in policy and at global convenings on social change.
SING FOR HOPE PIANOS — From the Bronx to Beirut, The Sing for Hope Pianos is a global arts initiative that produces artist-designed pianos; places them in public spaces for anyone and everyone to enjoy; then transports and activates them year-round in permanent homes in schools, hospitals, transit hubs, refugee camps, and community-based organizations. Sing for Hope has provided more pianos for under-resourced public schools than any other organization in the world.

We have pivoted to a hybrid in-person / virtual model due to the challenges of COVID-19, and will continue to evaluate how to move forward as the pandemic continues to evolve.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • 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, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Sing for Hope

Board of directors
as of 2/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda E. Johnson

Brooklyn Public Library

Jon Batiste

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

David Beahm

David Beahm Experiences

Andrea Bocelli

Internationally Renowned Tenor & Recording Artist

Jeffrey Chertoff

Investor & Advisor

Garance Choko

Founder & Strategist in Chief, Coda

CaSandra Diggs

Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc.: CFDA Foundation, Inc.

Renée Fleming

Chicago Lyric Opera; Grammy-Award Winning Soprano

Annabelle Garrett

Pritario Capital Management, LLC

Eva Haller

International Philanthropist

Linda Johnson

Brooklyn Public Library

Andrea Jung

Grameen America

Katie Loeb

Loeb NYC

Tahra Lore Grant

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Josh Pultz

Amplified Entertainment Inc.

Cara Smyth

Glasgow Caledonian University New York

Kara Unterberg

Investor; Philanthropist; Founder, New York SongSpace

Billy Weisman

Weisman Enterprises; Founder, DoTopia

Damien Woetzel

President, The Juilliard School

Monica Yunus

Soprano; Co-Founder, Sing for Hope

Muhammad Yunus

Grameen Bank

Camille Zamora

Soprano; Co-Founder, Sing for Hope

Ann Ziff

Philantropist; Chair, Metropolitan Opera

Midori Miyazaki

International Executive Director, IFAC

Margie Loeb

Philanthropist

David Miller

CEO< Minnetonka Moccasin

Rochelle King

VP Creative Production, Netflix

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/24/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2020

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.