Joy of Music Program, Inc.

Fostering Community Through Music

aka JOMP; Joy of Music ~ Worcester's Community Music School   |   Worcester, MA   |  www.jomp.org

Mission

Our school's mission is "to enrich lives and foster community through accessible music education and performance." Financial aid is key to fulfilling this mission. Started in 1989, our Financial Aid Program ensures that our faculty and programs are accessible to students regardless of their family's income. Full and partial need-based scholarships are made possible each year by donations from foundations, corporations and hundreds of individuals. Their generosity enables us to bring students from richly diverse socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds together in one inclusive and supportive musical community. Financial aid students contribute their enthusiasm and talents to everything we do at the school and in the community, enriching the experience of studying at JOMP for everyone.

Ruling year info

1989

Director

Ms Wendy Webster Ardizzone

Associate Director

Mr Richard Ardizzone

Main address

1 Gorham Street

Worcester, MA 01605 USA

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EIN

04-3055099

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are actively addressing the pressing need for our community's youth to be involved in constructive and engaging activities. Music gives us a highly effective way of bringing young people from many different backgrounds together to work on common goals in our classes, ensembles and Youth Orchestra. Being part of the inclusive and nurturing musical community at JOMP helps students connect with positive projects and peer groups and with trusted adult role models and mentors. Involvement in music gives teens a healthy alternative when they are resisting the pressure of peers who are making poor choices. Maintaining a significant Financial Aid Program is crucially important to our being able to include the many talented students who would not be able to study at JOMP without financial assistance.

Our programs

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Music Classes and Lessons

Joy of Music's faculty is the heart of our school. These 44 outstanding musicians were chosen for their dedication to teaching students of all ages and levels of ability. A testament to their work is the large number of students who start at JOMP as young children and continue to study here through high school.

Sing & Sway classes for infants, toddlers and caregivers as well as Music & Movement classes for preschoolers get our youngest students off to a joyful start. Sing, Play Move; Children's Chorus; Creative Movement, Recorder and World Drumming classes help prepare students for instrumental study as they explore musical concepts, experience the fun of making music with others and deepen their love for music. Private instrumental lessons for ages 7-adult are provided in piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, guitar, harp, percussion and voice. Intermediate and advanced students participate in a progressive series of Classical and Jazz Ensembles. JOMP's Youth Orchestra draws advanced junior high and high school students from all over Central Mass.

Outreach partnerships with Worcester Housing Authority, Rainbow Child Development Center, Mentor Network, Devereux Massachusetts, Ascentria Care Alliance and the Rise Above Foundation make it possible for us to welcome at-risk children, children and teens in foster care, and teen and young adult unaccompanied refugees into our school community.

Faculty Concerts and Student Recitals in the school's beautiful Joseph & Jordan Shapiro Concert Hall delight audiences throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Awards

Affiliations & memberships

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts - Member 1990

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

1. Our aim is to strengthen our dedication to "fostering community through music."
Our challenge is to broaden our capacity to respond to the increasing need for financial aid accompanying our growing enrollment and rapidly expanding diversity.
Our goal is to maximize our fundraising efforts for our Financial Aid Program.
To accomplish this, we must change our fundraising timeline for financial aid to improve the school’s cash flow position.

2. Historically we have always started our Financial Aid fundraising in September, the beginning of our school year, with $0 raised in advance. Most foundation grants and individual donations are received between December and July. Financial aid expenses cost approximately $13,000 per month because teachers are paid starting in September for lessons as they are given. As a result, we face serious cash flow challenges every year.

Our goal is to address this problem by raising $150,000 in addition to the $135,000 - $145,000 we raise and award annually. This additional $150,000 would serve as a one-time infusion of working capital specifically designated for financial aid. Having these funds already in hand in September would enable us to target that year’s fundraising to the following year.

This would ease our cash flow problem. Knowing how much we have to work with in September would also help us determine how many new financial aid students we can accept at the beginning of the year.

3. Financial aid has been a major focus of our fundraising since our inception, as evidenced by the more than $2 million we have raised and awarded to thousands of students over the course of our 32 year history. The school is fortunate indeed to have so many individuals who are already invested in helping young people experience the joy of music. Having recently completed a $2.3 million capital campaign, we have continued to build excellent relationships with our donors. However, we are very mindful that we will be asking them to consider giving to this cause in addition to their annual donation to JOMP’s Annual Fund. Helping them understand what a major difference having a $150,000 financial aid working capital would make is key. We will also be asking corporations and foundations for help in addressing this essential goal.

We are in the early stages of discussing effective ways to get our alumni involved in giving to the school with our Board. Attracting new donors continues to be part of our overall fundraising plan.

5. The school was founded in 1986 as a program of music & movement for preschoolers with the purpose of helping young children develop a life-long relationship with music, by giving them a joyful and solid musical foundation to build on in a non-competitive environment. Thirty-two years later, this philosophy is still at the heart of the thriving non-profit community music school that started with one teacher and twelve 3 to 5 year-olds and now serves over 500 students of all ages and levels of ability.

An indicator of the far-reaching impact of this program is the number of financial aid alums who have gone on to major in music in leading colleges and conservatories, including Eastman, Frost, Hartt, Longy and Yale Schools of Music; Oberlin Conservatory of Music; Berklee College of Music; Boston University College of Fine Arts; California Institute of the Arts; Smith College; Harvard, Syracuse and Wesleyan Universities. Many financial aid alums not majoring in music seek colleges with strong music departments and actively continue their music as members of college orchestras, bands, choruses and jazz ensembles. Several are now professional musicians, passing along their talent and love for music through teaching and performing as soloists, members of orchestras, chamber music groups and jazz ensembles.

Financials

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Joy of Music Program, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Mary Ellen Beaton

ESL Teacher Shrewsbury Public Schools

Term: 2016 - 2020

Sharon Mahoney

Freelance Writer/Journalist

Kathleen Roche-Goggins

Children's Friend/Adoption Journeys

David Gerbereux

Senior Vice-Pres Commercial Loans Bank of America

Mary Ellen Beaton

ESL Teacher Shrewsbury Public Schools

David Dimenstein

Co-President The Feingold Companies

Jack Giarusso

Executive Director Human Resources UMass Lowell (retired)

Margaret Freije

Provost & Dean College of the Holy Cross

Geoffrey German

Judge Worcester Probate & Family Court

Erika Wade

4th generation Owner/Sec'y-Treas. Davis Publications; Artist

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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