Akropolis Quintet Inc

aka Akropolis Reed Quintet   |   NORTHVILLE, MI   |  www.akropolisquintet.org

Mission

Akropolis Quintet, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by and governing the internationally-acclaimed contemporary music ensemble, the Akropolis Reed Quintet. Our mission is to create a more vibrant society with greater accessibility to contemporary music through our quintet’s artistic excellence utilized in performances, educational workshops, and community engagement.

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Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director and Saxophonist

Matthew Landry

Main address

416 BEAL ST

NORTHVILLE, MI 48167 USA

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EIN

46-1395008

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem we address is access to high quality contemporary music. Our organization makes our award-winning, contemporary chamber music accessible through several in-person and digital programs which take place locally in metro Detroit, MI, and nationwide. Lack of access to high quality contemporary music reinforces other associated access issues, such as access to the highest quality education, public amenities, and overall quality of life. For the people we interact with, their newfound access to our organization's programs can be an inlet for them into other meaningful art, expression, and opportunity.

Our programs

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

Together We Sound Festival

Created by the seven-time national prize-winning chamber ensemble, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, Together We Sound is a one-of-a-kind contemporary music festival that includes 3 lunchtime workplace concerts, 6 K-12 school presentations, 1 side-by-side student concert with an Akropolis concerto, 2 pop-up events in public spaces, and 3 evening concerts at neighborhood venues featuring world premieres by Akropolis in collaboration with local and national artists. By forging connections between Detroit’s artists, community members, and youth, Together We Sound uses new music to bring people together.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adults

Akropolis Mastermind is a one-week, fully online music business intensive for 10 emerging music performers around the United States. Akropolis invites 5 guest speakers to contribute to a multi-faceted workshop from which the participants leave with a concrete road map for the next steps in the careers. Aiming to create new leaders in the field of music and the arts, Akropolis Mastermind is constructed such that each participant leaves with takeaways 100% applicable to their unique environments and challenges. More details at www.akropolisquintet.org/mastermind.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Self-employed people

Each year, from September through May, we conduct a residency at Cass Tech, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Detroit School of Arts high schools in Detroit. Within ~20 workshops per school per year, students learn music composition basics, develop a working relationship with Akropolis musicians, develop and reflect upon their creative process, and leave the residency having created a new music composition for Akropolis, which we perform and record for the students.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People of African descent

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We aim to make world class contemporary chamber music at the highest level, and to make that music accessible to a variety of diverse populations throughout the United States. We aim to create new works of art by diverse composers, and to perform and record those works to as to build more legitimacy for our genre, the reed quintet. Then, we aim to create programs that disseminate these new musical works of art, in person and digitally, to diverse populations. These programs include our Together We Sound festival in Detroit, MI; our annual yearlong residency at 3 Detroit high schools, our nationwide touring programs and K-12 workshops; our collegiate workshops and Mastermind entrepreneurship boot c and our virtual presentations including our Web Premiere series, sheet music catalog, and full length albums.

Our strategies center upon sustainable programming leading to a sustainable organization. Sustainable programming means that the program is positioned to create excellent art that fulfills the Akropolis musicians, fueling satisfaction and legitimacy. This must be at the center of all programming. Then, we innovate programming that accomplishes this while bringing the artistic creation directly to the population we are impacting, such as with our workplace concert series. We ensure that the new musical works we perform reflect society today in meaningful ways, such as a new work we commissioned in 2019 that commented on mobility and the environment in Detroit by collaborating with a Detroit scrap metal artist and a well-known national composer to create a new piece of music for Akropolis an a rideable percussion bicycle. We performed the piece on Detroit's bike paths, and it has been adapted into a touring program. Because artistic excellence is at the center of these projects, they can fuel additional projects, which impact more people and create more financial sustainability for our organization.

Akropolis is a world class performing ensemble. We have won 7 national chamber music prizes including a Fischoff Gold Medal and Fischoff Educator Award. We have received 3 consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, released 3 CDs to national acclaim, and we have toured extensively, including major venues and series. We have significant cash reserves and 100% employee retention for the past 11 years. We partner extensively with nonprofits and for-profits in Detroit to ensure our programming reaches as many people as possible in a way most accessible to them. Our budget has grown 500% since we incorporated as a nonprofit in 2015. We are the state of Michigan's leading nonprofit music ensemble, and we have an extremely nimble organizational structure: the 5 quintet members comprise our staff, along with two volunteer interns, and we have very little overhead.

Over our first 5 years as a nonprofit (relative to our founding in 2009), we have made significant progress toward creating world-class contemporary chamber music and delivering accessible programming for diverse adults and youth nationwide.

First, we have increased our capacity significantly, growing our budget 500% over the past 5 years, fully employing two quintet members as full-time staff, and adding significant partnerships in the areas of funding and programming. We have increased our individual giving base each year, and each year we have added new sponsors and granters.

Artistically, we are just completing (May 2021 our largest performing season yet with 50 full-length concerts and over 75 K-12 presentations. We have performed on leading series like the Oneppo Series at Yale University, the Flagler Series in Palm Beach, Chamber Music Northwest, and many more.

We have collaborated with leading artists including Shara Nova, Juan Martinez, BodyVox Dance, and more.

We have premiered more than 70 new musical works, including 20 from Detroit students, and we have reached more than 6,000 Detroiters through our Together We Sound festival.

What's next: We are currently launching the first year of Akropolis Mastermind, an online, weeklong workshop for emerging contemporary artists. We are approaching the 3rd year of our residency at 3 Detroit high schools. During the 20-21 season we will conduct a 2-week residency with BodyVox Dance and this fall will be releasing our 4th album, containing music by 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Michael Gilbertson. We will release significant digital content because of the COVID-19 outbreak, including a web premiere evening and soiree event featuring Jeff Scott's "Homage to Paradise Valley," and a music video release of "Portraits" by Grammy-nominated Pascal Le Boeuf.

How we listen

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

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Akropolis Quintet Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Booth

Eastern Michigan University

Term: 2016 - 2021

Susan Booth

Eastern Michigan University

Mark Clague

University of Michigan

Stephanee Strasburg

Sphinx Organization

Zack Bissell

Living Arts

Scott Landry

Retired, CEO YMCA Metro Detroit

Matt Landry

Akropolis Quintet, Inc.

Kari Landry

Akropolis Quintet, Inc.

Andrew Koeppe

Akropolis Quintet, Inc.

Timothy Gocklin

Akropolis Quintet, Inc.

Ryan Reynolds

Akropolis Quintet, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/10/2021

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Data
  • 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 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.