OPPORTUNITY MUSIC PROJECT INC

Music Education for all Children

Mission

Opportunity Music Project's Mission is to create a community where all children, regardless of economic background, can pursue their passion for music and gain the valuable personal and collaborative skills associated with the rigors of learning an instrument. Opportunity Music Project serves children ages 5-18 from all five boroughs of New York City, and New Jersey.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder, Executive Director

Jessica Garand

Main address

4 West 43rd Street, Suite 621

New York, NY 10036 USA

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EIN

46-3720737

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Providing equitable access to excellent music education for children and youth.

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?

Private Instrument Instruction

Free and low cost private music lessons for underserved students in New York City.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Orchestra Program is an important feature of Opportunity Music Project’s curriculum. The program creates a community atmosphere where students and their parents come together as a group, develop friendships, and celebrate music making together.

Population(s) Served

Opportunity Music Project’s intensive 10-day Summer Camp offers a unique opportunity for OMP Honors Orchestra students to work in a small chamber group such as a trio, a quartet, or a quintet, and rehearse under the guidance of a professional musician coach. Students rehearse in an orchestral setting, attend master classes, and technique classes. They also participate in musical outings as part of the curriculum, finishing the summer with a citywide a performance tour.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

Opportunity Music Project's goals are to provide high caliber tuition-free beginning private music lessons, mentoring, chamber music, orchestral training and community engagement opportunities to children and teens from low-economic backgrounds so that they may achieve their fullest potential as both artists and leaders in society. We strive to build community connectivity, redistribute resources, provides positive recreational and educational activities for disadvantaged young people, and promote good character and values such as artistic professionalism, commitment to excellence, respect, leadership, and advocacy.

Opportunity Music Project's strategies for success include a focus on developing skills through music making that can be applied to all areas of life. Learning to play solo and also in a group requires students to not only hone their skills on their instruments, but also listen carefully to one another, communicate, and work collaboratively towards a final goal.

Students at Opportunity Music Project have the opportunity to travel and participate in valuable concert experiences. It is in preparing for performances that students frequently make the greatest strides, not only musically and technically, but also in believing in their music as a form of communication, expression, and contribution.

As a supplement training opportunities for students, we also offer Parent Seminars to educate families about practicing strategies, school applications, portfolio creation, and career options. Distinguished speakers including grammy-award winning musicians, non-profit CEOs and experienced educators are speakers on our guest roster.

Opportunity Music Project faculty are artists of international caliber and include alumni from the Juilliard School, and dedicated educators and artists from the greater New York City area.

We also value our partnerships, and believe that we are stronger when working with other like-minded organizations. In April 2016, thirty students performed at Harvard University alongside professional musicians of the Du Bois Orchestra, toured Harvard, and interacted with the school's alumni. Later in the school year, the Orchestra held a lively performance in New York's United Palace for the Cultural Arts, performing alongside students from the WHIN music project and guest artists Ali Bello and LADAMA, an ensemble of female musicians and performed a wide range of musical styles.
This summer, students performed at community venues including Mt. Sinai Hospital, The Lighthouse Guild, and St. Mary's Hospital for Children.

Opportunity Music Project began in April 2011 with seven students. The program has since grown each year, and now serves a community of over 100 students from all boroughs of New York City and New Jersey, offering a full range of educational programing. .

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), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Addition of new programs, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, increased diversity represented in faculty and staff team, and increased parental involvement.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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OPPORTUNITY MUSIC PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 11/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Meghan Ready

EY

Term: 2019 - 2022

Matthew Kaplan

BlackRock

Meghan Ready

EY

Lindsay Starr

Morgan Stanley

Jessica Garand Oshika

Opportunity Music Project

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 11/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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