O'Keefe Music Foundation

PLAY. REAL. MUSIC.

aka OMF   |   Lebanon, OH   |  http://www.okmusicfoundation.org

Mission

The O’Keefe Music Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) music organization that offers FREE music lessons, FREE music camps, FREE recording sessions and FREE music videos to young musicians from around the world! We believe all children, regardless of economic circumstance, deserve access to high quality music education.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Aaron Patrick O'Keefe

Vice President

Shawn David Steele

Main address

15 N Broadway St

Lebanon, OH 45036 USA

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EIN

47-1692867

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Instruments, lessons, classes, recording equipment, studio time, engineers, mixing, mastering, filming, editing, color correction--the financial costs of these prohibit nearly all music students from following their dreams. So in 2006 the O'Keefe Music Foundation was created to address the need for free music education & production for any student regardless of economic circumstance. Since then, OMF has helped over a 1000 students find their voice and share their artistry with a global audience for FREE. The entire OMF organization is also committed to providing fun screen free activities where students connect with nature, build self-esteem and make new friends in a diverse cultural setting. With the average child spending nearly 8 hours a day staring at a screen, an organization like OMF is needed now more than ever.

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?

Free Private & Group Lessons

Free private and group lessons offered in person or via remote learning. These lessons prepare students for the OMF recording session program and summer camps. They also help to keep students inspired as they achieve their own goals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Students are provided with the finest instruments, recording equipment and audio engineers so they can record and film their performances for free. These performances are then shared with a global audience since OMF has nearly 300,000 YouTube subscribers. Having this platform where students can share their music with the world inspires them to continue learning and grow as musicians.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The O'Keefe Music Foundation offers free summer camps for students of varying ages and levels of experience. This program is screen free since time away from mobile devices is vital to a child's brain, body, spirit and future! Students have classes that focus on music theory, songwriting, audio engineering and ensemble performances. Throughout the day, students also have fun teambuilding activities that nurture friendships, encourages a connection with nature and promotes growth in a safe environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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.

With a limited budget, the O'Keefe Music Foundation has created a one-of-a-kind program that has given over 1000 students the chance to follow their dreams. 300,000 subscribers on YouTube, 78 million views and countless articles on news outlets from around the world are proof that OMF is making an impact.

Yet we can accomplish far more. OMF's vision is to provide our program at a full time, dedicated facility where students, regardless of their economic circumstances, receive free music education in a camp setting. No phones. No internet. No distractions or fear of missing out. A place where students are inspired by music, by nature and by each other.

EXPAND OUR PROGRAM FOR A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY
-Continue to build relationships with schools in low income neighborhoods
-Recruit staff members and volunteers that represent our diverse student body
-Provide financial assistance to students for travel expenses or provide transportation
-Include a wide range of musical genres from Hip Hop to Heavy Metal to Jazz and Classical

GROWTH & SUSTAINABILITY
-Continue to grow earned revenue via YouTube monetization and merchandise sales
-Maintain a balanced budget with sustained positive cash flow
-OMF's volunteers have moved mountains to make this program a reality. For growth and sustainability OMF would need to hire at least 2 full time employees.
-Build a dedicated facility so the OMF program benefits as many students as possible

AWARENESS
-Create a marketing plan
-Invest in the website's SEO as well as advertising
-Seek out opportunities for OMF to network with leaders in arts, education and philanthropy

The O'Keefe Music Foundation is very fortunate to have a large social media presence: 78,546 Facebook followers, nearly 300,000 YouTube subscribers, a newsletter with over 10,000 readers, over 25,000 monthly listeners on the OMF Spotify channel and then 300 OMF musical performances on YouTube that get over 500,000 views per month. The O'Keefe Music Foundation was also invited to be a speaker at Google Talks in Detroit.

More importantly, there is the "OMF family" of students, parents and alumni who believe in our mission and contribute at every level.

OMF is well positioned to achieve our goals and make this dream a reality.

This plan was adopted in mid 2020. Since then OMF has made a remarkable amount of progress:

-OMF has expanded it's earned revenue sources by setting up an iTunes and Spotify account, created more OMF merchandise such as posters and records and improved the SEO of the O'Keefe Music Foundation videos so that ad revenue can be improved.
-OMF has reached out to other nonprofits in predominantly African-American and low income neighborhoods to increase awareness of our program and encourage applications
-OMF created a COVID response plan that allowed us to continue our program; students and faculty used chemical suits, nitrile gloves, masks, a portable recording studio for outdoor recording sessions, two fans that move 7500 CFM of air, a portalet sanitized every 30 minutes and then all equipment and hands were sanitized on a regular basis.
-OMF, despite the difficulties facing nonprofits these days, still managed to have 21 projects which were completely FREE for nearly 100 students.

Financials

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Operations

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

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O'Keefe Music Foundation

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Shawn Hudgins

Managing Member, 4FD Properties, LLC

Term: 2019 - 2023


Board co-chair

John Quinto

Client Director, Pomeroy

Term: 2018 - 2022

Jose Boloqui

Senior Director Digital Technology,GE

Brian Anderson

Software Engineer

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2020

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2020

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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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 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.