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MUSICAL BRIDGES AROUND THE WORLD INC

San Antonio, TX   |  www.musicalbridges.org

Mission

MBAWs mission is to celebrate our shared humanity by providing access to global arts for all.

Ruling year info

1999

Artistic Director/CEO

Anya Grokhovski DMA

Chairman of the Board

Eric Miller MD

Main address

23705 Frontage Road, Suite 101

San Antonio, TX 78257 USA

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EIN

74-2891493

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Urban, Community (S31)

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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?

UNITYFest

UNITYFest: (formerly the International Music Festival) is an annual multi-week and multi-venue performance series featuring world-class artists in thought-provoking pairings designed to challenge mass media stereotypes that are too often the only exposure people have to foreign lands.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral offers free performances by some of the world’s finest artists in the oldest continually operating Catholic sanctuary in the United States. This one of a kind combination attracts tourists and locals alike for an enchanting experience in the birthplace of the city. The series is modeled after the European tradition of hosting free concerts in the great cathedrals of historic destinations like Venice, Florence, and Amsterdam. Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral serves the dual purpose of elevating San Antonio’s status as a cultural tourism destination and driving economic development in the city’s cultural core. Musical Evenings consists of 5 concerts over the course of the year, each followed by a free catered meet the artists reception.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Golden Age: an interactive community outreach program providing outstanding musical performances to seniors in assisted living and community centers. The goal is to positively impact the lives of senior citizens – many whom are unable to travel to outside performances due to lack of health and stamina.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

The Gurwitz International Piano Competition: In 2017, MBAW absorbed San Antonio’s IPC (now called The Gurwitz) and will have continuous programming throughout the year in preparation for the next competition in 2020.

The Gurwitz International Piano Competition (formerly the San Antonio International Piano Competition) was founded in 1983 and its first competition was in October 1984. Competitions are held every four years and feature some of the most exhilarating young talent in the world. The Gurwitz has been accepted as a member of the Geneva-based World Federation of International Music Competitions.

The Gurwitz 2020 Finals will be held at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, the semi-finalists will be performing with musicians from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble; the Finals will be a concerto with full Symphony Orchestra. Head Judge for the 2020 Competition will be the current Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
A distinguished panel of judges will identify the best of the best emerging pianists. From over 70 artists representing the finest in international talent, twelve contestants will be selected from around the globe to compete for the Gurwitz Gold Medal in San Antonio, Texas.

The Gurwitz will impact approximately 12,262 people including: 12 participants, audiences of approximately 7,500, 1,250 university students through masterclasses and workshops by the judges, 3,500 school kids bussed to the concerts and tourists.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Art Gallery of Musical Bridges Around the World continues the mission to unite, educate and inspire through culturally diverse programming by showcasing the works of established contemporary artists. Quarterly art openings bring the community together, where the collectors are offered an exclusive opportunity to acquire artwork and support our non-profit at the same time – the proceeds benefit MBAW programming directly.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

Musical Sprouts is an original educational program that uses music and dance to teach core classroom subjects, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), improve social emotional learning, and broaden children’s awareness of diversity and culture. The program blends live performances with digital learning and in-classroom lessons.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of performances

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

Adults, Children, Preteens, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes all programs (free and paid). Our paid member programs go to support our free programs. 2020-21 metrics reduced because education and senior performances shifted virtual condensed amount

Number of works exhibited temporarily

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

Adults

Related Program

Art Gallery

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The COVID-19 pandemic stalled the frequency of gallery exhibitions, but this is now beginning to resume.

Total number of free admissions

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Relating only to MBAW public programs with admissions (no education or senior programs).

Total number of free performances given

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

Students, Seniors, Children, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Applies to all programs, not only Kids to Concerts. 2020-21 saw a condensed metric, with school and senior performances pivoting virtually that all students received at once.

Total number of competitions held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Gurwitz International Piano Competition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Competition is only every 4 years.

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.

MBAW is in a period of transition as we turn the challenges of the past two years into opportunities for transformation and growth. MBAW has added new staff to support this growth. The staff held a strategic planning session this summer and charted our direction for the next five years. In alignment with that organizational work, our primary operational objectives are:

1. To implement a fully hybrid approach to programming, with all programs offered virtually and in person;

2. To recover in-person audiences to pre-pandemic levels and increase online audiences locally and worldwide;

3. To develop original interactive online content for each program;

4. To maximize the reach and impact of MBAW’s new documentary film project, The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music; and

5. To implement a new communications framework emphasizing MBAW’s vision to create a sense of belonging.

San Antonio is a wonderfully diverse city: 75% of the population are people of color, 14.3% of the population are immigrants, and 43% of households speak a language other than English in their homes (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019). MBAW elevates the arts as a critical component of society to represent, respect, and celebrate this rich cultural diversity. MBAW listens to the community through audience interaction and frequent surveys and evolves its programming to meet community needs. The needs we are currently addressing are:

1. A gap in high-quality, accessible performing arts available for everyone in San Antonio
2. The health of San Antonio’s civil society through belonging and connectivity
3. A gap in arts education to impact outcomes for children of color
4. Social isolation for a growing older adult population
5. Economic development through tourism and arts

Particularly after the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, MBAW’s work right now is to harness the transformative power of art to ameliorate the social and psychological effects of the global pandemic and bring people together with a sense of community and belonging.

Musical Bridges Around the World now reaches over 25,000 people a year free of charge. Despite this unprecedented accessibility, the organization’s fiscally responsible Board of Directors and CEO have ensured each season closes with a balanced budget, showing growth year after year. This fiscal year, MBAW demonstrated growth with an operating budget of over $1 million. MBAW's capabilities are exhibited in our quality of music, performances and performers, broad range of music programming, good standing in the community, and collaborative efforts with other organizations. Its corporate and private membership base is established and growing, as well as its audience. MBAW has a well-developed collaborative and artistic base, both locally and internationally.

MBAW reaches 25,000 people annually from all walks of life. Everything MBAW does is designed to foster meaningful cultural activity and broaden public participation therein. After the extended period of social isolation our communities have endured, MBAW brings the healing power of music back into public spaces. MBAW promotes accessibility to the arts and fosters a sense of community and belonging in the following ways:

1. MBAW presents all public programs to audiences free of charge.
2. Multicultural programs attract diverse audiences.
3. All public performance venues are ADA-compliant.
4. MBAW delivers programs to people with limited mobility (retirement communities).
5. MBAW delivers programs to schools in marginalized communities.
6. The same award-winning talent that MBAW presents in premier venues also perform in retirement communities and schools for community outreach programs.
7. MBAW is offering all programs both online and in person to reach audiences where they are.
8. MBAW works with community partners such as schools, retirement centers and community-based organizations, to improve our ability to reach our intended audiences.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    We don't actively use collected feedback

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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MUSICAL BRIDGES AROUND THE WORLD INC

Board of directors
as of 03/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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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 ? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/03/2022

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 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 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 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.