Music4Kids Inc

Enriching the lives of children and families through music.

aka Music4Kids Inc   |   MARLBORO, MA   |  https://www.music4kids.org

Mission

Music4Kids exists to provide therapeutic and educational music experiences to disabled and disadvantaged children. Musical instruments can be very expensive, and lessons, classes, group music therapy, events, and performance training, can also be costly, and often unavailable in certain areas or for certain age groups or children with needs for extensive accommodations. Our purpose is to create space for children to utilize music and related arts as ways to have fun, engage with each other, express themselves, relieve stress, cope with difficult emotions and mental health issues, and ultimately to find some form of joy, resulting from their own unique experience with music.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder, CEO

Joshua Silver

Co Principal Officer

Sarah Silver

Main address

32 AZALEA LANE

MARLBORO, MA 01752 USA

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EIN

84-3130595

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are many children in Massachusetts who do not have adequate access to music programs or are not able to attend individual lessons due to lack of income. Some families cannot afford instruments for their children who may show aptitude in areas of music and the arts.

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?

Children Living in Alternative Residences

We offer music programming and partially- or fully-equipped classrooms to children living in various group homes, foster homes, mental health units, substance abuse treatment programs, and other non-incarceration placements.

Our staff also look to identify those clients who present higher aptitude in music and we often offer them opportunities to receive specialized instruction, within the framework of the residence and its directorial staff.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Out-of-home youth
Victims of crime and abuse

Similar to our services to kids in residential homes, we occasionally have the opportunity to enter into youth detention centers where we facilitate music appreciation. We attempt to propose that music offers peace of mind enough to help prevent violence or criminal activity, and can be used as an outlet when dealing with difficult emotions.

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

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.

Number of youth service participants who have involvement in juvenile justice system

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth, People with disabilities

Related Program

Children Living in Alternative Residences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

For 22020, we had anticipated a greater value for this category. This estimate pre-dated COVID-19. We also believe that we achieved a lower value as a result of the pandemic.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We would like to prevent disadvantaged and disabled youth from missing opportunities for music as expression, discovery, healing and identity.

We believe that music changes lives across many dimensions or wellness: social, emotional, behavioral, academic, etc. Our goal is to bridge the gap for those children who are, as yet, undeserved in these areas.

Fund music programs and classes.

Provide individual instruction, mentoring and coaching.

Facilitate music & mindfulness.

Provide instruments to children who show interest and aptitude, and are pursuing instruction.

Focus on some low-income families.

Focus on some with physical, emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges.

Focus on some residential facilities.

We maintain a network of dedicated music teachers, childcare specialists, music business majors, volunteers, and parents who help to facilitate these programs.
We accept funding from individuals, groups, other nonprofits, foundations, philanthropic organizations and corporations to attain our goals. We are dedicated to our mission and are overjoyed whenever we see a child benefiting from the power of music.

We have helped countless children and families with lessons and instruments, and with connecting with parents and kids that are like-minded in their own communities.
We have had the opportunity to serve children with ADD, ADHD, Blindness, Autism, Emotional Disorders, and many more who come from low-income families or who have shown extreme aptitude or dedication.

We have a large following on social media and we receive dozens of referrals a week. Word of mouth has really done wonders for us since we launched in 2019.

We are looking to expand our reach moving forward by continuing to partner with corporations, organizations and individuals to serve children in unique situations such as foster care, inpatient treatment, group homes, and incarceration. We believe that many of the problems that children face can be mitigated by involvement in music and the arts!

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve children (and their families) by providing low- or no-cost musical instruments and music education or therapeutic experiences related to music. We work with disabled children as well as "disadvantaged" children, meaning: low-income; those with emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges; children in alternate residential settings such as DCF facilities, foster homes, incarceration (DYS), and group homes.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Long-term open contact with clients and families/guardians & agencies.,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have several group homes in the Greater Boston Area where we provide services. We received feedback from one of the homes' direct care staff and our own instructors that the overall experience was somewhat boring, and not interesting to the children - they were not showing up to the optional groups. We were worried that we would not reach our goal of providing positive, therapeutic, spiritual, emotional, and educational outlets to kids within this home. After some careful and thoughtful discussion, we called on an associate with whom we'd worked before and asked for her help. She is a person who is highly skilled in the art of creating amazing and engaging classes and games that incorporate music. We were able to admit that we needed to improve, and we reached out for help!

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Through constant contact with clients and families during and after serving them, we are able to constantly offer them opportunities to contribute to our growth, and in determining the direction that our organization takes. We receive feedback primarily in conversation form, as we are always talking with our clients! We find that we rarely need to use other methods of collecting opinions because we train our staff and volunteers how to receive positive and negative feedback gracefully while in conversation. This helps us be approachable and offers a more interactive way for clients to speak up about how they'd like to see us evolve. We do receive data and reviews from our website and social media sites. We utilize these metrics to improve our reach and inform our work.

  • 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?

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

Financials

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Operations

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Music4Kids Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joshua Silver

Music4Kids Inc

Term: 2039 - 2019

Sarah Silver

Music4KIds Inc

Lynne Hudson

Lyne M. Hudson, CPA

Marsha Smith

N/A

Alina Bilodeau

Compass

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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/30/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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.