Early music for us all.

aka GEMS   |   New York, NY   |
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EIN: 26-0142449


The mission of Gotham Early Music Scene is to increase public understanding and appreciation of early music (the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods), enrich our communities with greater access to early music for all, and enhance the diversity, quality, and stability of participating artists and organizations in New York by: ♦ CREATING MORE OPPORTUNITIES for professional early music artists to perform; ♦ EXPANDING AND DIVERSIFYING audiences; ♦ STRENGTHENING ensembles, individual artists, and organizations devoted to the genre; ♦ EDUCATING musicians, the general public, and the media; and ♦ PRESENTING concerts, seminars, lectures, master classes, exhibitions, and scholarly forums.

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Executive Director

John Thiessen

Main address

340 Riverside Drive Suite 1-A

New York, NY 10025 USA

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Subject area info

Arts services

Cultural awareness


Historical activities

Population served info


Ethnic and racial groups

Social and economic status

Work status and occupations

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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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?

Fiscally Sponsored Ensembles

22 ensembles receive fiscal sponsorship from Gotham Early Music Scene

Population(s) Served

The Midtown Concerts series, presents 40+ distinctive FREE weekly concerts each year, providing exceptional and interactive musical experiences to audiences across the socioeconomic spectrum, nurturing local artists at all stages of their careers, and contributing to the vibrance of New York's early music community. We are proud to provide performance opportunities for over 200 artists, featuring local, national, and internationally acclaimed groups, chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area, and serving over 3,000 audience members each year. Our ultimate goal is to offer a meaningful contribution to New York’s cultural tapestry, making rarely heard music accessible to all and enriching the musical lives of artists and audience members alike. We are proud to offer the greatest number and most diverse free concerts in the city, and we hope to continue reaching new audience members every week.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Young adults
Artists and performers
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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.

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  • 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

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

    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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.92 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GOTHAM EARLY MUSIC SCENE’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $20,310 $1,712 $29,474 $108,248 $116,927
As % of expenses 4.0% 0.3% 5.6% 27.2% 13.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $20,310 $1,260 $28,299 $107,072 $116,927
As % of expenses 4.0% 0.2% 5.3% 26.8% 13.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $533,052 $688,437 $559,235 $481,671 $970,308
Total revenue, % change over prior year -20.5% 29.2% -18.8% -13.9% 101.4%
Program services revenue 60.1% 71.6% 53.5% 22.0% 28.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 10.0% 8.0% 11.5% 19.3% 40.0%
All other grants and contributions 23.5% 20.3% 34.8% 58.5% 31.9%
Other revenue 6.4% 0.2% 0.3% 0.0% -0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $512,742 $665,804 $529,744 $398,423 $867,381
Total expenses, % change over prior year -22.7% 29.9% -20.4% -24.8% 117.7%
Personnel 15.2% 12.0% 18.2% 29.5% 26.9%
Professional fees 0.9% 1.0% 1.3% 0.0% 0.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.1% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 83.9% 87.0% 80.4% 68.4% 72.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $512,742 $666,256 $530,919 $399,599 $867,381
One month of savings $42,729 $55,484 $44,145 $33,202 $72,282
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $18,620 $0
Fixed asset additions $409 $574 $3,440 $6,426 $1,460
Total full costs (estimated) $555,880 $722,314 $578,504 $457,847 $941,123

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.9 1.8 3.7 4.9 5.3
Months of cash and investments 2.9 1.8 3.7 4.9 5.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.0 1.5 2.5 6.4 3.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $125,661 $97,817 $161,487 $161,530 $385,055
Investments $154 $138 $121 $121 $147
Receivables $2,145 $31,871 $9,331 $59,474 $23,968
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $11,939 $12,513 $15,953 $22,378 $19,386
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 79.7% 89.2% 77.3% 60.4% 53.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 20.8% 16.2% 24.0% 7.2% 31.9%
Unrestricted net assets $45,727 $85,152 $113,451 $220,523 $284,914
Temporarily restricted net assets $57,676 $25,000 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $57,676 $25,000 $25,000 $0 $0
Total net assets $103,403 $110,152 $138,451 $220,523 $284,914

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Executive Director

John Thiessen

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 10/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Gene Murrow

Louise Basbas

Music Before 1800, ret.

LuGene Bé

Arts Consultant

Peter Faber

McDermott, Will & Emory, ret.

Joanne Floyd

MD, ret.

Judith Klotz

NJ Guild for Early Music

Anne W. Lowenthal

PhD., Independent Art Historian

Norma V. Rosenberg

Vista International

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/31/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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.