aka Afropop Worldwide   |   Brooklyn, NY   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 52-1490194


World Music Productions d/b/a Afropop Worldwide promotes understanding and enjoyment of contemporary music and stories from Africa and its global diaspora. Through its Peabody Award-winning public radio program, Closeup podcast series and content-rich website, Afropop Worldwide showcases artists and their work in cultural and historic context, across the generational spectrum. In our productions, music becomes a vehicle for exploring contemporary and traditional perspectives on women’s rights, climate change, governance and other issues that define our shared future.

Notes from the nonprofit

World Music Productions (dba Afropop Worldwide) aims to continue it's mission to promote the understanding and enjoyment of music from Africa and the African diaspora. But more than that, the organization aims to build on the scope and breadth of it's current listernship worldwide by further diversifying staff, board membership and program producers to include more individuals from minority and/or marginalized groups. Leadership is actively pursuing this agenda, hopes to bring it to fruition in 2023 and to build and maintain on its momentum in the years to come.

Ruling year info


Founder and Executive Producer

Sean Barlow

Lead Researcher & Editor of

Banning Eyre

Main address

463 Lincoln Place # 246

Brooklyn, NY 11238 USA

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Subject area info

Folk and indigenous music


Population served info


People of African descent

People of Latin American descent

Immigrants and migrants

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

(Radio) (A34)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

World Music Productions dba Afropop Worldwide endeavors to promote cultural exchange and understanding via its radio programs, podcasts and live events resulting in a more respectful, inclusive and peaceful world.

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?

Afropop Worldwide!

A public radio program and podcast series showcasing the contemporary musical cultures of Africa and the African diaspora. Peabody Award-winning Afropop Worldwide presents artists heard nowhere else in American media, giving valuable insights into the beauty and relevance of African and diaspora creativity, under-recognized origins of world’s greatest pop music traditions. Hosted by the charismatic Georges Collinet, APWW is distributed by PRX to 100 stations in U.S. We’ll produce 20 original radio programs and 32 encores, plus 10-part podcast series, all drawing on our producers’ field work, live recordings, interviews and historical retrospectives. Aim: continue to serve the public radio audience and keep developing a younger, Web-oriented audience by publishing unique content daily on and social media.

Population(s) Served

Our Afropop Closeup podcasts are specifically aimed at supplementing and promoting content for a younger audience. Our focus on podcasts reflects our understanding that Americans under 35 (and older ones as well)
increasingly consume “radio” in downloaded or streamed, rather than broadcast form. Our main mix of programs are our trademark visits to dynamic music capitals in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the US; exclusive live concert recordings and interviews, historical retrospectives; and artist profiles. Our deep archive means we have the flexibility to honor artists who pass with unique depth, and much more. Many of the places and issues we visit receive little or no attention in our national media.

Population(s) Served

Music reporters and researchers go in-country to bring music and stories from Africa and the African Diaspora. Stories have come from Ghana, Madagascar, Haiti, and Jamaica.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Global Impact Award 2022


Grants for Arts Project 2021

National Endowment for the Arts

Peabody Institutional Award 2014

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Georgia

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 audience members

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

Afropop Worldwide!

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Metric figures are gleaned from all available sources including RSS feed and 3rd party outlets, our website, YouTube, etc.


Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 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 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.85 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 1.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of WORLD MUSIC PRODUCTIONS INC’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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $88,128 $31,471 -$4,003 -$26,964 -$67,547
As % of expenses 26.5% 8.8% -0.9% -9.1% -30.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $86,286 $30,158 -$5,036 -$27,890 -$68,473
As % of expenses 25.8% 8.4% -1.1% -9.4% -31.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $225,689 $390,536 $447,134 $268,373 $228,974
Total revenue, % change over prior year -45.1% 73.0% 14.5% -40.0% -14.7%
Program services revenue 20.8% 9.2% 13.0% 11.2% 18.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 17.7% 48.7% 45.0% 14.9% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 61.4% 42.2% 42.1% 73.9% 81.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $332,561 $359,065 $451,137 $295,337 $219,462
Total expenses, % change over prior year -16.9% 8.0% 25.6% -34.5% -25.7%
Personnel 26.3% 23.1% 23.3% 30.7% 26.2%
Professional fees 2.4% 2.1% 1.8% 0.0% 9.0%
Occupancy 6.9% 6.8% 6.1% 9.1% 7.9%
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 64.4% 68.0% 68.8% 60.2% 56.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $334,403 $360,378 $452,170 $296,263 $220,388
One month of savings $27,713 $29,922 $37,595 $24,611 $18,289
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $2,118 $4,393 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $362,116 $390,300 $491,883 $325,267 $238,677

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Months of cash 2.2 1.3 1.3 0.8 1.0
Months of cash and investments 2.2 1.3 1.3 0.8 1.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.1 4.0 3.0 3.3 0.7
Balance sheet composition info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cash $60,823 $39,962 $49,147 $18,544 $17,499
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $96,950 $150,000 $150,000 $136,000 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $75,440 $75,440 $77,467 $81,769 $81,768
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 97.4% 99.0% 97.6% 93.5% 94.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 46.0% 39.1% 44.6% 47.6% 33.4%
Unrestricted net assets $89,039 $119,197 $114,161 $86,271 $17,798
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $89,039 $119,197 $114,161 $86,271 $17,798

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Founder and Executive Producer

Sean Barlow

Sean Barlow is creator and producer of Afropop Worldwide, the first nationally syndicated program in the U.S. devoted to African music. Barlow studied with a Ghanaian master drummer at Wesleyan in the '70s. He started his public radio career as a volunteer at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he launched the station's first world music program. He began field work for Afropop in ‘85 and has since worked in over 25 countries. He produced the annual (1988-93) Afropop Worldwide Listener's Guide, opening doors for key gatekeepers in the arts and media. He co-authored Afropop: An Illustrated Guide to Contemporary African Music in 1995, and co-produced the documentary film Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions, set near Timbuktu in 2003. He has produced hundreds of Afropop radio programs and served as a mentor to many. He is the lead fundraiser for Afropop, having raised some 10-million dollars from CPB, Ford, Rockefeller, Rockefeller Brothers, NPR, Merck, major donors, others.

Lead Researcher & Editor of

Banning Eyre

Banning Eyre writes and broadcasts about international music, especially contemporary African music. He has traveled to Africa frequently doing research in over 18 countries and written three books on his research there, including the acclaimed In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali(Temple Univ. Press/Serpent's Tail) and Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe(Duke Univ. Press 2015). Eyre reports on world music for NPR's All Things Considered and has produced over 100 one-hour programs for Afropop Worldwide. He is also Senior Editor at Eyre has contributed to a number of international publications, including the Boston Phoenix, Billboard, Guitar Player, Global Rhythm, Village Voice, The Walrusand FRoots. Eyre is also an accomplished guitarist, specializing in African styles, a great asset in his research and reporting for Afropop Worldwide.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 12/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

David Greeley

American International Health Alliance

Timothy Bork

Skye, LLC

Kofi Debanka

LLTL Limited, Stragtegic Advisor

Angelique Kidjo


Youssou N'Dour


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? Not applicable
  • 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 11/15/2022

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/15/2022

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  • 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 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 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.