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Rising Artist Foundation Inc

A NONPROFIT GRANT SYSTEM FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS IN THE US.

aka The Rising Artist Foundation   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  https://risingartistfoundation.org/

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Rising Artist Foundation Inc

EIN: 84-3585277


Mission

THE RISING ARTIST FOUNDATION ELEVATES A BROAD SPECTRUM OF VOICES IN AMERICAN MUSIC. THE ORGANIZATION FOSTERS CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH IN THE EARLY STAGES OF A MUSICIAN'S CAREER TO NURTURE UNCOMPROMISING ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Ben Rafson

Managing Director

Nereya Otieno

Main address

952 Saint Marks Ave Apt D7

Brooklyn, NY 11213 USA

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EIN

84-3585277

Subject area info

Artists' services

Arts education

Public arts

Composition

Musical ensembles and groups

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Population served info

Young adults

People of Middle Eastern descent

People of Asian descent

People of African descent

People of European descent

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NTEE code info

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Principal Grant

Our principal grant gives emerging artists the tools to build a foundation for a fruitful, creative and healthy career.

With our program, artists receive a two-year grant with guaranteed income, health insurance, professional guidance and creative development to support their career growth.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Artists and performers

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.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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

Rising Artist Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Rising Artist Foundation Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Rising Artist Foundation Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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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Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ben Rafson

Specialized in artist management and development since 2010, Ben has secured over $1M in grants, run multiple record labels and driven award-winning creative partnerships.

Managing Director

Nereya Otieno

Nereya has spearheaded narrative branding, communications and creative strategy in arts nonprofits across the US and Europe since 2009.

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Rising Artist Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Adam Farrell

Loma Vista Records

Term: 2020 -

Jake Friedman

Crush Music

Jane Thornton Jones

The Flora L. Thornton Foundation

Taja Cheek

Artist

Moses Sumney

Artist

Binta Niambi Brown

omalily projects

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 2/1/2024

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2024

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 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.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.