Music to Life Inc

Revolutionizing the role that musicians play in social change & musical innovation for the issues of our time

aka Music to Life   |   WILDER, VT   |
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Music to Life Inc

EIN: 82-0938729


Music to Life (MtL) is a U.S.-based nonprofit, born from the activism and music of Noel Paul Stookey (of the 1960’s folk trio, Peter, Paul & Mary) and his daughter, Liz—to connect socially conscious musicians with the resources needed to realize their bold visions for community change. MtL offers a coordinated ecosystem of services where musicians of all genres can find community, training and technical assistance around their calling as change agents.

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Co-Founder and Executive Director

Elizabeth Stookey Sunde

Main address

PO BOX 409


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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Human rights

Population served info

Artists and performers


NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Management & Technical Assistance (R02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

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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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Musician Changemaker Accelerator (MCA)

The Musician Changemaker Accelerator (MCA) - first incubator of its kind to help musicians develop sustainable, music-driven programs for communities facing persistent economic, environmental and racial injustices.

- MCA Workshop (local/regional): A live ‘deep-dive’ business-skills session where musicians receive training in proposal development and mobilizing support

- MCA Academy (national): An online 8-month program, connecting musicians around the country with entrepreneurial business training, mentorship and other resources that support their work as change agents in their communities

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Initiatives to help musicians promote and share their talents and stories of community change, such as:

- Artist Showcases: online/live engagements featuring Juried Artists’ music and stories

- Speakers Bureau: connects Juried Artists with paid professional speaking and workshop opportunities for corporate, nonprofit, and academic clients

- HOPE RISES: album featuring grassroots social change talent across the country

- Songs Across America (proposed): an episodic broadcast series that travels the country, exploring the stories and impact of grassroots musicians and their visions for community change

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Connecting artists with each other and seasoned mentors as well as opportunities to collaborate and learn.

- Changemaker Exchange: bi-monthly online dialogue between thought leaders & musicians

- Melody Unchained: bi-monthly newsletter with performance, educational, and funding resources

- Affinity groups: monthly/quarterly gatherings of Workshop and/or Academy grads

- Sessions for Justice: hands on teaching model connecting college media students with social change musician leaders in a live production setting.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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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 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

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  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Music to Life Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 0.00 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 0 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 10% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Music to Life Inc

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

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Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $0
As % of expenses 0.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $0
As % of expenses 0.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $311,397
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 97.6%
Other revenue 2.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $114,543
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 33.3%
Professional fees 23.1%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 43.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $114,543
One month of savings $9,545
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $124,088

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Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 0.0
Months of cash and investments 0.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $0
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $0

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

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Co-Founder and Executive Director

Elizabeth Stookey Sunde

As the daughter of Noel “Paul” Stookey (of the 1960’s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary), Elizabeth Stookey Sunde spent her childhood surrounded by music artists who dedicated themselves and their music to contemporary causes, and she witnessed the profound capacity of that music to transform audiences. This experience fueled her desire to become a changemaker herself. Leveraging her 25 year career as a consultant to a variety of large and small nonprofit organizations, Sunde and her father founded Music to Life, a nonprofit organization that builds on the strong historical legacy of social movements’ intentional use of music to educate, recruit, and mobilize. As Music to Life’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sunde guides Music to Life's national team of advisors and connects with the most influential activist artists of our time to develop music-driven programming that builds community around contemporary causes such as environmental rights, human rights, and immigrants' rights.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 05/14/2024
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Board chair

Noel Paul Stookey


Organizational demographics

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