Manchester Community Music School

Manchester, NH   |
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Manchester Community Music School

EIN: 02-0376586


Manchester Community Music School Mission: Changing lives through the power of learning, sharing and making music. MCMS serves over 1,200 individuals each year through a wide array of programs including early childhood classes, private lessons, the largest youth ensemble program north of Boston, the most comprehensive Suzuki program in the state, summer camps, and a well-established music therapy program. Our students and clients range in age from 6 months old to 90 years young, and attend the school from 54 New Hampshire communities. MCMS is committed to ensuring that anyone wishing to study music or benefit from music therapy services can regardless of their financial situation. Since its founding, MCMS has awarded over $1,495,000 in need-based financial aid to over 5,600 students.

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Executive Director

Bianca Garcia

Main address

2291 Elm Street

Manchester, NH 03104 USA

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Subject area info


Performing arts education

Medical support services

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Health Support Services (E60)

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?

Private Music Lessons

MCMS offers instruction on all instruments including voice for students of all ages and all levels of ability. Lessons are taught by professional music educators and musicians and are geared to meet the goals of the individual student. In additional to the traditional method of instruction, the Music School also offers the most comprehensive Suzuki program in the state.

Population(s) Served

The Music School has the largest youth ensemble program north of Boston. It encompasses 3 orchestras, a jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, honors brass ensemble as well as a variety of chamber groups.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Understanding the profound ways in which music therapy can impact the lives of individuals with special needs, the Manchester Community Music School launched the first music school supported music therapy program in New Hampshire in the fall of 2006. Since its inception, MCMS has serviced over 2,000 children and adults with special needs. Today, MCMS employs 4 Board Certified Music Therapists and provides services to approximately 250 children, teens and adults each week both in-house and through partnerships with public school districts, hospitals, social service agencies, day and after school programs and senior communities, and other nonprofit programs.

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Manchester Community Music School
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31
Financial documents
2022 H
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 0.48 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Manchester Community Music School

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Manchester Community Music School

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 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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Manchester Community Music School

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Manchester Community Music School’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 -$4,271 $69,896 $98,278 $135,728 $226,833
As % of expenses -0.4% 7.4% 10.6% 14.3% 21.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$40,645 $32,497 $61,392 $102,340 $192,309
As % of expenses -4.1% 3.3% 6.4% 10.4% 17.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,029,916 $1,094,700 $1,031,158 $1,138,182 $1,577,243
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.6% 6.3% -5.8% 10.4% 38.6%
Program services revenue 66.7% 66.1% 65.6% 55.5% 46.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 1.9% 0.8% 2.2% 2.3% 3.4%
All other grants and contributions 27.9% 29.2% 28.0% 39.4% 48.7%
Other revenue 3.5% 3.7% 4.1% 2.7% 1.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $951,401 $943,390 $927,642 $952,207 $1,037,036
Total expenses, % change over prior year 1.7% -0.8% -1.7% 2.6% 8.9%
Personnel 74.4% 75.9% 75.4% 73.3% 70.5%
Professional fees 1.9% 1.9% 3.1% 3.3% 3.1%
Occupancy 6.3% 5.4% 5.7% 5.5% 6.6%
Interest 2.1% 1.9% 1.6% 1.5% 1.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 15.3% 14.9% 14.2% 16.4% 18.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $987,775 $980,789 $964,528 $985,595 $1,071,560
One month of savings $79,283 $78,616 $77,304 $79,351 $86,420
Debt principal payment $48,262 $27,623 $14,911 $15,477 $15,437
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $43,348 $67,650
Total full costs (estimated) $1,115,320 $1,087,028 $1,056,743 $1,123,771 $1,241,067

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.5 1.8 3.7 5.8 6.7
Months of cash and investments 1.4 2.8 4.8 7.1 7.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -1.8 -1.5 -0.4 0.5 2.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $37,018 $144,264 $285,975 $462,763 $581,522
Investments $70,944 $72,738 $82,576 $98,549 $86,247
Receivables $48,563 $74,995 $113,446 $68,680 $263,519
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,218,559 $1,210,885 $1,209,514 $1,252,862 $1,283,980
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 39.4% 40.6% 43.3% 44.5% 43.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 60.9% 53.9% 53.6% 47.0% 28.2%
Unrestricted net assets $222,091 $254,588 $315,980 $418,320 $610,629
Temporarily restricted net assets $63,461 $145,248 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $67,498 $67,498 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $130,959 $212,746 $227,309 $286,010 $582,259
Total net assets $353,050 $467,334 $543,289 $704,330 $1,192,888

Key data checks

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

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Executive Director

Bianca Garcia

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Manchester Community Music School

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Manchester Community Music School

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Mark Cross-Powers

Little House Capital

Board co-chair

Craig Garner

Stephen Eldridge & Company

Hannah Karamanoogian

Sage Consulting

Martin Fletcher

Alumni Ventures

Laura Gamache

Keller Williams Realty

Aimee Kereage

Manchester Proud

Brendan Peterson

PowerHouse Consulting

Greg Powers

Keller Williams Realty

Chris Kinnear


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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2024

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