Music Haven
P.O. Box 207332
New Haven CT 06520
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 207332
New Haven, CT 06520-
Telephone (203) 745-9030 x
Fax 203-N/A
E-mail info@musichavenct.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
“At Music Haven, I learned that music is not just about playing an instrument; it’s also about helping a lot of other individuals in need and doing a lot of extraordinary things for people.”
 
—Chris B., age 12, cello participant in Music Haven.
 
Music Haven’s mission is to build a vibrant urban community through music education and performance that transforms the lives of children, families, and musicians.
 
Nationally recognized by the President's Committee on the National Arts and Humanities, the New York Times, and Chamber Music America for its innovative model, Music Haven's mission is centered upon the permanent residency of the Haven String Quartet (HSQ). All members of the quartet provide intensive, longitudinal, tuition-free after-school programming to youth in the most underserved neighborhoods in New Haven, CT. The quartet also performs in both traditional and non-traditional venues all over the state and curates workshops, concerts, and events in Greater New Haven.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2006
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Tina Lee Hadari
Board Chair Dr. Marc Mann
Board Chair Company Affiliation Whitney Internal Medicine
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $386,720.00
Statements
Mission
“At Music Haven, I learned that music is not just about playing an instrument; it’s also about helping a lot of other individuals in need and doing a lot of extraordinary things for people.”
 
—Chris B., age 12, cello participant in Music Haven.
 
Music Haven’s mission is to build a vibrant urban community through music education and performance that transforms the lives of children, families, and musicians.
 
Nationally recognized by the President's Committee on the National Arts and Humanities, the New York Times, and Chamber Music America for its innovative model, Music Haven's mission is centered upon the permanent residency of the Haven String Quartet (HSQ). All members of the quartet provide intensive, longitudinal, tuition-free after-school programming to youth in the most underserved neighborhoods in New Haven, CT. The quartet also performs in both traditional and non-traditional venues all over the state and curates workshops, concerts, and events in Greater New Haven.
Background Inspired by Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, and Bill Strickland’s Manchester Guild in Pittsburgh, Yale School of Music graduate Tina Lee Hadari founded Music Haven in 2006. Convinced that a professional string quartet could contribute to social change in New Haven’s urban communities, she created the opportunity for a string quartet to teach and perform in four of the city's most underserved neighborhoods.
Impact
Our top accomplishments in recent years:
 
1) For four years in a row, Music Haven has been recognized as one of the top 50 after-school arts programs in the country by the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities
2) Music Haven was awarded an Artworks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
3) Continued high retention rates (85%) attendance rates (90%) in our After-school Lessons Program and positive results from end-of-year surveys, such as "100% of participants report that they believe their teachers were good role models" and "94% of parents or guardians report noticing their children setting higher expectations of themselves."
4) Individual giving to Music Haven has increased by 34% over the last three years, representing progress towards our financial sustainability goals outlined in our last strategic plan.
5)  Music Haven has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Public TV, and National Public Radio as an innovative organization using the arts to provide opportunities, access, and hope for families in low-income neighborhoods.
 

Music Haven's objectives for this year are to:
 
1) Reduce our long waiting list and expand the number of students and families we serve.
2) Assess and strengthen the programming we offer our current students, especially our new programming for teenagers.
3) Increase the presence of our world-class musicians in the community by employing more administrative support and leveraging volunteers.
 
These are all goals that increase our ability to improve the quality of life and brightness of the future of youth of the most economically depressed areas of New Haven.
Needs 1) Partners who are interested in financially supporting our organization through unrestricted funds.
2) Transportation for our youth
3) Corporate sponsors to underwrite our performances (both Haven String Quartet Community Concerts and Youth Performance Parties with audiences between 200-250 people) for $4,000 each.
CEO Statement
Maxine Greene says the arts deliver “extraordinary experiences that awaken our imagination. And only with the power of that imagination can we create a better society.”
 
This is the inspiration behind Music Haven. We take a professional string quartet, and we share this with New Haven's urban community, because we think it is an extraordinary experience. Everyone in our organization can attest to how playing music together has “awakened our imaginations,” but it has also taught us innumerable other skills – beyond the skills of discipline and creativity that one learns from playing by oneself, playing with other people teaches you the kinds of skills that build a better community -- better communication, a sense of responsibility, a sense that you belong to something larger than yourself, problem solving, negotiating, listening, sharing. It also inevitably creates a more expanded vision of one can achieve, and so we believe that being a part of Music Haven encourages our students and professional musicians to go out and see the world in a different way.
 
This kind of significant and substantial transformation is only possible, because our professional musicians mentor our youth longitudinally from when they enroll at age 6,7,8 years old all the way until college. Music Haven becomes a second family for all of our youth, as they spend years growing with us and with each other.
 
In our target neighborhoods, youth are 12 times more likely to drop out of school, 14 times more likely to be arrested for violence, and 37 times more likely to become a teen mother (according to the CT Dept of Education, Public Health, and Public Safety). Poor children face a myriad of inequities growing up in New Haven; but the real tragedy of poverty is when kids don't feel like the world has much to offer them, and that they don't have much to offer the world.
 
Music Haven creates a dramatically different environment. All Music Haven musicians (both youth and professionals) are constantly developing the kinds of skills that will ultimately lead them to feel like they have something to offer the world. Through a focus on service and sustained long-term mentorship, Music Haven fosters the development of empathy as well as other crucial skills (such as self-regulation, delayed gratification, focus, curiosity, resilience, and persistence) that lead to healthy, productive lives. Most importantly, Music Haven provides everyone with a supportive “second family” in which everyone can safely fail, learn, and ultimately succeed.
Board Chair Statement In 2006 I received an email announcing Tina's visionary proposal to bring to New Haven an exciting young string quartet to perform and give free instruction to kids in our distressed neighborhoods. Without a moment's hesitation I signed up to be a co-founding member of Music Haven, ultimately becoming President of the Board.

As an amateur string player for whom the high point of every year was (and continues to be) a week at music camp, I already knew that music had the power to unleash individual and collective creativity and build a supportive community of children and adults from different ethnic backgrounds. I had played in an ensemble with a young man from center-city Dallas who went on to become a professional musician. Another participant studied viola at Community MusicWorks in Providence (the organization that inspired Music Haven), and was developing her leadership and speaking skills as a new board member there.

It has been exhilarating to watch the young students of Music Haven blossom in self-confidence, musicianship, and maturity under the mentorship of its dedicated musicians. The Haven String Quartet has inspired enthusiastic audiences in diverse venues around town. Students perform at most of these events, to the delight of family, friends and
supporters.

On weekday mornings, people passing by our headquarters at 117 Whalley Avenue may stop in to hear the Haven String Quartet rehearsing. On Friday afternoons after a student orchestra rehearsal finishes, Music Haven headquarters is often packed with student and adult volunteers. They may be stuffing an appeal letter written by a Music Haven student to go out to our 900+ individual supporters, or they may be listening student cellists playing their latest pieces, or perhaps even having a party in honor of the volunteer "practice buddies."

I have been fortunate to have the support of an outstanding Board of Directors, including some who seem to devote as much time and creativity guiding and promoting Music Haven as they do to their professions. We are deeply indebted to the Community Foundation for the confidence it has shown in us and its steadfast support, as well as its tremendous educational resources that inspire us as an organization to do our very best to build community through mentorship and music.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Services
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development NEC
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
New Haven
The Haven String Quartet brings people together for performances from all over the Greater New Haven area and beyond.
 
Music Haven's after-school programming draws exclusively from youth who reside in the Newhallville, Dixwell, Dwight, Hill, West Rock and Fair Haven neighborhoods of New Haven.
Programs
Description

The After-School Lessons Program is the heart of Music Haven.

The members of the Haven String Quartet provide tuition-free individual lessons and group classes in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, improvisation, chamber music, musicianship, and orchestra. Through weekly instruction, teachers strive to empower their students with valuable tools to expand opportunities for discipline, creativity, self-expression, teamwork, and perseverance, while developing the long-term mentoring relationships that are Music Haven’s approach to building community.

The program, including musical instruments, is completely free for participants and is open to youth who reside in the Dixwell, Hill, Dwight,  Newhallville, West Rock or Fair Haven  neighborhoods of New Haven.

Each child is selected on a first-come, first-serve basis and is encouraged to continue through high school, once enrolled.

The lessons and classes take place at two different sites: the Wexler-Grant School in the Dixwell community and the John C. Daniels School in the Hill community.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / At-Risk Populations / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
By the end of one programmatic year:
  1. 80% of youth report that they work harder at things they want to accomplish because of Music Haven
  2. 80% of youth feel more creative because of Music Haven
  3. 80% of youth report they they are better at working in a team because of Music Haven
  4. 80% of youth report that they can communicate better because of Music Haven
  5. 80% of youth report they get along more with different kinds of people because of Music Haven
  6. 80% of youth report they like to help others more because of Music Haven
  7. 80% of youth report that they are better at solving problems because of Music Haven
  8. 80% report that they are better at giving feedback (both praise and criticism) because of Music Haven 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Positive change in all of our students and musicians is evident from year to year as they mature into confident, creative, disciplined thinkers;
however, our intensive, longitudinal mentoring approach between teachers and students is essential to fulfilling our most important and critical mission of transforming an urban community through music. The steps towards this broad mission that we envision in the future include creating more opportunities for our youth to perform for social justice causes, developing more leadership opportunities for our youth, and supporting our families by connecting them to other resources or services in the community.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. At the end of the programmatic year, Music Haven takes the time to evaluate all programs over two weeks in May-June. Surveys are distributed to the Music Haven staff, board, parents and students, and the results are documented and disseminated.

Although Music Haven staff record student attendance rates (90%), retention rates from year to year (86%), and track and measure the proficiency level that students gain on their instruments over the course of the school year, the most important component of our evaluation process are our student portfolios.

Every year, students record their personal future aspirations and collect materials that document progress towards these goals. Portfolios can include music that the student masters, student writings about Music Haven events and experiences, teachers’ written comments, parents’ reactions to progress, and student self-evaluations about changes that occurred over the year. Many of our youth have reported achieving important personal victories by attaining the goals of consistent daily practice, performing on stage in community concerts for audiences of several hundred people, or learning new repertoire that expanded their range of skills.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Examples of how Music Haven is already achieving results include:
  1. 94% of parents or guardians report noticing their children setting higher expectations of themselves.
  2. 92% of participants report that they have learned to work harder at things they want to accomplish.
  3. 86% of youth report that Music Haven has helped them feel more comfortable working in a team
“Music Haven and Point CounterPoint have taught me that if I push myself, I can achieve almost anything.”
 
-Tatiana, violin participant in Music Haven, and recipient of a scholarship to Point CounterPoint Music Camp
 
“William is living proof that music changes lives. Music Haven has given him such a good foundation for his future. It challenges him to really think about things. And his behavior has changed so much that it gives our family more peace.”
 
-Tammy, mother of William, violist participant in Music Haven
 
Description The Haven String Quartet, in addition to teaching in the Empowerment Zone neighborhoods of New Haven, performs in concert halls, schools, youth centers, retirement centers, hospitals, libraries, soup kitchens, parking spaces, secure facilities, shelters, theaters, community centers, and churches across New England. Community concerts bring diverse people together in traditional and non-traditional New Haven venues to experience and enjoy the power of live chamber music.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Over the course of a season (September to July) the Haven String Quartet and Music Haven students perform over 30 concerts, at least a third of which take place in the Newhallville, Dixwell, Dwight, or Hill neighborhoods, where we anchor our After-School Lessons Program.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Ultimate success will be achieved when our community concerts audiences consist of diverse populations who connect across barriers because of their love of music.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Audience feedback surveys
Number of new audience members
Number of returning audience members
 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Music Haven's Haven String Quartet concerts have been described by some audience members as "one of the best musical experiences that New Haven has to offer."
 
Our audience for community concerts has been building in numbers from year to year,  with our most recent successful concerts attracting hundreds of adults and families of all racial, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds.
 
 
 
 
 
Description

The Haven String Quartet performs and teaches through in-school assembly programs to bring the excitement of live performance to school audiences. All the quartet’s programs combine performance, demonstration and participation elements. Music Haven’s teaching artists weave interactive learning opportunities and educational substance into 45-minute performances.

Examples of educational residency workshops include:

1)“The Art of Musical Conversation”
2)“Giraffes Can’t Dance and Other Stories”
3)“A Trip Around the World with the HSQ”
4)“Finding Your Voice”

Each workshop introduces the string instrument family and explores concepts of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving methods. Workshops often also include illustrations of non-verbal communication within the quartet and explorations of emotions, textures, and imagery inspired by music. Through a combination of interactive activities, story-telling, and music, the HSQ connects musical ideas with academic, social, and cultural learning concepts.

Population Served / /
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Over the course of a year, 90% of the teachers whose classrooms participated in our assembly or classroom workshop will state that it is a valuable learning opportunity for students and an experience that enhances and connects to curriculum.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
  1. Feedback surveys completed by partnering school teachers and administrators
  2. Demand for the workshops by schools and school teachers
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Over the course of many years, 98% of the school administrators and teachers we have worked with have responded that our workshops have been valuable and enhanced their students' understanding of curricular subjects.
 
"Students gained a deeper understanding of the art of music and how it affects so many different people in various parts of our world. They also learned about the experience of immigration, and this session helped them gain a better appreciation of it from a direct resource which they carried on to their own research and learning experience. Student learning was clearly evident in classroom discussions, and student work requiring critical thinking skills that followed in those weeks after the workshop."  -- a teacher at John C. Daniels School
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program Comments
CEO Comments According to the Connecticut Departments of Education, Public Health, and Public Safety, youth living in Connecticut’s poorest communities (of which Music Haven’s target neighborhoods are a part) are 12 times more likely to drop out of school, 14 times more likely to be arrested for violence, and 37 times more likely to become a teen mother. Poor children face a myriad of inequities growing up in New Haven’s urban neighborhoods, and this environment plays a large role in the message being sent to these children: that they are inferior or that they deserve less.
 
One of the core principles of Music Haven’s approach is to send a dramatically different message. With little to no access to after-school programs in these neighborhoods, Music Haven provides opportunities that convey to the residents of these communities that they deserve to experience the best. They deserve access to excellent music education and world-class performances by master teachers and musicians, not by leaving their neighborhoods, but by coming to their neighborhoods’ centers. Music Haven’s goal is to change the messages youth are receiving about the quality they deserve with the philosophy that this shift in vision changes the expectations youth have for themselves. Only then will they awaken to the realization that they deserve the best not only in music, but from their schools and programs, and that they deserve the opportunity to pursue the brightest futures. 
 
 
CEO/Executive Director
Dr. Tina Lee Hadari
Term Start Nov 2006
Email tinahadari@musichavenct.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 18
Staff Retention Rate 83%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Collaborations
Music Haven recognizes the importance of building partnerships in order to maximize the impact of our work in the community. To that end, Music Haven has established strong relationships with the New Haven Public Schools, Yale School of Music, Community Mediation, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), the New Haven Public Library, and myriad other nonprofit organizations in the community.
 
The New Haven Public Schools  provides funding along with space at the John C. Daniels School and the Wexler Grant School. Music Haven staff also frequently discuss our participants' progress with New Haven Public School administrators and teachers.
 
Yale School of Music provides guest artists for student workshops and hosts many of our participants in its summer Morse Music Academy. 
 
Community Mediation has co-created a new program with us called "Harmony in Action," in which our students develop musical leadership and social leadership skills through musical service-learning projects.
 
SCSU provides performance opportunities in its Garner Recital Hall.
 
Other  organizations, such as the New Haven Public Libraries, Smilow Cancer Hospital, the Institute Library, the Arts and Ideas Festival, Yale Art Gallery, and START Bank have all provided us with valuable performance opportunities.

 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Groundbreakers AwardArts Council of Greater New Haven2008
Top 50 Finalist for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program AwardPresident's Committee on the National Arts and Humanities2011
Top 50 Finalist for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program AwardPresident's Committee on the National Arts and Humanities2012
Top 50 Finalist for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program AwardPresident's Commmitee on the National Arts and Humanities2013
Top 50 Finalist for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program AwardPresident's Committee on the National Arts and Humanities2014
Board Chair
Dr. Marc Mann
Company Affiliation Whitney Internal Medicine
Term Sept 2006 to Aug 2015
Email marcmann@comcast.net
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Laura Althsul
Ms. Diane Ariker Retired
Dr. Andrew Bedford Gastroenterology Associates
Jay Bright Jay Bright Architect
Ms. Margaret Burney Community Volunteer
Ms. Maxine Davis Retired
Michelle DiMartino Kintera
Ms. Anna Garsten
Dr. Tina Hadari Music Haven
Ms. Wendy Marans Yale School of Medicine
Mr. Richard Resch Retired
Ms. Bryna Scherr Retired
Marilyn Smith AT&T
Ms. Laura Wilson
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 11
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Commercial General Liability
Accident and Injury Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Medical Health Insurance
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Thomas Duffy Yale School of Music
Willie Ruff Yale School of Music
Sebastian Ruth Community MusicWorks
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30 2014
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $386,720.00
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 990EZ2010
Form 990EZ2009
Form 9902008
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$269,846$250,354$198,544
Government Contributions$53,809$30,497$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$53,809$30,497--
Individual Contributions------
------
$19,854$18,202$10,905
Investment Income, Net of Losses$385--$9
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$240,378$193,799$151,277
Administration Expense$32,358$30,873$21,642
Fundraising Expense$14,922$8,989$5,182
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.281.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%83%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%3%3%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$201,904$145,764$80,372
Current Assets$186,343$139,152$74,069
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$201,904$145,764$80,372
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments An independent audit has not been required thus far, because Music Haven's gross revenues have never exceeded $500,000 in any given fiscal year.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation.  Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address P.O. Box 207332
New Haven, CT 06520
Primary Phone 203 745-9030
Contact Email info@musichavenct.org
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Tina Lee Hadari
Board Chair Dr. Marc Mann
Board Chair Company Affiliation Whitney Internal Medicine

 

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