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
E-mail info@musichavenct.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
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. Mandi Isaacs Jackson
Board Chair Ms. Wendy Marens
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Practice
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $500,000.00
Projected Expenses $461,381.00
Statements
Mission
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.  In 2015 Music Haven hired a new Executive Director, Mandi Isaacs Jackson, whose background in community organizing, music and social action will serve the mission of the organization as it develops its long-term strategies for the future. 
Impact

1) Music Haven was awarded an Artworks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015.

2) Continued high retention rates (85%) and 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[j1] believe their teachers were good role models" and "94% of parents or guardians report noticing their children setting higher expectations of themselves."

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) Through a new project spearheaded by our resident pianist in 2014—NewMusic4Us—Music Haven and our supporters contributed to a kickstarter campaign to fund the commissioning of new compositions for our student piano trio. (see profile video)

Music Haven's objectives for this year are to:

1) Establish a new group class, Music101, to provide the opportunity for students to be introduced to various instruments, musical forms, basic music theory, and group playing as both a pipeline into our one-on-one lessons program and a means of supporting those who have struggled to progress in our established lessons program. This would enable us to bring new students in off of our lengthy waiting list, as well as provide additional attention to those who need more help.

2) Assess and strengthen the programming we offer our current students, especially our new programming for teenagers, and provide access to services such as tutoring, leadership training, and additional workshops and exposure to live musical performances and opportunities for student performance in their own neighborhoods during the afterschool hours.

3) Increase the presence of our world-class musicians and their student ensembles in the community by identifying new opportunities to perform, collaborating with more community groups and city initiatives, and increasing outreach into the community for our existing events, concerts, workshops, and student performances.

Needs 1) Partners/sponsors who are interested in financially supporting our organization through unrestricted gifts and by underwriting our performances -both Haven String Quartet Community Concerts and Youth Performances and our Youth Fellowship Programs.
2) Transportation for our youth
3) Cultivation of individual donors received through our Great Give program.
4) Building plan for new space  - either rent, lease or purchase in our neighborhood.
5) Community building through increased performances within the communities we serve. 
 
 
 
 
 
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
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description

Music101 is designed to provide the opportunity for students to be introduced to various instruments, musical forms, basic music theory, and group playing as both a pipeline into our one-on-one lessons program and a means of supporting those who have struggled to progress in our established lessons program. This would enable us to bring new students in off of our lengthy waiting list, as well as provide additional attention to those who need more help.

Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Dr. Mandi Isaacs Jackson
Term Start July 2015
Email mandi@musichavenct.org
Experience Dr. Mandi Isaacs Jackson received her Ph.D. from Yale University, and is the author of Model City Blues, winner of the 2008 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Award. In 2013, she helped establish New Haven Works, a nonprofit organization connecting local residents to good jobs in the region. She completed her undergraduate work in American Studies at Northwestern University, also studying jazz and improvisation in the School of Music.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 10
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 86
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Dr. Tina Lee Hadari Sept 2006 - June
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, Clifford Beers Trauma Program, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), the New Haven Public Library, Nieghborhood Music School, St. Luke's Steel Drum Band and 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. 

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,  and the Yale Art Gallery 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
Ms. Wendy Marens
Company Affiliation Private Practice
Term May 2015 to May 2017
Email wdmarens@gmail.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Laura Althsul
Ms. Diane Ariker Retired
Dr. Andrew Bedford Gastroenterology Associates
Ms. Cynthia Blessing
Mr. Jay Bright Jay Bright Architect
Ms. Maxine Davis Retired
Ms. Michelle DiMartino Kintera
Ms. Anna Garsten
Dr. Stephanie Halene
Mr. Lawrence Harris Retired
Mr. Peter Hunt Retired
Dr. Marc Mann Whitney Internal Medicine
Ms. Jeanette Morrison
Ms. Mary Mumper Higher One
Ms. Bryna Scherr Retired
Ms. Laura Wilson
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 12
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Building
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Parents
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 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $500,000.00
Projected Expenses $461,381.00
Spending Policy N/A
Documents
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$414,124$269,846$250,354
Government Contributions$43,673$53,809$30,497
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$43,673$53,809$30,497
Individual Contributions------
------
$39,667$19,854$18,202
Investment Income, Net of Losses$886$385--
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$296,430$240,378$193,799
Administration Expense$41,259$32,358$30,873
Fundraising Expense$15,277$14,922$8,989
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.411.201.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%84%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%5%3%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$352,538$201,904$145,764
Current Assets$321,830$186,343$139,152
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$5,250----
Total Net Assets$347,288$201,904$145,764
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountStephen L. Altshul Foundation $70,000Common Sense Fund $35,000Carolyn Foundation $24,200
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCommon Sense Fund $45,000Stephen L. Altshul Foundation $25,000Seymour L. Lustman Memorial Fund $20,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNational Endowment for the Arts $25,000National Endowment for the Arts $25,000Common Sense Fund $20,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities61.30----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments We are currently in the process of doing our first audit as our budget has  exceeded $500,000.
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. Mandi Isaacs Jackson
Board Chair Ms. Wendy Marens
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Practice

 

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