Music Haven
315 Peck Street
Building 5, 2nd Floor
New Haven CT 06513
Contact Information
Address 315 Peck Street
Building 5, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06513-
Telephone (203) 745-9030 x
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Mr. Philip teaching Z'Kiiya
Mei-Lin, a young Discovery Orchestra Student
Mr. Gregory teaching Allegro Orchestra

Music Haven empowers and connects young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance by our resident musicians in the heart of New Haven, giving all kids a chance to play.

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
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Mandi Isaacs Jackson
Board Chair Ms. Wendy Marans
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Practice
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years

Music Haven empowers and connects young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance by our resident musicians in the heart of New Haven, giving all kids a chance to play.


Inspired by Community MusicWorks in Providence, R.I., and Bill Strickland’s Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, P.A., Yale School of Music graduate Tina Lee Hadari founded Music Haven in 2006 in collaboration with generous individual donors in the New Haven region, a small Board of Directors, and the Vinca Quartet.

2006 Music Haven incorporated as a 501c3 organization

2007: First Music Haven students enroll, approximately 20 students - some of those young musicians are still with Music Haven today!

2009: The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presented Music Haven with a “Groundbreakers” award

2011 - 2015

  • Music Haven recognized as a top 50 after-school arts program in the country by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities five years in a row.
  • Featured on National Public Radio and in the New York Times.
  • Received four Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Recognized as a national “arts-in-education star” in Chamber Music America magazine.

2015: Music Haven was named a Champion in Action by Citizen’s Bank

2015 - 2016: Music Haven marks first major programming expansion with the introduction of Music101, an intensive 10-hour-per-week program

2016: Music Haven introduces new collaboration with IRIS to bring workshops and then violin lessons to new refugee children

  • Music Haven moves to a new home in Erector Square, with teachers' studios, practice and rehearsal rooms, a performance space, and a student study lounge.
  • Introduction of our "Discovery Orchestra" program, a 3-day-per-week intensive beginner group for 7-9 year-olds.
2018: Music Haven celebrates our first full cohort of graduates - 7 long-time Music Haven students, who, upon graduation, had spent an average of 7 years in our program (and a total of more than 50 years of lessons, mentoring, group classes, ensembles, concerts and recitals!)    

Since our initial group of 20 students first began playing nearly a decade ago, Music Haven has grown to serve more than 80 students and their families, and has deepened and expanded programming, including workshops and performances throughout the region, and new initiatives to support our kids as they prepare for college.

Music Haven was awarded an Artworks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, as well as an Arts and Community Impact grant from the Connecticut Office for the Arts.


The objectives of our program are not only audible in the recital hall--they are about long-term well-being and success: our goal is for our students to graduate with the confidence, persistence, patience, and social competencies that they develop by learning an instrument from and being mentored by an exceptional teacher over many years, and for their sense of agency and community to be enriched in the process. They take on the challenge, work hard, and excel, not only defying their own initial doubts and expectations, but also defying stereotypes and broadening their own horizons. We are inclusive, focused on making a difference, and grounded in our community.


1) Partners/sponsors who are interested in financially supporting our organization through unrestricted gifts and by underwriting / sponsoring our performances (HSQ concerts, community concerts, the String Quartet Truck, Student Recitals and Performance Parties).

2) Transportation for our students

3) In-kind donation of healthy snacks for our students, as well as catering (wine, cheese, crackers, baked good, entrees) for events and receptions 
CEO Statement

 Music Haven’s musicians—from our ¼ sized violinists to the members of the Haven String Quartet—have taught me a lot about chamber music over the last few years. Their lessons are a refreshing counterpoint to the assertions of many funders and policymakers that we justify investing in music education by demonstrating how it increases test scores, or that we justify public funding for the arts by demonstrating a positive impact on economic development.

In times of crisis, and in communities of struggle, we are told to focus on “basic needs”—the implication being that the connection, creativity, beauty, confidence, and freedom that come from playing music are not basic needs, and kids from low-income neighborhoods don’t need these things as much as they need to “close the achievement gap.” Those who need art the most are always the least likely to have it. Structures of inequality and economic and racial segregation have defined the arts as a privilege, and normalized the idea that they exist to enrich the lives of those who already have the most. Have you ever heard anyone ask an affluent parent to justify a child’s music lessons by demonstrating that they will result in higher test scores?
Our work does improve academic outcomes by developing critical skills, such as focus, persistence, confidence, and social competency. We do have both impressive data, gathered through parent and student evaluations, and also compelling testimony from parents about how involvement in Music Haven has improved behavior, responsibility, self-awareness, confidence, and—yes—grades. That’s important, for sure. But it isn’t the point.
I wish all kids could learn the lessons that I’ve learned about life and chamber music from Music Haven’s students and their teachers over the last few years: It’s about connecting and communicating with each other. It’s about speaking up when something isn’t sounding right—having the courage to tell the truth, and the compassion to tell it in a way that’s generous and constructive. It’s about understanding that you—and only you—will be playing your part, and the others are relying on you to do it right, do it with passion, and do it in a way that’s your own. It’s about understanding that the person next to you is doing the same, and in the same ways it’s hard for you, it’s hard for her, and that sometimes she—like you—will make a mistake, and that she—like you—needs support and patience.
Imagine what the world would look like if these lessons were as central to our education as literacy and math, and if we measured success by how well our students scored on such lessons. Imagine what it would sound like if everyone had a chance to play. 

Board Chair Statement In 2009, I first became aware of Music Haven, when Cindy Mann, a much loved local pediatrician in the area, held a fundraising House Concert for the organization, her brother, Marc Mann having been one of the two founding Board members along with Andy Bedford. I sat mesmerized, side by side with students, (musicians in the making), their siblings and families, and other potential donors. We listened to a world class quartet led by Founder, Tina Hadari, play classical chamber music, we heard beginner students, with perfect form, play Twinkle Twinkle. This wonderfully integrated group of disparate people, myself included,  were hooked, and how I had missed this remarkable gem of a not-for-profit, up until that point, remains a mystery to me to this day. Becoming part of the Music Haven community, with its inspiring mission of providing free instruments, tuition and long term teacher mentoring, to students in underserved areas of New Haven, as a means for community building and development of skills to last a lifetime, is a life changing experience for many, myself included.

I found myself following them around, attending the Haven Quartet’s concert series at the Unitarian Church in Hamden, going to student performances and recitals, and the wonderful music and art collaborations with Yale Art Gallery’s Jessica Sack, and Martin Luther King concerts with St. Luke’s Church Steel Drum band. But most of all, I loved to watch the children, being taught, rehearsing, and performing. I was struck over and over again by the respect, patience and kindness of their teachers, but also by the high expectations that they held for their students. These students were being taught by world class musicians, and in addition to their own lessons, they got to see their teachers play and  practice together, make mistakes, try again, keep at it, watch and guide each other, react, respond, listen and perform. They also had fun……they got to try hip hop, beat box, improv. yoga …they got to hear the symphony, Yo Yo Ma, and jazz.  They improved……they were asked to play at events, and they developed their own orchestra – Harmony in Action and small ensembles like The Phat Orangez.
I joined the board, worked on the Development Committee, and felt energized by the vitality, the commitment, and determination of the Founder and the staff. – musicians and non musician’s alike, and by the children. 

In Fall of 2014, after being recruited to VP by Marc Mann, I stepped gingerly into his large shoes, and took up the role of President of the Board. I also took on the role at a time of great transition, as Tina and Netta decided that their highly successful vision had been realized but that for them it was time to make some changes and move on. The Search that ensued was long, thorough and a great learning experience. It culminated in our securing Mandi Isaacs Jackson, PhD., as the Executive Director who stepped into her role last year as creative and dynamic as the music that is at the heart of the program. This is an exciting time to be a member of the Music Haven community……..inspiring as always…….continuing to grow.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Services
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
New Haven
Music Haven serves students who reside in the city’s Promise Zone neighborhoods - a designation set by the federal government to identify areas of higher poverty.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Bryna Scherr - a long-time supporter, Board member and volunteer teaching piano to our students after school sums it up like this:  

Music Haven's children live in New Haven's inner city and Yale's backyard, but until ten years ago these kids had little opportunity to participate in the community's nourishing music and arts environment.

The founders were inspired to utilize the superb musicians of the Haven String Quartet to provide free string instruments and instrumental lessons for nine hours of private and ensemble instruction for each child every week. The quartet's musicians possess a rare combination of artistry and dedication to their students.

From a handful of young music makers, we've grown to eighty curious, irrepressible students whose shared experience with their ever-encouraging teachers is producing both self confident individuals and an open-minded, mutually responsive and responsible community of peers. Support is contagious!

Last year, Colin Benn, resident violist and volunteers began Music 101, involving both traditional instruments and new; additional ensembles, music theory, conducting, movement for relaxation and further performing opportunities.

In recognition of their desire to reciprocate community support, Music Haven's students continue to perform at The VA Hospital, Smilow Cancer Center, nursing homes, libraries and museums -just about everywhere in our town.

As a board member and particularly as a volunteer in Music 101, I've experienced a reprise of that lovely if fleeting experience of engagement, as with my own children. -a kind of cross-pollination.

Music Haven profoundly appreciates the financial support of a considerable community of friends as well as foundations. In 2015-16, Citizen's Bank designated Music Haven: "A Champion in Action for Strengthening Communities through Youth Empowerment", along with a $35,000.00 award. The National Endowment for the Arts has given funding grants to Music Haven for six consecutive years and has recognized us five years running as one of the Top Fifty After-School programs in the nation.

We and our families are passionate about our commitment to providing a stable, consistent and stimulating environment in which children can participate, flourish, and in turn, contribute.


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 promise zone 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 take place at four different sites: Music Haven’s office, Wexler-Grant Community School in the Dixwell neighborhood, John C. Daniels School in the Hill neighborhood, and Fair Haven School in Fair Haven. Music Haven students participate in one-on-one weekly lessons with one of our professional, conservatory-trained Resident Musicians. Lessons range from 30 minutes for our youngest students to an hour for the oldest and most advanced students. Each student is part of that teacher’s “Studio” and stays with that teachers over the years. Students attend monthly Studio Classes and perform twice per year in Studio Recitals. All Music Haven students participate in group classes, designed to supplement their experience in one-on-one lessons and provide the opportunity to learn and play music together, preparing the for more advanced ensemble experiences such as our student chamber groups and Harmony in Action, our youth chamber orchestra. In the 2016-2017 programming year, Music Haven also launched a new collaboration with IRIS, supported by a grant from the Connecticut Office for the Arts, to provide weekly group instruction on violin to new refugees in IRIS’s after school program.

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

Music Haven’s musicians live, work, learn, and play in New Haven, Connecticut. From student recitals and Haven String Quartet performances in public library branches, to instrument “Petting Zoos” throughout the community, Music Haven makes music part of the fabric of New Haven neighborhoods. Community Concerts: The Haven String Quartet, adjunct Resident Musicians, and young musicians enjoy performing in all corners of New Haven, bringing diverse people together in traditional and nontraditional New Haven venues. Student Recitals and Performances: Through student recitals and twice-annual Performance Parties, our young musicians make a positive contribution through their community by sharing music with others. Student recitals have been performed in the following venues: Ronald McDonald House, Life Haven, 180 Center, Casa Otoñal, Jewish Home for the Aged, Veterans Affairs Hospital, New Haven Free Public Library branches, IRIS

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.

The Haven String Quartet (HSQ) performs in-school assembly or classroom 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.

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.

Examples of educational residency workshops include:

  • “Around the World with the Haven String Quartet”
  • “Whimsy and Caprice: Discovering Humor in Music”
  • “The Art of Conversation in Music”
  • “Music in Motion: Dances from Around the World"

The Haven String Quartet can customize a workshop, concert, or a workshop/concert package to meet the needs of your school or program. They play everything from Bach and Haydn to Duke Ellington and Michael Jackson. Our musicians can work with student-string ensembles, present in-class, curriculum connected workshops relating to concert programs, or present in-school interactive concert with student discussion and participation.

Prices vary based on length and content, but most programs cost between $1200 and $1600 a day for a concert and workshop. The Haven String Quartet can work with you to find a package that fits within your school or organization's budget. Multi-day residencies are also available.

All revenues generated through concerts and workshops support programming at Music Haven.


Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
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

Music101 serves 16 new students each year, providing up to 10 hours per week of high-quality instruction from Senior Resident Musician Colin Benn, as well as professional instruction on percussion, guitar, and bass from part-time Music Haven faculty. Music101 predominantly serves students at Wexler Grant Community School between 3rd and 7th grade. Students are taught not only traditional string methods, but also a variety of other instruments and music styles, including jazz, rock, blues, and reggae, and complete research-based learning projects, developing literacy skills through their passion for music. At the completion of the programming year, Music101 students are eligible to “audition” for Music Haven’s longitudinal lessons programming, and are admitted based on a demonstration of commitment, effort, and passion for studying music.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / /

Harmony in Action is Music Haven’s youth chamber orchestra. Approximately 30 students ranging in age from 11 to 17 participate in Harmony in Action, playing as many as 10 concerts per year, including community performances in soup kitchens, at the VA Hospital, and in neighborhood organizations and festivals. Students are admitted based on ability and age. Harmony in Action rehearses at our Whalley Ave. office on Fridays after school until 5:30pm.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / /

Music Haven has a growing number of student trios, quartets, and quintets, which predominantly feature our more advanced/older students, although quartet members have ranged in from 8 to 17. Each group is coached by one of our Resident Musicians, and performs in a variety of concerts throughout the year, while also undertaking community service projects, such as leading concerts/workshops at the Ronald McDonald House, playing for students at LEAP, or raising funds to support access to education for young girls in India through our “Play it Forward” projects. “PLAY IT FORWARD” PROJECTS: Music Lanterns, HIA social action projects

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / /
Description Music Haven Fellows are leaders, mentors, and ambassadors for Music Haven. They are selected through an application and interview process from among our older students (14 and up), and must demonstrate leadership, commitment, responsibility, and consistent effort on their instruments. They mentor younger students, assist at events, lead public service projects, and speak to and play for audiences in their communities and throughout the region, all while participating in weekly lessons, group classes, and ensembles at Music Haven.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / /

In conjunction with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Haven String Quartet hits the road annually in June on the String Quartet Truck (SQT) to bring music to the streets of New Haven. Each year, the SQT brings as many as 15 free concerts to sites throughout the city, providing access to world-class live performance to an estimated 2500 people each year.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
CEO/Executive Director
Dr. Mandi Isaacs Jackson
Term Start July 2015
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.
Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 68
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Uzbekistan
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Dr. Tina Lee Hadari Sept 2006 - June
Senior Staff
Title Senior Resident Musician, violin, Haven String Quartet
Experience/Biography Yaira Matyakubova has performed in Carnegie Hall with the Silk Road Project in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Pinchas Zuckerman, and she is a tenured member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The Harid Conservatory and her Master’s degree from Rice University in Houston, where she was honored with a President’s Award. Ms. Matyakubova further pursued her musical studies at Yale University from 2003-2005. Her teachers have included Syoko Aki, Kathleen Winkler, Julia Bushkova, and Isaak Reider.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
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, Neighborhood 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.

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
Champions in ActionCitizens Bank2015
Top 50 Finalist for National Arts & Humanities Youth Program AwardPresident's Committee on the National Arts & Humanities2015
Board Chair
Ms. Wendy Marans
Company Affiliation Private Practice
Term May 2015 to May 2019
Board of Directors
Ms. Laura Altshul
Ms. Diane Ariker Retired
Mr. Jay Bright Jay Bright Architect
Ms. Rebecca Frey
Ms. Anna Garsten
Dr. Stephanie Halene
Mr. Lawrence Harris Retired
Dr. Marc Mann Whitney Internal Medicine
Ms. Mary Mumper Higher One
Ms Jamillaah Roberson Whitney Center CNA
Ms. Kafi Rouse
Mr. Joseph Satin Retired
Ms. Bryna Scherr Retired
Ms. Laura Wilson
Ms. Julie Wilson
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $605,000.00
Projected Expenses $605,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Audit Documents
Profit and Loss2015
Profit and Loss2014
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$420,335$435,325$352,538
Current Assets$298,813$412,111$321,830
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$5,250
Total Net Assets$420,335$435,325$347,288
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $60,206Common Sense Fund $50,000Stephen L. Altshul Foundation $70,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCommon Sense Fund $50,000Carolyn Foundation $29,000Common Sense Fund $45,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCity of New Haven $50,000Citizen Bank - Champions in Action $35,000National Endowment for the Arts $25,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
CEO Comments

Music Haven’s budget growth between the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years reflects its first transition in leadership from a founding ED to new leadership and an across-the-board increase in staff salaries to bring them in line with the cost of living in New Haven and the credentials / experience required for Resident Musician staff (all hold Masters’ degrees and are experienced professional musicians). This decision was made with not only the understanding that the most important resource Music Haven has is our outstanding staff, who are exceptionally hard to replace, but also out of a commitment to one of the central elements of our model and our mission: long-term mentoring of our students. They come to us as young as 6 and stay though high school graduation. As much as possible, we want the teachers to stay with them, building teaching and mentoring relationships over the long term. It is also crucial that our Resident Musicians are able to devote as much of their teaching time and attention as possible to our Music Haven students. The latter requires that we ensure a salary that does not require them to take large numbers of private students or additional jobs just to make ends meet. We believe investment in staff is key to long-term success and sustainability, and we have been successful at increasing our grant revenue and donor base to support this new phase of maturity for our organization. 


This year Music Haven will have the opportunity to move to a new space located at Erector Square in New Haven. We anticipate moving to a new home in the summer of 2017, and have planned long-term for this financial transition by restructuring and combining support staff positions such that we can sustain an occupancy budget line more in-line with sector and neighborhood norms (was previously less than 3% of operating budget). 

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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 315 Peck Street
Building 5, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06513
Primary Phone 203 745-9030
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Mandi Isaacs Jackson
Board Chair Ms. Wendy Marans
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Practice


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Greater New Haven is home to a thriving arts community that includes theatre, music, dance and the visual arts. It is invested in its museums, historic preservation and the celebration of its members’ ethnic and cultural diversity.

Nurture Children & Youth

When families, schools and communities take the view that children and youth are valued and respected assets to society, they necessarily support environments that nurture youth development. Children raised to embrace positive social values, to seek self-understanding, and to value their self-worth grow to become community-minded young adults with a sense of belonging and a belief in their resiliency. See how you can help our community's children grow into tomorrow's leaders.

Promote Civic Vitality

Greater New Haven’s vibrancy is linked to its communities’ support of its neighborhoods, public gardens and sports, as well as its commitment to the protection of its people and pets.