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From The Top, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/17/2014: From The Top, Inc.

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Boston, MA
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From The Top, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/17/2014: From The Top, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: FROM THE TOP INC

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Physical Address: Boston, MA 02115 
EIN: 04-3583756
Web URL: www.fromthetop.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A68 Music
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A34 Radio
O Youth Development
O50 Youth Development Programs
Ruling Year: 2002 


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Mission Statement

From the Top celebrates the passion, dedication, and personal stories of the nation's outstanding young classical musicians. Through entertaining radio and television broadcasts, online media, and a national tour of live events and outreach programs, these performers inspire the pursuit of excellence, and encourage participation in the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and civil society.From the Top's training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities in many ways.

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Ms. Jennifer Hurley-Wales

Term:

Since Jan 1999

Profile:

Ms. Hurley-Wales is a co-founder of From the Top and shares the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer with Gerald Slavet. She spent 17 years in arts management prior to the founding of From the Top. In her decade at the New England Conservatory of Music, she was a senior development officer for the $34 million Capital Campaign, and subsequently served as the interim Director of External Affairs and Special Projects Director, identifying collaborations and strategic partnerships for the Conservatory. Jennifer holds a B.A. from Denison University.

Leadership Statement:

As From the Top grows in its second decade, we are committed to shining a spotlight on outstanding young musicians by making great live events, radio, and digital content for our fans worldwide, young and old alike. We continue to branch out in ways not always expressed on our weekly radio broadcast. In 2010-2011 our accomplishments included: *Traveling from Baton Rouge, LA to St Paul, MN and from Rockport, MA to Monterey, CA reaching more than 15,000 live audience members. All of these tapings were later broadcast on nearly 250 stations reaching more than 700,000 fans weekly, and accompanied by multimedia on our website. Wherever we travel, we are welcomed by a community that wants to support a new generation of young artists who are evolving the definition of what a musician can do for society. Through our tour, we continue to find a wide representation of young people who pursue music with passion, dedication, and joy. In every tour stop, we send our young performers into the community to share their music, experiences, and related passions in classrooms and community centers, reaching 3,500 students each season. *Thanks to our partners at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation we selected 20 deserving musicians with financial need to receive our $10,000 scholarship, adding to our 6 year total of $1.4 million in support of 140 young artists. *In the fall of 2010 we teamed up with Carnegie Hall to present the online Big Break Contest. Young musicians were invited to submit a video on YouTube for a chance to win a spot on our radio show and perform at Carnegie Hall. More than 400 young musicians uploaded videos to the contest and 70,000 votes were cast in just 2 weeks. *Through our Center for the Development of Arts Leaders we are able to build on our longstanding commitment to the development of young musicians as instruments of change in their communities. Launched in 2011, our Year-Long Intensive Arts Leadership Program in Boston trained 20 young musicians in leadership development and applied service projects. Participants worked in teams to design and implement service projects at 5 community sites: AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, Conservatory Lab Charter School, Goddard House Assisted Living, Chittick Elementary School, and Roland Hayes School of Music. Collectively they spent over 2,000 hours working with hundreds of school children, elderly, and cancer patients. *Thanks to the generous support of fans nationwide, we fulfill our mission to celebrate the power of music to transform the lives of kids and adults alike. We look forward to many more years of introducing captivating young people to an ever-widening audience and supporting the future of classical music and its role in our society.

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Program: From the Top (Radio) (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,245,302
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Adults

Program Description:

From the Top with host Christopher O'Riley celebrates the energy of America's kids and the power of classical music. The program reaches 700,000 loyal listeners each week on neary 250 radio stations nationwide. More than two thousand young artists ages 8-18 from nearly all 50 states have been featured on the program. We have taped more than 250 broadcasts in America's premier concert halls reaching more than 250,000 audience members in 36 states and fostering community pride in cities big and small.

Program Long-Term Success:

From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians ages 8 to 18 with millions each week to provide a compelling and entertaining window into the world of a diverse group of young people, who pursue life with passion, determination, and joy. Our goal is to inspire young and old alike to pursue excellence, and to support the future of classical music and its role in society.

Program Short-Term Success:

Near term success is measured by the number of young people playing classical music in the United States.

Program Success Monitored by:

The size of our radio show audience via radio station coverage and online listening and live audiences for tapings.

Program Success Examples:

Here is a quote from one of our fans: "My theory is that the kind of music your show features grows everything that's healthy in the human psyche. To be an astonishingly talented young musician is terrific, but even more important is to be a terrific person… Could it be that not even you are aware of the extent of the good work that you do?" -Robert, radio listener

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Budget:
$540,077
Category:
Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served:
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

In conjunction with its live tapings, From the Top prepares its young musicians to connect with new audiences and give back to their communities. This includes bringing its young performers into local schools and community centers for hands-on visits that engage students and audiences with the power of music. From the Top's Center for the Development of Arts Leaders celebrates and supports young musicians through training workshops, professional mentoring, assistance with self-designed school or community projects, outreach placement, and additional support. The young musicians who participate in From the Top's radio show have great potential as role models, and that potential must be nurtured, fully developed, and utilized. Our arts leadership training enables our young artists to recognize and articulate their unique talents and perspectives, create innovative ways to share their music and ideas, and return to their communities empowered as arts leaders. Our Year-Long Intensive Arts Leadership Program, piloted in 2011, is a Boston-based model that links area high school and college students with local partner organizations to implement a community service project that involves music. Over the course of a year, students work with From the Top to develop their project into something that has a powerful impact on these partner organizations and their community at large.

Program Long-Term Success:

From the Top seeks to promote the new definition of the 21st century musician as one who combines artistic mastery and civic engagement.

Program Short-Term Success:

We measure short-term success by the number of young musicians who are trained in our arts leadership programs each year and apply those skills in the community.

Program Success Monitored by:

We use formal outcome evaluations to measure changes in arts leadership knowledge and behavior in the young musicians we work with.

Program Success Examples:

Case scenario: Harpist Angelica Hairston wanted to share the beauty of hearing music, as well as her own experiences, with visually impaired children from her community. She did an interactive presentation for children ages 6 through 12 with Georgia Organization of Parents of Blind Children in June 2011. ""It was great to be able to speak about the (harp) in a manner that doesn't rely on sight. I was able to learn, share, and grow as a person and as a musician through this project. These children do not have sight, but they 'touched' me and experienced my music on a different level. I will always remember the children I met, how they absorbed my music, how they related to the instrument and how special they made me feel.""

Program: Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Awards (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$378,603
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Through the generosity of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, From the Top identifies and awards scholarships of $10,000 to 20 deserving young musicians each year. Chosen from a wide pool of applicants, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists must demonstrate high levels of artistic and academic achievement and financial need. The $10,000 award supports the young artist's musical development and education. For more information about the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, including application materials and other Award recipients, please visit www.fromthetop.org.

Program Long-Term Success:

Through the scholarship, we hope to ensure that our recipients' musical aspirations and future goals aren't cut short due to financial constraints.

Program Short-Term Success:

We measure short-term success by the size of our applicant pool of high-achieving, low-income student musicians.

Program Success Monitored by:

We track data on 1) applicant and recipient demographics (ethnicity, gender, age, geography, instrument, and household income information) and the strength of their musical submissions; and 2) how recipients utilize scholarship funds.

Program Success Examples:

To date, From the Top's Scholarship Department has selected 160 young musicians over the past seven years and has distributed almost $1.5 million in scholarship funds. We have been adaptable over the years, making changes to the program in response to the data to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

Program: Multi-Media Production (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$410,817
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Adults

Program Description:

From the Top's website houses all of our audio and video content as well as materials that support our Arts Leadership programs. In an increasingly digitally-oriented world, From the Top continues to devote attention and resources to video production to generate engaging online content. Significant success has been gained recently through the Big Break Contest on YouTube and our ""Get on the Map"" feature on fromthetop.org - where we experimented with driving traffic from our radio broadcast to our website and vice versa. We utilize staff, performers, and interns as content producers.

Program Long-Term Success:

We strive to make classical music and musicians real and accessible, and to celebrate the cultural accomplishments of the next generation of leaders through the use of our digital platforms.

Program Short-Term Success:

We measure short term success by the amount of content that can be generated by our young artists.

Program Success Monitored by:

We measure our success through the number of uploads we get to our website and YouTube channel, and the number of interactions with our website and social media channels.

Program Success Examples:

From the Top has numerous videos that can be reviewed on its YouTube Channel. http://www.youtube.com/fromthetop
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For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America's best young musicians. Through our radio program, online media, national tour of live events, and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate classical musicians with as broad an audience as possible. To accomplish this, From the Top tapes 18 live broadcasts each year in venues across the country. Hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, each one-hour program presents five young performers or ensembles whose performances are combined with interviews, pre-produced stories, and segments that delve into the young performers' lives and musical insights. Over the years, this has added up to over 250 performances reaching more than 250,000 live audience members in 36 states. These performances are then broadcast to an audience of over 700,000 weekly radio listeners. When From the Top comes to town, it is a community experience. In addition to taping our radio show, we bring our performers off-stage to perform at schools, community centers, and other local organizations. From the Top's Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL) engages every performer on our show in an Arts Leadership Orientation, which inspires them to use their talents to advocate for the arts in schools, teach music to others, raise money for charitable causes, and engage others in their community. In addition to its national reach, From the Top is rooted in and committed to Boston. Our Year-Long Intensive Arts Leadership Program, part of CDAL, works with an annual cohort of twenty inspiring, talented, and entrepreneurial young musicians from Boston-area high schools and colleges. With the guidance of mentors who are outstanding musicians with strong experience in community action and education, the youth learn mastery in arts leadership skills by working in teams to develop and implement a year-long project to benefit a community based organization.
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