Arts, Culture, and Humanities

From The Top, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • www.fromthetop.org

Mission Statement

From the Top celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people:Unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the artsTrumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich livesInspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music

Main Programs

  1. NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley
  2. Center for the Development of Arts Leaders
  3. Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
  4. See the Music
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 1999

Self-reported

Ms. Jennifer Hurley-Wales

Co Principal Officer since 1999

Self-reported

Mr. Gerald Slavet

Keywords

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FTT, music, kids, radio, arts education

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EIN

04-3583756

 Number

3077810616

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Radio (A34)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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From the Top's top four accomplishments from our 2014-2015 season: Recorded 16 episodes, including our 300th episode, of NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley featuring 247 young musicians in towns and cities across the country before live audiences.Celebrated 10 years, 200 scholarship recipients, and $2 million in scholarships awarded to young musicians with significant financial need through the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award program. Piloted our first weeklong arts residency program, independent of our radio program, for school-aged kids in the economically-distressed region of Appalachian Kentucky.Piloted a new video series that included full-length music videos, comedy shorts, and artist profiles. (Following the pilot program's success, From the Top officially launched the See the Music program in 2016.)From the Top's overarching goal for our 2015-2016 season is to make significant strides towards tripling our audience and doubling the number of young musicians we serve by 2018. Key strategies we are using to meet this goal include: Investing more resources in our See the Music online video program, including releasing original content weekly. Increasing our visibility in our hometown of Boston through press, social media, and strategic partnerships.Increasing the number of young musicians applying to our key programs: From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley, the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and CDAL Boston. Establishing friends groups in key markets including Boston and New York City.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley is the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio, reaching an average of 500,000 people each week on more than 200 NPR stations. Each episode features at least five extraordinary young musicians, ages 8-18, performing a broad range of classical music. Host Christopher O'Riley accompanies and interviews performers, drawing out their inspiring, touching, and often humorous insights. The performers reflect the diversity of the United States, representing all socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, and geographic locations.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,215,764.00

Program 2

Center for the Development of Arts Leaders

The Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL) prepares young musicians to be instruments of positive change in their communities. In Boston and with the national tour, From the Top musicians explore their individual leadership pathways while planning and delivering programs to diverse audiences - schools, senior centers, hospitals, and museums - reaching thousands of people each year. All performers on our radio program are required to take part in CDAL. The performers participate in an intensive arts leadership orientation during which they explore leadership concepts, communication strategies, and audience engagement techniques. The musicians then lead interactive presentations, performances, and other outreach and education events in the communities where our tour stops. In our hometown, CDAL Boston takes the form of a year-long program that annually recruits talented young local musicians for on-going, music-focused outreach programs with educational and social service organizations.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

$513,753.00

Program 3

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Since 2005, From the Top has partnered with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to annually distribute Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Awards to 20 extraordinary young musicians who demonstrate significant financial need. In addition to providing these young artists with an opportunity to perform on a national broadcast of NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley and participate in our CDAL program, we award recipients a scholarship of up to $10,000 to support advanced musical studies, the purchase of high-quality instruments, or other musical needs. We nurture and empower these kids because we believe financial need should never hold a young musician back.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$502,540.00

Program 4

See the Music

Starring inspiring young musicians, From the Top's video series See the Music includes classical covers, classical/pop mashups, humorous shorts, musician profiles, and behind-the-scene clips. Distributed on YouTube and social media, the videos are an innovative way to reach millions of people with the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

College Aged (18-26 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$100,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

Funding Needs

From the Top's top most pressing needs include support to: Diversify our programming in order to reach and engage a younger, tech-saavy generation. Develop new and innovative ways to build relationships with radio show listeners. Grow our Center for the Development of Arts Leaders program, including for our newly established Arts Leadership Grant Award. Move into new office space that better meets the needs of our growing organization.

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FROM THE TOP INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Jennifer Hurley-Wales

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Gerald Slavet

BIO

Jennifer Hurley-Wales is a co-founder of From the Top. Jennifer spent her career working in many areas of arts management. In her decade at the New England Conservatory of Music, she was a senior development officer for a major 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 BA from Denison University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jeffrey F. Rayport

Castanea Partners

Term: July 2015 - June 2018

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