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. From the Top (Radio)
  2. Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (Education)
  3. Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Awards
  4. Multi-Media Production

service areas

National

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ruling year

2002

chief executive for fy 1999

Ms. Jennifer Hurley-Wales

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co-chief executive for fy 1999

Mr. Gerald Slavet

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Keywords

FTT, music, classical, kids, youth, leadership, education, radio, television

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EIN

04-3583756

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

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.

Programs

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

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Program 1

From the Top (Radio)

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 300 broadcasts in America's premier concert halls across the country reaching diverse audiences and fostering community pride in cities big and small.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Budget

$1,245,302.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Program 2

Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (Education)

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.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Budget

$540,077.00

Population Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 3

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Awards

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Budget

$378,603.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Program 4

Multi-Media Production

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Budget

410, 817

Population Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

service areas

National

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Funding Needs

From the Top raises funds to supplement earned revenue made from our broadcast, national radio taping tour, and textbook royalties. Thanks to the contributions of individual donors and foundations, From the Top brings outstanding musical performances and inspiring stories to hundreds of thousands of listeners a week. Each season over 20,000 audience members in cities all over the country see the program live, and we visit school and community organizations in the cities where we perform. Our current fundraising needs center around:*Recruiting performers and working with them before and after the show ($500K annually)*Show production - travel, talent, and sound engineering ($1.2M annually)*Community outreach and education programs, nationally and in Boston ($500K annually)*Upgrading From the Top's digital capabilities to increase our reach and the services we provide to young musicians ($300K one-time investment and $125K annually)

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

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From The Top, Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Jennifer Hurley-Wales

co-chief executive

Mr. Gerald Slavet

BIO

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.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"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."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jeffrey F. Rayport

Operating Partner, Castanea Partners

Term: Jan 2010 - June 2012

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