Sarasota Music Conservatory Inc
1491 Second St
Suite D
SARASOTA FL 34236
Mission

Sarasota Music Conservatory is dedicated to providing the highest standard of music education and performance programs to the children of our community. Through private lessons, master-classes, recitals and interaction between world class professional musicians and aspiring young talents, we bring to the community the only Music Conservatory in South West Florida.

We engage and inspire music students through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs; and nurture talent, self-confidence, and discipline through the learning of music.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr Claudio Ruben
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Supported Organization Sarasota Music Conservatory
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $82,050.00
Projected Expenses $82,050.00
Impact Statement

We happily show many success stories. We have prepared many students for college, and are proud to have our alumni in the following schools as performance majors: Vanderbilt University, Florida State University, University of Illinois, University of Miami, and University of South Florida. We are proud to note that every one of these students attends these institutions with substantial scholarships awarded based on both talent and merit. Also, our students have won and been finalists in local and national competitions: 5 winners of the Sarasota Orchestra Young Artist Ida Wilkof Competition, 4 winners of the AMICCO Concerto Competition and a semi-finalist in the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Scholarship Competition.

Each year we bring student and faculty performances throughout the community. We engage the local residents and allow our students to build self-confidence, leadership, stage etiquette, and feel empowered by outreaching to their community. 

Our music program spans the school year, and we offer multiple music camps during the summer months in Sarasota and in Europe.

2016 was another year of growth and expansion. Our student base and budget have grown by 25%.

Some of 2016 highlights were:
 
4 senior students were accepted and received scholarships to attend major US Universities. 1 student won the AMICCO Concerto competition, 4 students were finalists in that same competition. 5 SMC students were finalists in the Sarasota Orchestra Young Artist Competition. SMC students hold first chairs of the Sarasota Orchestra Youth Orchestra Program and their School orchestras.
SMC brought 5 public student performances to various locations such as "The Pines of Sarasota". Sunnyside Village, and Church of the Palms. Finally SMC put together 3 summer music workshops. 
Needs Statement

1. Funding for SMC Fall 2017 semester’s master-class: $1,000. (Compensation for piano accompanist and guest artist along with marketing material and venue fee)

2. Funding is needed for growing SMC scholarship fund. SMC's dream is that all children eager to learn music can have access to excellent instruction regardless of their financial situation.

 3. Funding for a full Semester Ear training/Theory program made available (free) to all students §1,225. 

 4. SMC needs volunteers with experience and expertise in customer relations, and Fundraising events.

Background Statement

Founded in 2012, by Léna Cambis and Sean O'Neil (husband and wife violinists), Sarasota Music Conservatory (SMC) counts about 40 students today. Sean and Léna were not new to the teaching scene as they have nearly 50 years of teaching experience between the 2 of them. They had a vibrant private music studio but thought more could be brought to the community. So in 2008 they founded the Sarasota Music Academy. Very early on, it became obvious that many gifted and driven students did not have the means to afford their music instruction. The Academy counted many students but half of them could not pay for their lessons.  In 2011 Sarasota Music Academy closed its doors and in 2012 Sarasota Music Conservatory was born. As a non-profit the conservatory hopes to offer music lessons to committed music students of all backgrounds and financial situations. SMC is proud to have alumni in the following schools as performance majors: Vanderbilt University, Florida State University, University of Illinois, University of Miami, and University of South Florida. Each of these students attends these institutions with substantial scholarships awarded based on both talent and merit. Also, our students have won and been finalists in local and national competitions: 4 winners of the Sarasota Orchestra Young Artist Ida and Wilkof Competition, 4 winners of the AMICCO Young Artist Concerto Competition and a semi-finalist in the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Scholarship Competition.

Over the past years, we have brought over 30 performances and musical events to retirement centers and churches, throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. Developing in our students strong work-ethics, leadership skills, stage presence, self-confidence, but also to allow them to connect with their local community.

SMC envisions students to pursue college degrees, to receive scholarships based on merit and to succeed in any chosen career path and personal endeavors they decide to undertake thanks to the skills acquired while being a student at SMC.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL-Pinellas
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
It is Sarasota Music Conservatory's goal to provide the best educational, musical, and social experience through a highly qualified and experienced faculty, excellent music instruction, appropriate leadership programs and ample community outreach.
We recognize the need for such an institution in our community and truly feel that the children of our community deserve the same as other children in bigger cities. We aim to provide such a place for them to grow and learn music and through music learn about themselves and grow their . SMC thrives to be the number one resource that provides student musicians extraordinary opportunities, while empowering each of them with passion and nurturing.
Programs
Description Private instrumental or vocal lessons. 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes.
Budget $48,320
Category Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success

At the end of each semester all students perform in a public recital showcasing their hard work. We bring our recitals to local retirement centers or churches and put together a great entertaining show for the outside audiences. All of our enrolled families attend and a great feeling of peer support is felt among our students. We nurture a healthy competitive environment to prepare our students for the reality of their future lives in the professional world.

At the end of their senior year each student must prepare a full recital by themselves:

Chose and book the location, send invitations and marketing pieces, choose the repertoire, prepare short descriptions about their pieces, practice and finally perform! We believe it is a great way to develop leadership skills, and initiative.

Long Term Success

Private lessons are one on one student/teacher time allowing for a faster and constant progress.

The relationship teacher/student is so important as the values and traditions passed on are priceless. Through private lessons a child can develop his full potential, while learning important music and life lessons. We envision the lessons taught will be transmitted to the next generations. We take great pride and responsibility in this great endeavor.

We foresee all of our students developing a lifelong passion for music but also being able to join the best colleges in the world thanks to their musical training with us.

We strive to become a nationally and internationally recognized and highly reputable music conservatory, keeping on attracting talented driven students and exceptional faculty.

At the end of each semester all students perform in a public recital showcasing their hard work. We bring our recitals to local retirement centers or churches and put together a great entertaining program for the outside audiences. All of our enrolled families attend and a great feeling of peer support is felt among our students. We nurture a healthy competitive environment to prepare our students for the reality of their future lives in the professional world.

We foresee all of our students developing a lifelong passion for music but also being able to join the best colleges in the world thanks to their musical training with us.

We strive to become a Nationally and Internationally recognized and highly reputable music conservatory, keeping on attracting talented driven students and exceptional faculty.

Program Success Monitoring

We keep track of our students’ progress at each lesson, they are assigned different technical work weekly and repertoire to be performed is renewed every 4 to 6 weeks. It is a very “hands-on” process and if a student is not striving, we have a meeting with the parents, student and faculty to assess the situation and make changes accordingly.

Program Success Examples

We are proud to state that each student enrolled in private lessons at the Conservatory and that went on to pursue a "music performance” major in college was awarded substantial scholarships based on both talent and merit.

Also, our students have won and been finalists in local and national competitions: 4 winners of the Sarasota Orchestra Young Artist Ida Wilkof Competition, (plus 8 finalists), 4 winners of the AMICCO Young Artist Concerto Competition and a semi-finalist in the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Scholarship Competition.
 
All of our students are involved in their school orchestras and/or in the Sarasota Youth Orchestra Program, and we can happily report that every year they are awarded the top seats in their ensemble.
 
Many scholarship competitions take place in the community and we are excited that ALL of our students participating in such have been awarded with the highest prizes. 
Description

Master-classes are open to the Conservatory private students upon their teacher's recommendation. Up to 8 “performing” students and unlimited number of "inactive" students can participate as auditors. The master-classes are open and free to the general public, and feature either a pedagogue from a major music school, a music personality, or a performing soloist. The performing students receive feedback and advice on their performance from the guest teacher, bringing a vital perspective on their own playing.

Budget $1,000
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

The performing students receive feedback and advice on their performance from the guest teacher, bringing a vital perspective on their own playing. Those students also make contact with their potential future University teacher and can also include their performance at this masterclass into their resume.

These Master-classes not only expose our students to great artists and different musical perspectives, they serve as recruiting tools for the Conservatory as like minded students see and hear the quality that we offer and are drawn to enroll.
Long Term Success

These Master-classes not only expose our students to great artists and different musical perspectives, they serve as recruiting tools for the Conservatory as like minded students see and hear the quality that we offer and are drawn to enroll. We envision these classes to enrich the community as we make them open to the public but also to make the public more aware of our programs and mission.

Program Success Monitoring
The program is monitored by the Directors and faculty members. Also audience feedback is crucial in determining if the guest professor can be invited in the future.
Program Success Examples
One example of success among others:
In the past we invited Glenn Basham professor at the University of Miami and concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic. We had about 6 students perform for him and each received about 30 minutes of his personal attention. One of those students ended up applying at University of Miami. She was able to make contact with him them, he remembered her and offered a few more lessons and she ended up being offered a full scholarship based on merit to attend as a performance major the FROST music conservatory at the University of Miami.
Description

Located in Montpeyroux, in the Languedoc Region in the south of France. our summer music camp is called the “Montpeyroux Chamber Music Festival”. We offer students a most unique and memorable musical experience, mixing and working with European students and professors from the United Kingdom, and France.

The Festival focuses on chamber music and performances in and around the local medieval villages and old wineries. Our campers are hosted in an 18th century old renovated farm, where all meals are prepared from the farm’s own freshest ingredients.

In addition, our campers attend world class concerts during the renowned Festival de Radio France that takes place at that time in Montpellier.

As we reach out to the local community and visitors, our students get the experience of a lifetime sharing the stage with their peers and professors. They are exposed to other traditions and cultures and make lifelong musical friendships.

Budget $29,000
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success

As we reach out to the local community and visitors, our students get the experience of a lifetime sharing the stage with their peers and professors. Our students'success is OUR success. 

Traveling is such an important part in shaping a youngster’s mind; it goes hand in hand with our music programs. We believe that traveling helps students be exposed to diverse cultures and opens their minds. Knowing more about other cultures also makes a huge impact on them and their musicianship, making them aware of different perspectives. Our campers will develop vital skills such as getting more responsible, managing themselves in a new country which will give them the confidence to stand on their own feet.  Studies have consistently shown that traveling improves academic success, intellectual capacity, and emotional abilities, as well as increases flexibility and adaptability.

Long Term Success

Bringing the Conservatory to the International scene is a part of our vision to make it recognize and sought after as a major place to train. As our mission states: “We strive to become a nationally and internationally recognized and highly reputable music conservatory, keeping on attracting talented driven students and exceptional faculty”.

Program Success Monitoring The faculty and Directors.
Program Success Examples We have brought a few students with us to France. One student especially comes to mind. This student was in a very precarious situation at home and someone from his church decided to sponsor him. He was one of our most talented student as well. He had never set foot outside of manatee county before; watching him grow and discover different cultures was a true rewarding experience. He practiced his violin like never before, was so appreciative of all the people around him and told us during the camp that he decided that violin would be a part of his life for ever! We took him and his peers to Paris, the French Alps and he was one of the most appreciative students. We know this trip made a huge difference in his life as he ended up being the first member of his family to ever go to college. He was ready when it was time to audition and leave his hometown to pursue his education.
Description This program includes 4 weekly group classes. These classes are crucial to developing a student's musical ear, learning how to read music and understanding the foundation of music.
Budget $2,450
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
By the end of their first year, all students enrolled in the program know how to read music in treble clef and have a basic understanding of music theory. By the end of their 2nd year, students are able to sight read any piece of music directly on their instrument. 
Long Term Success Participating students not only achieve a deeper musical level, but also develop a better sense of analysis that they can apply toward any other field or interest, and gain listening skills helping them learn languages.
Program Success Monitoring At the end of every year students are assessed through a written and oral exam.
Program Success Examples 100% of participants end up placing really high at their college placement auditions. 100% of participants can read music and perform in a very short amount of time.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Experience
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % n/a
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 1
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
No collaboration at this time
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2016
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Claudio Ruben
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Board Chair Email cruben@cruben.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms Liz Alpert Attorney
Mrs Lena M. Cambis Sarasota Orchestra
Mrs Carolyn Clark Coldwell Banker
Mr. Stephen Fancher Merrill Lynch
Mr Sean O'Neil Sarasota Orchestra
Mrs Linda Ross Senior Helpers
Mr. Claudio Ruben Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $82,050.00
Projected Expenses $82,050.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
IRS Form 990s
990-EZ2016
990-EZ2015
990-EZ2014
990-EZ2013
990-EZ2012
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$76,470$56,691$39,237
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.000.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$11,125$4,443$7,563
Current Assets$11,125$4,443$7,563
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,798$3,938$6,933
Total Net Assets$8,327$505$630
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $53,761Program Service Revenue $45,596Program Service Revenue $36,578
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $30,532Contributions, gifts, grants $10,970Contributions, gifts, grants $105
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.981.131.09
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Sarasota Music Conservatory Inc
Address 1491 Second St
Suite D
SARASOTA, FL 34236
Phone 941 726-3020

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