W.O. Smith Community Music School
P. O. Box 121348
Nashville TN 37212-1348
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Mission Statement

W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families.

We transform lives through music!
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jonah Rabinowitz
Board Chair Mr. Ryan Moses
Board Chair Company Affiliation Best
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $1,209,500.00
Projected Annual Revenue 1209500 (2019)

W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families.

We transform lives through music!
Background Established in 1984, W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School was the idea of Dr. William Oscar "Doc" Smith. Dr. Smith (1917-1991) was a renowned jazz bassist, a member of the Nashville Symphony, and a thirty-year faculty member at Tennessee State University. W.O. Smith, a self-taught musician, always credited music as his "ticket out of the ghetto." W.O. Smith's dream of a community music school contained elements not found in other cities. Doc knew that interested and talented low-income children could not afford individualized instruction from traditional teachers or at local institutions that had high tuition costs. He specifically spelled out the need for a school where only underprivileged children could receive specialized instruction for minimal fees. Doc passionately believed that music uplifts people, and that needy children required access to it as much, if not more, than others did. In Nashville, he found a community that not only agreed, but also was willing to take his dream and turn it into a reality. Smith's ability to define the problem and inspire a solution helped to create an enthusiastic and persuasive board of directors, which included some of our city's important and influential citizens including Buddy Killen, Del Sawyer, Frank Sutherland, Jim Ed Norman, Don Butler, Connie Bradley, Bruce Hinton, Fred Cloud, Bill Hudson, Anne Brown, and numerous others. In 1984, the school opened with just 45 students and 20 volunteer teachers. In 2018, more than 220 volunteers will teach 700 students and help continue the legacy of Dr. Smith, providing social uplift through the power of music.
In the past year, W.O. Smith Music School was characteristically active within the Nashville community. Students and ensembles spent time showcasing their talents for in-house concerts and recitals, and also performed for the CMA Foundation, LEO Events, the Professional Eye Care Associates of America, at Exit/In, the Ryman Auditorium, Musicians Corner in Centennial Park, Bells Bend Park, and Edgehill Rocks. W.O. Smith remains committed to providing performance opportunities to our students and sharing music with the public in the upcoming school year.
W.O. Smith became a member of the Berklee City Music Network, a consortium of over 40 community organizations across the United States and Canada committed to delivering high-quality contemporary music instruction to youth from underserved communities. As a member of the network, W.O. Smith receives access to the Berklee PULSE Music Method, as well as other resources and support from Berklee College of Music. W.O. Smith students have the opportunity to receive scholarships to attend the Berklee Five-Week Summer Program and the opportunity to receive full-tuition scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music. In November 2018, W.O. Smith will host the annual summit of Berklee City Music Network schools in Nashville.
W.O. Smith often partners with local non-profits, artists, and performing organizations by making our facility available for performances, rehearsals, and fundraising activities at little or no cost. In 2017, this included Metro Nashville Public Schools, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, Arts & Business Council, chatterbird, Circle Players, Leadership Music, Leadership Nashville, Monroe Harding, and numerous musical and visual artists. The school strives to maximize its facility and assets for others in the community in addition to the students who attend.
Last year, the school began a new, composition-based course called ContempoKids. The course was created and realized along with musicians from Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble. The school is pleased to announce that Intersection will be in residence for the 2018-2019 school year and will continue to provide the ContempoKids program. The residency will also include additional masterclasses and training, and Intersection will rehearse and perform in our facility for the community.
W.O. Smith Music School is always in need of qualified volunteer teaching artists.  We encourage individuals that believe they have the abilities and experience necessary to teach at the school to fill out a volunteer teacher form on our website:  http://www.wosmith.org/volunteer/private-teacher.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
W.O. Smith Music School is happy to accept monetary donations as well in-kind materials including musical instruments and sheet music.  Anyone wishing to support the school can do so through the secure giving page on our website, the postal service, by phone, or in person if they desire.
In addition to monetary and in-kind donations, W.O. Smith always welcomes individuals with appropriate musical skills and backgrounds to become a part of our all-volunteer roster of teaching artists.  A volunteer application can be found on our website.
Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram (@wosmithmusicschool), and Twitter for all school updates.  All W.O. Smith concerts and recitals are open to the public, and information can be found on our website's calendar.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
Services are open to any student who qualifies financially, regardless of address or county of residence. 
CEO Statement Since 1984, the W.O. Smith Music School has provided music education to thousands of low-income children who would otherwise be unable to afford instruction. The hallmark of our success has been innovative thinking, hard work, and a commitment to arts education for all children. Our school has a long tradition of volunteer excellence, strong leadership from our board of directors, and wonderful partnerships with great organizations in one of the United States' most vibrant cultural communities. While we know our strengths, we are keenly aware of the challenges that lie ahead. Fulfilling our vision for the next generation will require a significant infusion of financial resources to achieve our goals. Exciting visions and bold leadership will make the critical difference. For the past thirty-four years, W.O. Smith Music School has been committed to providing children the potential of a life made rich with music and music making. We thank you for your consideration so that we may provide many more years of music education to so many low-income children in our community.
Description Individual and group music instruction is offered in all band and orchestra instruments, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum set, and voice. Private lessons are 30 or 45 minutes in length, take place weekly, and conclude every semester with a performance evaluation. Students without access to instruments are provided loaned instruments at no cost. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served At-Risk Populations, K-12 (5-19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Short-term success is measured through personal objectives decided by a student's volunteer teaching artist.  Objectives are based on student focus (genre or style of interest), fundamental skills, and other benchmarks as deemed appropriate by the volunteer teaching artist.  Set objectives are met most often during a student's weekly lesson, but are also publicly met during student recitals and end of semester performance evaluations.
Long term Success Long-term, private music instruction will have provided students with, at minimum, general understanding of and basic proficiency on their chosen instrument.
Program Success Monitored By At the end of each semester, students must complete a performance evaluation and a self-evaluation.  The performance evaluation is done in front of a panel of staff members and volunteer teaching artists, and students can choose to perform anything they feel best demonstrates their accomplishments during the previous semester of work.  The panel submits grades for the performance, which are shared with the student.  Volunteer teaching artists also submit semester evaluations for their students, including information about pieces or techniques learned, a grade, and goals for the following semester.
W.O. Smith offers a variety of opportunities for singers and instrumentalists to participate in groups. Two choirs, Select Singers (students aged 9-11) and Voices (students aged 12-18), are available to enrolled students. Both choirs meet once per week and perform throughout the year at area senior centers, civic organizations, and special events. The StringSmiths, Jazz Band, Lab Band, and Rock Band ensembles provide great programming for instrumental students. All instrumentalists are encouraged to enroll in an ensemble in addition to their lessons. Like our student choirs, the aforementioned ensembles also perform at the school and within the community during the school year.
W.O. Smith also offers supplemental music classes. Students can also participate in Audio Production, Songwriting, and ContempoKids. Audio Production focuses on the fundamentals of audio to the principles of recording. Songwriting allows students to collaborate with one another and learn the basics of lyric writing and song structure. The ContempoKids program is a featured partnership with the contemporary music ensemble, Intersection. While rooted in Western classical music, this class explores other styles of music expression and notation.
Population Served At-Risk Populations, K-12 (5-19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
W.O. Smith Music School offers three summer camp opportunities to students.
Resident Camp
Resident Camp is a weeklong resident music camp held every June at Hillmont Camp and Retreat Center in White Bluff, Tennessee. Seventy students (aged 12-18) attend music camp, which gives them a chance to focus on their musical skills for an entire week. The cost is $25 per student. Programming includes private lessons, music history and theory classes, ensembles, chorus, and daily guided health and wellness opportunities.
Day Camp
A day camp for fifty children (aged 8-11) is offered each July. The cost is $10 and scholarships are available to students whose families are unable to pay camp fees. Students participate in group music theory classes, choir, field trips, recreational activities, and art projects.
Camp BackBeat
This camp is a week-long experience for students (aged 9-18) who are interested in commercial music. Students study guitar, bass, drums, piano, and voice. The camp is specifically designed to help bands form so that they can continue working together throughout the academic year. The students learn about a variety of genres from professional musicians including country, rock, pop, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, and soul. The camp concludes with a student showcase, which in previous years has been held at Musicians Corner or Exit/In. 
Scholarships are available for any student unable to afford the modest fees for each camp.
Budget 50,000
Population Served At-Risk Populations, K-12 (5-19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Students (aged 7) begin their studies at W.O. Smith Music School in this six-week long course. It introduces many basic musical concepts through the use of game play, singing, dancing, movement, and other experiential activities. This class prepares for entrance into Musical Beginnings.
Musical Beginnings 
New students (aged 8) and graduates of Music Play are placed in Musical Beginnings. This ten-week long class provides an introduction to music for younger children, incorporating singing, movement, dictation, and games. Participating students begin learning musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and form.
Junior Jam 
Students (aged 8) who have completed Musical Beginnings are able to participate in this twelve-week long class. Junior Jam students gain experience with classroom instruments including the Loog guitar, recorder, and steel drums.
Basic Musicianship 
New students aged 9 and older or graduates of the aforementioned classes are placed in our Basic Musicianship program. Students learn the basics of reading music, musical terms, and symbols, providing a solid foundation for their continuation in musical instruction. Basic Musicianship is a one-semester class and is required for admission into private lessons.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served At-Risk Populations, K-12 (5-19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success In all group classes, students must meet weekly benchmark expectations in order to reach the end of semester goals.
Long term Success MusicPlay, Musical Beginnings, and Junior Jam all allow students to experience music through games and movement exercises.  As students progress through the sequence, additional goals include identifying instruments used in class, high from low pitches, singing voices from speaking voices, solfege pitches, and basic rhythms.  Basic Musicianship is the last class in the sequence, and prepares students for private music lessons.  Once these classes are completed (all students must take and pass Basic Musicianship), students will have all the fundamental music knowledge they need to begin learning a specific instrument in private lessons.
Program Success Monitored By In MusicPlay, Musical Beginnings, and Junior Jam, teachers give daily verbal checks for participatory understanding, and all students contribute to a final performance.  Basic Musicianship students are assigned weekly homework exercises and take a compulsory exam at the end of the semester.
Recitals and Concerts
All students are encouraged to participate in monthly student recitals. Recitals are, of course, a great opportunity to perform for family and friends, showing off hard work!
College Scholarships
For students who choose to study music at the college level, W.O. Smith scholarship funds are available in amounts up to $1,500 per academic year or $6,000 over a four-year period. To qualify, students must have graduated from the W.O. Smith Music School program and be pursuing a degree in music performance, music education, or music business.
W.O. Smith Community Orchestra (WOSCO)
Comprised of W.O. Smith teaching artists, W.O. Smith students, and community members, the W.O. Smith Community Orchestra provides educational concerts for students and families. WOSCO is committed to presenting performances that engage audiences in repertoire ranging from orchestral standards to newly commissioned pieces. Since its inception in 2014, WOSCO has premiered four new works by local composers.
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CEO Comments
W.O. Smith Music School continues to develop additional programming to meet the needs of our students. While our programming has expanded greatly in the last five years, we are not able to meet the increasing demand of students who would like to attend the school. The school only offers four days of open registration to new students each August. Placement opportunities for new students are often exhausted very quickly, leaving hundreds of children on waiting lists for lessons.
In order to move children from our waiting lists to lessons, the school continually needs qualified teaching artists to volunteer their services.  At this time, our facility is capable of engaging more volunteers, however there is a tipping point in the near future when that will no longer be possible. Managing within capacity may be a challenge, but it provides the board of directors and staff with many opportunities to consider alternative programs that will allow those waiting lists to shrink.  The deployment of learning labs, distance learning, and the increased use of technology are welcome avenues and we look forward to seeing what the future of music education might become.
While increasing opportunities is important, we are cognizant that the most effective and precious part of our mission is made possible by the personal relationships that develop between teacher and student.  We strive to honor the traditions of music making, the needs of our twenty-first century students, and the incredible gifts that our volunteers bring to the community while enhancing opportunity and the sequential learning needs of young musicians.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ryan Moses
Company Affiliation Best
Term July 2018 to June 2020
Email R
Board Members
Ms. Lainie J. Allbee Martin & Allbee & Associates, LLCVoting
Ms. Janine Appleton Ebach Word Music PublishingVoting
Ms. Lucia Lepe Balderas Parent of WO Smith StudentVoting
Mr. Travis Bartee Wells FargoVoting
Mr. John Chobanian Governor’s Foundation for Health & WellnessVoting
Mr. Tony Conway Conway Entertainment GroupVoting
Mr. Jeff Crawford Jackson National LifeVoting
Mr. Kevin Endres The International OfficesVoting
Ms. Becky Gardenhire William Morris Endeavor EntertainmentVoting
Ms. Jamye Hardy American Baptist CollegeVoting
Mr. L. Owen Kelly Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Suzanne Kessler Hughes-Kessler ConsultingVoting
Mr. Fielding Logan Q Prime SouthVoting
Ms. Amanda Mazzo Mazzo MediaVoting
Mr. Michael McBride Tennessee State UniversityVoting
Mr. Tim McFadden Tenacity RecordsVoting
Mr. Ken McKnight Parent of WO Smith StudentVoting
Mr. Ryan Moses Best Brands, Inc.Voting
Judge Alistair Newbern U.S. District CourtVoting
Mr. Del Sawyer Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Denise Stiff DS ManagementVoting
Mr. Frank Sutherland Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Bennett Tarleton Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Dennis Wells Nashville Center for Aesthetic DentistryVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Advisory Board
Board Development
Communications / Public Relations
Human Resources / Personnel & Finance & Marketing & Nominating & By-laws
Special Events
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability & D and O & Umbrella or Excess & Automobile & Professional
Computer Equipment & Software
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Inland Marine & Mobile Equipment
Special Event Liability
Additional Board Members
Mr. Steve Blackmon Rogers Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Mr. Steve Buchanan Community Volunteer
Ms. Lori M. Carver First Tennessee
Mr. Frank Chalfont Colorburst Landscapes
Mr. Jeff Coffin Musician
Mr. Peter Collins Jill Music Ltd
Ms. Laura Covington Kimbrell TKO Artist Management
Ms. Colleen Dowd HCA
Mr. Martin Fischer Opry Entertainment Group
Mr. Doug Fluegel Podiatry Insurance Company of America
Mr. Randy Ford Community Volunteer
Mr. William Gilmore Anderson Piping Company, Inc.
Mr. Steven Greil Community Volunteer
Mr. Edward Hardy Community Volunteer
Ms. Lisa Harless Regions Bank
Mr. Brandon Herrenbruck Steinway Piano Gallery
Mr. Chris Horsnell Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley
Mr. Mark Ison Sherrard & Roe, PLC
Ms. Pamela Johnson Community Volunteer
Ms. Linda Koon Community Volunteer
Mr. Lawrence M. Lipman The Re/Max Homes and Estates
Mr. Porter Maxwell TrustCore Financial
Ms. Mary Ann McCready Flood, Bumstead, McCready
Mr. Daniel Miller Fusion Music
Ms. Tinti Moffat T J Martell Foundation
Mr. Mark Montgomery Community Volunteer
Ms. Shelia Morris Morris Marketing, Inc.
Mr. Jacob Nemer Lindsey & Amonette, PLLC
Ms. Lauren Painter Lee Company
Ms. Ronna Rubin Rubin Media
Ms. Jennie Smith Community Volunteer
Ms. Susan Stewart NARAS
Mr. Noel Sullivan Frank E. Neal & Co.
Ms. Juanita I.C. Traughber Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency
CEO Comments
W.O. Smith Music School is fortunate to have talented and diverse board and advisory board members. Members of both boards actively provide governance and advice. They include leading attorneys, bankers, HR professionals, insurance executives, educators, music educators, music industry professionals, non-profit managers, volunteer teaching artists, and many former officers and past presidents of the school.
While most governance issues are overseen by committee, we have a continued deficiency in the segregation of duties and internal controls in financial reporting. The audit and finance committees continue to monitor and consider the cost effectiveness of obtaining services to enhance the current financial reporting. The committee has been satisfied that the assistance auditors have provided to convert yearly accounting records to GAAP based financial statements meets our current needs. Our auditors are satisfied with our procedures and the measures that have been taken to mitigate short comings as well.

The Executive and Finance Committees continue to monitor financial procedures and consider changes as necessary.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jonah Rabinowitz
Term Start Aug 1995
Email jonahr@wosmith.org

A native of New York, Jonah Rabinowitz has been the Executive Director of W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School since 1995. As a musician, he received his training at the Manhattan School of Music and later attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. While there, he studied with Charles Schleuter (principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance.

Rabinowitz's performing career includes positions as the principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, principal trumpet of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, and performances and recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a faculty member at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta.

Rabinowitz is the former director of the Georgia Academy of Music in Atlanta. From 2011-12, he was the president of Tennesseans for the Arts, Tennessee’s leading arts advocacy group. He was a member of the steering committee for the Nashville Arts Coalition and also served as a member of Mayor Karl Dean’s Music City Music Council. Rabinowitz graduated from Leadership Music in 1998.  He also graduated from Leadership Nashville in 2013; after graduation he served as a member of the Leadership Nashville Logistics Team for the class of 2014.

Rabinowitz was the recipient of the 2011 Edwina Hefner Community Leadership Award from the Nashville Symphony and the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Leadership from TN Governor Haslam and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Former CEOs
Mr. Kenneth Wendrich Oct 1984 - Nov 1994
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 220
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Feb 2017
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network1992
Nashville Arts Coalition1995
Tennesseans for the Arts1994
Governor's Arts Awards for LeadershipGovernor Haslam & Tennessee Arts Commission2011
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award finalistPresident's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities2011
"SunTrust Business Acumen in the Arts"Center for Non-Profit Management Salute to Excellence2012
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Director
Experience/Biography Lynn Adelman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in music education in 1980. She received a master's degree in church music with an emphasis in choral conducting at Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tennessee in 1983. From 1984 through 1994, Ms. Adelman was the music director at McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN, where she directed nine choral and instrumental ensembles and participated in the liturgical design team. Since 1994, she has served the W. O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School as Assistant Director. Her position at the school includes recruitment of the all-volunteer faculty, registering and scheduling students, administrating the after school and Saturday educational programs and directing the two choral ensembles. Ms. Adelman has performed locally as a recitalist and as a vocalist for various events. She was a founding member of the Nashville Chamber Singers and participated in the choir for ten years. In addition, Ms. Adelman has served as interim Music Director for St. Matthew Catholic Church in Williamson County, and has served as clinician for Rutherford County Choral Festivals. Ms. Adelman is married to Bill Adelman and is the mother of two daughters, Stephanie and Manning.
Title Development Coordinator
Title Program Coordinator
CEO Comments
W.O. Smith has grown substantially in the past 10 years.  Our transition from our prior facility to our new home has increased the number of low-income students and volunteer teaching artists two-fold.  While our staff has increased in size by 50%, the continued growth of our programs will begin to strain the four full time and 2 part time staff members soon.
Since 2008, our operating budget has increased from $360,000 to $606,000 annually.  This increase is primarily due to added staff and moving to a facility that is 25,000 square feet larger than our previous building.  The need to maintain our facility and to consider additional staff in the near future is a concern that we welcome and look forward to solving.
As part of our most recent strategic plan, it is our intent to continue to utilize our building asset to realize earned and fundraising income that can help offset some of the costs in our ever increasing budget while making sure that we always give priority to our students and the programs of the school.
A current venue rental program has realized net earnings of more than $40,000 every year since 2009.  This has become an important revenue stream.  We continue to increase the number of creative and fundraising activities that we produce in our school yearly.  Since 2012, this has provided a revenue boost of more than $80,000 annually.  We believe that there are additional activities and creative ways to utilize our resources to impact the needs of a thriving and growing institution. 
The next additions to our staff will need to include administrative support as well as facility management to make sure that we maintain our home for the next generation of W.O. Smith students.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30 2019
Projected Revenue $1,209,500.00
Projected Expenses $1,209,500.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$1,610,912$1,279,690$1,249,468
Total Expenses$1,435,227$1,404,946$1,372,188
Revenue Less Expenses$175,685($125,256)($122,720)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$254,880$182,050
Individual Contributions$607,662$269,303$882,325
Investment Income, Net of Losses$11,614($1,174)$2,000
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$64,482$53,660$65,373
Revenue In-Kind$654,792$650,201$59,674
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,166,532$1,149,385$1,149,018
Administration Expense$214,459$203,359$183,500
Fundraising Expense$54,236$52,202$39,670
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.910.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%82%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%9%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,283,035$6,097,337$6,223,327
Current Assets$711,449$342,399$381,213
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$24,284$14,271$15,005
Total Net Assets$6,258,751$6,083,066$6,208,322
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities29.3023.9925.41
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $654,792Noncash Contributions $650,201Contributions, Gifts & Grants $882,325
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $607,662Contributions, Gifts and Grants $269,303Government Grants $182,050
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $215,635Government Grants $269,303Fundraising Events $65,373
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Campaign Purpose A campaign is being considered for expansion of our facility and building of endowment funds.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Registration No
Organization Comments
W.O. Smith Music School has great success in operational fundraising.  While our total revenue would seem to fall short of expenses, this is due to depreciation costs on our new facility opened in 2008.  Operational income has exceeded expenses since 2010.
Our board of directors has designated funds from our unrestricted balances on a yearly basis for deferred maintenance to defray the future needs of our facility.  While this amount does not equal the total in depreciation, in consultation with expert contractors and vendors, we believe it will be more than sufficient to meet our on-going needs.
An examination of our yearly audit accurately shows the income and expenses associated with our operations and shows a health revenue stream and the consistent ability for W.O. Smith Music School to meet operational needs.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the audit.
Financial documents prepared by Kraft CPAs, PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 1/3/18.
*W.O. Smith Smith Nashville Community School's endowment is housed at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Nonprofit W.O. Smith Community Music School
Address P. O. Box 121348
Nashville, TN 37212 1348
Primary Phone (615) 255-8355
Contact Email info@wosmith.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jonah Rabinowitz
Board Chair Mr. Ryan Moses
Board Chair Company Affiliation Best
Year of Incorporation 1984