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Reaching Youth Through Music Opportunities

 P.O. Box 1206
 Anaheim, CA 92815
[P] (714) 213-9919
[F] (714) 635-1948
[email protected]
Mike Anderson
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Organization DBA R.Y.T.M.O. (Reaching Youth Through Music Opportunities)
Former Names CLAMA (2014)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 77-0467012 --


Mission StatementMORE »

"To equip, educate and empower youth through music, technology and the arts."

Mission Statement

"To equip, educate and empower youth through music, technology and the arts."

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Projected Revenue $125,000.00

ProgramsMORE »


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

"To equip, educate and empower youth through music, technology and the arts."

Background Statement

RYTMO started in 2003 from the former CLAMA nonprofit organization. With funding from the Latino Coalition, RYTMO started with 12 students and today over 2500 have come through the RYTMO program.
RYTMO is an after school music program designed to provide a creative and professional environment for youth who desire a career in the music industry and can demonstrate musical, technical and/or business potential in the arts. 

Impact Statement

Top Three for 2016:
1) Brought aboard a financial controller
2) Gained access to a top notch law firm
3) Increased the Board of Directors
 Top Four for 2017
1) Increase Board of Directors with two additional
2) To find office space
3) To increase financial support for growth  
4) Grant Writer

Needs Statement

2017 needs include:
Office space
Increase in financial support 
24 Laptop Computers (can be newly used)
Office Manager 

CEO Statement

We live in a time when reaching youth is becoming increasingly more difficult. Many youth organizations are struggling to find ways to engage and service teens, especially low-income communities, where crime, drugs and violence are prevalent. RYTMO was created because we believe that MUSIC & TECHNOLOGY are two important tools that can be used to engage, educate, equip and empower this young generation. Every young person has a love and connection to their music, and every teen spends countless hours on the internet. Music & Technology are the new forms of communication for youth today, and if we are to impact their lives and thinking, we must utilize these forms of communication. At the same time, it is important to engage youth to develop life skills necessary for success. Join our efforts in reaching youth who would normally never dream of pursuing an education or skill related to music or the arts. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Board Chair Statement

As the governing Board of Directors, RYTMO is committed to enriching the lives of it's participants and communities. Our mission is simple: use music, technology and the arts to connect with children and youth as a positive alternative to the destructive behavior that is so prevalent among teens in our communities today. By providing positive role models as mentors, encouraging and facilitating academic success, and equipping youth for occupational skills for employment, we will be making a huge impact upon the future of our country, society and local communities!

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations to RYTMO can be through our website, through PayPal or simply mailed to our mailing address. We also accept in-kind donations, such as musical instruments and/or slightly used laptop computers. RYTMO is also interested in providing volunteer opportunities and collaborating with local colleges to provide internships. 

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
North Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
Southern California area, including Orange County, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Education - Higher Education




RYTMO is an after school music program designed to provide a creative & professional environment for youth ages 14 - 24 who desire a career in the music industry & can demonstrate musical, technical and/or business potential in the arts. Students learn the History of Western Music, Elements of Songwriting, The Language of Music, Copyrights/Publishing, Music Technology, Music Marketing and Promotion and Industry Professions. There are 4 levels to our program, each lasting 9 weeks, 1 day a week for 2 hours, each youth will receive a certificate of completion after each level. All youth are expected to do at least 2 hours of community service per level. 
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served General/Unspecified Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  RYTMO has 4 levels of classes that each participant must complete. Youth stay in program for almost one year, whereas we have nearly a 70% completion rate.
Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate challenge will always be funding. But since 2003, RYTMO has serviced over 1500 at-risk/adjudicated youth. Many have gone on to start their own record labels, video and audio companies, perform live shows or produce music on a professional level. Others have gone on to higher education, acquired employment or have simply overcame barriers like gang-involvement or homelessness. 3 of our participants recently had their music aired on daytime television 
Program Success Monitored By  Pre and post test determine what students will remember, sign in sheets track their attendance and customer service survey provides input on program and staff. Each student has to complete a test at the completion of each level as to what they learned, each student must write and record an original song by completion of program. All youth are rewarded with a certificate of completion per each level.  
Examples of Program Success 
One student who was affiliated with gangs came into RYTMO to learn beats. His lyrics were full of profanity but were changed when we spoke of censorship in the media. He changed more as he had to work in team projects, starting to develop other interests. RYTMO was a safe haven for him as he begun to trust staff. After the RYTMO program, he started to re-think his life and made a decision to go back to school and became a nurse. Today he is successful in his career. He also went with us to many presentations, speaking about what RYTMO did for him.
We also had taggers in our program, that once in, tagging on the fence, which happened all the time, outside the building stopped. We also had a young homeless woman come through our program. Because of RYTMO she went back to school, her grades were so good, she was able to get scholarships and enrolled at a University. Today, she has her Masters and still comes to speak about what RYTMO did for her. 


CEO/Executive Director Mr Mike Anderson
CEO Term Start Jan 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Over 45 years in the music industry in roles of songwriter, singer, mgmt., A&R, promotions, performance, studio musician, etc.  Mike has worked with some of the industries well known artists (Little Richard, Lou Rawls, Earl Palmer, The Coasters, Rosie and the Originals, Jewel Akens, Donnie Brooks etc) and continues to be very involved with today's music. Mike recently resigned as President of the Board for the Orange County Symphony, a 501c 3 and currently sits on the Board and Governance Board for GOALS Academy in Anaheim. Mike was selected in 2014 to join NAMM's Oral History Library due to his contributions and influence in the music industry.   

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Joey Arreguin -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Josh Arreguin Director of Music Technology --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Hall of Fame 22nd annual RYTMO 2015 Inductee International Educator's Hall of Fame 2015
Declaration of Recognition Anaheim Mayor and City Council 2014
Mike Anderson NAMM 2014
Joey Arreguin Berklee College of Music 2013
Non-Profit of the Year Anaheim Chamber of Commerce 2009


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


The Eli Home, CSP, Pathways, HOPE, Muckenthaler, NAMM, Berklee College of Music, Learn 4 Life, City of Anaheim, Olive Crest, Orange County Symphony, Anaheim School District, Santa Ana School District, GOALS Academy, Muzeo, La Habra Youth Center, Strawberry Bowl Festival Amphitheater, Festival of Children, South Coast Children's, Wells Fargo, Love and Laughter Music Studios, Anaheim GRIP, Orange County Community Foundation, South Coast Children's, Creative Identity, O.C. Children's Therapeutic Center, O.C. Wraparound agencies, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo branches.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

With a part-time team, it is hard to keep instructors or office help, without more hours, which entails more funding. Currently, most who work for RYTMO have other ways to earn an income as they don't have to rely so much on the RYTMO hours. Eventual funding will help bring more hours paid.

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Mike Anderson
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term June 2016 - June 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2016 - June 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Joey Arreguin -- Voting
Ms. Jasmine Johnson -- Voting
Mr. Matt Johnson -- --
Ms. Alicia Rodriguez -- Voting
Mr. Tim Rodriguez -- Voting
Mr. Gilbert Vargas -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mike Adams -- --
Justo Almario Musician NonVoting
Del Atkins Musician NonVoting
Karl Carrasco Musician NonVoting
Lila Downs Performer NonVoting
Abraham LaBoriel Musician NonVoting
Mateo LaBoriel Musician NonVoting
Rique Pantoja Musician NonVoting
Doriana Sanchez Consultant NonVoting
Cindy Badell Slaughter Music Publisher NonVoting
Elias Toscano -- NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

The governing Board continues to set forth the guidelines for RYTMO. RYTMO also continues to meet 10 - 12 times a year. The Board will examine itself over the past year and will make the necessary adjustments to keep the organization fresh. With the addition of "new" Board members in 2017, our roles will expand to open up committees that will help expand our organization.  

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Volunteer


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $125,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Form 990s

2016 form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $84,267 $63,945 $74,293
Total Expenses $85,999 $63,774 $73,977

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$84,267 $63,945 $74,293
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 --
Earned Revenue -- $0 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $0 --
Membership Dues -- $0 --
Special Events -- $0 --
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 --
Other -- $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $81,999 $63,774 $73,977
Administration Expense $4,000 $0 --
Fundraising Expense -- $0 --
Payments to Affiliates -- $1,411 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 95% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $12,163 $0 $18,835
Current Assets $12,163 $487 $18,835
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 --
Current Liabilities -- $0 --
Total Net Assets $12,163 $487 $18,835

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% nan% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates Feb - July
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

2016 brought a non profit controller who has overseen our finances and has helped make the necessary changes to save money as we look to more funding. A more productive financial structure has helped with invoicing, paying of invoices, budgeting and having a reserve fund. 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

Declaration of Recognition (2014)

Organization name change (2016)

No Other Documents currently available.