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Reaching Youth Through Music Opportunities

 P.O. Box 1206
 Anaheim, CA 92815
[P] (714) 931-0216
[F] (714) 635-1948
[email protected]
Michael 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 $78,484.51
Projected Revenue $88,523.90

ProgramsMORE »


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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 is a music technology/music business program that started back in 2003 with 12 students. Today, over 4000 students have come through the RYTMO program through our various sites. At our beginning, there were no other music programs that addressed the needs for low-income/at-risk youth who were interested in the music business. None also address the need to provide an after-school program that would enable youth to participate with their creativity instead of the alternative of getting in trouble, missing school etc. RYTMO was created for those such youth that had an interest in music, to be creative but also would learn occupational skills along the way. The RYTMO program was also set up for youth to learn the music business, which would provide those youth interested in employment to the entertainment industry, by providing industry professionals that come in and mentor youth on industry standards. 

Impact Statement

Top Three accomplishments for 2019:
1) Developed a music songwriting/recording curriculum for elementary school students
2) Increased RYTMO's awareness through social media, website and newsletter
3) Started curriculum for video  
 Four goals for 2020
1) To start off-site music clinics in areas of vocals, keyboards etc.
2) To open 2 more RYTMO sites
3) Expand Board of Directors  
4) To increase financial support for growth  

Needs Statement

Most pressing needs
1) Admin. person 
2) Office space in Anaheim, since we currently share an office and is also the classroom where students are taught.
3) Volunteer Event Planner
4) Fundraising committee  

CEO Statement

We are very excited about RYTMO!!! Having sites in 6 locations is great, but more important is how many youth the RYTMO program has reached. WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Currently, we are looking at developing a songwriting curriculum to work with elementary school children, plus we are researching to add a video program to our music program. We are proud of working together with all of our wraparound partners, schools and other agencies in Orange County, because our programs are all about the youth we serve. We hope to continue to serve not only our partners, but the youth of Orange County for many years, by continuing to develop RYTMO.

Board Chair Statement

To see the success of many students that have come though RYTMO is amazing! Youth have gotten employment, gone back to school, have started their own businesses, 9 RYTMO students have received the opportunity to go back to Boston and attend Berklee's College of Music's 5 week summer performance program, all 9 have never been out of Orange county, 5 have had their music placed on daytime television, one even had her song nominated for a daytime Emmy award. While we pride ourselves for those youth that continue to pursue their dreams in music, we applaud those students who have employment, went back to school or have turned their lives around for the better. If RYTMO can help do that, we have a successful program. We will continue to serve those in need.   

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Your donations will help cover costs for students that can't afford tuition costs, will help send students that travel back to Boston and Berklee College in July and help sponsor our events, which are fundraisers, for new computers, music software programs. Volunteers are needed to help in social media, fundraising, helping youth, if you have some music background.

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

RYTMO has programs in Orange County and Santa Barbara counties. Anaheim currently has 3 sites, Fountain Valley has 1, Santa Ana has 1 and Oxnard has 1 site. 

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 Michael Anderson
CEO Term Start Jan 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
With over 45 years in the music industry, Mike has been a songwriter, producer, studio musician, bass guitarist, performer, manager, A&R and booking agent. He has worked with many of the oldies and jazz legends, was President of the Board for the Orange County Symphony and was recognized for his influence and contributions to the music industry by being selected to join NAMM'S Oral History Library. 
Mike also serves as a Board member for GOALS Academy.
Prior, Mike was in the printing industry for over 20 years, in sales, supervision and plant management. 

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, Wayfinders, 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, Seneca, Festival of Children, South Coast Children's, Wells Fargo, Love and Laughter Music Studios, Anaheim GRIP, Orange County Community Foundation, South Coast Children's, Orangewood Foundation, Orange County Dept of Ed., Boys and Girls Clubs, Creative Identity, O.C. Children's Therapeutic Center, Phoenix House, Social Services and others.

Staff Information

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

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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 Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

RYTMO is a program that just continues to grow and with so much interest. Operating on a very small budget, some contracted staff and volunteers, we continue to reach so many youth. We strive to put our best foot forward and keep up to date. Like most, we do have our challenges of continuing to raise funds, keep up with the latest music software, computers and trends, but do what we have to, to keep RYTMO on the forefront. We look forward to a growing future, see many more RYTMO programs out there, more importantly more youth we will be able to reach.    

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Mike Anderson
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term June 2016 - June 2020
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. 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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

The RYTMO Board meets 10 times a year, reviews financials, fundraising opportunities, the program and governance. This past year, the Board has elected to bring in a grant-writer and is now looking at a financial team that can explore the opportunities to help provide more funding. Each Board member has given in-kind services, most have donated monetary, all volunteer at events. The RYTMO Board continues to look at adding additional Board members, add to our advisory team and to add to our upcoming visionary board.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Volunteer


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $88,523.90
Projected Expenses $78,484.51
Form 990s

2017 RYTMO 2017 Tax Return

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $69,188 $80,275 $84,267
Total Expenses $48,807 $58,929 $85,999

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$69,188 $80,275 $84,267
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $48,807 -- $81,999
Administration Expense -- -- $4,000
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.42 1.36 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 0% 95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $37,349 $22,308 $12,163
Current Assets $37,349 $22,308 $12,163
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- $538 --
Total Net Assets $37,349 $21,770 $12,163

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf 41.46 inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose The purpose of a Capitol Campaign is to raise a lot of funding in a short amount of time. RYTMO currently has no plans for a Capitol Campaign of this size. Our program is placed at the sites and mostly comes with some type of funding.  
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates Feb - July
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

In 2016, RYTMO contracted out with a Controller who oversees the RYTMO financials. This for the most part has been tremendously helpful. It has taken the burden of invoicing, income and expenses and monthly reports off of our shoulders and given to this one person, who has done fantastic. Since RYTMO is very small, we have had no real issues or challenges in our financials.

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.