Accountability and Governance

Music Seeds International is a grass roots organization that sends a facilitator into the field and uses local volunteers (translators, teachers, musicians) to help complete projects.

We raise funds through word of mouth, friends, family, foundation grants, government grants, corporate donors, and events. 

Our office space is donated and currently all administration, accounting and graphic/web design is achieved through volunteers. Low overhead means nearly all of your donation money is used in the field.

Typical program expenses usually fall into these categories:

-Travel (air/land/visa/insurance)

-Facilitator fees 

-Food and lodging 

Typical annual expenses are things like:

-web/communication costs


-musical equipment


A yearly financial report is made available online through the charities directorate. Our financial reports were professionally done by a volunteer Chartered Accountant.

For a closer look at the tax regulations of an NPO in Canada you can review the file contained in this site by clicking here: Canada Income Tax Act regulations

Elements of Good Governance

Recommended practices for not-for-profit boards of directors
The Panel on Accountability and Governance in the Voluntary Sector, chaired by Ed Broadbent, identified eight tasks required of the boards of charities and public-benefit not-for-profits to further develop effective governance:

  • steering toward the mission and guiding strategic planning;
  • being transparent, including communicating to members, stakeholders and the public and making information available upon request;
  • developing appropriate structures;
  • ensuring the board understands its role and avoids conflicts of interest;
  • maintaining fiscal responsibility;
  • ensuring that an effective management team is in place and overseeing its activities;
  • implementing assessment and control systems; and,
  • planning for the succession and diversity of the board.