The Perlman Music Program Suncoast Inc
PO Box 3407
Sarasota FL 34230-3407
Inspiring the next generation of concert artists, educators, and audiences.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Power
Board Chair Mr. Michael Ritter
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast
Supported Organization
Former Names
The Perlman Music Program Sarasota, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2015
State Registration Yes May 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $690,000.00
Projected Expenses $630,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast encourages artistic development and camaraderie among young international string musicians via a nurturing, non-competitive and world-renowned music education program. PMP/Suncoast ensures its continued growth and viability through cultivating regional and national participation and support by offering premier cultural and educational outreach programs, world-class performances, and events in Sarasota and its surrounding communities.

2014-2015 Season:

  • The 11th Annual PMP Sarasota Winter Residency (Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015). The community joined us for 18 free musical events in support of 36 young string musicians (ages 12-20+), students of The Perlman Music Program (NY) who've come from around the world to participate. The 2nd Annual Super Strings (Sept 2014 - Jan 2015) brought Florida string musicians (ages 10-18) to participate in workshops and then play the Bach Double with the PMP String Orchestra under the baton of Itzhak Perlman. More than 1,000 people attended the event Jan 2, 2015, at the Sarasota Opera House.
  • The 2014-2015 Education Outreach Program (Multi-day, in-school experiences taking place each Oct, Feb, and May) brings PMP Alumni to over a dozen Sarasota and Manatee County Schools annually. Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, the EOP artists also perform community concerts that are low-cost or free to the public. New This Year! Classical WSMR hosts EOP artists on the radio to perform for an audience of 80,000 listeners.
  • New! 2014-2015 Hear & Now Concert Series (Dec 4, Jan 3, and Apr 19) showcases the next generation of world-class musicians, PMP Alumni who have gone on to establish successful performance careers, to regional residents and visitors at ticketed events held at the Sarasota Opera House.

For 2015-2016, PMP/Suncoast hopes to broaden our reach with the goal of building community through music.

Needs Statement
At PMP/Suncoast, we focus on the next generation of concert artists. During the 17-day PMP Sarasota Winter Residency, we care for the needs of 36 PMP students while they work on their music.  
You can help: 
  • Local transportation: $15,000. $1,500 covers the rental of one of 7 minivans. $75 pays for a tankful of gas. 
  • Housing: $55,000. Though a competitive rate has been negotiated with our hotel partner, a night of slumber for the students and faculty is over $3,000
  • Healthy meals and snacks are vital for growing young artists, and 17-days cost $45,000. $900 buys the students and faculty (48 mouths) a nutritious hot lunch. $200 treats all of the PMP students to frozen yogurt sundaes. 
These are just a few of the ways you can support. Each and every gift to our Sponsor-A-Student campaign makes a difference in the lives of these talented young artists and are considered 100% charitable. 
Background Statement
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast was established in May 2008 as an independent non-profit organization with the mission to provide operational stability and funding support for a permanent Sarasota Winter Residency for The Perlman Music Program.

Founded by Toby Perlman, and with world-renowned faculty members including her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, The Perlman Music Program augments its six-week summer program in Shelter Island, NY, with a two-week intensive Winter Residency each December in Sarasota, FL. The residency provides valuable enrichment and performance opportunities for the young musicians (ages 12-20+) being nurtured in this unique experience, and a rich opportunity for community audiences to experience the magic of musical mentoring through free public events on the campus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The program culminates with a “Celebration Concert,” featuring Itzhak Perlman directing the international PMP String Orchestra.

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast recently expanded its program offerings to serve schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties by bringing PMP alumni to Southwest Florida during the academic school year for in-school programs. Through the Education Outreach Program (PMP Alumni: In the Schools), the alumni serve as teaching and performing artists to support recruitment, training, and inspiration in school orchestra programs and music classes. The Education Outreach Program is available free of charge to all elementary, middle, and high schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties, including North Port. Many Title 1 schools are included in the program. The Education Outreach Program also includes low-cost and free recitals for the public.

Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Itzhak Perlman Program, classical music education, Winter Residency, Music Education Outreach, Pearlman Music School
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The impact of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast is best expressed by those participating in these music education programs:
"The Ariel String Quartet changed my view of classical music."
- 5th grade student from Cranberry Elementary School 
"It's a nice experience to have talented musicians come and share what they do best."
- Booker High School Student
"The Perlman Music Program has been the single most important part of my musical development. It is impossible for me to separate my thinking about music from PMP. I am only 21, but the Perlmans have been a vital part of my life for nearly half of it. As I get older, I am more deeply in awe of and thankful for Toby and Itzhak's dedication, love, and genius.  The music world is a better place. I believe that the Perlmans are creating a legacy that will improve music education for generations to come."
- PMP Sarasota Winter Residency student
"The significance of this program in a young musician's life is unparalleled. The 17 days of this winter residency is the equivalent of 6 months of private practice and professional training."
- Itzhak Perlman
The Perlman Music Program (PMP) has held a Winter Residency in Sarasota since 2004. In 2008, The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) was founded to create a permanent home for the program in Southwest Florida.
The PMP Sarasota Winter Residency, led by internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor, Itzhak Perlman, and his wife and founder, Toby Perlman, provides a uniquely intensive 17-day residency for 35 exceptionally talented young musicians (ages 12-20+) participating in the internationally renowned Perlman Music Program. The residency brings the world's most gifted young musicians to Sarasota to train and perform for 2.5 weeks in December and January. The goals are to expose the Sarasota-Manatee community and visitors to southwest Florida to world-class musicians and to introduce the general public to classical music by providing daily rehearsals and master classes free of charge. PMP/Suncoast, in partnership with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, has hosted more than 100,000 since the residency has been held on campus.
Budget $170,750
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Festivals
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
Short Term Success More than 6,000 attend Winter Residency events each season.
Long Term Success
Though The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast was founded in May 2008, The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency has been presented in Southwest Florida since 2004 (2014-2015 was the 11th season). The PMP Sarasota Winter Residency trains international student participants (ages 12-20+) considered to be the next generation of concert artists and invites all ages of the general public to attend free events, inspiring and developing future audiences. 
Strong community-based partnership with University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee enables PMP/S' annual presentation of the Winter Residency. 
The annual success of the Winter Residency makes possible the expansion of programming serving Southwest Florida to include an Education Outreach Program, bringing PMP alumni into Sarasota and Manatee County schools to support their music programs by performing curriculum-based school assemblies for 5th and 6th grade students and providing hands-on training in orchestra classrooms.  
Program Success Monitoring
Toby and Itzhak Perlman oversee artistic needs of the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency and PMP student participants; The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Board and staff are responsible for fundraising and coordinating all logistics for food, housing, local transportation, and all public and special events including ticket distribution, venue details, coordinating volunteers, etc.
PMP receives student feedback, and PMP/Suncoast gathers community feedback through anonymous surveys.
Program Success Examples
From the 2014-2015 season:

"How fortunate we are that Sarasota offers this extraordinary venture."
"This is my 10th year of attendance. I schedule other things around the winter schedule so as not to miss out on programs. Thank you for providing such great music."
"We not only enjoy the caliber of playing but to see the joy Toby Perlman has about the program and the kids is heartwarming. The Perlmans have created such an extraordinary environment for these kids. It is truly amazing." 
Our success is also evidenced by these facts:
  • We are planning for the 12th annual PMP Sarasota Winter Residency.
  • >6,000 from the general public visiting and residing in Southwest Florida attend the approximately 20 free events.
  • Ongoing involvement and dedication of internationally acclaimed faculty including concert violinist and conductor, Itzhak Perlman, and his wife and founder of PMP, Toby Perlman. Both Mr. and Mrs. Perlman gift their time and service in-kind.
Program Comments by Organization
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast strives to inspire the next generation of concert artists, educators, and audiences. By providing world-class young musicians with opportunities to perform, interact, and train in Sarasota and Manatee counties, PMP/Suncoast is able to inspire all three aspects of classical music participants: students, educators, and audiences.
The Perlman Music Program has been the single most important part of my musical development. It is impossible for me to separate my thinking about music from PMP. I am only 21, but the Perlmans have been a vital part of my life for nearly half of it. As I get older, I am more deeply in awe of and thankful for Toby and Itzhak's dedication, love, and genius. The music world is a better place.  I believe that the Perlmans are creating a legacy that will improve music education for generations to come.
-PMP student

The significance of this program in a young musician's life is unparalleled.  The 17 days of this winter residency is the equivalent of 6 months of private practice and professional training.

-Itzhak Perlman

I attended The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast’s in-school program with my students and it was an incredible experience! The [PMP alumni] musicians were personable, using humor and personal stories to explain the instruments and relevant experiences that supported the musical pieces. The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast is truly a gift to our community and students. We are lucky to have the support of donors who want to support the arts within the schools.

-Dr. Barbara Shirley, Principal, Alta Vista Elementary School

One of the most exciting, inspiring concerts I have ever seen!

-2014 Celebration Concert Audience Member

Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Power
CEO Term Start June 2008
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Elizabeth Power found her affinity for music education at an early age.  Having started study on the violin at age 8, by the age of 12 she was encouraged to begin teaching privately.  She holds BM (summa cum laude) and MM degrees in Viola Performance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and an Advanced Certificate in graduate studies from The Juilliard School. Primary teachers include Heidi Castleman, Victoria Chiang, Steve Tenenbom, and Philip Setzer.  

While at Juilliard, she held a full-time position serving as office manager in charge of inventory for Machold Rare Violins, NY.  From 1999 through 2005, she held positions of Education Director and Conservatory & Outreach Director at the Florida West Coast Symphony where she designed and implemented more than a dozen community music classes for the young and young at heart, expanded Symphony outreach programs, and managed their music education programs including six youth orchestras and an annual three-week summer music day camp (serving 300+ students). 

Ms. Power joined the Van Wezel Foundation (VWF) in 2005 serving as the project coordinator and liaison for The Perlman Music Program (PMP) with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (VWPAH) and VWF in addition to writing grants for the City of Sarasota for the VWPAH's educational programming.

Ms. Power currently serves as the founding Executive Director of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (PMP/S), created in May 2008 to provide a permanent home for the 2.5-week-long PMP Winter Residency in Southwest Florida.  In 2009, she was instrumental in supporting the design and implementation of the PMP/S Education Outreach Program, bringing PMP alumni to SW Florida as teaching and performing artists, annually serving 4,000 students in 15 local schools.  

Ms. Power maintains a private studio and serves on the Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts Committee and the USFSM Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching Advisory Board.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Margaret Ann Behrends Development Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 120
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Ongoing collaborations are in place with The Perlman Music Program (NY-based), University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and the School Boards of Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  All other collaborations are annual agreements.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Management Comments by Organization
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast is run by a skeletal administrative staff of two people with additional P/T support and a team of volunteers.  As the staff is so small, a management succession plan has been a moot point. Also, regarding "Organization Policy and Procedures," there are by-laws in place but currently no employee handbook.  The two full-time administrative staff members are permanent employees. 
Meanwhile, annual planning of future programs are already in the works as the 11th Winter Residency, 6th Education Outreach Program, and 3rd Emerging Artists Performance Series are scheduled to be presented during the 2014-2015 season.
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael Ritter
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Alan Ades Community Volunteer
Delin Bru Community Volunteer
John Cavanaugh The Cavanaugh Company (Super-Sensitive Musical String Co.)
Edie Chaifetz Community Volunteer
Susan Coyne Community Volunteer
Irwin L. Davis Community Volunteer
Denise Davis-Cotton Ed.D.Argosy University
Rodger DeRose Kessler Foundation
Linda Driggs Michael Saunders
Burton Farbman Community Volunteer
Marty Fine ((1936-2012)
Peter French Ph.D.Retired
Dottie Baer Garner Community Volunteer
Debbie Haspel Community Volunteer
Robert Israeloff Israeloff Trattner & Co, P.C.
Ilana Jones Community Volunteer
Fran Lambert Community Volunteer
Martin Marcus Retired
Jan Pitchford Shumaker Loop & Kendrick
Brianne Reck Ph.D.USF Sarasota-Manatee
Michael Ritter Community Volunteer
Jules Rose Community Volunteer
Michael Shelton Embracing Our Differences
Joseph A. Siragusa Fidelity Investments
Barbara Staton Community Volunteer
Rod Williams The Omni Group
Merrill Wynne Habif Arogeti and Wynne, LLP, Cpas and Business Advisors
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 96
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $690,000.00
Projected Expenses $630,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$121,160$14,123$84,350
Individual Contributions$676,876$641,772$620,234
Investment Income, Net of Losses$98$590$448
Membership Dues$36,228$42,143$44,160
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$289,188$290,166$304,505
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$673,010$536,988$567,211
Administration Expense$116,604$105,514$107,833
Fundraising Expense$127,843$118,880$134,290
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.001.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%71%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%18%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$375,954$398,283$211,800
Current Assets$367,087$376,397$199,285
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$255,955$359,308$172,149
Total Net Assets$119,999$38,975$39,651
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $676,876Contributions, gifts, grants $641,772Contributions, gifts, grants $620,234
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTicket Sales $149,387Ticket Sales $51,664Government grants $84,350
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $121,160Membership Dues $42,143Tocket Sales $48,272
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.431.051.16
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Current income and expense projections do not include the more than $250,000 annual in-kind gifts.  The major portion of annual in-kind gifts: PMP/Suncoast's partnership with USF Sarasota-Manatee to host the 17-day PMP Sarasota Winter Residency, enabling use of campus facilities 24-hours a day.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and financial reviews.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit The Perlman Music Program Suncoast Inc
Address PO Box 3407
Sarasota, FL 342303407
Primary Phone 941 955-4942