Belle Canto Inc.
Elizabeth Goldstein-Belle Canto, Inc. C/O First Church 104 S. Pineapple Ave
Sarasota FL 34236
To share a passionate celebration of women's voices to entertain, enrich, inspire and educate audiences with the finest choral repertoire through diverse and creative programming.
CEO/Executive Director MS Helene R Levin
Board Chair Company Affiliation VOLUNTER
History and Background
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 2010
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $10,170.00
Projected Expenses $8,990.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2016
State Registration 0
Fall, 2013:
1. An all new collaboration with The First Church Jazz Trio, "Belles Sing The Blues," on 11/3 brought in a record attendance and will lead to another collaboration in the Fall of 2014. 
Spring, 2014:
1. Belle Canto is very proud to have worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota this year.  During 4 sessions in February and March, our Director, Elizabeth Goldstein and the director of Sarasota Young Voices, Genevieve Beauchamp worked with a small group of girls on a piece that would be performed at our "Singspiration" concert on March 9.  The piece, "Letters From A Girls to the World." The girls were encouraged to write about their hopes and dreams for the future.  These were added as speaking parts during a performance at the club.  The girls were were also invited to perform with SYV and Belle Canto.  
2.Outreach concert at Roser Church on Ana Maria Island in January, 2014.
3. Singspiration III concert in honor of Nat'l Women's History Month bringing together Sarasota Young Voices, the Chroma Quartet, composer Gwyneth Walker, and Georgia Court of Bookstore 1 in sarasota.
4. In March, Belle Canto was asked to sing at the Kick-Off celebration for Poetry Life in May.  
Fall, 2014:
On November 9, Belle Canto once again collaborated with The Jazz Trio from First Church in Sarasota. "Hit Me With A Hot Note," a concert featuring both Blues and Jazz standards was a benefit concert for Family Promise of Sarasota.  $1000 was raised and donated to Family Promise.   
Belle Canto was formed in the fall of 2009 by conductor and artistic director, Elizabeth Goldstein, when she realized that there was no group in Sarasota dedicated to the presentation of repertoire for the female voice. She contacted some of the best singers in town, and within a very few months, Belle Canto was formed, and gave its first concert in December of 2009 at First United Methodist Church, Sarasota. The group started with under 15 members, but grew in size and reputation rapidly. They perform music that includes sacred, opera, gospel, Broadway, and pop. We have  grown from a small group of 12 singers to 21, and have given concerts in Sarasota, North Port and Ft. Myers, FL. We have received rave reviews in the Herald Tribune and Observer newspapers. Our collaborations have included famed composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker, the North Port High School Women's Ensemble, the Chroma Quartet, and the trainee dancers of the Sarasota Ballet.
Website: Belle Canto needs to create a new website so that we can reach out to the public in a way that we are not able to do currently. A new website will enable the public to learn about Belle Canto and the music we sing, publicize concerts, events, and collaborations, as well as recruit new singers and volunteers to help our organization grow.  
Create a DVD and CD: Both would be used as educational and marketing tools.   
Increase our music library: A gift of $135 provides copies of music for a new selection for singers, conductor and pianist and additional musicians.
Provide for income for collaborators: A gift of $300 underwrites our pianist, one additional musician, or a guest conductor for one concert. 
Board members: We are looking for additional board members who would like to help Belle Canto grow and increase our visibility.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Belle Canto is an all-volunteer organization with the exception of fees paid to our grants writer and pianist. Belle Canto has a unique opportunity to perform wonderful music created for the female voice, but more importantly, can also heighten awareness in the general public about the importance of women in our history. That is why every March, during Nat'l Women's History Month, we present a concert that features famous women in science, technology, art, dance and music and public service. We also distribute educational materials about these great women to the Sarasota and Manatee County School system music teachers so that they can teach students about these women and, hopefully, bring them to our concerts.
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Belle Canto women's vocal ensemble arose from a need within the community for performance of a unique repertoire. From it's first concert, we have been a huge success and our numbers have grown with our reputation. Rehearsals are hard work but filled with joy and comraderie. We are trying to increase awareness within Sarasota with added PR, and increase donations with the creation of an up-to-date email list. We are an all-volunteer group, and all members assist with activities to the extent they can.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Belle Canto performs a Singspiration concert every March to celebrate National Women's History Month. 
2012- Collaboration with renowned composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker and the Advanced Women's Chorus of North Port High School performed in downtown Sarasota and North Port Performing Arts Center.
2013- Collaboration with Sarasota Ballet's trainee dancers and the Chroma Quartet. Women honorees included scientist Marie Curie, astronaut Sally Ride, composer Nadia Boulanger, and dancer Margot Fontayne.
2014- Collaboration with renowned composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker and Sarasota Young Voices directed by Genevieve Beauchamp, March 9, 2014. 
"Singspiration III…. And Then There Was Music," will highlight women poets including May Swenson and Sara Teasdale, and the music inspired by their words.  
Our concerts are free to the public, keeping with our goal to bring music for the female voice to the public.
Budget $4,500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Other Economic Level
Short Term Success
1. Mentoring local youth helps build a strong generation of women passionate about the performing arts.
2. Performances are widely accessable as we continue to bring a range of music and performances to the public.
3. Concerts increase appreciation of the importance of women in the creative arts.
Long Term Success
1. Choir students benefit from mentoring by Belle Canto members and are better prepared for performance.
2. Audiences enjoy an evening of music while understanding and appreciating the impact women have in the arts.
3. Members of Belle Canto benefit from the experience of mentoring young women.
Program Success Monitored By
Belle Canto members and collaborators are surveyed about a variety of questions relating to their experience.
Examples of Program Success
1. Both Belle Canto performers and collaborators expressed enthusiasm about their experience.
2. A strong mentoring partnership was formed with the North Port High School Advanced Women's Chorous.
3. The Singspiration concert recieved a very positive review in the Herald Tribune.
In keeping with our mission of bringing varied music styles to the public to both entertain and educate, we are presenting a fall concert that will feature blues and jazz repertoire. Our collaborators are the Jazz in the Chapel trio that perform monthly at First United Methodist Church in downtown Sarasota. Tickets prices will be kept moderate to make the concert accessible to all who wish to attend. That concert will be repeated in  January on Anna Maria Island so that residents of north county can attend this exciting concert.
Budget $1,095
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
We hope for a well-attended, successful concert.
Long Term Success
Our hope is that concert goers in Sarasota continue to learn to appreciate even more the fine choral repertoire being written for female voices.
Program Success Monitored By
The Board always evaluates concerts for their quality, attendance and benefits to the community.
Examples of Program Success
A positive review from the newspaper is helpful, as well as attendee positive comments about their enjoyment in discovering and hearing new and familiar musical works.
Description This fall, Belle Canto will once again collaborate with the First Church Jazz Trio, (Tommy Goodman, Dominic Mancini, Johnny Moore) in a program entitled, "Hit Me With A Hot Note!"  This all new jazz and blues favorites concert will feature "I Got Rhythm," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Java Jive," and so many more all-time hits.   Two evening concerts will be performed, November 9, 2014 at 6 PM at First Church in Sarasota, and November 13, 2014 at Bay Village.  Our November 9th concert will be a benefit concert for Family Promise Sarasota. 
Budget $1,095
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adults Adults Adults
Short Term Success Success would mean that our concerts are well attended and that there are many positive comments.  
Long Term Success Our hope is that those who attend our concerts will learn to appreciate and/or grow in their appreciation of the beautiful sound of the female vocal ensemble and the fine choral repertoire written for the female voice.  
Program Success Monitored By A positive review in the newspaper is one way of determining how our program is working.  Belle Canto has also developed an audience survey that has been and will be included in all future programs. 
Examples of Program Success Increased audience attendance 
Description On Sunday evening, April 19, 2015, Belle Canto will once again collaborate with Sarasota Young Voices and the Chroma Quartet to present our annual Singpiration Concert in Celebration of Women's History Month.  Singspiration IV: A Salute To Spring.  Think April in Paris!  Our exciting concert will include works by Debussy, Boulanger, Dr. Gwyneth Walker and will include other great choral literature.  The program will be a First United Methodist Church in Sarasota at 7PM.  
Budget $4,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Other Economic Level
Short Term Success It is our hope that those who attend this concert will leave with a sense of joy, that they will attend future concerts, and that they will tell others to attend future performances as well.  Our goal is to build our audiences.  
Long Term Success Audiences will enjoy an evening of diverse music and gain an appreciation for the sound of both women's choral music and choral music for young voices.  They will also enjoy the collaboration with two other arts organizations
Program Success Monitored By An audience survey has been developed.  This printed survey is enclosed in all programs.  The audience will be asked to write their comments during a 5 minute intermission.  The survey will be collected at the end of the concert.  
Examples of Program Success Both Belle Canto singers, our collaborators, and members of the audience  express their enthusiasm about the performance and their desire to collaborate in the future.  The comments from the survey are overwhelmingly positive.  
Program Comments by Organization
   Our greatest challenge is how to fund our Singspiration concerts. We make sure that we perform as a paid group for our other concerts, so that we can pay our accompanist and buy music. We also charge members dues to cover basic costs. But for our collaboration, we need to rent a hall, advertise for an audience and pay for publicity, programs, etc. Grants from private and public institutions are very important to us.
   We also hope to one day be able to pay our conductor and also hire a part-time paid executive director. For now, as president of the Board, I perform most of the tasks for the organization, but long term, we need to have a guaranteed base of income to sustain the group.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director MS Helene R Levin
CEO Term Start May 2013
Helene Levin, a retired music educator, holds teaching certificates from New York State, New Jersey, and Florida.  She taught music in the public schools for 40 years. She has been involved in several arts organizations including the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota and is a member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance Education Task Force.  Helene has sung with several major choruses and  is a member of Belle Canto.  
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 29
Contractors 2
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Management Reports to Board
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Former CEOs
Ms. Judy Sokal May 2010 - May
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
March, 2012: Collaboration with North Port High School Advanced Women's Chorus and composer Gwyneth Walker celebrating Women's History Month
March, 2013: Collaboration with Chroma Quartet, Sarasota Ballet Trainees, Dr. Gwyneth Walker celebrating Women's History Month
November,  2013 and November, 2014:  Collaboration with the First Church Jazz Trio presenting Blues and Jazz concerts.
March,  2014 and April, 2015: Collaboration with  Chroma Quartet, Sarasota Young Voices, and composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker celebrating Women's History Month
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Chorus American
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Leadership Comments by Organization
We look forward to the time when, through development, we will have sufficient funds to pay a part-time executive director, and thus remove some burdens from board members. We also look forward to a permanent funding stream for the Artistic Director.
Board Chair
Company Affiliation VOLUNTER
Board Term May 2013 to May 2016
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Randi Brodsky Community Volunteer
Mr Joel Larus retired
Ms. Helene Levin Volunteer
Ms Betsy Marx community volunteer
Ms. Janet Nagourney community Volunteeer
Ms Sue Shepard community volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 75
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Governance Comments by Organization
We do not have a CEO/Exec Director. The Board president carries out the functions of an exec. director.
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $10,170.00
Projected Expenses $8,990.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Form 990s
990-N 20142014
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$8,410----
Administration Expense$928----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.58----
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$5,209----
Current Assets$5,209----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$5,209----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $8,953----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountConcert Fees $4,350----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $1,360----
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Thus far, Belle Canto has been funded through singer dues, private donations, fees from concerts and grants. But in order to grow and provide income for our Artistic Director and a part-time Exec. Director, we need to expand our development. That is being worked on currently as part of our short and long term strategic planning.
Financial Comments by Foundation
This organization has revenues of less than $20,000 and files a 990-N, which does not provide a breakdown of expenses and revenue; however, for calendar 2013 they have provided an unaudited P&L.
Nonprofit Belle Canto Inc.
Address Elizabeth Goldstein-Belle Canto, Inc. C/O First Church 104 S. Pineapple Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Primary Phone 941 400-2152
CEO/Executive Director MS Helene R Levin
Board Chair Company Affiliation VOLUNTER
Year of Incorporation 2010