Venice Symphony, Inc.
230 Tamiami Trail Ste. 3
Venice FL 34285
Mission
Provide funding for symphony performances which provide education and cultural richness to Venice and surrounding communities.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christine Kasten
Board Chair Mr. Robert Anderson
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
0
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1974
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2017
State Registration Yes May 2017
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $962,500.00
Projected Expenses $957,250.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
  • Almost 200 students participated in the Venice Symphony Summer Music Camp in July 2016. 
  • Symphony members traveled to schools in the Sarasota County area demonstrating instruments for over 2,000 3rd grade students in 19 schools.  Three concerts were given near the end of the school year for all 3rd-grade students who participated in the demonstrations
  • Provided cultural enrichment by presenting 18 classical and pops concerts.
  • Held inaugural Pre-Concert Talk Series welcoming hundreds of people at no charge to informative discussions about the composers and selections of every concert this past season.
Goals for this coming year
  • Continue to offer summer music camp to all area students in grades 2 to 12, never turning away a student for inability to pay
  • Introduce the community to our seven conductor candidates at our Pre-Concert Talk Series 
  • Present an outstanding concert series featuring seven different conductors and challenging and entertaining programs
  • Expand Symphony in the Schools program to reach more students, including home-schooled students, in Sarasota County
Needs Statement
  1. Underwriting for performances. $10,000 per concert
  2. Scholarships for summer music camp for children aged 8-17  - $150 each child
  3. Funding for musicians' meals during matinee performances in the community. $2,000 
  4. Underwriting for Symphony In The Schools (SITS) programs instilling the love of music in children. $35,000
  5. Supporting purchase of sheet music for music library. $15,000
Background Statement

The Venice Symphony has become the pride of South Sarasota County. Residents and tourists fill its performance hall for seven series of concerts each November through May. 

The Venice Symphony provides cultural enrichment for South Sarasota County and enhances the area's cultural image for residents and visitors through performances of classical works and "pops" selections. It serves as a source of music appreciation education for the community and provides a stimulating musical experience for professional musicians, promising students, retirees with musical talents, and its audience. A free concert is presented annually for all 3rd graders in our Symphony in the Schools program at the Venice Performing Arts Center .

When the symphony was founded in 1974, the musicians were volunteers including an eighty-six year old French horn player and an eight year old boy and his grandmother, both playing violins. Initially, admission was free with area businesses and contributors covering the costs of music and printing. As operating costs increased and the orchestra became professional, with the seventy-five musicians receiving compensation, it became necessary to charge for admission. Today the Symphony is funded through ticket sales, private and corporate contributions, Tourist Development Council, Sarasota County Arts Council, Friends of the Symphony and other philanthropic organizations, and grants. In 1990 a staff was added to manage the Symphony and its library of music, engage orchestra personnel, and handle the staging of the concerts. The publisher of a local newspaper has praised Venice Symphony as being one of the most exemplary models for efficiency in the arts.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Primarily serve Sarasota and Manatee and Charlotte Counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The vibrant Venice Symphony is engaging the community & enriching its quality of life through live musical & educational programs.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Music is essential to our lives and our new venue at the Venice Performing Arts Center further enhances our capabilities. We are an important cultural asset to our community. We understand the importance of music education for the youth in our community. We bring our musicians and the prestigious  Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up program to third-grade students throughout Sarasota County, including students with learning challenges and home-schooled students.In May all students involved in this program (more than 2000 in 2017) take buses to the Venice Performing Arts Center for a concert by the Venice Symphony, all at no cost to the schools or students. We continue to expand our educational outreach programs in scope and geographical reach. Your gift is important to the Venice Symphony and essential to our existence. 
Programs
Description
This exciting program reaches students grades 1 to 12 and is held at Island Village Montessori School in Venice. The camp provides instrumental and vocal instruction (beginning and intermediate), music games, mini concerts, music theory, Jazz Band, keyboard lab and conducting.  New additions are in dance and music theatre. Students perform in a concert at the Venice Performing Arts Center on the final day of camp and that concert is free and open to the public. 
Budget $30,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Appreciation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
Participating campers enjoy a safe, friendly and enriching environment to learn about and strengthen their appreciation for music and ability to perform.
Long Term Success
Children and teens enrolled in Summer Music Camp will be instilled with a life-long love for music, appreciation for the history of music, and possibly become professional or volunteer performers. Students gain self-confidence to pursue life's challenges.
Program Success Monitoring
  • The number of students enrolled - target of 150 each year
  • Assessment of students by instructors
  • Students present a concert for family, friends and the community on the final day 
Program Success Examples
A perfect example of program success is visible at the end-of-camp concert provided to the community. It is evident that the campers thoroughly enjoy themselves and confidently present their skills in music.
Description
Symphony in the Schools program is for third graders at 19 South Sarasota Schools. Symphony musicians teach a program of music based on the third-grade literature curriculum along with history and music appreciation of the period when the music was created. A final concert is performed by the full Orchestra for 2,000 students and their teachers. This coming year the number of students will require three concerts. 
Budget $30,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success
Short term success is determined by the students' attendance and their participation. There is also a final report by the teachers. Students also send drawings, notes and cards that illustrate what they've learned in the classroom and their reactions to the music they hear at the concerts. 
Long Term Success
Success is asserted by attendance to the program and assessed by teachers in the classroom. The success of the children is assessed by their advancement in their studies. If they pursue music education it is deemed very successful.
Program Success Monitoring
There is an assessment tool given to every teacher. Participating musicians also give a verbal and written assessment of the program. 
Program Success Examples
The Symphony receives hundreds of letters annually from parents, teachers, and students. Attendance at the final concert is also a measurement of success. 
Comments
Program Comments by Organization We have moved from a 600 seat venue to a 1000 + seat performing arts center and have thus sharply expanded our audience base.  In 2017-18 we will offer a season of seven concerts with seven different conductors and renowned soloists, bringing varied programs and music to the community. In May 2018, one of these seven conductors will become the Music Director/Conductor of The Venice Symphony for 2018-19 and beyond. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christine Kasten
CEO Term Start May 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email ckasten@thevenicesymphony.org
Experience
Over 25 years of sales, marketing, management and fundraising experience.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Mr. Doug Kerr - Apr 2016
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Sharyn Lonsdale Marketing Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 75
Volunteers 50
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
  • Sarasota County School Board for the Symphonies In The Schools (SITS) program
  • Venice Theatre for shared advertising
  • Island Village Montessori School
  • The Venice Chorale
  • Venice  Art Center
  • Venice Institute of Performing Arts 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Leage of American Orchestras - Member
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Best of VeniceVenice Gondolier2016
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Robert Anderson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Nov 2016 to May 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Robert Anderson Attorney
Mr. Kevin Bellosa Musician
Ms. Maureen Bentley Retired
Mr. Elliott Corn retired
Mr. James Crandall Retired CPA
Ms. Barbara Freeman Retired Teacher and Gallery Owner
Ms. Diane Houston Retired
Mr. David Joyner Joyner Family Insurance
Mr. Floyd Juday Retired
Mr. Paul McCullough retired
Mrs. Donna Perkins retired business professional
Mr. Mack Wilcox retired business professional
Mrs. Janice Zarro retired business professional
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 95
Standing Committees
Audit
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
We continue to seek diversified and qualified applicants for the board. The shift to the new Venice Performing Arts Center in 2014 has brought unique opportunities.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $962,500.00
Projected Expenses $957,250.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $470,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902016
990 2014-20152015
990 2013-20142014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$42,551$30,808$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$42,551$30,808$0
Individual Contributions$284,708$219,254$277,013
$0$0$0
$527,447$533,925$392,937
Investment Income, Net of Losses$12,051$3,537$68,949
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$27,977$9,062$23,519
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$559,671$587,952$508,520
Administration Expense$253,265$234,049$219,862
Fundraising Expense$3,582$3,761$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.100.961.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%71%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$935,917$968,675$1,018,427
Current Assets$165,584$929,799$982,243
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$17,454$89,870$122,596
Total Net Assets$918,463$878,805$895,831
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTicket Sales $489,609Ticket Sales $429,412Ticket Sales $352,483
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $284,708Contributions, gifts, grants $219,254Contributions, gifts, grants $277,013
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $42,551Dick Hyman Show $67,750Music Camp $26,404
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.4910.358.01
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from 990.  990s and audits are reconciled for 2008, 2010 - 2013.  2009 audit not provided.  Audit for 2014 not available at time of review.  Foundation, corporations and congregations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in 990s.
 
Nonprofit Venice Symphony, Inc.
Address 230 Tamiami Trail Ste. 3
Venice, FL 34284
Phone 941 488-1010

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