Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Old Songs, Inc.

  • Voorheesville, NY
  • www.oldsongs.org

Mission Statement

Old Songs, Inc. is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the community by presenting traditional music and dance year-round through festivals, concerts, contra dances, classes, and other educational programs. Old Songs consists of volunteers and staff working together to create events that expose new audiences to traditional music and dance. We provide professional opportunity for artists by presenting new talent and known talent, local talent and international talent. We partner with other community organizations on educational, historic preservation, agricultural, and other programs. Through fostering traditional music and dance in today's lives, this participatory artistic and cultural expression is kept alive for future generations.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Concerts
  3. Contra Dances
  4. Classes
  5. Festival
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Capital Region New York, Albany, Schenectady, Troy

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer since 1978

Self-reported

Ms. Kay Spence

Keywords

Self-reported

Presenter, Folk,Celtic,World, traditional music,instructional programs.

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EIN

22-2173973

 Number

0195114521

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Music (A68)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Old Songs, Inc. presents a monthly concert series from September through May serving approximately 1500 people. We present six contra dances a year serving about 600 people. Our two semesters of acoustic instrument instruction averages 80 students a year. The annual 3 day festival of traditional music and dance held the last full weekend of June since 1981 presents cross cultural music of the world, America and our region. The festival serves 5000 each year. Wednesdays are Make Your Own Music nights with Open Mic, Irish Slow Session, Drum Circle and Old-Time Jam. Arts in Education artist support for programs in the local school districts twice a year.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Concerts

Concert Series

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$12,000.00

Program 3

Contra Dances

Contra Dance Series

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Single Parents

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 4

Classes

Instruction in acoustic instruments

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 5

Festival

Annual Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music & Dance

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$175,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Capital Region New York, Albany, Schenectady, Troy

Funding Needs

Old Songs, Inc. has two funding needs. Sponsorship money for the festival. Capital funds to improve our building.

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OLD SONGS INC
Fiscal year: Mar 01-Feb 29
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Kay Spence

BIO

Kay L. Spence, Director, is the founder of Old Songs, Inc. A graduate of Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa in Child Development and English/Theater. She developed a love of traditional and folk music in the 1960's. Combining her interests in this form of acoustic, informal,and participatory music and her knowledge of theatre and her profession in early childhood education she developed a community organization that would provide families with a wholesome and participatory experience. Old Songs, Inc. founded in March 1977 provided the Capital District of New York with a community resource which has enriched many lives and which has preserved folk and traditional music in the community and in the lives of the families we serve. Kay has also served on the non-profit boards of the Albany Montessori School, Sing Out! Corporation,and served on her local school district Humanities Committee. Kay received an award in 2000 from the Albany-Schenectady League of Arts for outstanding service in the community.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Philip Teumim

No Affiliation

Term: Apr 2010 - Mar 2011

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