Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Kansas City Symphony

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.kcsymphony.org

Mission Statement

To transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music, accomplished by great performances for greater audiences.

Main Programs

  1. Concert Series
  2. Education
  3. Community Engagement
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

MO

ruling year

1983

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Mr. Frank Byrne

Keywords

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Arts/culture, Music Education, Community development, Symphony Orchestra

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EIN

43-1297475

 Number

1759058821

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Music (A68)

orming Arts (Aer)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Kansas City Symphony strives to reach people of every age, income level, cultural background, and level of past exposure to orchestral music. Our fifth season in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts continued the stunning success of the first four years. Guest artists Midori, Jeremy Denk and Jeffrey Kahane, among many others, gave memorable performances. We presented two works commissioned or co-commissioned by the Symphony: David Ludwig's Violin Concerto and Jonathan Leshnoff's Symphony No. 3. Concerts covered repertoire across two centuries. The 160-member Symphony Chorus sounded superb in performances with the Symphony, including an evening of operatic choruses and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The Classics Uncorked, Screenland at the Symphony, and Happy Hour series all met with tremendous success, drawing large crowds of first-time concertgoers. Several special programs generated excitement, including performances by Matthew Morrison, Doc Severinsen, and Kristin Chenoweth. In June, we recorded a CD of three one-movement symphonies by Barber, Sibelius, and Scriabin. Education and community engagement programs reached more than 57,000 children and teachers from 328 schools in 56 districts in 77 Missouri and Kansas communities. The Symphony's varied programs continued to have broad appeal; audience members came from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six countries. Overall ticket revenue posted a record and contributed revenue totaled over $7 million in annual fund support. Recent studies show that the Symphony has a $22 million impact on the region, supporting 443 FTE jobs and generating $1.7 million in state and local tax revenue. Helzberg Hall has served as the catalyst for these achievements. As we perform in the crystalline acoustic of this stunning hall, we are reminded that excellence requires vision and dedication. We are committed to this journey.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Concert Series

The Symphony's Classical Series offers 43 performances of 14 different programs that combine timeless classics with pivotal modern works and groundbreaking contemporary pieces, mixing internationally-renowned soloists with rising stars. The four-concert Pops Series draws a diverse audience through programs offering a wide variety of musical styles and nationally-known guest performers. The Family Series consists of shorter concerts in a format that appeals to the young imagination. The free Happy Hour Series consists of seven short programs designed to present an informal taste of chamber music. The Classics Uncorked Series offers four orchestra concerts that explore repertoire in a casual atmosphere with the opportunity for relaxed social interaction. Our Screenland at the Symphony Series presents classic movies with the score performed live. Holiday programming includes Handel's Messiah and Christmas Festival. We also offer numerous special concerts each year featuring top artists.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Education

Symphony education programs enable thousands of students to learn, create and become inspired through orchestral music each year. Through our Instrument Petting Zoo program, thousands of pre-school and elementary children learn about the orchestra and have the opportunity to create sounds on various musical instruments. More than 20,000 young people and chaperones learn about orchestral music in our KinderKonzerts (K-3) and Young People's Concerts (grades 3-6), which are designed specifically for these age groups. More than 2,000 middle and high school students are inspired by hearing virtuosic guest artists and orchestral masterworks at the Symphony's Open Rehearsals. The highly successful Support School Music program brings the Symphony to area schools for rehearsals, classes and a performance which raises money for the school district's music programs. And we are pleased to continue offering the Carnegie Hall-designed program Link Up, an interactive music program that reaches over 8,000 elementary students and teachers each year. The Symphony nurtures students of all ages through many opportunities to experience the full spectrum of orchestral music.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Community Engagement

The Symphony's community engagement activities include the annual Bank of America Celebration at the Station, a free, outdoor, family-oriented concert performed during the Memorial Day weekend in front of historic Union Station that draws upwards of 60,000 each year and is televised across Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska; an annual Labor Day weekend concert at Shawnee Mission Park; a collaboration sustaining the century-old holiday tradition of the Independence Messiah performance; an annual Cabaret Concert serving the North Kansas City area; and various other concerts presented each year in numerous locations throughout the region. In addition, recordings of performances from the Symphony's Classical Series are broadcast weekly on KCUR-FM, Kansas City's NPR-affiliated radio station. The Community Connections program also offers more than 120 community-based performances and events each year presented by Symphony musicians.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Symphony seeks to transform hearts, minds and our community through the power of symphonic music. The Symphony's objectives include the growth and diversification of our audience, advancing the Symphony's profile in the Kansas City area and beyond, and enhancing the orchestra's artistic achievements and financial stability. Those success indicators will mark the level of engagement and transformation achieved.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Symphony will continue to offer an extensive array of concerts across the spectrum of musical genres, a wide variety of education programs for all ages, and numerous opportunities for community members to engage with the orchestra. Within each strategy, we will strive for excellence in concept, design, and presentation such that the Symphony becomes the arts organization of choice in our community. It is only through experiencing the Symphony that our transformative mission can be accomplished.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    With a 31-year history of success, the Kansas City Symphony is well-poised to carry out our challenging programs. From a dedicated 24-member board of directors comprised of community leaders to the 31-member professional staff, the Symphony has the leadership and administrative expertise to succeed. Of course, the artistic leadership provided by Music Director Michael Stern has transformed the orchestra into one of the leading ensembles in the United States. Each of the 80 full-time musicians is an artist, committed to performing at the highest possible level.

    The Symphony's 700 volunteers are devoted to the organization's success and raise nearly $1 million each year to support the Symphony's programs. Nearly 5,000 donors believe in the Symphony's mission and capacity, making gifts that have a far-reaching impact. And more than 235,000 people attended or participated in Symphony programs in 2012-2013, affirming broad community interest and belief in the relevance of their experience.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Through analysis of attendance and revenue benchmarks, we will ascertain level of progress toward numerical goals. Progress toward iIntangible goals may be inferred from behavioral markers such as social media utilization, continued ability to draw top artists and musicians, positive critical reviews, awards from various sources, and anecdotal accounts. In addition, we maintain close contact with community and business leaders throughout the region, seeking their perceptive analysis of Symphony programs. Constituent surveys also offer a significant level of feedback that indicates progress toward goals.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    A few recent accomplishments include sold-out concerts of superb quality, a Grammy award, new recordings made each year, a PBS special televised nationwide to a cumulative audience of 10 million people, renewing the musicians' contract for three years - one year ahead of schedule, achieving small operating surpluses for the past three years, thriving education programs, designing and implementing a new website, and launching a vibrant social media presence.

    Still to be accomplished: making the Kansas City Symphony the performing arts organization of choice throughout our community, every student in Greater Kansas City hearing the Symphony live at some point during their school years, and increasing the number of concerts so that more people can experience the Symphony in Helzberg Hall.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

MO

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

The Kansas City Symphony is committed to ensuring that the experience of live performance is accessible to people throughout our diverse community by keeping ticket prices affordable. Because ticket sales cover only a fraction of the cost of a Symphony performance, the bulk of the Symphony's program and operating costs are funded by the generous support of foundation, individual and corporate donors. Every contribution, no matter the size, is important to the financial well-being of the Symphony and our ability to serve the community.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

League of American Orchestras

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Financials

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KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Kansas City Symphony

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Frank Byrne

BIO

Frank Byrne was named executive director of the Kansas City Symphony June 26, 2002. Prior to the appointment, he served as the Symphony's general manager, functioning as the chief operating officer and coordinating all divisions of the Symphony. Before joining the Kansas City Symphony in January 2001, Byrne spent twenty-seven years in Washington, D.C., with ""The President's Own"" United States Marine Band, which performs at the White House for State functions. During his career with the Marine Band, Byrne combined managerial ability with broad musical experiences as a performer, writer, lecturer and active member of national and international music associations. Byrne studied music at the University of Hawaii. After joining the Marine Band, he continued his formal education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and took every opportunity to study under his musical icon, the late Arnold Jacobs, legendary principal tubist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1944 to 1988. Byrne produced a recording, "Portrait of an Artist," for Summit Records in tribute to his former teacher and mentor. Frank Byrne lives with his wife, Debbie, in Overland Park, Kansas.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Kansas City Symphony is our region's only full-time professional symphony orchestra. With a 2012-13 budget of $13.5 million, the KCS is a vital, thriving institution that is setting the standard for artistic excellence in the Kansas City region. The Symphony's artistic accomplishments continue to attract national recognition, and the orchestra's potential has only begun to be realized, especially with the incredible resource of Helzberg Hall's marvelous acoutics in a state-of-the-art facility such as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It is said that the health of a community's symphony orchestra is a bellwether of the state of the arts in that area. The Kansas City Symphony has a remarkable record of financial stability and good stewardship as evidenced by a three-star overall rating from Charity Navigator and a four-star accountability rating (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5353 ). We have responded thoughtfully and decisively to the extremely challenging economic circumstances of the past few years, always keeping artistic integrity at the forefront of the process. Because of such proactive steps, the Symphony is well-situated to continue the artistic and organizational development that has marked recent years. The KCS is also recognized as a national leader in seeking innovative ways to transform the institutional culture of symphony orchestras. Through our public performances, educational programs and community programs, we seek an ever deepening relationship and a more vital role in the lives of our citizens and their families. Our greatest desire is to share the wonder of great music with the widest possible audience. We feel it is the most important contribution we can make to the quality of life of this very special community. When audience members tell me how good the Symphony sounds, I always respond very sincerely when I say, "Thank you, but this is just the beginning." With the opening of the Kauffman Center, people are finally hearing the brilliance of our ensemble. Whether onstage or behind the scenes, everyone involved with the Kansas City Symphony is committed to excellence. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. William M. Lyons

Retired President and CEO, American Century Companies, Inc.

Term: July 2013 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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