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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.

Life Is Better With Music

aka FWSO   |   Fort Worth, TX   |  http://www.fwsymphony.org

Mission

The mission of the Fort Symphony Orchestra Association is: 1)To perform great symphonic music at the highest level of artistic excellence to educate, entertain, and enhance cultural life, 2)To present engaging music education programs for young people to foster early interest in and inspire lifelong enjoyment of music; and 3) To achieve ever-greater levels of artistic accomplishment and leadership in Fort Worth and across the nation.

Ruling year info

1958

Chairman of the Board

Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass

Main address

330 East 4th St, Suite 200

Fort Worth, TX 76102 USA

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EIN

75-6004761

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Music (A68)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Symphonic and Pops Concert Series

A diverse season of 60 concerts in Bass Performance Hall, serving an audience of over 65,000. Concerts include free lectures, world-renowned guest artists, meet and greets with FWSO musicians, and plenty of family-friendly surprises each season.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each year, the FWSO travels across North Texas, presenting great classical repertoire and engaging educational programs in schools and community venues. This program endeavors to bring live symphonic music to families who cannot experience the FWSO due to financial or geographic constraints.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each season, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra inspires nearly 65,000 children through in-school performances, master classes and behind-the-scenes rehearsals, all intended to broaden their educational experience with music. More than 70% of the children we serve are disadvantaged due to low income, geographic location, or limited access to cultural resources. The Adventures in Music education and community outreach initiative introduces students in kindergarten through high school to symphonic music, increases their abilities to perceive and comprehend music, and fosters early interest in and lifelong enjoyment of music. Without this program, many of the children we serve would not be exposed to live orchestral performances. We believe every child should have access to music education programs and the benefits they provide, regardless of their socio-economic status or location.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Since 1991, the FWSO has entertained more than 800,000 guests from all over Texas and across the US, with Concerts In The Garden. This 6-week concert series takes place in the beautiful Fort Worth Botanic Garden and features everything from the music of Pink Floyd and Pokemon to John Philip Sousa and John Williams. Each performances features a thrilling fireworks display in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

2017 was one of the festival’s best summers, second only to 2016. More than 37,000 guests attended the 6-week series in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Since 2010, audiences have grown 20%, and revenue from ticket sales has increased 30% over the past 3 years. This popular series successfully attracts new audiences - in 2017, first time attendees comprised 30% of all guests.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of performances includes Symphonic, Pops, Education and Outreach, Concerts In The Gardens, and community partner concerts. Numbers presented are by season (e.g. 2016 = 2015-16 season)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Although the FWSO just completed the final year of our organization's five-year strategic plan, we continue to build on recent success by following these strategies. Even when we fully transition into new leadership and begin a new phase of planning, many of these goals will remain core focuses of the FWSO:

• Steadily increasing programming balance, accessibility and creativity

• Building on the strength and breadth of our education programs

• Expanding our audience and the diversity of those we serve

• Making music accessible to all

• Diversifying revenue sources

The FWSO is addressing these long-term goals by:

• Steadily increasing programming balance, accessibility and creativity as we perform everything from our upcoming world premiere symphonic suite 'Bel Canto,' to the 1812 Overture and the music of Pink Floyd. In the 2017-18 season, we celebrate our eighteenth season with Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who has worked tirelessly to promote fresh repertoire and deliver awe-inspiring performances.

• Building on the strength and breadth of our education programs to engage young minds in local schools as well as those in rural districts. This past season began to introduce bilingual Spanish-English programming while continuing a strong tradition of providing Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills aligned curriculum. Director of Education and Community Outreach Lindsey Branch also restructured our in school performance program to create Symphony In Your School. This year-long curriculum includes two performance by the full orchestra at eight Title I schools. Students at the schools then get to experience the orchestra at other venues in field trips. This program vastly improves student retention of the materials.

• Expanding our audience and the diversity of those we serve through dynamic collaborations with the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, Texas Christian University, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, and many others. Vice President of Artistic Operations Becky Tobin ensures these partnerships remain strong each year.

• Making music accessible to all through free community performances, in addition to our Beethoven's Buddies program, which distributes free tickets to clients of human service agencies. Lindsey Branch and Vice President of Marketing Tamara Clement are presently developing a new Sunday Symphonic program that will provide free tickets to educators, military families, first responders, and social workers.

• Diversifying revenue sources to remain the largest arts employer in Tarrant County with a $50 million impact on our local economy. This effort to expand is best exemplified through the Amon G. Carter Foundation challenge. With the goal of raising $3 million in three years, FWSO is seeking new and increased contributions (with a limit of $10,000 per donor) that must be pledged at a consistent level over three years before qualifying for matching funds. We have already seen a remarkable response, as new donors join the symphony and longtime supporters advance their annual giving. Meanwhile, sales continue to grow, with current sales up by 12%.

The FWSO's administrative staff of 27 all bring industry experience and expertise to their roles in the organization. Similarly, the FWSO musicians are some of the most talented in world, hailing from prestigious conservatories and storied careers. The FWSO Board of Directors features talented and passionate community leaders from across the broad spectrum of industry that Fort Worth is fortunate to have. And the FWSO benefits from extraordinary funding partners who are committed to helping this community institution continue to better serve our city, county, and region of this great state.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra gave its first performance over 100 years ago. Since that first gathering of musicians in Fort Worth, Texas, this ensemble has transcended the dreams of its founders by touring the world, releasing numerous albums on international and national labels, and collaborating with some of history's greatest talents, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, and the Texas Swing legends Asleep at the Wheel. Now the FWSO looks forward to the release of Prokofiev's full set of five piano concerti on the Harmonia Mundi label, featuring Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko on piano. And in April of 2018, the FWSO will take the national stage, appearing at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as one of four ensembles participating in the SHIFT: Festival of American Orchestras. To see a brief historical timeline of the FWSO, please visit http://www.fwsymphony.org/about/events.asp

Financials

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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mercedes Bass

Bass Enterprises

Henry Robinson

Kelly, Hart & Hallman

Adele Hart

No Affiliation

Teresa King

Luther King Capital Management

Mitzi Davis

Davoil Inc.

Donna Whitworth

Miss America Organization

Jean Roach

Roach Foundation

Dwayne Smith

Gardner & Smith, PLLC

Mollie Lasater

No Affiliation

Mercedes Bass

Bass Enterprises

Ed Schollmaier

Retired, Alcon Laboratories

Frasher Pergande

No Affiliation

Marvin Blum

The Blum Firm

Barbara Cox

No Affiliation

Barry Green

Ben E. Keith Beverages

Louella Martin

Louella Baker Martin

Priscilla Martin

Martin Sprocket & Gear

Juana Rosa Daniell

Retired, Alcon Labs

Ruth Brightbill

No Affiliation

Mary Jeanne Dyess

No Affiliation

Katie Farmer

BNSF Railway

John E. Forestner

UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Paula O. Fultz

Retired, IBM

Gail Cooke

No Affiliation

Genie Guynn

No Affiliation

Janie Harper

No Affiliation

Sam Hulsey

Retired, Bishop

Dee J. Kelly

Kelly, Hart & Hallman

Stuart D. McDonald

Texas Pulmonary & Critical Care

Ellen F. Messman

No Affiliation

Martin J. Noto

First Financial Bank

Thomas B. Reynolds

Reynolds Cattle Company

Amy Roach Bailey

Roach Family Foundation

G. Bradley Alford

Interior Designer

John L. Barnett

Pediatric Dentist

Pascaline Berghmans

No Affiliation

Ashli Blumenfeld

Penrose, LLC

Victor J. Boschini

Texas Christian University

Ron Daniell

Retired, Physician

Leo Day

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Asad Dean

Hematologist/Oncologist

Joseph DeWoody

Clear Fork Royalty, LLC

Vance A. Duffy

Retired, Bell Helicopter Textron

Joan E. Friedman

No Affiliation

Tera Garvey

Garvey Family Foundation

Janie Harper

No Affiliation

Anne Helmreich

Texas Christian University

Kathleen Hicks

No Affiliation

Aaron Howard

PDX, Inc.

Bob Jameson

Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau

Stephen Jasso

All Saints Catholic Church

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/21/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data