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Celebrity Series of Boston

 20 Park Plaza, Suite 1032
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 482-2595
[F] (617) 598-3291
WWW.CELEBRITYSERIES.ORG
[email protected]
Sara Robinson
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INCORPORATED: 1989
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EIN 22-2958508

LAST UPDATED: 06/29/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names Bank of America Celebrity Series (2004)
Fleet Boston Celebrity Series (2000)
Bank Boston Celebrity Series (1996)
Bank of Boston Celebrity Series (1989)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Celebrity Series Mission: To present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community.

The Celebrity Series Vision: We believe in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives, and build better communities. We envision a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, life-long, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.

Mission Statement

The Celebrity Series Mission: To present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community.

The Celebrity Series Vision: We believe in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives, and build better communities. We envision a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, life-long, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $6,571,514.00
Projected Expense $6,561,279.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Arts for All!
  • Mainstage Performance Season
  • Public Performance Projects

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Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Celebrity Series Mission: To present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community.

The Celebrity Series Vision: We believe in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives, and build better communities. We envision a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, life-long, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.


Background Statement

Since 1938, the Celebrity Series of Boston has brought the world’s finest performing artists to Boston, presenting some of the greatest artists of our time, as well as the Boston debuts of artists including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Yo-Yo Ma, and Leontyne Price. In addition to chamber and orchestral music, piano recitals, and dance, programs featuring jazz, spoken word, world music, and multimedia performances introduce local audiences to a range and breadth of performing arts experiences not available elsewhere, with 150+ performances and community engagement activities each year.

Our 2018-19 season offers 60+ performances by artists from around the world, from the San Francisco Symphony with violin soloist Christian Tetzlaff in music director Michael Tilson Thomas’ farewell tour, to great instrumentalists and vocalists such as Itzhak Perlman, Evgeny Kissin, Alisa Weilerstein, Yuja Wang, Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni, and Joyce DiDonato, to innovative jazz from the Monterey Jazz Festival 60th Anniversary Celebration with Cécile McLorin Salvant, Danilo Pérez’ Global Messengers and Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, to groundbreaking dance companies from around the world and close to home, including Mark Morris Dance Group, Batsheva Dance Company, Sankofa Danzafro, Ephrat Asherie Dance and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – to name but a few.

Onstage and off, our Arts for All! community programs engages people of all ages, harnessing the creative energy of the performing arts to build thriving neighborhoods and cultivate the next generation of artists and audiences. Through Artist Connections, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, and workshops offer unparalleled access to world-class main stage artists, for students from the elementary through conservatory levels. In Neighborhood Arts, Boston area artists in diverse performing arts disciplines lead hands-on workshops for youth and free community concerts in six lower income Boston neighborhoods in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End. In our Public Performance Projects, free, participatory projects offer the whole city the opportunity to create, from Street Pianos to Let’s Dance Boston to Jazz Along the Charles. Through Take Your Seat, school and community groups, families, and students receive free and discounted tickets to performances in our main stage season.


Impact Statement

 2017-18 Accomplishments:

 

  • Reached over 63,876 audience members through 66 performances by the artists from around the globe, across a variety of genres including orchestral and chamber music, solo recitals, contemporary dance, jazz, world music, and literary artists, and more.
  • Engaged 18,272 participants in the greater Boston area through Arts for All! community and education programs
  • Produced Let’s Dance Boston 2017, which engaged 3,500+ people of all ages and abilities in four nights and one afternoon of live music and social dancing on the Greenway.
  • Engaged 1,250+ participants in community events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s debut in Boston, including free workshops at which members of the public learned Alvin Ailey’s iconic work Revelations, and more.

2018-19 Goals:

  • Offer a robust season of international artists, representing the excellence and variety that is the hallmark of Celebrity Series programming
  • Produce Jazz Along the Charles, in which 25 local jazz bands will be placed in a two mile loop on the Charles River Esplanade, playing the same set list in a walkable concert on September 23, 2018
  • Inaugurate a new series in the Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre at New England Conservatory, presenting three innovative dance companies, each performing with live music
  • Produce the fifth annual Stave Sessions, introducing emerging jazz, folk, and genre-blending artists
  • Expand and deepen Arts for All! programming, including commissioning of new artist-led projects

Needs Statement

· Increase and diversify funding sources, both earned and contributed, and increase cash reserves to provide risk and artistic investment capital

· Engage a broader and more diverse audience and increase customer loyalty

· Increase venue access to support increased size and number of performances and to increase artistic and genre variety

· Strengthen database and communications infrastructure to support more targeted and effective communication with constituents

· Improve public understanding of the Celebrity Series brand and value


CEO Statement

Celebrity Series brings great artists from around the world to Boston. We have done so since 1938 because we believe that extraordinary artists inspire and enrich our community. We are also part of a larger cultural fabric of Boston where the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts enriches life experience, transforms lives and builds better communities. We envision a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stage, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.

As we look to the future, we embrace innovation, artistic ambition, and risk-taking even as we value the deep traditions that have been at our core for the past eight decades. We will present the full range of career artists, showcasing early-career stage artists as well as bringing back artists as they grow and mature. We will enhance the audience experience with more opportunities to gather as a community that appreciates the arts and seeks to learn about artists and their work. We will strengthen our relationships with our key performance venues to provide consistent, best-of-kind customer service at our performances. We will grow our community and education programs, collaborating with an ever-growing network of locally-based artists and community partners, for a greater impact on youth, families and underserved audiences.

 


Board Chair Statement

I am honored to serve as the Chair of the Board of the Celebrity Series of Boston.  I joined the board in 2006, and took on the Chair in 2009, because I believe in the transformative power of performing arts to grow and sustain individuals and communities.


Today, I continue to be energized and inspired by the vision of the organization:

We believe in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives, and build better communities. We envision a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods —everywhere.

This is an exciting time to be a part of the Celebrity Series. I hope you will join us, as an audience member and a donor, in experiencing the joy, inspiration and sense of connection that the performing arts can bring to your life and to the life of our community.

Joshua Boger, Ph.D.

Chair of the Board of the Celebrity Series of Boston

Founder, Director and CEO (Retired), Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Greater Boston

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Performing Arts
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Arts for All!

Celebrity Series’ Arts for All! community engagement programs reach over 10,000 individuals annually, through master classes with mainstage artists in public schools and conservatories; hands-on, interactive workshops for youth led by a core group of Boston area artists; free community concerts in Boston neighborhoods; free and discounted tickets to mainstage performances; and large-scale, public participatory performance projects, such as Jazz Along the Charles on September 23, 2018. These programs connect us with community collaborators and root us more deeply in local neighborhoods, helping fulfil Celebrity Series’ vision of a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience - on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods - everywhere.

Budget  $500,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Arts for All! programs remove barriers to access to live performing arts experiences, bringing the arts out of the downtown concert halls and into public spaces and Boston neighborhoods. Neighborhood Arts, launched in 2012, brings the joy of live performing arts experiences to diverse neighborhoods in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End, addressing longstanding inequities in access. Engaging a diverse roster of high caliber, locally-based artists, Neighborhood Arts now partners with 40-50 community organizations, including neighborhood venues, community centers, schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, after-school programs, youth arts organizations, and more. Interactive artist-led workshops in which kids learn and co-create are paired with free public concerts led by the same artists in neighborhood spaces, and participants also receive free tickets to Celebrity Series mainstage performances. In 2017-18, Neighborhood Arts reached over 8,000 participants.


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Program Long-Term Success 

Celebrity Series has a longstanding history of community involvement beyond the downtown concert stages - offering free and discounted tickets to performances, bringing mainstage artists to public schools, and providing other intensive arts experiences for youth. Arts for All! continues the best of this work and build upon it to help us build a stronger infrastructure in the community – connecting us more effectively to Boston’s neighborhoods, bringing live performing arts experiences to those who lack access, supporting local artists to develop projects and take artistic risks, and increasing our footprint across the city. 

Program Success Monitored By 

Celebrity Series staff are regularly in contact with partners and artists to assess impact towards our goals. Participation and observational data for Arts for All! are collected at each event. Partnering organizations complete post-event surveys that collect quantitative data on participation and demographics, as well as constructive feedback and other qualitative responses. Program evaluation is also informed by Celebrity Series’ Community Engagement Committee, launched in 2015 and comprised of members of the Boards of Directors and Overseers, key partners from Arts for All! programs, selected Neighborhood Arts artists, and other key community leaders. Meetings draw high levels of participation and engagement from our board and community partners, who reaffirm the value of Celebrity Series’ work in the community and the importance of our commitment to long term engagement.

Examples of Program Success 

“Everybody has a story and these young people have stories that are worth hearing and that are worth sharing.”- Guy Mendilow

Celebrity Series’ Neighborhood Arts program hosted a three-day songwriting and storytelling workshop for fifth graders from the Sumner Boys and Girls Club after school program in Roslindale, led by Guy Mendilow, Chris Baum, and Courtney Swain. The emphasis of the workshop was on giving the students tools to share their stories in a more powerful way, so that they can resonate with people who are different from them.

Four months later, these stories provided the foundation for a song that the students and teachers recorded at Futura Productions Recording Studio in Roslindale. To see a video from the afternoon at Futura, see http://blog.celebrityseries.org/2018/04/students-learn-the-power-of-storytelling-through-song/.


Mainstage Performance Season

Celebrity Series presents 65+ world class performances on a variety of Boston stages every season. Genres range from orchestral and chamber music, contemporary dance, spoken word, jazz, world music, and more.

Budget  $5,000,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

Short term success for the main stage season is measured by subscription and single ticket sales, donor retention and new donor engagement, media coverage, and other engagement measures. 

Program Long-Term Success 

Celebrity Series’ growth since 2012 has been bold and successful, bringing new artists, new audiences, and new experiences to Boston. With an established international reputation for excellence, as the largest performing arts presenter in New England, with stronger financials and an expanded donor base, and with growing depth as a producer, our board and staff are poised for our next steps. While we remain committed to presenting well-known artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emerson String Quartet, Itzhak Perlman, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, we also view taking on more artistically adventurous work, both in the concert halls and in the public realm, as essential to expanding opportunities for Boston audiences to engage with live performing arts experiences and to our sustainability as an organization.

 

Program Success Monitored By 
  • Internal assessment of artistic quality by Celebrity Series Artistic Programmer and Executive Director
  • Reviews in local and national publications
  • Ticket sales and subscriptions (seats sold)
  • Return rate of previous year ticket buyers
  • Individual donation trends
  • Customer segmentation analysis
  • Ability to attract world-class artists at competitive rates

 

Examples of Program Success 

 Please see www.celebrityseries.org to view the current performance season.


Public Performance Projects

Celebrity Series’ free, outdoor public projects - Street Pianos (which placed 75 pianos painted by local artists in outdoor, public, accessible locations throughout the city in 2013, followed by 60 pianos in 2016), Le Grand Continental (110 volunteer amateur dancers together for three nights of live performances in Copley Square in 2014), Let’s Dance Boston (which drew 5,000+ residents and visitors for 5 nights of social dancing and live music on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in 2015 and 3500+ when it returned – in the rain -  in September, 2017) - have opened the door for 200+ new community partnerships and have connected us with thousands of people of all walks of life who live and work in and visit the city. By activating public spaces and making the performing arts more accessible to everyone who wants to participate, we aim to raise the level of cultural participation in the city and position Celebrity Series as a leader and advocate for arts and culture in the city as a whole.

 

Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

In 2015, over 5,000 people of diverse backgrounds, representing neighborhoods from across Boston and beyond, came out to participate in Let’s Dance/İBailemos! Boston – from young to old, from children, to families, to singles, to seniors, of all ethnicities and races, from dance hotshots who ruled the disco floor to first time social dancers. The event brought in everyone from dance enthusiasts who heard about Let’s Dance on social media to children and their families who heard about it from Celebrity Series’ community partners to passersby who just happened across the event.

East Boston resident Don Carbondale commented, “This is what Boston should be doing. It gives inter-city people the opportunity to see different things! If you notice, there are people here of all ages. You have people here young and old, all nationalities dancing having a good time. It’s almost [as if we] could teach the world to dance in perfect harmony what a better world it would be.”

 

Program Long-Term Success 

Through our public projects strategy as a whole, Celebrity Series is working with diverse partners to create a robust performing arts environment accessible to all – fueling creativity and collaboration, activating neighborhood networks, and creating community that bridges divides. In broad terms, we are working to change the dialogue about arts in our society and in our city. By proving that there is indeed a critical mass that will and want to participate in the arts and unleash their creativity if only given the right platform, we are leading the way to infuse culture into daily life in Boston and elevate the arts in our city at a macro level. Because of the wide range of arts events we already present in Boston, and because our brand solidly stands for artistic excellence and high value, we are uniquely positioned for this leadership role. We think this is not only our responsibility, but our opportunity.

 

Program Success Monitored By 

Celebrity Series staff are regularly in contact with partners and artists to assess impact towards our goals. Participation and observational data for Arts for All! are collected at each event. Partnering organizations complete post-event surveys that collect quantitative data on participation and demographics, as well as constructive feedback and other qualitative responses. Program evaluation is also informed by Celebrity Series’ Community Engagement Committee, launched in 2015 and comprised of members of the Boards of Directors and Overseers, key partners from Arts for All! programs, selected Neighborhood Arts artists, and other key community leaders. Meetings draw high levels of participation and engagement from our board and community partners, who reaffirm the value of Celebrity Series’ work in the community and the importance of our commitment to long term engagement.


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Examples of Program Success 

In response to its highly successful presentation of Street Pianos Boston in 2013, Celebrity Series of Boston produced a repeat engagement Sept 23 – Oct 10, 2016. In this installment, 60 pianos were painted by local artists and placed in outdoor public spaces all across Boston, including at least one in each of the 23 neighborhoods of Boston and 7 in Cambridge.

Celebrity Series collaborated with diverse artists of all ages and backgrounds to paint and otherwise embellish the pianos, and with a range of community partner organizations to host pianos in parks, plazas, near T stations, and on sidewalks – all in locations where Bostonians and visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and neighborhoods could encounter, listen, and play the pianos. Over 400,000 people directly experienced the pianos, and over 2 million people were reached through the press and social media.



CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Gary Dunning
CEO Term Start June 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Gary Dunning holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Over a period of six years, he moved from Assistant to the General Manager to Company Manager, to General Manger of the American Ballet Theatre. In 1986, he became Executive Director of the Houston Ballet, and returned to the American Ballet Theatre as Executive Director in 1992. He joined the Big Apple Circus as Executive Director in 1996. He became President and Executive Director of the Celebrity Series of Boston, a multi-discipline presenting organization in 2011. Mr. Dunning has served on and chaired peer funding panels in dance and arts presenting for the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, the Texas Arts Council, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He and his wife, Anne Patterson Dunning, live in Boston.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Martha Jones -- --
Mr. Walter Pierce -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Karen Brown Director of Performance Operations

Karen Brown joined Celebrity Series of Boston in February 2004 and currently oversees theorganization’s concert events as director of performance operations. Prior to her role at the Celebrity Series, she served as Tanglewood Music Center Coordinator at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and held various positions within the booking and dance departments at IMG Artists in New York City. In addition to her work in the arts, she has been a gala committee members for Food for Free, a local hunger-relief non-profit dedicated to rescuing fresh produce and redistributing it to those in need. Ms. Brown received her bachelor’s degree in music from Ithaca College in New York, with a concentration in Advertising & Public Relations and a minor in German.

Mr. Edwin Derecho CFO Edwin Derecho joined the Celebrity Series of Boston in January 2012 as Chief Financial Officer.  Previously, he served in senior financial positions for organizations in the for-profit as well as non-profit sectors, including Goodwill, Spencer Technologies, IMG/TWIi, Furniture.com, Office Depot, Sunbeam, PepsiCo, Citibank, RCA/GE and Price Waterhouse.  Mr. Derecho holds a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Ms. Amy Lam Artistic Programmer

Amy Lam is currently the Artistic Programmer of the Celebrity Series of Boston.  In this capacity, Ms. Lam curates and programs over fifty diverse events each season,ranging from symphony orchestras, chamber music and recitals, to classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, pop and world music. Under Ms. Lam’s direction, the programming palette of the Celebrity Series expanded beyond the tradition of presenting the world’s finest classical artists to include many new disciplines and aesthetics such as contemporary music, folk art, speakers, theater and multimedia productions.  Ms. Lam’s creativity and skillful introduction of new artistic voices led to a steady growth of audience base and sales volume for the organization over the past two decades, and the eclectic mix of events has become the signature brand of the Celebrity Series today.

Prior to joining the Celebrity Series in 1991, Ms. Lam held positions at Aaron Concert Management in Boston, MidAmerica Productions in New York City, and the Anderson Center for the Arts in Binghamton, NY.  

As a programming professional, Ms. Lam is a regular panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.  Locally, she has served on many panels for funding programs including the Faculty Fellowship Program for Berklee College of Music. 

Amy Lam served on the board of Dance/USA, a national organization for dance organizations and professionals from 2004 to 2010, and was the Treasurer from 2008 to 2010.  She was also a board member of the Boston Dance Alliance (2000-2003), Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Massachusetts (2002-2005), and the Soldiers Field Park Children’s Center at Harvard Business School (2004-2007). 

Ms. Lam is a member of the International Society of Performing Arts, The League of American Orchestras, Chamber Music America, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents and New England Presenters.  An active member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Ms. Lam serves on the Advisory Committee of Classical Connection, a program designed to promote awareness of classical music in the performing arts industry.

Ms. Lam holds an MBA in Arts Administration from Binghamton University of New York, and graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a BA in Music. 

Ms. Sara C Robinson Director of Development

 

Sara Robinson is the Director of Development of Celebrity Series of Boston, where she oversees the planning, direction and implementation of all fundraising programs.   Ms. Robinson joined the Celebrity Series development team in 1991 and directed its efforts until 1997.  In 1997, she relocated to Palm Beach, Florida with her family.  In Palm Beach, Ms. Robinson served on several fundraising committees, including Project Coordinator of the Palm Beach Day School Auction, and the Leadership Committee of Academy of the Palm Beaches.  In 2007, Ms. Robinson joined the Board of Trustees of Palm Beach Day Academy, and as President of the Parent School Council, became involved in the fundraising efforts of the school.  In 2009, she became Director of Development and was instrumental in organizing the school’s Great Expectations Campaign.  In 2012, Ms. Robinson relocated to Boston and joined the Celebrity Series, again, as Director of Development.  Ms. Robinson is a member of the Palm Beach Civic Association, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Women in Development of Greater Boston. 

Prior to joining the Celebrity Series in 1991, Ms. Robinson held positions with several art galleries in Boston and with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree from Pine Manor College, with a major in Visual Art and a minor in English.


 

Mr. Jack Wright Director of Marketing Jack Wright has been an arts professional for more than 18 years. He is currently Director of Marketing and Communications for the Celebrity Series of Boston, a non-profit, multi-disciplinary performing arts presenter in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is primarily responsible forsubscription and single-ticket campaigns, institutional branding, online communications, and market and customer research. Jack is a member of the WGBH Corporate Executive Council and is on the Board of Directors of JazzBoston, Inc., a jazz advocacy organization. In the early 1990s, Jack served as General Manager of WMUA Radio in Amherst, Massachusetts, and helped to plan and present two seasons of the Magic Triangle Jazz Concert Series in Amherst. Jack studied tenor saxophone at Berklee College of Music and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Community Impact Award Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston 2017

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

A sample of partners for 2017-18 (not comprehensive due to character limits):

Berklee College of Music

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club

Boston Arts Academy

Boston City Singers

Boston City-Wide String Orchestra

Boston Community Leadership Academy

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

The Boston Home

Boston Renaissance Charter School

Boston String Academy

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Boston

Chittick Elementary

Church of Holy Spirit, Mattapan

City of Boston

City Strings United

Community Music Center of Boston

Conservatory Lab Charter School

Cotting School

The Dance Complex

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Harvard University

Henderson Lower and Upper School

Hernandez K-8 School

Hibernian Hall

Hurley K-8 School

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion

Kennedy Day School

Salvation Army Kroc Center

Longy School of Music

Mattapan Teen Center

New England Conservatory

Pine Street Inn

Project STEP

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, South End

Sumner Boys & Girls Club

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 26
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 90
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 21
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 19
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Directors and Officers Policy
Employment Practices Liability
Fiduciary Liability
Internet Liability Insurance

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Joshua Boger PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Board Chair Term Sept 2009 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Howard Appleby Northern Cross, LLC Voting
Mr. Joshua Boger Vertex Pharmaceuticals Voting
Stephanie Brown Markun, Zusman, Freniere and Compton LLP Voting
Mr. Michael Canning Deloitte Consulting Voting
Timothy Diggins Ropes & Gray Voting
Margaret Eagle Former VP, Fidelity Investments Voting
Ms. Donna Egan Volunteer and Philanthropist Voting
Gabor Garai Foley & Lardner LLP Voting
Dr. Paul Goldenheim Adenium Biotech Voting
Hannah Grove State Street Voting
Randolph Hawthorne Principal, RGH Ventures Exofficio
Yvette Hochberg Community Volunteer Voting
Andrea Hoff Morgan & Milo Voting
Ms. Jann Leeming L Squared Voting
James Nuzzo Brigham & Women’s/Beth Israel Hospitals of Harvard Medical School Voting
Eleanor Pao E&F Realty Associates Voting
John Patterson Foley Hoag LLP Voting
Leontyne Price Retired opera singer (honorary board member) NonVoting
Melinda Rabb Brown University Voting
Sharon Rich Volunteer and Philanthropist Voting
Lawrence Stifler Health Management Resources Voting
Ms. Mary Elisabeth Swerz Former COO, JP Morgan Chase Voting
Belinda Termeer Community Volunteer Voting
Susan Thonis Former Venture Capital Analyst Voting
Dorothy Altman Weber LISCW Voting
Janet Zwanziger Harvard Medical School Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 23
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 16
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 84%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 24%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Community Engagement
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Human Resources / Personnel
  • Investment
  • Marketing
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The "Additional Board: Other Boards" refers to the Board of Overseers.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $6,571,514.00
Projected Expense $6,561,279.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audit

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $12,589,565 $7,050,750 $6,770,829
Total Expenses $6,913,335 $6,948,983 $6,470,310

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $58,800 $58,200 $42,000
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $58,800 $58,200 $42,000
Individual Contributions $8,391,270 $2,371,557 $2,107,049
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $3,607,925 $3,890,000 $3,817,380
Investment Income, Net of Losses $384,370 $460,928 $507,382
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $147,200 $270,065 $297,018
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $5,366,809 $5,565,851 $5,191,703
Administration Expense $748,853 $740,399 $750,335
Fundraising Expense $797,673 $642,733 $528,272
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.82 1.01 1.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 80% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 24% 22%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $15,110,842 $8,847,288 $8,943,440
Current Assets $5,599,876 $3,139,616 $2,755,271
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $2,150,037 $1,730,016 $1,739,512
Total Net Assets $12,960,805 $7,117,272 $7,203,928

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $5,500,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.60 1.81 1.58

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

  • Provide a robust, differentiated customer experience that engages customers before, during, and after performances and is tailored to customer segments
  • As a complement to event-specific promotion, refine and dramatically increase the visibility of the CS brand and value proposition in the Greater Boston area
  • Increase small and large donations, improve the large donor experience, and keep donors well-informed about the uses and outcomes of their contributions
  • Create a diverse portfolio of educational arts offerings with a focus on community partnerships
  • Refine annual planning process, build strong venue partnerships, and utilize new technologies

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

  • Develop pre- and post-show events
  • Expand performance amenities and improve convenience
  • Develop and maintain post-show experience
  • Establish and broadcast brand promise and value proposition
  • Target new customer markets
  • Provide customized offerings to customer segments
  • Utilize dynamic pricing
  • Enhance donor outreach communications—initiative based giving
  • Expand small and large donation revenue
  • Provide community focused experiences at performances
  • Provide educational opportunities with a focus on community partnerships
  • Tailor annual planning process to the strategic plan
  • Develop strong venue partnerships
  • Explore expanding geographically
  • Deploy technology improvements to support initiatives

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Celebrity Series has a long history of presenting performing artists and partnering with venues and community partners to fulfill our mission and vision. We have a supportive Board and donor base and currently partner with over 100 community organizations to fulfill our mission.


Excellence, innovation, and agility are at the core of who we are and what we do, and collaboration is central to our DNA. Since our founding, well over 300 world renowned artists, ensembles, orchestras and dance companies have given their Boston debut on a Celebrity Series stage. Variety and diversity of artists and audiences alike are cornerstones of our practice, and we are known for our ability to connect the right artist with the right audience in the right venue at the right time. Not owning or operating a venue of our own, we rent space for the performances we present. In 2017-18, venues include Symphony Hall, NEC’s Jordan Hall, the Plimpton Shattuck Black Box at NEC, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music, the Berklee Performance Center, 160 Mass Ave at Berklee, the Shubert and Wang Theatres, the Kroc Center, Hibernian Hall, and Villa Victoria, among others.

Alongside mainstage performances, Celebrity Series’ Arts for All! community engagement programs connect us with a dynamic network of hundreds of community collaborators, reaching thousands of individuals annually, through 100+ activities. We especially value opportunities that emphasize collaboration, participation, and variety, and place a significant emphasis on locality, specifically experiences taking place outside of traditional concert halls. Sharing the joy of live performance is the through line between our main stage and community activities, and all are guided by core values of artistic variety, diversity, and excellence. Arts for All! programs include Neighborhood Arts (hands-on, interactive workshops for youth and free community concerts for audiences of all ages at neighborhood venues, both led by a core group of Boston area artists); Artist Connections (master classes with mainstage artists in public schools and conservatories); Take Your Seat (free and discounted tickets to mainstage performances); and large-scale, public participatory performance projects, such as Street Pianos, Let’s Dance Boston, and Jazz Along the Charles. By activating public spaces and making the performing arts more visible and accessible to everyone who wants to participate, we aim to raise the level of cultural participation in the city and establish Celebrity Series as a leader and advocate for arts and culture in the city as a whole.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Meeting, exceeding, or coming within 5% of our annual goals for subscriber retention, pre- and post-show interaction, contributed income, number and cost of community events, number of attendees impacted, variety of performances, and total ticket revenue, growth in networks of community partners, demographics of participants.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

 

Excellence, innovation, and agility are at the core of who we are and what we do, and collaboration is embedded in our organizational DNA. Not owning a venue of our own, Celebrity Series has the flexibility to present artists in multiple types and sizes of spaces, in venues that range from 250 to 2,600 seats. Our relationships with our host venues and with hundreds of organizational partners for our community programs fuel our collaborations and deepen our connections to Boston’s dynamic cultural landscape. The diverse range of artists and art forms we present offers unique opportunities for flexibility, experimentation, and audience engagement, and ideally positions Celebrity Series to advance the performing arts to better serve Boston audiences and strengthen the overall ecology of arts and culture in our city and region.

Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director, joined Celebrity Series in 2011 as the fourth executive director in the organization’s history. Celebrity Series adopted a new strategic plan in 2012, utilizing the pro-bono services of Deloitte LLC. Entitled Go Deep, Go Broad, the plan was designed across five strategic pillars: customer service, marketing/branding, donor management, community engagement, and operations. The plan’s implementation has delivered success on many fronts, with growth in artistic impact, expansion of community engagement activities, and significant increases in both ticket revenue and annual contributions.

In the fall of 2017, Celebrity Series began work again with Deloitte to evaluate our impact, revisit the plan, and set new goals for the next five years. With strategic goals to increase artistic impact, build a larger and more diverse audience, create linkages between main stage and community programs, deepen community engagement, enhance financial stability, and explore long range business models, the plan was formally adopted by our Board of Directors in May, 2018.

Celebrity Series has maintained a solid financial base and has strong prospects for the future. The organization has achieved a balanced budget for the past four years. The 2017-18 budget is balanced and on track, and the endowment of $7.2 million remains intact. In February, 2018, Celebrity Series publicly announced a capital campaign, with a comprehensive goal of $23 million: $10 million for Endowment, $5 million for an Innovation Fund, and $8 million for Annual Fund over three years. This ambitious philanthropic effort will strengthen Celebrity Series as an organization, catalyze artistic innovation, deepen community engagement, and help us build audiences to sustain the organization over the long term.