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Choral Arts Initiative

 Po Box 61550
 Irvine, CA 92602
[P] (949) 431 x 0120
[F] --
http://www.choralartsinitiative.org
[email protected]
Brandon Elliott
FOUNDED: --
INCORPORATED: 2013
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Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 46-2778387 --

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

Our Mission

The Choral Arts Initiative works in partnership with composers and the community to illuminate emerging choral music through vocal collaboration and performance, and to inspire musical creativity through unique outreach and education programs.

 

Our Vision

The Choral Arts Initiative will foster and promote both emerging and established repertoire through composer-ensemble collaboration, performance, and community partnership. Choral Arts Initiative will also provide unique arts education programs to inspire and empower the next generation of music contributors and consumers.

Mission Statement

Our Mission

The Choral Arts Initiative works in partnership with composers and the community to illuminate emerging choral music through vocal collaboration and performance, and to inspire musical creativity through unique outreach and education programs.

 

Our Vision

The Choral Arts Initiative will foster and promote both emerging and established repertoire through composer-ensemble collaboration, performance, and community partnership. Choral Arts Initiative will also provide unique arts education programs to inspire and empower the next generation of music contributors and consumers.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $25,500.00
Projected Revenue $26,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Performances
  • Education/Outreach

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Overview


Mission Statement

Our Mission

The Choral Arts Initiative works in partnership with composers and the community to illuminate emerging choral music through vocal collaboration and performance, and to inspire musical creativity through unique outreach and education programs.

 

Our Vision

The Choral Arts Initiative will foster and promote both emerging and established repertoire through composer-ensemble collaboration, performance, and community partnership. Choral Arts Initiative will also provide unique arts education programs to inspire and empower the next generation of music contributors and consumers.


Background Statement

Choral Arts Initiative continues to captivate and inspire the community through superb interpretations and performances of today's choral music. The ensemble and organization has swiftly garnered regional and national attention for its dedication to illuminating the music of emerging composers both in the United States and abroad. Choral Arts Initiative has commissioned new works, and has premièred numerous compositions from living composers. Hailed as one of "OC's Best Choirs" (CBS News Los Angeles) and ranked as a Finalist for the American Prize in Choral Performance (American Prize Foundation), as well as receiving a Chorus America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award. Further, with the release of their inaugural album "How to Go On: The Choral Works of Dale Trumbore" marked a milestone in their growth, and charted at #6 on Billboard's Classical Music listing.  

Choral Arts Initiative also boasts one of the most forward-thinking and experimental arts education programs in the region. These education programs place an emphasis on developing and fostering creative expression in our youth.

The ensemble and organization continues to grow and thrive exponentially. In less than three years, we have developed one of the largest audiences in the southland, and also enjoy the largest social media reach in the county. In addition to engaging one of the largest audience groups, we connect with the largest young audience demographic (age 28 and under) in Orange County.

At Choral Arts Initiative, it is our goal to change the view of the traditional choral mold. We hear differently, we think differently, and we recognize the need for choral music grow along with our 21st-century audience.


Impact Statement

Our biggest accomplishment from the past year has been the release of our very first album, "How to Go On." After its release in late March, it charted at #6 on Billboards Classical Music listing! We are very proud of this accomplishment, let along simply releasing an album, as it was self-produced and promoted. This was an amazing feat for any choir, let alone one who, at the the time of the project, was only in its fourth season.

Indeed, this year, CAI received a Chorus America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award.
 
We are currently in the midst of our 5th Anniverary season of concert programing, and have commissioned five local composers in celebration of this, premiering their works in our upcoming and recent concerts.
 
With another successful fundraiser for our education program, we continued to implement our Choral Creativity Seminars throughout the Orange County community, partnering with kids of all backgrounds and inspiring them that whether they are singers or not, creativity can help unlock greater potential.

Within the purview of our educational offerings, we continue to maintain a recurring call for scores, which are reviewed by respected composers and choral leaders throughout the nation. We have received thousands of submissions and have provided composers with valuable feedback on their scores. Many of these submitted works have received premières subsequent to submission to our program.

Three goals for our upcoming year:

Our biggest upcoming goal is to fundraise $50,000, inspired by an anonymous donor's challenge attached to an equivalent cash match. In addition we have a goal to expand our fall season programing, and to welcome on a new board member. 


Needs Statement

Our most urgent need are for funds to match a donor challenge to raise $50,000 be the end of the calendar year to receive a matching amount. This influx of support would help us to continue cementing our place in the Orange County community, helping free us up to pursue more accessible venues for the public to attend our concerts and to bring our education program to more students throughout the region.

We have a vibrant program of performances and would use financial support for each separate concert to fund venues, program production, and performer fees.

With the level of musicianship and artistic quality we present, we would like to benefit our Collaborative Pianist and Artistic Director with increases in support.

We are proud to have the most active social media presence of any choir in the nation. To leverage that, we would like to further our reach to the next generation of choral patrons with funding to specifically market to and through these channels.

We have implemented our educational program to great success and will continue this in the next school years.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

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Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Services

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Programs


Performances

Choral Arts Initiative consistently fosters and promotes new music and music by living composers through high caliber performances in Orange County. Our roster of paid choral artists ranges from 16-36 singers, depending on the concert needs. Our ensemble also includes a collaborative pianist (and other musicians as needed). The musicianship of the ensemble is at an excellent level, necessary to rehearse and perform many pieces on each program that are new to the choral canon. Through giving excellent performances of new music, we also promote and develop a vibrant partnership between the composing community and the choral community.

Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Short-term success for our next series of concerts is to have 300 people attend each of our upcoming performances in spring and summer of 2016 and to record the newly commissioned work “How to Go On” by Dale Trumbore.

Program Long-Term Success  Through the growth of Choral Arts Initiative and our future artistic seasons of performing new music, we foresee Orange County and Southern California becoming the vibrant center of new choral music in the United States.
Program Success Monitored By 

The success of our performances could be determined by charting the overall growth in choral music performances being presented by nonprofit performing groups in the area and the number of commissions and world premières being presented, not just by choral groups, but other types of performing ensembles as well.

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Education/Outreach

Our education program centers on Choral Creativity Seminars, specially designed with an emphasis on promoting academic achievement through effective and strategic models in K-12 schools. Informed with the latest research, the seminars are aligned with common core, California State Standards and National Arts Frameworks.

 
Further, our score submission process has given thousands of composers valuable feedback to their compositions, helping them grow in their compositional voice. Our panel of experts from the choral and new music worlds, donates time to review the many submissions we receive weekly.
Budget  $7,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Short-term success for the upcoming school year with our education program is to present our seminars in four schools in Orange County. The overall number of students will vary by school, but a good estimate would be to reach 200 students.

Program Long-Term Success 

Using choral music as the medium, our seminars take place in partnering schools, inspiring creativity and empowering students. Students are able to discover their creative potential, which aids their development in other academic work and for all professions. Long term success would be to see student from our program using creativity to excel in academics. We expect in the decade to come that some students from the seminars will end up joining our organization.

Program Success Monitored By 

The success of our education program is determined by tracking student participation and gathering feedback from the students, teachers, and staff who partner in the seminars.

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Brandon Elliott
CEO Term Start --
CEO Email [email protected]
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Chorus America/ASCAP Adventurous Programing Award Chorus America/ASCAP 2017
The American Prize in Choral Performance The American Prize 2014

Affiliations

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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --
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Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
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Hispanic/Latino: --
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
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Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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Governance


Board Chair Brandon Elliott
Board Chair Company Affiliation Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral/Vocal Activities at Moorpark College
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Loren Asmus nvestment Analyst, Canterbury Consultants Voting
Jeffrey Derus Music Educator at Anaheim High School Voting
Steven Homestead Administrative Director, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles Voting
Lorraine Joy-Welling Music Educator at Ball Junior High School Voting
Richard Messenger Music Director, St. Mark Presbyterian Church Voting
Evan Mooney Financial Planner, Revolution Financial Management Voting
John Prothero Account Manager, Westamerica Communications Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Craig Carnahan Former Vice President of Programs, American Composers Forum --
Dominick DiOrio Associate Professor of Choral Music, Indiana University --
Jake Runestad Composer --
Dale Trumbore Composer --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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CEO Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $26,000.00
Projected Expenses $25,500.00
Form 990s

2015 990-N E-filing Receipt for CAI

2014 990N

2013 990N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Total Revenue $11,759 -- --
Total Expenses $11,759 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
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Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 -- --
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Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $4,817 -- --
Earned Revenue $4,442 -- --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
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Program Expense $9,891 -- --
Administration Expense $2,699 -- --
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Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
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Total Assets $3,008 -- --
Current Assets $3,008 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $3,008 -- --

Short Term Solvency

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Long Term Solvency

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Campaign Goal $50,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates May 2017 - Dec 2017
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

The Choral Arts Initiative recently filed a 990-N postcard and has used the most recent year end financial information to populate the fields in this area of our report.

Foundation Comments

This organization received their nonprofit status in 2013.  They had no financial activity in 2013 or 2014.  In 2015, due to its size they filed a 990N. Summary financial data is per the financials provided by the organization and consultation with the organization.

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