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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The Little Orchestra Society

Presenting live music in ways that inspire and educate audiences of all ages

one star

68.58

330 West 42nd Street 12th Floor
New York, NY 10036
tel: (212) 971-9500   Web Site
EIN: 13-2638292

Board Leadership
Sharon Hite
President

CEO
Joanne Bernstein-Cohen
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 68.58 one star
  Financial 57.22 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Little Orchestra Society presents live music in ways that inspire and educate audiences of all ages while creating a new model for the 21st century orchestra that emphasizes connections with the community. The Little Orchestra Society has given more than 65 premieres and launched the careers of many major musical talents in its concert programming for adult and family audiences. Founded by Thomas K. Scherman in 1947, The Little Orchestra Society is among the oldest professional orchestras in New York City. Under the direction of Dino Anagnost from 1979 to 2011, The Little Orchestra Society became particularly well known for family programs and created an array of music education and community engagement programs in the belief that access to live music should be extended to all members of the community. Led by Music Director James Judd since 2013, The Little Orchestra Society continues to advance its commitment to sharing the vitality of live classical music and building future audiences.

The Little Orchestra Society presents live music in ways that inspire and educate audiences of all ages while creating a new model for the 21st century orchestra that emphasizes connections with the community. The Little Orchestra Society has given more than 65 premieres and launched the careers of many major musical talents in its concert programming for adult and family audiences. Founded by Thomas K. Scherman in 1947, The Little Orchestra Society is among the oldest professional orchestras in New York City. Under the direction of Dino Anagnost from 1979 to 2011, The Little Orchestra Society became particularly well known for family programs and created an array of music education and community engagement programs in the belief that access to live music should be extended to all members of the community. Led by Music Director James Judd since 2013, The Little Orchestra Society continues to advance its commitment to sharing the vitality of live classical music and building future audiences.

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Financial

one star

57.22

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
75.3%
  Administrative Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth -20.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 104.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Little Orchestra Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Little Orchestra Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Little Orchestra Society (NY) 68.58 one star
Sarasota Orchestra (FL) 93.44 four stars
Memphis Symphony Orchestra (TN) 88.82 three stars
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (TX) 86.94 three stars
Austin Symphony Orchestra (TX) 85.06 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $602,436
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $136,918
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $172,750
Total Contributions $912,104
   Program Service Revenue $369,732
Total Primary Revenue $1,281,836
   Other Revenue $5,347
TOTAL REVENUE $1,287,183
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $932,717
   Administrative Expenses $105,793
   Fundraising Expenses $219,731
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,258,241
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $28,942
   
Net Assets $-14,093

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Family Concerts $617,620 66.2%
Public Service Programs $224,351 24.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 68.58 one star
2017-06 11/01/2018 71.91 two stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 76.60 two stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 75.37 two stars
2014-06 09/01/2016 77.64 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-2638292
Name in IRS Master File THE LITTLE ORCHESTRA SOCIETY- ORPHEON INC
NTEE Code A69
NTEE Classification Symphony Orchestras
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$148,873 11.83% Joanne Bernstein-Cohen Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Little Orchestra Society (NY) 68.58 one star
Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH) 85.97 three stars
Empire State Youth Orchestra (NY) 86.18 three stars
Oregon Symphony (OR) 92.18 four stars
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DE) 87.09 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Little Orchestra Society
330 West 42nd Street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10036
tel: (212) 971-9500
fax: (212) 971-9501
EIN: 13-2638292

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Board Leadership

Sharon Hite
President

CEO

Joanne Bernstein-Cohen
Executive Director

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