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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Bringing music to life for generations

four stars

92.09

3711 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201
tel: (313) 576-5100   Web Site
EIN: 38-1385132

Board Leadership
Mark A. Davidoff
Chairperson

CEO
Anne Parsons
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.09 four stars
  Financial 92.19 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is heard live by over 450,000 people annually in classical, pops, jazz, holiday festival, educational, Young People's concerts and more. Additionally, over one million listeners nationwide hear the DSO each week on the GM/DSO National Radio Broadcast Series, making it the most widely heard orchestra in the country. Since its founding in 1914, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been a leader in music education by bringing thousands of students each year to its annual educational and youth concerts at Orchestra Hall. Today the Orchestra offers a variety of educational programs and resources, including educational concerts for nearly 26,000 metro Detroit public school children.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is heard live by over 450,000 people annually in classical, pops, jazz, holiday festival, educational, Young People's concerts and more. Additionally, over one million listeners nationwide hear the DSO each week on the GM/DSO National Radio Broadcast Series, making it the most widely heard orchestra in the country. Since its founding in 1914, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been a leader in music education by bringing thousands of students each year to its annual educational and youth concerts at Orchestra Hall. Today the Orchestra offers a variety of educational programs and resources, including educational concerts for nearly 26,000 metro Detroit public school children.

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Financial

four stars

92.19

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
81.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.53
  Program Expenses Growth 3.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Detroit Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Detroit Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MI) 92.09 four stars
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (TN) 87.15 three stars
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN) 88.65 three stars
Toledo Symphony (OH) 86.39 three stars
Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association (CA) 87.97 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $19,269,523
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,371,305
   Related Organizations $1,440,031
   Government Grants $115,000
Total Contributions $22,195,859
   Program Service Revenue $9,670,217
Total Primary Revenue $31,866,076
   Other Revenue $1,585,872
TOTAL REVENUE $33,451,948
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $28,982,105
   Administrative Expenses $3,164,397
   Fundraising Expenses $2,492,681
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $34,639,183
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,187,235
   
Net Assets $80,315,622

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
Classical Concert Series $11,831,980 40.8%
Pops Concert Series $5,803,886 20.0%
Concert Events $4,626,528 16.0%

Ratings History
Detroit Symphony Orchestra has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 06/01/2019 92.09 four stars
2017-08 08/01/2018 92.06 four stars
2016-08 08/01/2017 89.37 three stars
2015-08 07/01/2016 91.77 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 84.47 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-08 03/01/2015 86.71 three stars
2013-08 03/01/2015 86.71 three stars
2012-08 12/01/2013 76.48 two stars
2011-08 10/01/2012 61.70 one star
2010-08 12/01/2011 70.00 two stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 71.47 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 02/01/2011 67.64 one star
2008-08 03/01/2010 77.34 two stars
2007-08 05/01/2009 79.15 two stars
2006-08 07/01/2008 82.33 three stars
2005-08 12/01/2006 74.26 two stars
2004-08 01/01/2006 76.32 two stars
2003-08 11/01/2004 80.87 three stars
2002-08 10/01/2003 96.39 four stars
2001-08 10/15/2002 90.73 four 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 38-1385132
Name in IRS Master File DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HALL 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 (90) Cultural performances
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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 July, 1952
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$425,082 1.22% Anne Parsons President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$826,768 2.38% Leonard Slatkin Music Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MI) 92.09 four stars
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC) 89.02 three stars
Dallas Symphony Association (TX) 89.00 three stars
Wichita Symphony Society (KS) 92.84 four stars
Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale (TX) 90.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
tel: (313) 576-5100
fax: (313) 576-5101
EIN: 38-1385132

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Board Leadership

Mark A. Davidoff
Chairperson

CEO

Anne Parsons
President, CEO

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