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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Aspen Music Festival and School

A celebration of arts, ideas, and the human spirit

four stars

91.83

225 Music School Road Aspen, CO 81611
tel: (970) 925-3254   Web Site
EIN: 84-0445087

Board Leadership
Michael Klein
Chair

CEO
Alan Fletcher
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.83 four stars
  Financial 96.48 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Set in the awe-inspiring majesty of the Colorado Rockies, the Aspen Music Festival and School's (AMFS) vision of creativity and education started with the 1949 Goethe Bicentennial Convocation. Uniting the intersecting worlds of ideas, art, and natural beauty, this event started something special: fostering the growth of the human spirit through the melding of art and nature. Today, nearly sixty years later, the AMFS continues pursuing that ideal. The nine-week summer festival of more than 350 events includes orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, contemporary music, master classes, lectures, and kids' programs. Many events are free, and lawn seating is always free. AMFS continues to bring the brightest young musicians together with the classical music world's foremost instructors.

Set in the awe-inspiring majesty of the Colorado Rockies, the Aspen Music Festival and School's (AMFS) vision of creativity and education started with the 1949 Goethe Bicentennial Convocation. Uniting the intersecting worlds of ideas, art, and natural beauty, this event started something special: fostering the growth of the human spirit through the melding of art and nature. Today, nearly sixty years later, the AMFS continues pursuing that ideal. The nine-week summer festival of more than 350 events includes orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, contemporary music, master classes, lectures, and kids' programs. Many events are free, and lawn seating is always free. AMFS continues to bring the brightest young musicians together with the classical music world's foremost instructors.

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Financial

four stars

96.48

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 11/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
83.3%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.71
  Program Expenses Growth 5.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Aspen Music Festival and School on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Aspen Music Festival and School on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Aspen Music Festival and School (CO) 91.83 four stars
Savannah Music Festival (GA) 86.82 three stars
Grand Teton Music Festival (WY) 99.83 four stars
Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA) 91.70 four stars
Hamptons International Film Festival (NY) 89.47 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,347,770
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,341,707
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $90,250
Total Contributions $10,779,727
   Program Service Revenue $7,106,065
Total Primary Revenue $17,885,792
   Other Revenue $1,676,780
TOTAL REVENUE $19,562,572
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,278,844
   Administrative Expenses $2,178,149
   Fundraising Expenses $970,700
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,427,693
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $134,879
   
Net Assets $116,050,220

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
Music Education $15,964,994 98.1%
Community Music Education and Outreach $313,850 1.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 11/01/2018 91.83 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 87.19 three stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 87.25 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 92.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 91.38 four stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 91.64 four stars
2012-09 10/01/2013 90.42 four stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 82.32 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 82.55 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-09 07/01/2011 74.84 two stars
2009-09 11/24/2010 84.81 three stars
2008-09 10/01/2009 95.99 four stars
2007-09 02/01/2009 85.92 three stars
2006-09 06/01/2008 86.70 three stars
2005-09 06/01/2006 82.61 three stars
2004-09 06/01/2005 85.35 three stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 78.47 two stars
2002-09 06/09/2003 85.79 three stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 88.30 three stars
2000-09 04/15/2002 88.37 three 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 84-0445087
Name in IRS Master File MUSIC ASSOCIATES OF ASPEN INC
NTEE Code A6E
NTEE Classification Performing Arts Schools
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (46) Private school
(30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(927) Fundraising
Foundation Status School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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 March, 1955
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$528,431 2.71% Alan Fletcher President, CEO

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Charity Contact Info

Aspen Music Festival and School
225 Music School Road
Aspen, CO 81611
tel: (970) 925-3254
fax: (970) 925-3802
EIN: 84-0445087

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Board Leadership

Michael Klein
Chair

CEO

Alan Fletcher
President, CEO

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