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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Nashville Symphony

Dedicated to excellence in performance and education programs, while engaging the community and shaping cultural life.

88.83

One Symphony Place Nashville, TN 37201
tel: (615) 687-6500   Web Site
EIN: 62-0550979

Board Leadership
Pamela Carter
Board Chair

CEO
Alan D. Valentine
President & CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.83
  Financial 88.68
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned international recognition for its artistic achievement and its acoustically superb concert hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center. With 140 performances annually, the 81-member orchestra is an arts leader in Middle Tennessee and beyond, offering a broad range of classical, pops, jazz, special events, and family concerts. In addition to its concert schedule, the ensemble provides numerous education and community engagement programs that reach more than 200,000 people annually. The Nashville Symphony is recognized as a leading recording orchestra, having released 21 recordings since 2000. The orchestra has earned 14 GRAMMY® nominations and seven GRAMMY® wins.

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned international recognition for its artistic achievement and its acoustically superb concert hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center. With 140 performances annually, the 81-member orchestra is an arts leader in Middle Tennessee and beyond, offering a broad range of classical, pops, jazz, special events, and family concerts. In addition to its concert schedule, the ensemble provides numerous education and community engagement programs that reach more than 200,000 people annually. The Nashville Symphony is recognized as a leading recording orchestra, having released 21 recordings since 2000. The orchestra has earned 14 GRAMMY® nominations and seven GRAMMY® wins.

Financial

88.68

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
84.1%
  Administrative Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.57
  Program Expenses Growth 0.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 27.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nashville Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nashville Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nashville Symphony (TN) 88.83
Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale (TX) 90.10
Toledo Symphony (OH) 88.28
Alabama Symphony Orchestra (AL) 85.04
Wichita Symphony Society (KS) 98.54

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,957,743
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $11,325
   Fundraising Events $1,448,920
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $249,700
Total Contributions $9,667,688
   Program Service Revenue $10,754,030
Total Primary Revenue $20,421,718
   Other Revenue $2,757,626
TOTAL REVENUE $23,179,344
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $22,851,856
   Administrative Expenses $3,123,602
   Fundraising Expenses $1,446,067
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $27,421,525
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-4,242,181
   
Net Assets $70,830,515

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
Artistic Programming $21,023,707 92.0%
Education and Community Engagement Program $1,828,149 8.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-07 11/01/2020 88.83
2018-07 07/01/2019 89.90
2017-07 08/01/2018 89.42
2016-07 12/01/2017 87.97
2015-07 10/01/2016 85.00
2014-07 06/01/2016 87.97
 
CN 2.0
2014-07 10/01/2015 82.21
2013-07 12/22/2014 81.14
2012-07 10/01/2013 85.72
2011-07 06/01/2012 81.17
2010-07 09/20/2011 87.81
 
CN 1.0
2009-07 09/01/2010 96.20
2008-07 08/01/2009 98.44
2007-07 07/01/2008 98.12
2006-07 03/01/2008 82.70
2005-07 07/01/2006 98.45
2003-07 08/01/2004 98.33
2001-07 10/15/2002 92.28

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

EIN 62-0550979
Name in IRS Master File NASHVILLE SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code A69
NTEE Classification Symphony Orchestras
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(59) Other school related activities
(349) Other youth organization or activities
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, 1948
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End July
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • July, 2018
  • July, 2017
  • July, 2016
  • July, 2015
  • July, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$379,504 1.38% Alan D. Valentine President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$493,630 1.80% Giancarlo Guererro Music Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nashville Symphony (TN) 88.83
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Inc. (MI) 85.04
Boston Landmarks Orchestra (MA) 86.54
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN) 88.14
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LA) 85.25

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Charity Contact Info

Nashville Symphony
One Symphony Place
Nashville, TN 37201
tel: (615) 687-6500
EIN: 62-0550979

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Board Leadership

Pamela Carter
Board Chair

CEO

Alan D. Valentine
President & CEO

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