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Academy of Vocal Arts

Opera Stars of the Future

three stars

84.87

1920 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
tel: (215) 735-1685   Web Site
EIN: 23-1352001

Board Leadership
Harold (Rick) Pitcairn II
Chairman of the Board

CEO
K. James McDowell
President and Artistic Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.87 three stars
  Financial 80.16 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1934, the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is the only tuition-free institution dedicated exclusively to the study of voice. The AVA's mission is to provide vocal and opera training of the highest quality to exceptionally talented and committed young singers who have the potential for international stature, and to present them in professional performances that are accessible to a wide community. Gifted singers have come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that The Academy of Vocal Arts offers. Admission into AVA's four-year program is highly competitive, with approximately 30 singers enrolled in any given year. Those who are accepted are immersed in an intensive performance program led by some of the most dedicated and inspired teachers and creative artists in the world of opera.

Prominent graduates include Stephen Costello, Ailyn Perez, Angela Meade, Michael Fabiano, Bryan Hymel, Latonia Moore, Vanessa Vasquez, and Corinne Winters.

Founded in 1934, the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is the only tuition-free institution dedicated exclusively to the study of voice. The AVA's mission is to provide vocal and opera training of the highest quality to exceptionally talented and committed young singers who have the potential for international stature, and to present them in professional performances that are accessible to a wide community. Gifted singers have come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that The Academy of Vocal Arts offers. Admission into AVA's four-year program is highly competitive, with approximately 30 singers enrolled in any given year. Those who are accepted are immersed in an intensive performance program led by some of the most dedicated and inspired teachers and creative artists in the world of opera.

Prominent graduates include Stephen Costello, Ailyn Perez, Angela Meade, Michael Fabiano, Bryan Hymel, Latonia Moore, Vanessa Vasquez, and Corinne Winters.

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Financial

three stars

80.16

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 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)
73.4%
  Administrative Expenses 16.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.99
  Program Expenses Growth 2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Academy of Vocal Arts on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Academy of Vocal Arts on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Academy of Vocal Arts (PA) 84.87 three stars
Merola Opera Program (CA) 88.03 three stars
Education Through Music, Inc. (New York) (NY) 94.20 four stars
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington (OR) 85.23 three stars
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (CA) 93.91 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,970,241
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $393,244
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $40,323
Total Contributions $2,403,808
   Program Service Revenue $324,029
Total Primary Revenue $2,727,837
   Other Revenue $1,985,193
TOTAL REVENUE $4,713,030
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,128,133
   Administrative Expenses $690,139
   Fundraising Expenses $411,590
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,229,862
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $483,168
   
Net Assets $39,357,081

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 Academy and Education $3,128,133 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 09/01/2020 84.87 three stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 83.87 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 86.47 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 90.93 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 88.60 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 90.01 four stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 88.26 three stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 94.32 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 93.38 four stars
2010-06 03/01/2012 92.02 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 90.02 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 88.52 three stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 84.76 three stars
2008-06 04/01/2009 75.99 two stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 80.03 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 86.35 three stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 88.51 three stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 88.23 three stars
2003-06 03/01/2004 82.47 three stars
2002-05 04/15/2003 87.08 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 23-1352001
Name in IRS Master File ACADEMY OF VOCAL ARTS
NTEE Code A6E
NTEE Classification Performing Arts Schools
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(40) Scholarships (other)
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 May, 1938
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$151,667 3.58% K. James Mcdowell President, Artistic Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Academy of Vocal Arts (PA) 84.87 three stars
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The Ghetto Film School (NY) 90.17 four stars
The Harlem School of the Arts (NY) 86.73 three stars
COCA (MO) 85.38 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
tel: (215) 735-1685
fax: (215) 732-2189
EIN: 23-1352001

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Board Leadership

Harold (Rick) Pitcairn II
Chairman of the Board

CEO

K. James McDowell
President and Artistic Director

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