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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

American Composers Orchestra

Innovating right before your ears

three stars

80.95

494 Eighth Avenue Suite 503
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 977-8495   Web Site
EIN: 13-2838450

Board Leadership
Sameera Troesch
Chair

CEO
Lyndsay Werking
Interim President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.95 three stars
  Financial 75.42 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1975, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) identifies today's brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. To date, ACO has performed music by nearly 500 American composers, including more than 100 world premieres and newly commissioned works. In pursuit of its singular mission, ACO maintains an unparalleled range of activities including an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall, commissions, recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, and new music reading sessions. New initiatives include composer fellowships and special projects designed to serve and advance the field.

Founded in 1975, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) identifies today's brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. To date, ACO has performed music by nearly 500 American composers, including more than 100 world premieres and newly commissioned works. In pursuit of its singular mission, ACO maintains an unparalleled range of activities including an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall, commissions, recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, and new music reading sessions. New initiatives include composer fellowships and special projects designed to serve and advance the field.

Financial

two stars

75.42

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
69.0%
  Administrative Expenses 16.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.61
  Program Expenses Growth -11.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Composers Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Composers Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Composers Orchestra (NY) 80.95 three stars
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (MI) 88.97 three stars
Memphis Symphony Orchestra (TN) 88.92 three stars
Symphony Silicon Valley (CA) 85.74 three stars
New York Youth Symphony (NY) 90.30 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,182,729
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $80,521
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $160,980
Total Contributions $1,424,230
   Program Service Revenue $222,463
Total Primary Revenue $1,646,693
   Other Revenue $49,983
TOTAL REVENUE $1,696,676
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $928,466
   Administrative Expenses $251,133
   Fundraising Expenses $296,960
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,476,559
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $220,117
   
Net Assets $2,828,616

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
Concerts $557,079 60.0%
Music Education $194,978 21.0%
Music Readings $176,409 19.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 80.95 three stars
2018-06 06/01/2019 85.01 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 88.39 three stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 91.48 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 86.12 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 77.57 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 70.42 two stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 87.13 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 71.28 two stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 75.99 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 73.91 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 77.89 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 85.83 three stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 83.57 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 57.32 one star
2005-06 07/01/2006 62.23 one star
2004-06 10/01/2005 60.39 one star

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

EIN 13-2838450
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA INC
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 (90) Cultural performances
(119) Other cultural or historical 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 March, 1976
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
$188,838 12.78% Edward Yim President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Composers Orchestra (NY) 80.95 three stars
Flint Institute of Music (MI) 88.49 three stars
Utah Symphony & Opera (UT) 92.07 four stars
Wichita Symphony Society (KS) 98.54 four stars
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MI) 90.85 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Composers Orchestra
494 Eighth Avenue
Suite 503
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 977-8495
fax: (212) 977-8995
EIN: 13-2838450

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Board Leadership

Sameera Troesch
Chair

CEO

Lyndsay Werking
Interim President

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