Disable all preview features

Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

American Composers Orchestra

Innovating right before your ears

four stars

91.48

244 West 54th Street Suite 805
New York, NY 10019
tel: (212) 977-8495   Web Site
EIN: 13-2838450

Board Leadership
Frederick Wertheim
Chairman

CEO
Edward Yim
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.48 four stars
  Financial 95.10 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

95.10

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
76.6%
  Administrative Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.75
  Program Expenses Growth 15.2%
  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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Composers Orchestra (NY) 91.48 four stars
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (MO) 85.22 three stars
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (PA) 86.95 three stars
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (OH) 92.16 four stars
The Florida Orchestra (FL) 90.85 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,065,056
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $66,086
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $120,000
Total Contributions $2,251,142
   Program Service Revenue $223,228
Total Primary Revenue $2,474,370
   Other Revenue $45,478
TOTAL REVENUE $2,519,848
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,328,001
   Administrative Expenses $136,039
   Fundraising Expenses $172,548
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,636,588
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $883,260
   
Net Assets $2,900,718

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 $904,939 68.1%
Music Readings $274,120 20.6%
Music Factory $148,942 11.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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

We invite you to share your opinions, thoughts, experiences, and stories about this charity here to help inform the decisions of other donors.  
Need more help getting started? Check out our FAQs.
 
This tool is not for questions about Charity Navigator, such as how we derived this charity’s rating. We will happily answer those questions if you contact us directly. Likewise, if you have questions for this charity, then we encourage you to contact the charity directly (we include the charity’s contact information in the upper left-hand corner of this page) since few charities regularly monitor this commenting tool.

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$140,940 8.61% Michael Geller President and CEO

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Composers Orchestra (NY) 91.48 four stars
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (MA) 85.55 three stars
Allentown Symphony Association (PA) 90.73 four stars
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) 85.11 three stars
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN) 85.84 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

American Composers Orchestra
244 West 54th Street
Suite 805
New York, NY 10019
tel: (212) 977-8495
fax: (212) 977-8995
EIN: 13-2838450

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Frederick Wertheim
Chairman

CEO

Edward Yim
President

[ X ]

Did You Know We Are a Charity, Too?

If even a third of the 7 million people who visited our site last year had donated a dollar to Charity Navigator, we would comfortably meet our annual budget and be able to do what so many of you ask us to do every day--rate more charities!

With the support of users like you, we are currently investing in staff and technology. This will allow us to improve the search and organizational features of our site, making it easier to find the information that matters most to you. We will also continue to enhance our evaluation system and metrics.

So, whether you're a first time visitor or a long time user, we ask for your help in achieving our goal. Your gift of any size is most deeply appreciated! Thank You!

With the support of users like you, we are making it easier to find the info that matters most. Thank you!

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.

Help Center