EIN 04-2312734

Boston Ballet

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Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community.
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Program areas at Boston Ballet

Ballet Programs: led by Artistic Director, Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet maintains a diverse repertoire, ranging from full-length ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers. The Company typically gives over 100 performances each year at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston, MA. This year's programs and financial results were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Boston Ballet's season programs scheduled for performance March 12, 2020 onwards were cancelled or postponed following stay-at-home orders and gathering restrictions imposed by city and state governments. A multi-pronged management effort was immediately launched to stem revenue loss, mitigate expenses, and secure significant, advance philanthropic and federal aid to prepare the Company for ongoing theater closure. Boston Ballet's 2019-2020 season was originally slated to feature six programs including the annual holiday production of Nissinen's version of The Nutcracker. The season opened with a production of Giselle staged by Boston Ballet's own rehearsal director Larissa Ponomarenko. The spring opened with a program featuring three works by notable choreographic giants George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe. All other live performances thereafter were cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rehearsal footage from the staging of resident choreographer Jorma Elo's Carmen and two works by guest choreographer Helen Pickett was produced into a virtual streaming event for audiences later that summer.
Division for Education and Community Initiatives (ECI): reaches over 5,000 individuals in the Greater Boston area. ECI programs include: Citydance, established in 1991, providing third grade students from over 130 Boston public school classrooms with a tuition-free introduction to dance education; ECI On Location, inclusive of Taking Steps and Boys in Motion, serving students from 4th grade to 8th grade, offering year-long dance education in schools and community sites; and Adaptive Dance, established in 2002, providing creative movement instruction to individuals with disabilities from ages 2 to adult. Training Workshops are delivered by ECI instructors to organizations locally and nationwide, establishing Boston Ballet a thought-leader in this space. ECI also engages participants beyond programming by providing special opportunities such as attending Boston Ballet performances and special events/activities, mentoring and teaching, and performing in showcases or community performances.
Boston Ballet School (BBS): provides a comprehensive dance education with the goal of inspiring, nurturing and sustaining a life-long love of dance in every student. BBS operates two state-of-art dance facilities at Boston Ballet's headquarters in the South End of Boston and in the Metro-West town of Newton. BBS provides dance education and training to nearly 4,000 students through several programs. The Classical Ballet Program follows a carefully designed curriculum with nine levels of study. It also has a supplemental Summer Dance Workshop and Master Class Series exposing students to different dance concepts and styles in a creative environment. The Children's Program for ages 16 months to 7 years introduces children to the art of dance by promoting the exploration of creativity and expression through movement. Its corresponding summer camps, Ballet Stories and Ballet Journeys introduce students to the wider world of dance. The Adult Dance Program offers a wide range of dance classes and workshops to students of all abilities and experience levels. The BBS Professional Division at Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an audition-only and highly competitive programs that provide a rigorous training program preparing students for a professional career with the Boston Ballet, and in the ballet industry. The Summer Dance Program is a 5-week summer intensive training opportunity for students globally, with acceptance to the program by audition-only.

Who funds Boston Ballet

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$3,481,400
The Boston Foundation (TBF)Operating Support/annual Fund$2,717,916
Fidelity Non-Profit Management FoundationOperating Support$250,000
...and 45 more grants received totalling $7,125,357

Financials for Boston Ballet

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$25,676,989
Program services$16,298,532
Investment income and dividends$420,735
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$545,303
Net income from fundraising events$-346,061
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$13,929
Miscellaneous revenues$1,065,658
Total revenues$43,675,085

Form 990s for Boston Ballet

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-04-14990View PDF
2019-062020-09-18990View PDF
2018-062019-11-04990View PDF
2017-062018-09-12990View PDF
2016-062017-09-20990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

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Data update history
October 19, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 78 new personnel
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 13 new grant, including a grant for $250,000 from Fidelity Non-Profit Management Foundation
January 4, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 5 new personnel
October 3, 2021
Received grants
Identified 20 new grant, including a grant for $2,717,916 from The Boston Foundation (TBF)
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
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Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsPerforming arts organizationsBalletsCharities
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General information
19 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116
Metro area
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
Suffolk County, MA
Website URL
(617) 695-6955
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A63: Ballet
NAICS code, primary
711120: Dance Companies
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