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The Cleveland Orchestra

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The Cleveland Orchestra is a symphony orchestra based in Cleveland, OH that was founded in 1925. As of 2018 they had $61 million in revenue and $282 million in assets.

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the most acclaimed performing ensembles in the world. The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, concert programming, and community engagement.

Previous legal names or variations of their name include: The Musical Arts Association.

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Program areas at The Cleveland Orchestra

Severance Hall and Northeast Ohio2017-18 was The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season and Franz Welser-Most's sixteenth year as music director. Highlights included encore performances of Janacek's opera The Cunning Little Vixen, first presented in 2014; this innovative production once again juxtaposed live singers with time-lapsed video imagery and was also presented to acclaim on tour in Vienna, the first time a fully-staged opera had been performed in Vienna's premiere concert hall, the Musikverein. Also opening the season was a special multi-media Education Concert created in collaboration with Cleveland's School of the Arts; that six-month project was tied directly to Franz Welser-Most's season-ending "Prometheus Project" concerts, which explored Beethoven's music as commentary and impetus in advocating for justice and human good tying together regular season programming and education offerings to amplify learning opportunities and connections between the arts and everyday life.For the Centennial, Welser-Most had long advocated that, rather than merely celebrating ...

Touring and ResidenciesEach year, the Orchestra apportions several weeks of its performance schedule to residencies and touring activities beyond Northeast Ohio. These are designed to enhance both the artistic and financial strength of the organization overall, and extend and enhance the Orchestra's worldwide reputation.The Orchestra performed on the road on several occasions several occasions throughout the 2017-18 Centennial Season, including two overseas tours, a two-week residency in Miami, and a pair of concerts at New York's famed Carnegie Hall. Franz Welser-Most conducted all of these concerts, including a fall European Tour (12 concerts) and "The Prometheus Project" performances (5 concerts each in Vienna and Tokyo) in the spring. The Miami residency featured four public concerts and two education presentations for schools, performed across two weeks at the end of January and beginning of February. As part of this tour, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus visited the Ohio ...

Blossom Music Center2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of Blossom Music Center as the Orchestra's summer home and continued the Centennial celebrations on into the autumn. A Festival season of 19 concerts was presented across ten weekends between the Fourth-of-July and Memorial Day holidays. A special fundraising dinner/event was held in July. Overall, 2018 welcomed than 138,500 music-lovers to the Orchestra's Festival concerts 20,000 more than the year before and the highest total in 20 years. This represented an average of 7,250 per concert, the second-highest average in the Festival's history. (An additional 395,000 attended 28 non-orchestral concerts presented at Blossom by LiveNation.)

Form 990s for The Cleveland Orchestra

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-06Aug 2, 2019990View PDF
2017-06May 14, 2018990View PDF
2016-06Sep 25, 2017990View PDF
2015-06Aug 9, 2016990View PDF
2014-06Aug 3, 2016990View PDF
...and seven more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for The Cleveland Orchestra

Total grants, contributions, etc.$32,806,554
Program services$18,430,047
Investment income and dividends$5,303,548
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$5,620,844
Net income from fundraising events$-228,281
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$59,042
Miscellaneous revenues$2,691
Total revenues$61,994,445

Vendors for The Cleveland Orchestra

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
RSM Us LLPTax accounting; Audit accounting2019-08-02
████ █████Consulting$120,9052018-06-01
█████████████ ████████ ███Telefunding$227,7402018-06-01
█████████ ██████████ ███████ ██ ███Fundraising Campaign Strategy Consulting$78,4232018-06-01
████████████ █████████ ███Direct Mail Advertising$755,6682018-06-01
███ █████Design$726,0072018-06-01
█████ ███████████Music Directing$1,698,7592018-06-01
████ █ ███████Artist Performances$174,3922018-06-01
...and four more vendors

Personnel at The Cleveland Orchestra

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
James E MengerChief Financial Officer$233,507Aug. 2, 2019
Mark WilliamsChief Artistic Officer-July 16, 2019
████ ██████Chief Brand Officer-Oct. 10, 2017
█████ █████████Executive Director$468,766June 30, 2018
█████ ███Senior Director, Operations and Venues-July 16, 2019
███ ██████Director of Marketing-Oct. 10, 2017
█████ █████Senior Director of Marketing-July 16, 2019
████ █████Director, Development Operations-Sept. 18, 2017
████ ████ ██████Senior Director-Sept. 18, 2017
██████ ████████Director of Customer Experience-July 16, 2019
...and 14 more key personnel

Peer symphony orchestras

1Chicago Symphony Orchestra501(c)(3)$81 millionChicago, IL
2Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LAP)501(c)(3)$190 millionLos Angeles, CA
3Indiana Symphony Society501(c)(3)$27 millionIndianapolis, IN
4Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO)501(c)(3)$33 millionCincinnati, OH
5Houston Symphony Society501(c)(3)$29 millionHouston, TX
6New World Symphony (NWS)501(c)(3)$18 millionMiami Beach, FL
7Pacific Symphony501(c)(3)$24 millionIrvine, CA
8Philadelphia Orchestra Association501(c)(3)$53 millionPhiladelphia, PA
9Seattle Symphony Orchestra501(c)(3)$32 millionSeattle, WA
10San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association501(c)(3)$36 millionSan Diego, CA
11Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO)501(c)(3)$33 millionSt Louis, MO
12Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO)501(c)(3)$45 millionPittsburgh, PA
13Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra501(c)(3)$48 millionMilwaukee, WI
14Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)501(c)(3)$40 millionDetroit, MI
15San Francisco Symphony (SFS)501(c)(3)$87 millionSan Francisco, CA
16Carnegie Hall / The Carnegie Hall Corporation501(c)(3)$103 millionNew York, NY
17Oregon Symphony Association501(c)(3)$21 millionPortland, OR
18Baltimore Symphony Orchestra501(c)(3)$27 millionBaltimore, MD
19New York Philharmonic501(c)(3)$89 millionNew York, NY
20Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO)501(c)(3)$34 millionDallas, TX
21The Nashville Symphony501(c)(3)$23 millionNashville, TN
22Boston Symphony Orchestra501(c)(3)$110 millionBoston, MA
23Kansas City Symphony501(c)(3)$17 millionKansas City, MO
24Minnesota Orchestral Association501(c)(3)$32 millionMinneapolis, MN
25Orchestra of St. Luke's501(c)(3)$18 millionNew York, NY