EIN 95-2217011

The Music Center

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The Music Center, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, serves more than 1.3 million people annually through performances by its four resident companies - LA Opera, the LA Phil, Center Theatre Group, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Also known as...
Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

Program areas at The Music Center

The Music Center and grand park operationsas Los Angeles County's Performing Arts Center, The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with The goal of deepening The cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. Each year, The Music Center typically welcomes more than two million people to its expansive campus.the non-profit Performing Arts organization has three divisions: (1) tmc operations, which handles all operations functions; (2) tmc Arts, which oversees The organization's programming and Arts learning initiatives; and (3) tmc business resources, which includes The Music (see schedule o for continuation)center's advancement, finance and marketing and communications teams.tmc operations manages The Music Center's four theatres-walt disney concert hall, dorothy chandler pavilion, ahmanson theatre and mark taper forum-and its outdoor spaces, including The jerry moss plaza and The 12-acre grand park, for and on behalf of The County of Los Angeles, which owns The facilities. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies: (1) Center theatre group; (2) Los Angeles master chorale; (3) Los Angeles opera; and (4) Los Angeles philharmonic. Tmc operations serves as The landlord for The resident companies, providing a number of support services, including facility, stage and theatre operations. It is also responsible for improvements to and maintenance of The facilities, along with security, guest services, production, and scheduling and events management.
Capital improvementsunder The terms of a sublease agreement with The County of Los Angeles, The Music Center transfers title of leasehold and other capital improvements upon purchase to The County of Los Angeles. The Music Center expenses these purchases as they are incurred. Capital expenses in 2019-20 consisted of debt service related to The mark taper forum renovation, amortization of contract acquisition costs and various capital improvements across The Music Center campus.
Artistic programming, education and outreachthe Music Center has a rapidly growing artistic role, led by tmc Arts. All tmc Arts' programs are developed through The lens of engagement and with a focus on creating programs that respond to and are reflective of The diverse populations that comprise Los Angeles County. This approach applies to The range of tmc Arts programs,whether a proscenium-based ticketed presentation of a dance company in The Music Center's theatres for its glorya kaufman presents dance at The Music Center series, or a free and/or low-cost participatory program in The jerry moss plaza or in grand park, such as The Music Center's dance dtla or grand park's nyela. In response to covid-19 and The closure of its theatres, The (see schedule o for continuation)music Center shifted to offer virtual programs through a new digital platform called The Music Center offstage. The organization curated a portfolio of free programs including performances, exclusive interviews, Arts activities and special events for all ages.additionally, tmc Arts manages The Music Center's nationally recognized Arts learning programs, which The organization has pioneered since its earliest days. Typically The Music Center's Arts learning initative reaches 150,000 students and educators annually and is The largest Arts education program in Los angeles.the Music Center also programs grand park, which extends from The Music Center campus to Los Angeles city hall. The park features multi-use lawns, stages and open spaces available for both leisure and civic gatherings. Each year, more than one million people visit The park to enjoy its many amenities. The park has become The go-to central gathering place in Los Angeles for major holiday celebrations including july 4th and new year's eve. Many of The events produced by The Music Center in grand park are curated in conjunction with The park's numerous community partners.

Form 990s for The Music Center

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-062020-09-29990View PDF
2018-062019-11-04990View PDF
2017-062018-11-15990View PDF
2016-062017-10-02990View PDF
2015-062016-08-04990View PDF
...and 5 more Form 990s

Who funds The Music Center

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Music Center FoundationGeneral Support$1,348,895
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...and 75 more grants received

Grants made by The Music Center

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Center Theatre GroupGeneral Operating Assistance and Grant$239,085
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Financials for The Music Center

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$21,828,450
Program services$39,982,384
Investment income and dividends$1,972,476
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$25,419
Royalty revenue$31,360
Net rental income$634,479
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-10,251
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$1,756,524
Total revenues$66,220,841

Personnel at The Music Center

Rachel S. MoorePresident and Chief Executive Officer / Board Member$818,787
Howard ShermanExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the Music Center Ops.$343,237
William TaylorSenior Vice President , Finance and Chief Financial Officer / Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Treasurer$254,373
 Subscribe to viewSenior Vice President, Marketing and Communications$259,184
 Subscribe to viewSenior Vice President, Advancement$261,273
...and 4 more key personnel

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Seattle Symphony OrchestraSeattle, WA$33,435,338
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135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Metro area
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
Website URL
(213) 972-7211
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A61: Performing Arts Centers
NAICS code, primary
711130: Musical Groups and Artists
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