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Ensemble Iberica

Fostering a global perspective through the power of music

Kansas City, MO   |  www.ensembleiberica.org

Mission

Ensemble Ibérica performs music from Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and other areas of the world connected to the Iberian diaspora while educating the public about Ibérian cultural influence.

Notes from the nonprofit

Ensemble Ibérica is dedicated to breaking down cultural barriers and promoting a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives. Through our music, we strive to foster a global perspective, connecting people from all walks of life and leaving a lasting impact on our patrons. Their recent 10-year anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall is a testament to their excellence in creating quality music and their tireless efforts in providing innovative opportunities for both their audiences and artists. We distribute regular progress reports to partners, funders, and involved artists throughout the timeline of our concert season and publicly share the post-performance work samples, press coverage, and audience/peer review. At the end of every concert season, we publish a year-end report with such metrics as income, ticket sales, number of performances, number of musicians hired, and school children reached through our educational outreach program.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mrs Erin McGrane

Artistic Director

Beau Bledsoe

Main address

4001 Gladstone Blvd.

Kansas City, MO 64123 USA

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EIN

46-5055573

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Unknown (Z99)

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Concert Series

Ensemble Ibérica was founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Beau Bledsoe, a guitarist with a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. It aims to showcase music from Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and other areas of the world connected to the Iberian diaspora while educating the public about Ibérian cultural influence. The group's primary activity is a Concert Series that takes place monthly from April to December each year in local theaters in the Kansas City area. Ensemble Ibérica has also provided an educational outreach program since 2014, which has been attended by over 12,000 school-aged children. In addition, the group regularly performs at schools that may not have the means to bring in professional performers.

Ensemble Ibérica is dedicated to breaking down cultural barriers and promoting a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives. The group showcases talent with diverse backgrounds ranging from jazz, and classical to folk whil

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Artists and performers

The Ensemble Ibérica educational outreach program is led by our board member Norma Pacheco O'Neil and is meant to reach schools in the Kansas City area by giving presentations about the history of Spain and its relationship to Kansas City, various regional dance styles, the relationship between guitar and dance and how they evolved throughout Spain and the Americas. We maintain a special fund from specific donors so that we may perform these programs at underserved schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Artist Residency at Casa Ocea 2022

Casa Ocea

Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference 2022

Folk Alliance International

Affiliations & memberships

Fair Plé 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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In addition to providing a unique experience to our audiences, we aspire for our patrons to leave performances with deeper cultural understanding and broader global perspective. One of the key ways we accomplish this vision is by integrating multiple disciplines in our performances. The musicians we employ represent diverse traditions including jazz, classical and folk. Incorporating artists with mastery of such diverse traditions within the same program or performance enriches the experience of the audience and our performers. We also aim to establish a reputation for providing adventurous and unique cultural experiences for our audiences. It is our goal that concert-goers develop an appreciation of new musical genres, traditions, and styles, in addition to new cultural perspectives. Our performances frequently feature pre-concert lectures and educational outreach relating to specific concerts in our series. We also publish content related to these programs via social media and our website. After each performance, our artists and board members hold a meet and greet, which acts as both an opportunity for patrons to deepen their understanding and appreciation for the performance, and for our board and artists to hear feedback and develop improvements based on first-hand engagement with audience members. In order to achieve our long-term vision and goals, we must maintain the highest level of artistry and mastery in the music we perform and promote, including awareness of the social context underlying the music. Pursuant to this need, we ensure that all of our core musicians have had extensive experience with the traditions we perform. Our artists have completed residencies in Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Portugal, which has contributed to an organization-wide understanding of the cohesion and relationships that exist in Iberian music and the music that resulted from Iberian colonization. Building and maintaining strong relationships with other artists and stakeholders is also a necessary part of achieving our vision. Over the past several years, we have worked extensively to foster international relationships between musicians in Europe and the Americas, within many genres and disciplines, and of diverse nationalities and ethnicities. Repeat employment of top artists, as well as our annual patron trips, have been key pathways for building and maintaining these relationships.

We maintain deep relationships with our core donors and patrons by offering private concerts and special events that foster consistent engagement and communication with artists. To ensure that our ticket sales are properly overseen and analyzed for fiscal sustainability, we run all ticketing processes in-house.  The relationship among the ensemble members is vital for ensuring programming sustainability in the future. To this end, each season includes an artist retreat for core ensemble members that allows for open discussion and development of ideas. Several artists affiliated with the ensemble have “spun off” individual projects, including the Cuban music project “Cubanisms” and classical music quartet  “Victoria Botero Ensemble.” We believe that continued artistic and creative development is necessary for sustaining high-quality, culturally impactful programming, and we will always encourage our artists to pursue their own development, individually and collaboratively.

Ensemble Ibérica maintains a fund reserve to protect against unforeseen occurrences, such as artists illness, travel issues, and inclement weather, which can all result in disruption, postponement, or cancellation of performances. We also partner with the Portuguese American Cultural Exchange (PACE) to share artist visa expenses to bring Portuguese artists to Kansas City, reducing the possibility of unforeseen complications and preserving funding resources.

Ensemble Ibérica has sold 6,739 individual tickets for our concert series, and over two-thirds of our events have sold out. Ticket sales have increased 25% over the past two years. In addition to performances, the ensemble has produced three recordings.The ensemble is also building a growing collection of rare folkloric instruments from Portugal and Spain. This collection was recently expanded with the purchase of four rare Portuguese instruments, made possible by a grant from the CCS Family Fund of the Topeka Community Foundation. We have organized four successful cultural trips for patrons to Portugal and Spain every June. These trips have provided more than 40 patrons with a unique cultural experience. In 2018, the trip to Portugal, branded as “Food, Fado, & Wine”, focused on Fado music, a Portuguese urban folk music that grew out of the streets and taverns of Lisbon in the 19th Century. The Spain trip in 2017 was focused on Flamenco music and dance in the Andalusia region. Flamenco a one-of-a-kind art form that incorporates Jewish, Gypsy, Moorish, and indigenous Andalusian traditions. The ensemble regularly partners with the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center to utilize their 280-seat venue, and for administrative assistance while booking our patron trips to Europe. Our 2016 Season opening concert, entitled “Danza”, was a collaboration of Spanish baroque music and dance with the Owen Cox Dance Company. We regularly partnering with the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center to share their 280 seat venue and administrative assistance with booking our patron trips to Europe. In 2016 and 2017 the ensemble has partnered with the Mexican marimba quartet Marimba Sol de Chiapas for performances. We also have at least one concert per season as part of the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College’s Polsky theater.In 2016, we collaborated with the American Jazz Museum and the Traditional Music Society for "Diaspora,” a concert performance that explores the music and history of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal). The year 2016 also saw the release of our recording of the compositions of Matt Otto, a Kansas City jazz composer. Over the past five years, the ensemble has collaborated and performed with prestigious guest musicians from around the world, including: Nathalie Pires (New York), Mariachi Flor de Toloache (New York), Betse & Clarke (Kansas City), Nanny Assis (Bahia, Brazil), Angelique Staggs (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Bruno Bessa (Fortaleza, Brazil), Amado Espinoza (Cochabamba, Bolivia) and Melinda Hedgecorth (Sevilla, Spain). Our educational outreach program was greatly expanded thanks to the work of our educational outreach coordinator and board member, Norma Pacheco O'Neil. To date we've performed at 26 schools for over 3000 students. In addition to our "Introduction to Spain through Dance and Music" program, we've added "Mexico Lindo - an introduction to Mexico through Music, Song and Dance" featuring Ensemble Ibérica vocalist, Fedra Cooper Barrera. We co-produced the "Carnaval Room," a Latin music showcase room at the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference where we were also selected as Official Showcase Artists.Our program “Guitarras Flamenca” has been invited to perform at The Wurzburg Flamenco Festival in Southern Germany April of 2019.We produced our third CD that was released on the Origin record label.In 2017 we took 26 patrons to Portugal and Spain and we'll do the same in 2019 expanding the trips to Argentina.Most recently we’ve been awarded two performances at Open Spaces Kansas City in September 2018.

Financials

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Ensemble Iberica

Board of directors
as of 09/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Neil Battrum

Orange Technologies

Term: 2023 - 2023

Lynda Rodriguez

Scoular Company

Norma O'Neil

Blue Valley School District, Spanish Interpreter

Neil Battrum

Orange Technologies, Owner

Ed Reyes

Reyes Media

Michelle Rodriguez

Mosaica Solutions

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/11/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/11/2023

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.