ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC

aka AFCM   |   Tucson, AZ   |  www.arizonachambermusic.org

Mission

The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, founded in 1948, sustains interest in and knowledge of classical chamber music from around the world, supports the performance of old and recent works, sponsors the creation of new compositions, and presents professional artists to audiences and students in Southern Arizona.

Ruling year info

1995

President

Joseph Tolliver

Main address

P. O. Box 40845

Tucson, AZ 85717 USA

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Formerly known as

Arizona Friends of Music

EIN

86-0683043

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As we lose older audience members to mortality, we must replace them with new/younger audiences, and vie for attention with their other interests--other popular and classical art forms, social media, home video and the other now-usual suspects.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Evening Series

This is AFCM's trademark collection of concerts, the best of the best from around the globe, engaged by AFCM for one night only in Tucson. It is our serious and sophisticated series of full-length concerts, designed to appeal to knowledgeable chamber music aficionados, classical music enthusiasts, and anyone interested in chamber music in its purest form.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Every March, we host a cast of musicians from around the globe for an intensive week of collaboration and performance not seen at any other time during the season. Master classes, lectures, a student matinée, and afternoon and evening concerts with opportunities to meet the musicians make for a week of chamber music joy.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Piano & Friends is a series of Sunday matinees featuring the best young chamber artists. Instrumentation includes strings or winds but always one or more pianos and showcase superbly talented young artists who have won major competitions around the globe. In some cases, we feature musicians who appeared previously in a Piano & Friends concert and are returning to our stage after having achieved further acclaim. The repertory relies on the well-loved and revered compositions of the great tradition
of classical music.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Each season since 1997, AFCM commissions and has performed by major artists from one to five new works, all funded by members of the audience. In recent years, we have averaged three commissions per season--two for the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, and one for the Evening Series. The AFCM website features streaming audio of every commissioned work, and videos of recent world premieres.

Population(s) Served
Adults

AFCM arranges for local professional ensembles to give 15 to 18 performances a year in six to eight schools. The program reaches 1,500 to 2,000 students, and is targeted to schools in low-income areas. Each of the concerts is interactive, with talks on the history of the piece and composer, followed by questions and answers.

Population(s) Served
Students

Introduced in 2015, this brief series of three small concerts offers something our regular season does not: local professional musicians performing well-loved compositions in a casual venue with luscious wine, food from local restaurants, and a no-intermission one-hour performance. For those new to chamber music, it is an easy place to begin. For those who love chamber music, it means not feeling deprived over the summer.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

CMAcclaim Award 2016

Chamber Music America

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber Music America - Member

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of pre-recorded hours of broadcast

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of works commissioned

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music sustains interest in and knowledge of classical chamber music from around the world, supports the performance of old and recent works, sponsors the creation of new compositions, and presents professional artists to educate and entertain audiences and students in Southern Arizona. In the coming seasons, in a national environment of dwindling audiences, AFCM must continue to reach out to new audience members, without alienating the large core of current supporters. Thus, AFCM's strategic plan calls for maintaining the current artistic direction in the established series, while making a harder push to succeed with some more experimental initiatives begun during the period of the previous strategic plan and others that are new, then evaluating their success to determine whether they should be continued or replaced by new efforts. This will also require innovations in our marketing strategies.

Besides maintaining our core programs--the Evening Series, the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, and the Now Music series--each season, we will either organize and heavily promote at least one special multi-concert event keyed to core repertory (in 2016, presenting Sharon Robinson and Anita Pontremoli in all of Beethoven's sonatas and variations for cello and piano), thus engaging people who may be unwilling or unable to commit to a season-long series, and presenting an introduction to essential chamber music to audiences with a more casual interest in the art form; or sponsor one or more out-of-series events designed to draw individuals beyond the core chamber music audience (Chloe Trevor giving a Halloween-themed violin recital in an abandoned theater; collaborations with the alt-classical Chamber Lab group).

With its wide artistic contacts internationally and on the local scene, and with a substantial cash reserve and endowment, AFCM has the connections and funding to promote and present experimental programs, even if the individual programs result in a loss. To explore more modern marketing techniques, we have engaged the firm OpenForm to study our organization and audiences in their current state, then develop and implement a new across-the-board marketing plan.

Attendance at our main Evening Series concerts has bounced back to its pre-recession levels, although now it is based more on single-ticket sales (we no longer have a two-year waiting list for season tickets). Attendance at the midweek concerts of the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, though, has not yet returned to its earlier levels, and the former Piano & Friends series has always had rather low attendance by our standards, despite enthusiasm for the artists on the part of audience members who do show up. We are hoping that multimedia and interdisciplinary expansion of Piano & Friends into the new series Now Music, and a revamped, modernized, multi-platform marketing strategy will boost our attendance figures in these areas. On the other hand, our commissioning series goes from strength to strength, with audience members coming forward with $10,000 sponsorships for the creation of these new works, and our Music in the Schools program has doubled its reach over the past two seasons.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC

Board of directors
as of 07/09/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joseph Tolliver

University of Arizona

Term: 2020 -

Paul Kaestle

Joseph Tolliver

Helmut Abt

Wes Addison

Philip Alejo

Kaety Byerley

Michael Coretz

Dagmar Cushing

Bryan Daum

Elaine Rousseau

Jay Rosenblatt

Randy Spalding

Paul St. John

George Timson

Leslie Tolbert

Laura Cásarez

Alan Hershowitz

Tim Kantor

Juan Mejia

Ivan Ugorich

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 ? Yes
  • 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