Arts, Culture, and Humanities

BAKERSFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INC

More than Music

aka Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Bakersfield, CA

Mission

""The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra's mission is to enrich our community through the power of music!""

Ruling Year

1948

Executive Director

Kari Heilman

Main Address

1328 34th Street Suite A

Bakersfield, CA 93301 USA

Keywords

arts, music, symphony, orchestral music, music education

EIN

95-6001765

 Number

6482170414

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The BSO's biggest challenges are attracting new audiences and expanding our outreach.

Our programs

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

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Subscription Concerts

Young People's Concerts

BSO NEXT

Pops Concerts

Kids Discover Music

Health & Healing

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The goal of the BSO is to expand our outreach programs, providing more musical enjoyment and education through our concerts and community service. In order to achieve this, our fundraising, marketing, audience attendance and overall connection between our operations and public awareness must be increased.

Our organization added a new position to the team in 2017.
Through the outreach efforts of the new Director of Marketing and Development, BSO hopes to impact more residents, businesses, schools and audiences in general, introducing them to the wonderful world of music. We are currently working on a marketing piece that will explain exactly what the BSO contributes to the community and that it's "More than Music". It's about...

M - Memories, creating new and preserving the past
U - Unity, bringing people together
S - Service, reaching out to make a meaningful contribution
I - Inspiration, motivating and encouraging listeners young & old
C - Community, supporting our family of patrons.

To expand on our educational outreach with the children in our community, we have formed a new committee for the BSO NEXT program. We plan to add more schools to our participation list and obtain more sponsors to provide concert tickets and dinners to impact a greater number of students. Most kids who are chosen to attend through these sponsored tickets, would never have been able to enjoy the experience without this program.
More services requires more funds, so building our sponsor base is crucial.
We also plan to expand and restructure our annual Gala, forming a proactive committee to help generate support.
Our advertising contracts, in regards to concert program books, has also been adjusted to generate more income in the future.

* Our student participation list will increase
* More sponsors will step up to contribute
* Audience attendance will continue to grow
* Our annual budget will show more profit from the increase in overall contributions and prudent managing of funds
* Approval & support from our Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
* More visibility in the community with better awareness of programs

Reaching more people in the community about the numerous opportunities to get involved with the BSO. The absence of a marketing tool to help in communication is something we plan to correct and capitalize on. Visuals are powerful and once this piece is completed, our Marketing & Development Director plans to utilize it and launch an outreach campaign in the fall.

External Reviews

Financials

BAKERSFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INC

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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