Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Discovering Music of the Americas

Washington, DC   |
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Pan American Symphony Orchestra

EIN: 52-1710981


The first orchestra in the nation to focus solely on Latin American music, the Pan American Symphony (PASO) continues to be an artistic and cultural leader in the Washington, DC region by engaging talented Latin American musicians, soloists, and composers in unique performances that educate the public about the diverse cultures of Latin America. PASO aspires to create opportunities to introduce Latin American music and Latino music talent to the region. We carry out this vision in a range of ways: commissioning orchestral works by Latin American composers, showcasing rising Latino music, dance, and vocal talent, and expanding our collaborations with other arts organizations.

Ruling year info


Artistic Director

Mr. Sergio Alessandro Buslje

Main address

1629 K Street NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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Subject area info

Cultural awareness


Performing arts education

Orchestral music

Population served info

People of Latin American descent

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PASO aims to educate the public about the rich diverse music culture of Latin America and to promote Latino music talent. PASO premiers new symphony compositions by Latino composers and showcases Latino music culture with the objective of making symphony concerts more inclusive and more accessible to the public.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

DC Tango Festival

An annual festival celebrating the music of Argentine tango with a variety of events spanning a month, such as free tango-themed films, dance lessons, visiting tango music ensembles, a milonga dance party with PASO's tango ensemble, and more. Most events take place at the Embassy of Argentina in April or May.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Artists and performers
Military personnel
Retired people
Self-employed people

The Pan American Symphony Orchestra carries out approximately 5 concerts a season with each concert featuring Latin American or Spanish compositions. Concerts take place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lisner Auditorium, and other venues throughout Washington, DC.

Population(s) Served

The Pan American Symphony Orchestra performs an educational concert with its musicians and Latino guest musicians for the DC Public Schools Global Studies students. The programs instruct students about the origins of the genre of music being highlighted, the music techniques that make the music distinctive, and other cultural and historical contributions to the music.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Latin Grammy nomination for best new tango album 2021

Latin Grammy

Affiliations & memberships

Latin Grammy Nomination for Best New Tango Recording 2021

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.

To educate the public about the rich and varied music of Latin America, to showcase talented Latino music artists, to introduce youth musicians to Latin American orchestral music, and to provide opportunity for new Latino orchestral composers.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Pan American Symphony Orchestra
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.88 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Pan American Symphony Orchestra’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $14,970 $25,673 $25,967 -$27,037 $28,667
As % of expenses 14.0% 19.3% 26.1% -28.1% 13.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $14,970 $25,673 $25,967 -$27,037 $28,667
As % of expenses 14.0% 19.3% 26.1% -28.1% 13.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $121,822 $158,557 $125,384 $69,229 $248,894
Total revenue, % change over prior year 10.8% 30.2% -20.9% -44.8% 259.5%
Program services revenue 49.5% 66.2% 23.2% 37.7% 48.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 17.5% 23.6% 63.8% 32.9% 49.2%
All other grants and contributions 25.7% 10.1% 13.0% 29.4% 2.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $106,852 $132,884 $99,417 $96,266 $220,227
Total expenses, % change over prior year -14.5% 24.4% -25.2% -3.2% 128.8%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 42.7% 48.9% 72.0% 50.7% 48.4%
Occupancy 3.6% 3.1% 4.4% 4.8% 2.4%
Interest 0.4% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 53.3% 47.9% 23.6% 44.5% 49.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $106,852 $132,884 $99,417 $96,266 $220,227
One month of savings $8,904 $11,074 $8,285 $8,022 $18,352
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $115,756 $143,958 $107,702 $104,288 $238,579

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.9 4.7 9.4 6.3 4.3
Months of cash and investments 2.9 4.7 9.4 6.3 4.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.9 4.7 9.4 6.3 4.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $26,242 $51,915 $77,882 $50,845 $79,512
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $77,882 $50,845 $79,512
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $26,242 $51,915 $77,882 $50,845 $79,512

Key data checks

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

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Artistic Director

Mr. Sergio Alessandro Buslje

A native of Rosario, Argentina, Maestro Bušlje studied music from an early age and won the prestigious Alberto Williams Award for Young Musicians when he was only 10 years old. He continued his studies in conducting, piano, violoncello, and tuba at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Facultad de de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. Before founding the Pan American Symphony Orchestra (PASO) in 1991, Maestro Bušlje was Assistant Conductor of the American University Orchestra and conductor of the American University Camerata in Washington, DC. In 2011, Maestro Bušlje played a command performance for Peruvian President Alan Garcia in the Presidential Palace. He led PASO in a special concert for the 2013 Latino Presidential Inaugural Celebration hosted by Eva Longoria at the Kennedy Center. Among other soloists, Maestro Buslje has conducted Juan Diego Flores, Raul Esparza, Placido Domingo, Ruggiero Ricci, and Daniel Binelli. He is a well-recognized expert on Argentine tango .

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Board of directors
as of 09/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Ms Maureen Dunn

Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Term: 2012 - 2020

Board co-chair

Ms Linda Macri

Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Term: 2017 - 2022

Paula Verdun

Maureen Dunn

Eileen T. Lange

Anastasia Orfanoudis

Jose Francisco De Leon

Fabian Painemilla

Linda Macri

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/12/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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