Friends of American Song Archives, Inc.

aka American Song Archives, LLC; Bob Dylan Center; Woody Guthrie Center   |   Tulsa, OK   |

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Friends of American Song Archives, Inc.

EIN: 46-5165090


Friends of American Song Archives, Inc. supports the mission and operations of American Song Archives, LLC in Tulsa, OK. Dedicated to preserving the legacy of Americas most enduring and inspiring songwriters, American Song Archives operates the Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center. The Woody Guthrie Center celebrates the life, music, and artistry of the influential folk musician while seeking to ignite a passion for social change and foster a world where the values of justice, equality, and compassion prevail. The Bob Dylan Center inspires and celebrates fearless creativity by exploring the music and artistry of the Nobel Prize-winning singer-songwriter as a catalyst for personal expression and cultural change.

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Managing Director

Steve Higgins

Main address

102 E Reconciliation Way

Tulsa, OK 74103 USA

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Formerly known as

GKFF Guthrie Center LLC



Subject area info

Arts education

Public arts

Art conservation


Performance art

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Population served info

Children and youth


LGBTQ people


Women and girls

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NTEE code info

(Museum & Museum Activities) (A50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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The Woody Guthrie Center is designed to inspire and educate individuals of all ages about the life, legacy and impact of the legendary folk musician. Through engaging and interactive initiatives, the center seeks to foster a deeper understanding of Guthrie's contributions to music, social justice and cultural history. The center offers educational workshops and hands-on activities that encourage participants to explore their own creativity and expression, drawing inspiration from Guthrie's spirit of activism and artistic innovation.

The Bob Dylan Center seeks to celebrate Dylan's artistic brilliance, cultural impact and ongoing relevance. Through a diverse range of immersive experiences, the center aims to inspire a new generation of thinkers, creators and enthusiasts to appreciate the enduring legacy of Bob Dylan. Interactive activities foster creativity and critical thinking, ensuring relevance for diverse audiences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Woody Guthrie Center and the Bob Dylan Center host hundreds of visits from K-12 schools each year.

As an educational facility, the Woody Guthrie Center provides artistic inspiration to the next generation of changemakers. Field trips to the center inspire students to use their creativity to demonstrate true learning and understanding of their world. Educators face many challenges, so the center makes resources available to educators and students for free. Customized lessons are made available to enhance schools curriculum.

The Bob Dylan Center is committed to inspiring students of all ages to express their creativity and passion through music and the arts. Field trips to the Bob Dylan Center offers students a chance to gain insight into the creative process and be inspired by Dylan's career. By connecting students with Dylan's work, the center hopes to help them develop their own unique voices, as well as foster a greater appreciation for music and the arts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The American Song Archives manages, preserves and provides access to countless treasures of American creativity from the core collections of the Woody Guthrie Archives and the Bob Dylan Archive. The immense archives of Woody Guthrie's and Bob Dylan's writings, recordings, images and career documents orient visitors to the depth of their imagination and impact.

The Woody Guthrie Center Archives have an international and interdisciplinary reach, specifically in the fields of multimedia art and art history, political science, psychology and health sciences, women and gender studies, literature and minority and multicultural studies.

The Bob Dylan Center Archive consists of more than 100,000 items spanning decades. Highlights include various drafts of many of Dylan's creations, along with a raft of lesser-known song lyrics and fragments. The collection also includes essays, poems, liner notes, correspondence, autobiographical bits and philosophical musings.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Woody Guthrie Center is an actively growing research center. Current holdings include the largest collection of Woody Guthrie primary resource materials in the world, housing papers of additional topical songwriters and special research collections ranging from the 1930s to present day. Materials include numerous research notes, clippings, personal papers, correspondence, original manuscripts, photographs, realia, lyrics, sheet music, sound recordings, musical instruments, fine art and artifacts.

Similarly, the Bob Dylan Center stands to make the city an essential location for conducting scholarly popular music research and generating artistic activity. Dylan's long and continuing artistic career strides an ever-changing American environment that touches on many disciplines, and this collection provides a rich source of material for scholars of popular music, film studies, American studies, history, sociology, political science and cultural studies.

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The Woody Guthrie Center preserves his legacy and presents the social, political and cultural values found in his vast body of work through curated exhibits, programs and outreach. By showing how Woody Guthrie used his creativity to express the world around him, the center encourages others to find their own voices and the power that lies within the creative process. In addition to on-site programming and high-profile traveling exhibits, the center has curated virtual exhibits so people can experience the Woody Guthrie Center from anywhere.

The Bob Dylan Center serves to educate, motivate and inspire visitors to engage their own capacity as creators. While the center is anchored by a permanent exhibit on the life and work of Bob Dylan, it also offers additional exhibits, public programs, performances, lectures and publications, through which it aims to foster a conversation about the role of creativity in our lives.

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The Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center offer programs and events that enhance exhibits and educational offerings, providing visitors with a deeper understanding of history, musicology, songwriting, poetic expression and more. The centers host conversations with curators, documentarians, archivists and creators, as well as performances with artists such as Mavis Staples, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Pussy Riot, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Margaret Glaspy.

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Friends of American Song Archives, Inc.
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 31.46 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 3.9 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 13% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Friends of American Song Archives, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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 Friends of American Song Archives, Inc.’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 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $63,117 $48,403 -$260,050 $1,450 $2,867,500
As % of expenses 6.9% 4.7% -22.9% 0.0% 392.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $45,789 $14,880 -$304,297 $1,450 $2,867,500
As % of expenses 4.9% 1.4% -25.8% 0.0% 392.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $972,043 $1,102,929 $1,023,714 $1,450 $3,597,342
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.3% 13.5% -7.2% 0.0% 247992.6%
Program services revenue 10.4% 10.5% 12.4% 0.0% 0.0%
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 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 83.4% 83.4% 82.8% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 6.2% 6.1% 4.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $908,926 $1,033,666 $1,135,868 $0 $729,842
Total expenses, % change over prior year -4.8% 13.7% 9.9% 0.0% 0.0%
Personnel 43.6% 38.9% 41.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 2.5% 3.7% 5.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 17.8% 18.0% 17.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 97.2%
All other expenses 35.8% 39.4% 36.0% 0.0% 2.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $926,254 $1,067,189 $1,180,115 $0 $729,842
One month of savings $75,744 $86,139 $94,656 $0 $60,820
Debt principal payment $0 $53,972 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $63,899 $95,336 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,065,897 $1,302,636 $1,274,771 $0 $790,662

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.1 0.3 0.0 0.0 15.5
Months of cash and investments 3.1 0.3 0.0 0.0 15.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.2 1.7 0.0 0.0 47.3
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Cash $235,790 $27,475 $0 $39,100 $944,993
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $38,881 $205,318 $0 $0 $1,357,500
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $130,728 $226,050 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 25.1% 29.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 23.1% 27.3% 0.0% 82.2% 24.6%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $289,417 $304,297 $0 $6,967 $2,874,467

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

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Managing Director

Steve Higgins

Steve Higgins is the managing director of American Song Archives, which oversees Bob Dylan Center and Woody Guthrie Center. He previously had a high-level career in corporate communications at Williams.

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