Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation
c/o Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville TN 37212-3758
Mission Statement

The Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation (TAAF) was established in 2002 to aid and assist in the growth and expansion of the Tennessee Arts Academy. Through their active participation in this nationally renowned training institute, Tennessee Arts Academy teacher-participants renew their commitment to active learning and artistic literacy, to the power of the arts to promote critical thinking, and to the importance of the arts in the lives of all students. The TAAF Board of Directors shares in the belief that educators trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy are better equipped and motivated to serve their students, significantly raise achievement levels, and effect positive and lasting change in classrooms throughout the state.

The board pursues its goals through a yearly plan of action which includes a variety of fundraising events and community awareness programs designed to inform and educate the public, state education leaders and government officials regarding the merits of the Academy and the critical need for increased emphasis on the arts and creativity in our schools. The Foundation accepts both individual and corporate contributions.

For further information about the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, call 615-460-5451 or e-mail questions or comments to taa@belmont.edu.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. E. Frank Bluestein
Board Chair Mr. Stephen Coleman President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired from Cumberland University
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $306,375.00
Projected Annual Revenue $331,150.00 (2018)

The Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation (TAAF) was established in 2002 to aid and assist in the growth and expansion of the Tennessee Arts Academy. Through their active participation in this nationally renowned training institute, Tennessee Arts Academy teacher-participants renew their commitment to active learning and artistic literacy, to the power of the arts to promote critical thinking, and to the importance of the arts in the lives of all students. The TAAF Board of Directors shares in the belief that educators trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy are better equipped and motivated to serve their students, significantly raise achievement levels, and effect positive and lasting change in classrooms throughout the state.

The board pursues its goals through a yearly plan of action which includes a variety of fundraising events and community awareness programs designed to inform and educate the public, state education leaders and government officials regarding the merits of the Academy and the critical need for increased emphasis on the arts and creativity in our schools. The Foundation accepts both individual and corporate contributions.

For further information about the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, call 615-460-5451 or e-mail questions or comments to taa@belmont.edu.

The Tennessee Arts Academy is the nation's premier summer professional development institute for arts education. The Academy has been held annually since 1986 on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The Tennessee Arts Academy trains over 325 K–12 educators, who in turn impact over 150,000 Tennessee students each year. The Academy's advanced curriculum, cutting-edge methodology, and unique philosophical perspective maximize participants’ learning experiences. With renewed energy and knowledge, teachers trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy return to their classrooms better equipped to provide Tennessee students with the necessary skills and experiences to become creative and productive members of our workforce and society. During its 32-year history, the Academy has trained over 7000 teachers, who have directly influenced over 3 million Tennessee students.
The Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1997 and incorporated in 2002, was created to assist the Tennessee Arts Academy’s growth and expansion and to help compensate for TAA funding deficits. TAAF and TAA staff work together to find additional means of revenue to preserve the Academy and its stellar programs. The TAAF plans to raise over $331,000 in 2017-2018. Its 25 member board represents broad and diverse interests and its members come from all corners of the state. Its honorary board includes Tony award-winning composers Charles Strouse (Annie) and Joe Dipietro (Memphis), Disney composer and lyricist Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins), Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Cherry Jones (Doubt), Hollywood film director Jay Russell (The Water Horse), Grammy-winning lyricist Dean Pitchford (Fame), world-renowned violinist Jourdan Urbach, and two former Tennessee Commissioners of Education.
Comments collected from actual evaluations during past Academy sessions best describe the Academy experience:  

"The Tennessee Arts Academy was the most inspiring and renewing professional development experience that I have had in my teaching career!" TAA Participant

"To say that I was impressed would be in error. I was simply overwhelmed with the concept and the vision it took to make it happen. This is such a unique idea. The setting is special, the format is special, the staff is special and the spirit is simply extraordinary." TAA Guest Faculty


In FY 2017, the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation (TAAF) committed to provide TAA with needed support in several areas in order to continue their outstanding professional development program for arts teachers from across the state of Tennessee.

Four examples of key support areas included: 

1) TAA Inclusion in the State Education Budget (Goal: $300,000.00 annually)
The Foundation worked diligently to educate lawmakers and the governor’s staff to get funding increased for the 2016 Academy. After much effort, the Academy received a $100,000 increase in the Governor’s budget for 2016-2017 and again in the budget for 2017-2018 for a total of $300,000 each year.  We are currently in the proposed budget for 2018-2019 for $300,000.

2) Sell 35 Tables or Equivalent for the Bravo Awards Banquet (Goal: $35,000.00)
The TAAF Board proposed to increase table sales for the Bravo Banquet from 32 to 35. This goal was met financially and exceeded expectations, with individual ticket and table sales combining to total $36,400. All proceeds benefit TAA. Broadway star Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, The Heidi Chronicles) was the evening's headline artist. 

3) Expand the TAA Mentorship Program
For TAA 2017, TAAF sponsored year three of the TAA Teacher Mentor Program. The mentoring project provides year-long assistance and support for novice teachers who attend the Academy. The novice teachers were paired with TAA alumni teachers who gave advice and guidance throughout the year. A TAAF officer oversees the project.

4) Create A Functioning Alumni Association Board
The board worked diligently to create a TAA Alumni Association Board. A group was formed, goals were established, a set of Bylaws was created and programs are being developed. State-wide officers were announced at the 2017 TAA Finale Luncheon.

Focus Areas for FY 2018 include: 

Vigorous Pursuit to Enlarge the Existing TAA Endowment Fund
Having created a charter and assigned a founding TAA Endowment Fund Board of Directors, emphasis will be given to securing financial commitments that will bring the endowment fund's balance to $300,000 by August 2018.

Expansion of Sponsorships for Faculty and Muser Presentations
The TAAF Board will seek additional sponsors for faculty positions and for the numerous speakers who are contracted by the Academy for the various plenary sessions.

Academic Partner Collaborations with Local Schools, School Districts and Other Statewide Arts Institutions
The TAAF Board will seek out schools, school districts and statewide arts organizations who are willing to help financially support teachers wishing to attend the Academy. Strategies will be explored to offer matching scholarship dollars to schools and school districts so that individual participant/educators will be able to attend the Academy on a reduced-fee or on a no-fee basis. Additionally, partnerships will be pursued with the Tennessee Arts Commission and other statewide organizations who have an interest in providing professional development for arts teachers. 

The 5 most pressing needs of the TAAF Board are as follows: 
1) Maintain and enhance the outstanding quality of existing Academy programs and resources
 2) Provide major financial assistance to supplement the funding granted to the Academy by the state of Tennessee; lower Academy registration fees in order to make the cost more affordable for teachers to attend; offer scholarship funding for worthy teachers who could not otherwise participate in the TAA program; and, build on the existing TAA Endowment Fund to ensure long-term stability
3) Raise awareness among Tennessee Department of Education officials and state government leaders regarding the importance of arts education in our schools
4) Empower arts teachers to have a voice in their professional development through the TAA Alumni Association
5) Continue to build the profile of the TAAF board through better strategic planning and goal setting
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Online donations can be made by going to our website and clicking on the "contribute online" link. Checks can be made payable and mailed to Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212.  If you are interested in opportunities for volunteering, please call our TAA offices at (615) 460-5451 or email us at taa@belmont.edu.  In-kind donations can be made to the TAA Foundation for support of the Tennessee Arts Academy.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Bedford
TN - Cannon
TN - Cheatham
TN - Coffee
TN - Cumberland
TN - Davidson
TN - Dickson
TN - Fentress
TN - Franklin
TN - Giles
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
TN - Jackson
TN - Lawrence
TN - Lewis
TN - Lincoln
TN - Macon
TN - Marshall
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Moore
TN - Overton
TN - Perry
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Van Buren
TN - Warren
TN - Wayne
TN - White
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
Since its inception, TAA has reached teachers from all Tennessee school districts and counties. During the nine-year period from 2009 to 2017, TAA enrolled teachers from 113 counties/school systems, including 30 of the 41 Middle Tennessee counties.
The 2009-2017 TAA statistics are as follows:

Number of Tennessee School Systems Served – 113

Number of Middle Tennessee Counties Served – 30

Number of Tennessee Arts Teachers Served – 2,596

Number of Tennessee Students Impacted – 1,227,843

Board Chair Statement
"The Tennessee Arts Academy has been a life-changing experience – for my future students and myself."  Recent TAA Music Participant

The preservation and support of the Tennessee Arts Academy (TAA) is the primary reason for the existence of the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation (TAAF). Our board members strongly believe that the professional development afforded to arts teachers at the Academy has the most significant impact on their ability to positively affect student learning throughout their teaching careers. I have seen this first hand. I have been a student participant at the Academy and an instructor. We do what we do because we know that the Academy, as indicated by the quote above, changes lives, both for the teacher and his or her students.

I can tell you that the vast majority of the teachers who attend the Academy come from school systems that do not have arts supervisors or offer professional development in the arts. This is especially true in rural systems outside of Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga. The need for the services provided by the Academy are essential to many of these most under-served school districts and teachers. Without the support offered by TAAF, the Academy could never continue to provide the level of quality instruction to its constituents.

Our organization has had great success over the last eight years. We have almost completed the process of reconstituting our board of directors to make our representation more diverse and more state-wide in scope. We have embarked on several new fundraising projects, including a gala banquet designed to eventually raise $100,000. We continue to build and strengthen our alumni organization (teachers who have attended the Academy) and included members of this group on our governing board in the fall of 2017.

TAAF’s biggest challenge is to raise awareness of the essential work being performed by the Academy and the huge bang for the buck that the state of Tennessee and its citizens receive for the services performed at the Academy each summer. We are never certain if the state of Tennessee will adequately fund the Academy in its yearly budget. Often the amounts each year vary greatly. This requires our organization to adjust budget priorities on an annual basis. Raising funds in the present economic climate is extremely difficult, especially when we are serving teachers from across the entire state.

An equal concern is making the case that staff development in the arts is a worthy and even vital endeavor. I have taught music almost my entire life. I know that students involved in the arts have higher academic scores. I know that many students stay in school because of the band, art or drama program. I know that the arts help give students meaning, focus and direction.

We will continue to do all we can to help arts teachers achieve their greatest potential. We know in doing so that we are touching over three million lives in Tennessee classrooms.

CEO Statement

The Tennessee Arts Academy emerged from an expressed need by Tennessee arts teachers for a staff development program to better meet the needs of a more assessment-based curriculum that emphasizes teacher accountability. Today, the vision for arts education shines brighter throughout Tennessee and the nation because of the ongoing success of the Academy. Teachers who have completed the rigorous TAA program are provided with the proper tools and direction to optimize their learning environment and better train students from across the state.

The Academy attracts a diverse and enthusiastic group of K-12 Tennessee educators. Leading academic instructors and talented artists from throughout the USA and abroad form the rotating faculty, providing unparalleled instruction, community and renewal.

The Academy consists of two divisions, one geared to elementary/lower middle school teachers and the other designed for upper middle/high school teachers. Participants are grouped according to their specific teaching assignment, which includes visual art, music, or theatre courses. A special arts leadership track offers insight, strategies and practical advice on the latest assessment tools and on ways the arts can be fully utilized as part of the total school program.

Academy classes are varied and stimulating. Each teacher spends two to three sessions daily studying with expert core faculty. Additionally, performances, art exhibitions, "Musings" (the Academy's philosophical component) and "Interludes" (special choice sessions) are part of each day's learning experience. 

A range of special events includes an opening celebration and young artist performance; Belmont Mansion tour;  an art crawl featuring three exclusive TAA art exhibitions; Wednesday night's Bravo! Academy Awards Banquet and Performance honoring outstanding national and regional artists; and Friday’s Finale luncheon, which includes a performance by the Academy Chorale as well as words of appreciation, closure and challenge. As participants depart, bittersweet farewells can be heard at the close of the busy but exciting week of study, learning and networking.

Evaluation results by TAA participants (2017) speak louder than words:
Total Number of Participant Evaluators = 276
Scale of 1 to 5 with 5 the highest:
Overall impression of TAA = 4.79
Quality of instruction = 4.73
Musings Sessions = 4.26
Performances = 4.75
Usefulness of this experience for my classroom needs = 4.69
If anyone asks me about TAA I will…. 
Highly Recommend = 90.22%
Recommend = 8.33%
Express Reservation = 1.45% (mainly due to cost)
Description The program supported by the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation is the Tennessee Arts Academy (TAA). TAA has a rich 32-year history as the nation's premiere program for professional development in arts education. The Academy trains over 325 K-12 music, visual art and theatre teachers, as well as select school administrators, every summer on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville.  Educators trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy are better equipped and motivated to serve their students, significantly raise achievement levels and effect positive and lasting change throughout all parts of our state.  Upon returning to their classrooms in the fall, the dedicated Academy-trained teachers impact over 150,000 Tennessee students in the first year alone, after receiving Academy instruction.  This impact multiplies exponentially in subsequent years.  The Foundation board and the TAA staff work together to find additional means of revenue to preserve the Academy and its stellar programs.
Budget 210,000
Category Education, General/Other Teacher & Faculty
Population Served Adults, Other Named Groups, Victims
CEO Comments

Our biggest challenge is to maintain the quality level of instruction at the Tennessee Arts Academy by insuring adequate funding, resources and programming.

Up until 2011, the state annually granted the Arts Academy $250,000. In 2012, that amount was cut to $150,000. In 2013, the Academy was not included at all in the state budget and was forced to use its entire reserve fund to maintain the programs and the quality level of instruction so critical to the Academy’s success. To continue to survive, the Academy doubled participant fees and requested $100,000 in support from the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation (TAAF). TAAF raised the funds and then embarked on an education campaign to help legislators, TDOE officials and the Governor’s staff better understand the value of the Tennessee Arts Academy. Those efforts paid off when in 2014, the Academy was placed back in the state budget. In the 2015 budget TAA was placed in the recurring budget section. In 2016, the state budget was increased to $300,000 for Academy programs and remained at that level for 2017 and 2018. The 2018-2019 state budget has a proposed TAA budget allotment of $300,000 as well. 

Even with the additional state dollars, over the last five years, the TAA budget has increased to over $450,000 annually, leaving the Foundation to continue to raise much needed funds.  

Additionally, far fewer arts education training programs are sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education, leaving TAA as one of the few resources for state-wide arts teacher concerns. The remaining programs are mainly in large metropolitan areas, where school systems have the resources to hire an arts supervisor. Rural areas are completely underserved and the Academy is one of the few lifelines left for these arts teachers and their districts. Vigorous education, advocacy and outreach is needed to attract and most often provide scholarships for teachers in rural systems who need financial support. 

Because the TDOE has shifted its emphasis to teacher training based on Tennessee State Standards, the Academy staff has worked over the last several years to implement new training and strategies that better incorporates Tennessee State Standards into the overall design of the TAA curriculum. 

All of this places an additional burden on TAAF to provide the maximum services and support possible to help the Arts Academy as it navigates this new landscape.  TAAF continues to imagine new ways to support TAA and to bring attention to the inequities that currently exist in this area. The TAAF Board is energized and focused in planning new programs and events for the coming year.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stephen Coleman President
Company Affiliation Retired from Cumberland University
Term Sept 2012 to Aug 2018
Email scoleman2x@gmail.com
Board Members
Joey Beckford Retired Community Volunteer and Patron of the ArtsVoting
Chuck Blackburn Strategic Sales TacticsVoting
Cavit Cheshier Ed.DRetired Executive Director of Tennessee Education AssociationVoting
Stephen Coleman Retired from Cumberland UniversityVoting
Ruby Fenton Iberia BankVoting
Solie Fott Ph.DRetired, Austin Peay State University Dept. of Music Chairman (22 years) and Director of Orchestra (40 years)Voting
Bobby Jean Frost RetiredVoting
Charlsie Hand Owner and GM of the Riverview Inn, Clarksville, TN and VP of Hand Family CompaniesVoting
Brandon Herrenbruck VP; Steinway Piano Gallery, Nashville and KnoxvilleVoting
James R. Holcomb RetiredVoting
Dan Lawson Ph.DDirector of Schools, Tullahoma City SchoolsVoting
Jean Litterer Ph.DHillsboro High school Principal (20 years); Tennessee Department of Education Improvment Program Educator (8 years)Voting
Al Mance RetiredVoting
Flowerree W. McDonough Bearden High School Fine Arts Dept. Chair; Visual Art Instructor; ArtistVoting
Diana K. Poe Tennessee State University Music EducatorVoting
Sara Savell Retired; Patron of the ArtsVoting
Bill Shinn Retired Visual Art Teacher; Shinn Custom Carving, OwnerVoting
Patricia Smith Retired Educator and Arts AdvocateVoting
Thane Smith Real Estate Developer and BusinessmanVoting
J. Tabor Stamper Pres.; KHS America Inc.Voting
Hope Stringer Community VolunteerVoting
Bennett Tarleton Retired; Patron of the ArtsVoting
William H. Watkiins Jr., CPAWatkins Uiberall Accounting Firm Co-FounderVoting
Jeanette Watkins Shelby County Film and Television Commission Member; Germantown Museum Board Treasurer, Retired EducatorVoting
Talmage Watts Assistant Tennessee State Attorney GeneralVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 95%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. William H. Watkins Vice President
Company Affiliation Accountant and Co-Founder of Watkins Uiberall Acounting Firm
Term Oct 2014 to Aug 2018
Email wwatkins@wupas.com
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Board Development / Board Orientation
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Fiscal Affairs
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Crime Coverage
Additional Board Members
Stephanie J. Block Broadway Musical Theatre Actress and Vocalist
Chris Brubeck Professional Musician and Composer
George S. Clinton Hollywood Film Composer
Jason Danieley Broadway singer and actor
Joe DePietro Tony Award Winning Broadway Writer and Lyricist
Audrey Flack Photorealist, Sculptor and Painter
Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor of the Nashville Symphony
Kem Hinton FAIATuck Hinton Architects PLC Co-Founder
Rupert Holmes Writer, Composer and Lyricist
Cherry Jones Tony and Emmy Award winning Actress; Founding member of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA
Aaron Lazar Broadway Musical Theatre Performer and Television actor
David Leong Virginia Commonwealth University Theatre Chair
Andrew Lippa Composer, Lyricist, Performer, Producer and Writer
Rebecca Luker Broadway musical actress and vocalist
Richard Maltby Jr.Director, Lyracist, Producer and Writer
Marin Mazzie Broadway singer and actress
Bruce Opie Former Tennessee Commissioner of Education
Dean Pitchford Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe Winning Broadway and Hollywood Lyricist and Writer; Award winning Children's Books Author
Jay Russell Hollywood Film Director
Odessa Settles Professional Musician, Songwriter, Singer; former President of Nashville Symphony Chorus
Doc Severinsen Musician and Bandleader
Richard Sherman Oscar and Grammy Award Winning Walt Disney Composer and Lyricist
Linda Soloman Award Winning Photojournalist, Author, Photographer for the Academy Awards; National "Pictures of Hope" Student Photography Project Founder
Steve Spiegel Theatrical Rights Worldwide CEO and President
Susan Stauter Director of the San Francisco School for the Performing Arts
Michael Stern Music Director and Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony; Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra, Germantown TN
Charles Strouse Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award Winning Composer
Jordan Urbach Musician/Philanthropist
Jane Walters Former Tennessee Commissioner of Education
CEO Comments

There are two primary challenges for the TAAF Board of Directors:

1) The Board needs to work harder to diversify and to have more representation from all areas of the state and work with the new TAA Alumni Association officers to establish effective goals for the coming two-year term.

2) The Board needs to work out a plan to ensure that all Board members can attend or minimally participate in the four yearly meetings.

Both issues are being addressed. The executive committee will meet and identify potential members who have an interest in the arts who will help bring more diversity to the Board. Additionally, current Board members from under-represented areas of the state will be asked to form a committee to identify potential members from their area of the state.

Finally, TAA alumni officers have been appointed. A current alumni member has been identified to serve as founding president, a set of Bylaws has been created, regional representatives have been recruited, and policies have been adopted to ensure that an alumni member will have a permanent seat on the TAAF Board of Directors. 

The executive committee will consider proposals to streamline decision making, create more flexible policies, and to make participation in meetings more convenient for current board members. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. E. Frank Bluestein
Term Start Aug 2008
Email efbluestein@gmail.com
Experience Frank Bluestein is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In October of 1998, USA Today named Mr. Bluestein as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States.

Mr. Bluestein is a past winner of the American Theatre Association's John C. Barner Award. He has served as an arts advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the College Board Arts Advisory Committee, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Mr. Bluestein is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance. He currently serves as executive director for Tennessee Shakespeare Company, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation and managing director of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a nationally recognized statewide teacher training institute located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Until his recent retirement, Mr. Bluestein served for thirty-seven years as the chairman of the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department in Germantown, Tennessee. He was the artistic director of the school's theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse, and also served as executive producer for Germantown Community Television, the school's three million dollar educational television facility. During Mr. Bluestein's tenure, Germantown Community Television was named eleven times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA. He led his team of teachers and scores of students to win two national student Emmys for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 33 regional first-place student Emmy awards.

Mr. Bluestein served as a director of shows at Opryland, USA, and most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend Joyce Cobb. In September of 2013, Mr. Bluestein was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame in Minneapolis.

Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 4
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Tennesseans for the Arts2011
CEO Comments
The major challenge for staffing for the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation is simply the lack of funding available for an executive director who can be employed on a more regular basis throughout the year. Currently, the managing director and the office manager for the Arts Academy also serve in similar positions with TAAF. This has worked nicely and has allowed for seamless communication between both groups. As TAAF has grown and become more active, there is a desire to expand activities and to accomplish more throughout the year to move the organization forward. Because board members are spread throughout all geographic areas of Tennessee, an executive director who could devote more time to the organization could provide a means to bridge the gap between the quarterly meetings and do more to help bring awareness to TAA and TAAF in all areas of the state.
For now, the organization is working well and will continue to discover ways to build on the strengths of utilizing one individual to be both a combined TAA managing director and TAAF executive director.  As part of its mission, the strategic planning committee will work to identify new leadership models for TAA and TAAF.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2018
Projected Revenue $331,150.00
Projected Expenses $306,375.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$100,000$0$0
Individual Contributions$126,265$53,443$55,220
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,154$494$1
Membership Dues$10,658$10,634$8,695
Special Events$47,393$27,810$8,704
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$122,986$42,500$39,668
Administration Expense$23,223$34,721$32,264
Fundraising Expense$2,142$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.441.201.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%55%55%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$350,932$135,588$89,993
Current Assets$350,932$135,588$89,993
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$350,932$135,588$89,993
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $126,265Contributions, Gifts and Grants $53,443Contributions, Gifts & Grants $55,220
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $100,000Fundraising Events $27,810Foundations and Corporations $20,529
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFederated Campaigns $76,083Membership Dues $10,634Fundraising Events $8,704
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires May 2018
Organization Comments

Our organization has grown rapidly over the last seven years. In 2010 the TAAF budget was approximately $20,000.00. Eight years later the budget has grown to $331,150.00. This rapid rise in funding has led us to institute audits and other financial oversight mechanisms.

TAAF has engaged an accountant (pro bono) who oversees our fiscal operations. An onsite part-time bookkeeper was hired in 2016. While audit reviews at the end of each fiscal year have been conducted since 2014, in 2017 TAAF conducted its first official audit under the direction of certified public accountants Kraft and Co, PLLC.  We also have a certified public accountant on our Board who helps oversee our financial records from a Board of Director’s perspective and provides financial advice.
TAAF has created a Financial Oversight policy that guides the board and staff on every aspect of money management throughout the organization. Officers and Director's insurance has been obtained as well as fraud and theft insurance. 
All TAAF accounts are on QuickBooks Online, allowing the key financial individuals on our Board to access all TAAF financial information.

GivingMatters.com Financial Comments Financial figures taken from Form 990.
Form 990 was prepared by Tim T. Pate, EA.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 5/16/18.
Nonprofit Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation
Address c/o Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212 3758
Primary Phone (615) 460-5451
Contact Email taa@belmont.edu
CEO/Executive Director Mr. E. Frank Bluestein
Board Chair Mr. Stephen Coleman President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired from Cumberland University
Year of Incorporation 2002

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