We create, perform, teach and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.
Founded in 1984, Nashville Ballet has since become the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee presenting a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet presents opportunities for Middle Tennesseans to experience ballet through classical, contemporary and family-friendly performances, all inspired by poetry in motion. Nashville Ballet and the second company NB2 (the official second company of Nashville Ballet) provide arts and educational experiences to more than 75,000 audience members annually through season performances, training at School of Nashville Ballet and Community Engagement programming: The performance season brings masterworks and original new works to the community at Tennessee Performing Arts Center, performed by a company of 24 full-time, Nashville-based artists. School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance to students of all ages each year. Community Engagement programs deliver interactive, educational performances to schools and community centers across Middle Tennessee, Northern Alabama and Southern Kentucky that integrate dance with core academic subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies. As stated by the recently adopted Every Child Succeeds Act, the arts are a part of a well rounded education, and these programs support the State’s efforts to ensure developmental and academic standards are being met through a complete education.
Nashville Ballet is committed to providing exceptional and accessible arts programming and opportunities to a diverse community through three primary initiatives: season performances, community engagement programs, and School of Nashville Ballet. Through these initiatives, Nashville Ballet makes a deep impact on thousands of individuals across Middle Tennessee and beyond.
· Through its three arms of operations, Nashville Ballet currently provides artistic and educational experiences to more than 75,000 audience members, annually.
· In 2014 Nashville’s Nutcracker claimed the title of highest-attended performing arts event in Nashville when the holiday classic broke box office records with more than 22,000 tickets held. In 2015, this record was once again shattered when the production saw upwards of 24,000 attendees over its 13-performance run.
· Received nonprofit status from IRS for Nashville
Ballet Foundation in 2016, which will now house endowment assets, bringing
Nashville Ballet in line with fiscal best practices to protect these
assets in a fully separate legal entity.
· Nashville Ballet has steadily increased investments in community engagement initiatives, now contributing nearly $500,000 in direct and indirect resources towards its efforts. Aimed at eliminating the geographic and financial barriers to experiencing the arts by bringing quality educational performances out into the community, these initiatives are reaching the diverse communities of Middle Tennessee with breadth and depth: audience numbers grew by 20% from FY13 to FY14, and by 16% from FY14 to FY15. Annual reach now hovers around 40,000 audience members throughout 12+ Middle Tennessee counties annually.
Goals for 2016-2017
· Create a global artistic brand on the foundation of classical ballet and contemporary dance innovation by mounting original and masterworks that challenge Nashville Ballet's audiences, artists and collaborators.
· Invest in and grow School of Nashville Ballet as a preeminent school of dance, noted for its development of dance artists steeped in the foundation of the ballet tradition and their own personal, human development. Two new offerings, the Studio Division (launched fall 2015), which offers flexible dance training, and the Young Men's Scholarship Program (launching fall 2016), which offers comprehensive training to boys in an all-male environment, are key drivers to this success.
Nashville Ballet’s $5.3 million budget is supported by ticket sales, school tuition revenue and contributions from individuals, corporate partners and government agencies. Earned revenue continues to be a stabilizing force for the company, however, maintaining a growing and diversifying source of contributed revenue is equally vital to Nashville Ballet's success and continued excellence. Thus, donor participation is critical in the following ways:
1) General Support and Membership: Donors who contribute unrestricted dollars to support Nashville Ballet's mission-critical activities are a part of our membership program. In exchange for your generosity and display of support, we provide an extensive program of membership benefits to allow donors to engage more deeply with the art and artists of Nashville Ballet.
2) Creation Fund: This Fund supports the furthering of new repertory, fulfilling a critical component of our mission. It ensures that Nashville Ballet programming will continue to be an exciting and innovative option for residents in Music City and beyond.
5) Sponsorship Support: Nashville Ballet relies on institutional support from locally owned and operated business and entrepreneurs throughout the business community. Sponsorships provide essential underwriting support needed to mount world-class productions on stage while offering an effective way to connect businesses to Nashville Ballet's patrons. Sponsorships also provide critical support for Community Engagement programs fund school scholarships.
the new President of the Board of Directors at Nashville Ballet, I am thrilled
to have the opportunity to applaud Nashville Ballet’s recent accomplishments
and share some very exciting things on our horizon. Serving as a member of the
Board of Director since 2008, I have seen Nashville Ballet grow with
sophistication, artistic integrity and effective pursuit of its mission. With
consistent and strong leadership, Nashville Ballet is quickly taking not only
Middle Tennessee by storm, but is rising to the occasion of being a respected
and renowned company of national and international standing, as well.
Last season, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of presenting world-class dance to the greater Nashville community. During this time, we also hired Lisa French as the new Chief Operating Officer, a transition that comes when Nashville Ballet is the strongest it’s ever been. This stability combined with new leadership and vision ensures that Nashville Ballet is well-poised to take on the incredibly complex and ambitious goals set forth in the re-conceived Strategic Plan, launched in 2016.
The 2016-2017 season brings not only well-crafted and diverse programming to audiences with varied interests, but it will also bring our Kennedy Center debut! Nashville Ballet will perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. to open the Ballet Across America program in April 2017! We are especially proud to be hand-selected for this engagement by Misty Copeland, reaffirming the field’s interest in and respect for how we are making our mark as a ballet company in America.
Off the stage, Nashville Ballet is committed to serving our community, developing the talent of future artists and encouraging arts patronage in today’s youth. School of Nashville Ballet continues to grow at record rates. This year, we welcomed more than 300 students from around the country to practice their craft here in Music City, making the largest Summer Intensive in our history. Having successfully executed and completed a capital campaign in 2015, which provided the funding needed to expand and renovate our facility to accommodate growing demand for services in our school, we are already making impressive investments to optimize this new asset. The school launched the Studio Division in fall 2015 to accommodate the demand for more flexible schedules and training offerings, and in fall 2016 we launch the Young Men’s Scholarship Program, which is a tremendous testament to our commitment to diversity and accessibility, at once. Community engagement initiatives continue to permeate the diverse communities of Middle Tennessee, bringing 300+ educational ballet performances to audiences in 12+ counties, 50+ zip codes, and reaching 40,000 audience members.
The above merely scratches the surface of all that Nashville Ballet does each day to contribute to a vibrant cultural community. I confidently speak on behalf of all directors and officers when I say we are eager to govern Nashville Ballet through this exciting time of growth and expansion.
Neil Krugman, President
Nashville Ballet Board of Directors
First and foremost, Nashville Ballet is a performing arts company whose artists, dancers and teachers reside in Nashville throughout the year. The main company presents a season repertoire of five full-scale productions, as well as narrated children’s ballets. We are committed to leveraging the incredible assets of Music Ciety by presenting programming in collaboration with some of Nashville's finest musicians, composers and designers to maintain a uniquely Nashville flair.
Secondly, we strive to provide the highest level of professional and recreational dance training in the community.The elite faculty and staff of our School of Nashville Ballet provide world-class instruction for students of all ages and abilities. Programs offered include a Children’s Division, an Academy to train students who are interested in pursuing a professional dance career, as well as a Community Division offering a wide range of dance classes to adults promoting healthy, active lifestyles, regardless of skill level. The demand for these services has increased significantly and steadily since 2011. After multiple years of operating School classes at capacity with long wait lists, the Board of Directors approved a plan to renovate and expand the facility, equipping Nashville Ballet with the resources it needs to continue long-term growth. ELEVATE, Nashville Ballet’s Capital Campaign to renovate and expand our current facility, was launched in 2013 and completed in May 2015.
The third facet of our mission is Community Engagement programming, which brings interactive dance and arts education to 40,000 children and families in Middle Tennessee through interactive children's ballets. Stemming from the philosophy that the arts should be accessible to anyone and everyone, and responding to our nation’s continued decline of in-school arts offerings, these performances are designed to break down potential barriers to arts education and uphold the arts as a part of a well-rounded learning ecosystem.
Nashville Ballet perpetuates the successes of these three mission-critical aspects of our operations through sound and ambitious financial, artistic, marketing, sales, and development plans. We are proud and honored to serve Middle Tennessee with performances, dance education and outreach initiatives of the highest caliber.
The 2016-2017 season
opens in September at TPAC with the beloved classic, Cinderella,
featuring original choreography by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO
Paul Vasterling. In October, Nashville Ballet presents the second iteration of
the fall contemporary series with Something Wicked, a
fully original concept to tell the story of Macbeth, leading the audience
through a plot of murder, greed and deceit. Nashville’s
Nutcracker is Nashville’s very own take on the holiday
tradition, and brings this incredible story to life with more than 250 cast
members and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Bringing the best of Nashville’s
thriving arts community together to highlight some of the most unique and
inspirational collaborations in Music City, this year’s winter contemporary
series, Attitude, will feature the wildly successful contemporary
ballet Under the Lights, set to the music of Johnny Cash, and a Nashville
Ballet premiere of Sergaent Early’s Dream,
set to early folk music and offering a glimpse into the origins of country
music. The spring series will bring another world premiere to the stage with Seven Deadly Sins set to fully original
music written and performed by the local singer-songwriter collective, Ten out
of Tenn. The second program on the billing is Paul Vasterling’s Appalachian
Spring, set to the iconic score by Aaron Copland. This year’s family ballet is Ferdinand the Bull, presented at The
Martin Center for Nashville Ballet Complete with narration and a children’s
interactive element, this performance leaves audiences of all ages delighted.
After a one-year hiatus, Nashville Ballet will bring back the workshop-style
series, Emergence to close the season,
which showcases emerging art in an intimate setting.
An intrinsic part of Nashville Ballet’s
mission is our commitment to the community through our Community Engagement
program. These programs expose children, teens and adults to the artistry,
beauty and athleticism of dance by providing unique performances that cultivate
an interest in the arts. Through these far-reaching and accessible programs
Nashville Ballet aims to eliminate geographic and financial barriers to arts
and arts education, believing that this is how we build the arts patrons,
artists and civic leaders of tomorrow, and that they are reflective of our
region's rich diversity. Reaching 40,000 audience members annually, these
programs take dancers, music and sets into schools, libraries and community
centers throughout more than a dozen Middle Tennessee counties. Each of our
school curriculum-based programs (for children pre-school all the way through
high school) meet many of the developmental and academic standards set forth by
the state of Tennessee and Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) system,
and are interactive in nature, appealing to various learning styles and needs
of all ages. Our Family and Community Programs introduce audiences to the art
of dance with public performances and help us develop and cultivate educated
viewers with a passion and appreciation for the arts. These programs provide a
unique, intimate and educational experience for everyone in attendance.
Community partners helping to deliver these programs include the Metro
Nashville Public Library, Metro Parks and Recreation and Nashville Metro Public
Schools. Public and private entities can learn more and book performances
through our website.
School of Nashville Ballet offers the highest
quality dance training for students of all ages and experience levels.
Qualified faculty provide a comprehensive dance education that
is challenging and rewarding. Students are individually nurtured with expertise
and sensitivity. With two campuses, School of Nashville Ballet provides a
variety of training and recreational programs: Children’s
(ages 2-5), Academy (ages 6-18), Community (ages 13+), Professional
Training (ages 16+), and Studio (8-18) Divisions. The new Young Men’s
Scholarship Program (6-18) offers an emphasis on developing specific male
technique and addressing the unique challenges that face young men.
School of Nashville Ballet also offers a nationally recognized Summer Intensive program. This 7-week training camp provides extensive instruction for serious dancers from all over the world and prepares students for a career in dance. Through an ongoing partnership with Belmont University, most students participating in the Summer Intensive stay in the Belmont residence halls while living in and exploring Nashville.
Nashville Ballet's commitment to accessibility extends beyond the Community Engagement programs: School of Nashville Ballet offers a limited number of need-based scholarships to students who have a passion for dance and a desire to study. Meeting income-qualifying standards and demonstrating an affinity for the art form, students selected for this program receive the opportunity to study through the entire curriculum at School of Nashville Ballet at no cost. Often, these students are recruited through the Community Engagement’s Residency program or through the Boys and Girls Club partnership, Project Plie.
Nashville Ballet's artistic
reputation has grown significantly in recent years, both nationally and
internationally. This evolution has made us better poised to attract top-tier
talent and diversify our repertoire with recent groundbreaking accomplishments
such as: embarking on a dancer wage study to ensure competitive pay and working
weeks, revamping the Strategic Plan to best address our changing artistic needs
and goals and garnering approval to perform masterworks from the catalogues of
Balanchine and Kylian. We are challenged to maintain a diverse and
sophisticated performance season where the audience embraces our curatorial
School of Nashville Ballet continues to experience a growth in demand for dance instruction for students of all ages. ELEVATE, Nashville Ballet's Capital Campaign to renovate and expand our current facility, was completed in May 2015. Providing us with much of the resources we needed to meet growing demand (namely space), we are now able to turn our attention to the further investment and management of ensuring we fill our seven dance studios with the best faculty, most accommodating classes and maintain The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet as a safe and nurturing place to dance.
Nashville Ballet maintains a commitment to serving our community in important ways, and has steadily increased its impact over recent years through the important work of our Community Engagement initiatives. Thanks to funding from corporate and private citizens to help underwrite the costs of bringing arts education to the many communities of our region, Nashville Ballet has been able to continue its investment in this arm of operations: we have grown the scope of these initiatives significantly in recent years, growing an average of 18% per year from FY13 to FY15 in audience reach, and now hold steady at impacting about 40,000 members of the community each year with innovative education programming, thanks to new grant funding. We are now challenged to maintain this service and grow in sophistication of our programs, as well as our ability to evaluate program effectiveness. Additional staffing will be required to support the many aspects of increased programming, such as managing bookings, training dancers with an increased repertory of ballets, measuring impact, moderating performances and adequately managing and caring for costumes and sets.
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Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Nashville Ballet's recent Capital Campaign has impacted contributions and expense items reported on the prior two years' financial statements and tax returns. We have attempted to delineate an approximation of this impact on our most recent Federal Form 990, Schedule O, in an effort to show the continued financial strength of the organization independent of the capital campaign. Furthermore, expected contributions and expenses for the current year are not included in the operational budget but will be reported on year-end audited financial statements and tax returns.
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